The FSU Seminoles have conquered the college football world. Now, can they win a NASCAR race?
The Seminoles will be racing with NASCAR driver Brian Vickers, whose No. 55 Aaron’s Toyota will carry a special paint scheme honoring FSU’s 2013 BCS National Championship football team for the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway on July 5.
The garnet and gold paint scheme on the Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota will include FSU's BCS National Championship logo on the hood, the racing team announced Wednesday. It also includes Seminoles spears on the front and the list of FSU's national championships on the rear of the car.
Vickers will also wear a special FSU driver uniform for the Sprint Cup race.
"Everyone in America knows about Florida State’s tradition of success especially in athletics," said Vickers in a news release. "Aaron’s and I really want to continue that tradition at Daytona in July and give Seminole fans a chance to see their car and colors celebrate in victory lane. I’m excited to be representing my home state on the car for Daytona. We’re hoping it will give us a ‘home field’ advantage we need."
The Seminoles NASCAR car will be unveiled at FSU's spring game on Saturday, and a special message from Vickers will be played on the stadium's videoboard.
FSU will collect hoods from the race car for display at block parties, road trips and The Jimbo Fisher Call-In Show throughout the 2014 football season, the news release said.
Rich Lamprey, Aaron’s Director of Sports and Event Marketing., said, "Aaron’s is proud to feature the Florida State football championship paint scheme on the No. 55 Dream Machine at Daytona International Speedway.”
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