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Mon, 8 Nov 2004, 04:31 PM

U.S. Army's Top Fuel Dragster, Pro Stock Bikes
Courtesy of Chris Dirato

To Carry Special World War II Paint Scheme at Season Finale

POMONA, Calif. -- The U.S. Army's National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) team will carry a special salute to World War II veterans here next weekend in the Auto Club of Southern California NHRA Finals at Pomona Raceway.

The U.S. Army Top Fuel dragster, driven by 2004 NHRA POWERade Top Fuel world champion, Tony "The Sarge" Schumacher, will be "dressed" in green with white lettering, while the U.S. Army Pro Stock Bikes, driven by Angelle Savoie and Antron Brown, will be distinguished by the colors green and brown, respectively, both with white lettering.

"With the dedication of the World War II Memorial and the celebration of the 60th anniversary of the Invasion of Normandy earlier this year, it seemed fitting to take this opportunity to say thanks one more time to this special group of Veterans as well as all those who have served our nation in the Armed Forces," said Col. Thomas Nickerson, Director of Strategic Outreach for the U.S. Army Accessions Command.

"Today's soldiers are carrying on the proud tradition of those who served before them. Each generation of soldiers has made unique and special contributions to our Nation and to the world. Each generation of soldier has faced the challenges of their time with honor and courage. Those serving our country today in the Global War on Terror are no different. They are truly patriots whose valor and dedication are inspiring."

Schumacher, Savoie and Brown are all keenly aware of the significance the World War II special paint scheme has with Veterans' Day -- November 11 -- falling on opening day of the race weekend.

"I believe this is a great thing that we're doing," said Schumacher. "We've won a bunch of races for the U.S. Army this season, but winning the season finale at Pomona carrying this special paint scheme would mean that much more to all of us."

"It's a real honor to be driving for the U.S. Army, overall, but I'm particularly proud that we're going to be able to single out the World War II veterans in Pomona," said Savoie. "It will show that we have not forgotten what they did for our country."

"Most of us know someone in our family or know someone in a friend's family who is a World War II vet," added Brown. "Like today's soldiers, they were all heroes and deserve every piece of recognition we can give them. I'm hopeful that either Angelle or I can top the weekend off with a victory. That would be a nice present for all of them."

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