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Wood Brothers' Ford Fusion to Change Look at Brickyard to Support Scholarship Program for Veterans Who Want to be Auto Technicians

  • Published: 2016-07-08 : Quick Lane Tire & Auto Centers (quicklane.com).
  • Synopsis: To help veterans acquire skills needed to become automotive technicians, Quick Lane Tire and Auto Centers will award $10,000 scholarships to veterans.

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Quote: "I'm excited to drive the No. 21 Ford Fusion with the Quick Lane colors, said driver Ryan Blaney."

When the Wood Brothers' historic No. 21 Ford takes to the famous 2.5-mile oval at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on July 24 for the Crown Royal Presents "Your Hero's Name Here" 400 at the Brickyard, it will have a decidedly different look and a very noble purpose.

The look is the blue Quick Lane Tire & Auto Centers livery for the only time in 2016. The purpose is to promote Quick Lane's new "Trading One Uniform for Another" scholarship program for veterans.

"Finding meaningful employment is an important task for many service men and women after retiring from active military duty," said Fiona Gronowicz, marketing and advertising manager for Quick Lane Tire & Auto Centers. "The 'Trading One Uniform for Another' program is another example of Quick Lane's commitment to the men and women who served our country. We are proud to award these scholarships to our U.S. military veterans, thanking them for their service and congratulating them on their pursuit of a career in automotive service and maintenance."

To help veterans acquire the skills they need to become automotive technicians, Quick Lane Tire & Auto Centers will award $10,000 scholarships to five veterans. The funds are used to pay for tuition, books and fees at any community college, university, trade or vocational school with an accredited program in automotive mechanics in the United States.

Wood Brothers' Ford Fusion to Change Look at Brickyard to Support Scholarship Program for Veterans Who Want to be Auto Technicians
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"We are honored that Quick Lane has decided to use our car to deliver its message about 'Trading One Uniform for Another,'" said Wood Brothers Racing co-owner Eddie Wood. "Our uncle, (Hall of Fame crew chief) Leonard Wood, is a veteran and we've always held those who served in high esteem. This scholarship program is an excellent opportunity for them."

Everyone is invited to nominate veterans for these scholarships by going to www.QLtradingone.com and writing a short essay on why their nominee is a deserving recipient. Quick Lane Tire & Auto Centers will select 10 finalists from all qualified nominees.

"I'm excited to drive the No. 21 Ford Fusion with the Quick Lane colors," said driver Ryan Blaney. "The fact that we're also promoting the 'Trading One Uniform for Another' scholarship program makes it even more special."

In November, which is Military Appreciation Month, Quick Lane Tire & Auto Centers will reveal the finalists at www.QLtradingone.com and invite everyone to vote for a finalist to receive a scholarship. Quick Lane will announce the five scholarship recipients at this year's Quick Lane Bowl at Ford Field in Detroit on Dec. 26.

Ford's Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center offers routine vehicle maintenance such as oil and filter changes, light repair services including brake repair, and tire replacements on all vehicle makes and models. With nearly 800 locations and growing, customers can visit www.quicklane.com to find a center that is closest to them, print savings coupons and review maintenance tips to keep their vehicles running at peak efficiency. This site includes information on how to spot tire wear, how to jump-start a battery and even a series of tips to improve a vehicle's fuel economy.

Wood Brothers Racing was formed in 1950 in Stuart, Va., by Hall of Famer Glenn Wood. Wood Brothers Racing is the oldest active team and one of the winningest teams in NASCAR history. Since its founding, the team won 98 races (including at least one race in every decade for the last seven decades) and 117 poles in NASCAR's top-tier series. Fielding only Ford products for its entire history, the Wood Brothers own the longest association of any motorsports team with a single manufacturer. Glenn's brother, Leonard, is known for inventing the modern pit stop. The team currently runs the Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Fusion driven by Ryan Blaney in the famous number 21 racecar.

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