Earnhardt Jr will return to the seat with a paint scheme honoring 9/11 victims in the NASCAR Xfinity Series race
Dale Earnhardt Jr retired from full-time NASCAR Cup Series competition following the 2017 season. In 2018, 2019 and 2020, Earnhardt returned to the sport, making a single NASCAR Xfinity Series run. All three previous runs have resulted in a top-5 finish.
For 2021, Earnhardt is back again. This time, he’ll run the NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Richmond Raceway on September 11, 2021 with JR Motorsports.
It’s been 20 years since the terrorist attacks in New York City. Earnhardt will run a special United for America paint scheme to honor the victims of the attack.
The paint scheme mirror’s the 9/11 Memorial and Museum Tribute in Light. On the night of September 11th, two beams of light are cast into the sky to remember the victims and the buildings that once stood in the city skyline.
The blue-and-white No. 8 car features four spotlights. They represent the Twin Towers, the Pentagon as well as the Flight 93 Memorial site in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. “Never Forget” is featured on the lower-rear quarter panel.
The rear decklid featured the Never Forget Fund. Created by the 9/11 Memorial and Museum, the Never Forget Fund aims to raise awareness and educate the next generation on America’s capacity to unify, heal and show gratitude in the aftermath of the 9/11 tragedy.
Dale Earnhardt Jr comments
“It’s hard to believe it’s been 20 years since that terrible day,” Earnhardt Jr. said. “The spirit of unity and togetherness our country felt on Sept. 11 is just as relevant now as it was then. I’m honored to be driving this car, and championing Unilever’s United for America program.”
The United for America program was created in May 2020. They help women and families, particularly in Black and LatinX communities who are most impacted by the COVID pandemic.
“We are happy to be working with JR Motorsports, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and NASCAR to honor those lost on Sept. 11, as part of our United for America initiative,” said Fabian Garcia, president of Unilever North America. “We are continuing to address the COVID pandemic issues and wish to inspire collective action to provide services and products to our hardest-hit communities.”