Corey LaJoie, driver of the No. 83 Hope for the Warriors Toyota Camry, will honor Capt Brandon A. “Bull” Barrett, USMC, KIA.
Born in Albuquerque, NM, on January 21, 1983, Capt Barrett was a member of 1st Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, Camp Lejeune, NC. Capt Barrett graduated from Marion High School in 2001. Upon graduation he entered the United States Naval Academy where he graduated in 2006 and joined the Marine Corps. An outstanding sportsman, Capt Barrett earned the nickname of Bull. Personal awards include the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal and the Purple Heart. On May 5, 2010, Capt Barrett was killed in action in Helmand Province, Afghanistan. He was 27.
Additionally, the No. 83 Hope For The Warriors Camry will also carry the names of 29 fallen service members that have ties to the organization on the deck lid of the car.
“Hope For The Warriors has a special relationship with BK Racing, and has for many years,” said BK Racing team owner, Ron Devine. “The work that they do for service members, as they return from battle, to re-acclimate them into society is so important. We are excited to have them join us at Charlotte, and we are excited for a long continued partnership with their organization.”
Family members of both Marines will be guests of BK Racing on Sunday at Charlotte Motor Speedway for the 600-mile Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race, where they will get the opportunity to see the special military-themed cars in person, meet Gaulding and LaJoie, and participate in pre-race ceremonies with the BK Racing team.
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