This Week’s Hope For The Warriors Chevrolet Camaro at Richmond International Raceway
Brandon Jones has two previous NASCAR XFINITY Series starts at Richmond International Raceway, resulting in one top-15 finish. Jones also has three NASCAR K&N Pro Series East starts at the 0.75-mile track, where he secured two top-10 starting spots and one top-10 finish.
Honoring Military Children’s Month
Two of Jones’ biggest passions are supporting the military and helping children, so the No. 33 team has come together with the national nonprofit organization Hope For The Warriors to honor Military Children’s Month, which occurs during the month of April, with a special paint scheme at Richmond International Raceway. Military children of Hope for the Warriors’ service members were asked to design a paint scheme for Jones’ No. 33 Chevrolet using the colors of red, white and blue. The winning design that will be seen on track this weekend was created by Liam Harshman, who grew up aboard Camp Lejeune in North Carolina where his father was stationed.
Meet Brandon Jones
Fans have the opportunity to meet Jones and grab his autograph when he participates in a Q&A session at the Team Chevy display in Richmond’s Fan Midway from noon to 12:15 p.m. ET. on Friday, April 28.
Partnering with Hope for the Warriors
Founded in 2006, Hope For The Warriors is a national nonprofit dedicated to restoring a sense of self, family and hope for post 9/11 veterans, service members and military families. Since its inception, Hope For The Warriors has served approximately 10,000 through a variety of support programs focused on transition, health and wellness, peer engagement and connections to community resources. The nonprofit’s first program, A Warrior’s Wish, has granted 151 wishes to fulfill a desire for a better quality of life or support a quest for gratifying endeavors. In addition, Run For The Warriors has captured the hearts of more than 22,000 since 2010. For more information, visit HopeForTheWarriors.org, Facebook or Twitter.
Richmond is a tough track to master. How are you preparing for the weekend to ensure the best finish you can get for the No. 33 team?
“I enjoy Richmond. We’ve run K&N races there in the past but never a truck race, which would have been cool to do. It’s a tough track, one of the most difficult short tracks I think we go to on the circuit. It’s very technical. We’ll see how we stack up. I think our chassis needed some work last time we were there, but I feel like we’ve made some good improvements and will be solid this time around. I enjoy racing there, I just haven’t gotten the finish I want yet. It’s a nice challenge.”
Richmond is one of those tracks where weather conditions can greatly impact how your car runs. Is it tough to keep up with what you have going into the race, based on all the changing weather conditions?
“It can be tough. You’ve got to get your car ready for qualifying, but then you also have to make sure your car is prepped for the race too. Sometimes the times are so different between practice sessions, qualifying and the race that the grip your car has will be entirely different from what you experienced earlier. It’s hard to adjust for that, so I do enjoy the two-day shows like the one we have this weekend. It makes it a little bit easier on myself and my team to prepare and focus on our race.”
This weekend you’ll be running a special paint scheme celebrating Military Children’s Month. What does it mean to you to be honoring the military in this way?
“I’m really looking forward to running the red, white and blue No. 33 Hope for the Warriors paint scheme designed by Liam Harshman at Richmond. I’ve always been passionate about the military and even considered a career in it before deciding to pursue racing. Hope For The Warriors is a great organization I’ve partnered with a lot throughout racing by meeting with service members across the country at the track, so to work with them on having a service member’s child design a paint scheme for me to compete in is really cool. I’m excited to bring some attention to an area of the military that people may not always be thinking about.”