Brickyard 400 NASCAR race named for veteran's charity Combat Wounded Coalition


It's become a tradition for the Brickyard 400 NASCAR race to be named after an American hero. But this year, after being named the winner of Crown Royal's "Your Hero's Name Here" program, retired U.S. Nay Seal Jason Redman didn't want the race to bear his name.

Redman instead asked that the race use the name of the charity he and his wife, Erica, founded. So now the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race will officially be referred to as the "Crown Royal presents the Combat Wounded Coalition 400 at the Brickyard."

Redman was announced the winner of the annual program while completing his 100th skydiving jump (naturally!) He found out about the official race logo, painted in the landing area at Skydive Suffolk, as he approached the ground from midair. (Because hey...why not?!)

More about Redman:

Redman, who hails from Chesapeake, Virginia, enlisted in the Navy following high school and served ten years as an enlisted SEAL before enrolling at Old Dominion University. After graduation, Redman was commissioned as a Naval SEAL Officer. Throughout his career he served five deployments including two combat deployments.

In 2007, Redman’s Assault Team came under heavy machine-gun fire and he was wounded with shots to the face and left arm. While recovering from his 37 surgeries at Bethesda Naval Medical Center, Redman wrote and hung a sign on his door which became a statement and symbol for wounded warriors everywhere. The original sign on the door now hangs in the Wounded Ward at the National Naval Medical Center Bethesda.  Redman was honored with the Purple Heart, the Bronze Star Medal with Valor, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal, Joint Service Achievement Medal, Navy Achievement Medals and two Combat Action Ribbons.

Following his recovery, Redman founded the non-profit organizations Combat Wounded Coalition and Wounded Wear to help combat wounded warriors overcome the wounds of war. The Combat Wounded Coalition provides free clothing and clothing modifications to combat wounded warriors. To date, the Combat Wounded Coalition has helped over 500 wounded warriors return to daily life after serving.