Earlier this month in response to mounting civil unrest surrounding the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and others, Denny Hamlin was one of several drivers to unite for a message of, “I will listen and learn.”
I will listen and learn. pic.twitter.com/bcNkq0Vglt
— Denny Hamlin (@dennyhamlin) June 7, 2020
Sunday morning, Hamlin tweeted out that he was keeping his promise and will sport a paint scheme dedicated to the National Civil Rights Museum on his No. 11 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota — typically occupied by 36-race sponsor FedEx — in Monday’s GEICO 500 at Talladega Superspeedway (3 p.m. ET, FOX, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).
I promised to listen and that’s what I’m doing. Today you will see my #11 car will not carry the traditional paint scheme that you usually see. @FedEx and myself instead want to give that voice to the @NCRMuseum. Exhibit photos courtesy of the NCRM. pic.twitter.com/KJ0sKumnUT
— Denny Hamlin (@dennyhamlin) June 21, 2020
Joe Gibbs Racing followed up with a video tweet explaining that FedEx chose to remove all of their branding to spotlight the Memphis, Tennessee, museum. The museum also mentioned that in addition to the paint scheme, FedEx will donate $500,000 to its mission as a catalyst for change.
For today’s race, @FedEx has chosen to remove all of their branding and traditional colors, with this week’s theme being to listen and learn as they spotlight the @NCRMuseum, which they are featuring on the hood. pic.twitter.com/hfd5aGq2e9
— Joe Gibbs Racing (@JoeGibbsRacing) June 21, 2020
At today’s Talladega SuperSpeedway @NASCAR race, @FedEx announced a $500,000 donation to the @NCRMuseum in support of the museum’s mission. FedEx is also a sponsor of Joe Gibbs Racing driver @dennyhamlin whose #11 car now bears the museum’s logo on its hood. #catalystforchange pic.twitter.com/tH5dw3NbJt
— NatCivilRightsMuseum (@NCRMuseum) June 21, 2020