Race teams know strength when they see it. That’s why they rely on steel to make the strongest, best performing vehicles around. At the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500, Feb. 27 – March 1, strength will be everywhere you look; from the cars on the track, to the military heroes sitting right beside you in the stands.
That’s why SMDI has teamed up with the Atlanta Motor Speedway to send three ambassadors to the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 and share their experience from the track. You can follow them on social media during the race weekend to join in on the fun.
For those of you watching the race at home, we are launching a photo contest for you to share why your military hero is #StrongLikeSteel for the chance to win a $150 Grand Prize and a $75 Runner-Up Prize. To enter the contest, you need to post a picture using the hashtag #StrongLikeSteel on SMDI’s Facebook Page or like @DriveUsingSteel on Twitter and post a picture using the #StrongLikeSteel hashtag.
When NASCAR drivers take to the track every Sunday at speeds of 200 mph or faster, inconsistent performance is not an option. The vehicles you see on the track each week are steel intensive – and it’s not the just the bodies – it’s key structural areas in the vehicle that protect drivers in a crash – specifically the roll cage.
In 2013, manufacturers and NASCAR officials launched the new Generation 6 (Gen-6) cars. The Gen-6 cars resemble three models; the Ford Fusion, Toyota Camry and Chevy SS. They also have upgraded safety features by adding a forward roof bar and center roof support bar to the roll cage. This made the roof stronger and increased the crush structure.
For the Camping World Truck Series, the trucks follow NASCAR standards with a steel tube frame and safety roll cage.
Another thing to look out for is #43, Aric Amirola’s Ford team, which is sponsored by the U.S. Air Force for the seventh consecutive season. Almirola was born on Eglin Air Force base in Florida while his father served in the Air Force.
The Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 will be a race to remember because honor matters. And when performance matters, nothing is as sure as steel.