Martin Truex, Jr., driver of the No. 78 Furniture Row Chevrolet SS, is looking for a win in 2014.
As he continues his quest for a victory this weekend at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway and Aug. 31 at Atlanta Motor Speedway, Truex, Jr.’s car will sport World Vision colors to help bring clean water to children and families in Africa.
“As a driver, staying hydrated is a top priority, but I’m blessed to never have to think about finding clean water,” says Martin. “Giving just $10 to provide clean water is an amazing way to change a child’s life.”
The No. 78 car’s new paint scheme will feature the bold orange-to-white gradient fans enjoyed June 28 in Kentucky. But during the Bristol and Atlanta races, it will offer an easy way to support drilling a well for a community in Zambia.
NASCAR fans can give $10 to provide one child with clean water for four years by texting WATER to 777444.
The team comes off a 36th place finish at the Pure Michigan 400, after the No. 78 car sustained heavy damage in a multi-car collision in the 22nd lap.
Looking forward to the Aug. 23 race at the half-mile oval in Bristol, Martin says the team has had mixed results there. “I do love racing at Bristol and have always enjoyed that place,” Martin says. “I had a lot of good runs and also bad runs there.”.
On race day at Bristol, World Vision plans to build hygiene kits with fans and supporters, which will be distributed locally to children and families affected by disaster, homelessness or poverty.
More than 1,600 children younger than 5 die each day from diseases caused by drinking dirty water. World Vision delivers clean water to one new person every 30 seconds. But hundreds of millions of people worldwide still need access to clean water.
While the car wears its colors in Tennessee and Geogia, World Vision aims to raise $15,000 to drill a well that will provide clean drinking water to a community in Zambia.
Both efforts are because of Furniture Row Racing team owner, Barney Visser, a longtime partner with World Vision.
“We’re so fortunate to have [the team’s] long-term support as we tackle the root causes of poverty and injustice, and share our work with NASCAR fans,” says Morris Franklin, director of sports and entertainment at World Vision U.S.
Currently ranked 26th in the overall Sprint Cup Series standings, with 516 points, Martin is just behind Tony Stewart (537) and just ahead of Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. (476). He must win one of the next three races to qualify for the Chase for the Sprint Cup, which consists of the top 16 drivers vying for the championship.