NASCAR race car honors 9/11 terror victims

August 31, 2009 By MICHAEL FRAZIER

With the throttle gunned and the exhaust pipes roaring, a NASCAR race car custom-painted in tribute of the 2001 terror attack victims was unveiled Monday in Manhattan near Ground Zero.

The car - a $100,000 Ford Fusion bearing the inscription "Always Remember" and a 9/11 logo for the National Sept. 11 Memorial and Museum - is competing in a Sept. 11 race at Virginia's Richmond International Raceway.

NASCAR driver Benny Gordon, who lined up corporate sponsors for the custom paint job, is racing the No. 72 car.

"It will be an honor to race a car in honor of the attack victims," said Gordon, co-owner of the North South Motorsports team based in Dubois, Pa. "I hope we have a good run."

Gordon hopes NASCAR's popularity and the themed paint job will draw more support for the planned $610-million memorial and museum.

Joe Daniels, president of the memorial and museum, said he is grateful to have Gordon's support.

"This car presents a tremendous opportunity to raise awareness about the national 9/11 memorial," he said.