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Title: Reggie White and NASCAR
Post by: Desmond on December 27, 2004, 04:53:43 PM
Reggie White, the football great who died suddenly on Sunday, had a small role in the NASCAR world.

He and Washington Redskins head coach Joe Gibbs owned two race teams that competed on the short tracks of the Southeast in the Dodge Weekly Series as part of a diversity program.  The drivers were Eric Altimora (sp?), a Hispanic, and Aron Bristol, who is black.  Bristol won a race at Ace Speedway in North Carolina this year.

And I'm sure Jayski has "RIP Reggie White" somewhere on his site.  He's a huge Philadelphia Eagles fan.


Title: Reggie White and NASCAR
Post by: Vivian on December 27, 2004, 06:11:11 PM
Reggie was involved in a lot of things from what I have always heard and read.  Everyone thought he was a really humane and caring person.

My thoughts really go out to his family and friends.  I know his passing must have hit a lot of people hard.  Especially since it happened the day after Christmas.  

 :cry:  :cry:

Title: Reggie White and NASCAR
Post by: Desmond on December 27, 2004, 07:05:54 PM
The following is a correction of an earlier post about the late Reggie White's involvement with NASCAR, as well as a statement from Joe Gibbs Racing:

JGR Statement: Reggie White, a former defensive star in the NFL and a partner in the Joe Gibbs Racing Diversity Program, passed away Dec. 26 in Huntersville, N.C. He was 43. White, who played for the Philadelphia Eagles early in his career while JGR Owner Joe Gibbs was in his first stint as head coach of the Washington Redskins, partnered with JGR to form a diversity program in 2003. White was instrumental in the successful beginning of the program. In 2004, under the leadership of White and Gibbs, Chris Bristol, an African-American, competed in the NASCAR Weekly Racing Series at Caraway Speedway in Ashboro, N.C., while Aric Almirola, a Hispanic, competed in the NASCAR Weekly Racing Series at Ace Speedway in Altamahaw, N.C. Bristol scored one victory and finished fourth in the Caraway Speedway point standings, while Almirola won three races and finished 11th in points at Ace Speedway. The following is a statement from J.D. Gibbs, president of JGR, about the passing of Reggie White:
J.D. GIBBS (President, Joe Gibbs Racing): “On behalf my dad and the entire Joe Gibbs Racing family, I would like to express my deepest sympathy to Sara and the White family for their loss. He was much more than a great football player. He excelled as a husband and father and he honored the Lord with his life. It was a true pleasure to collaborate with him on the Joe Gibbs Racing Diversity Program. I know that my father and I, as well as all the employees of JGR, were looking forward to a long relationship with Reggie through this program. All of us at Joe Gibbs Racing will ensure that his vision to cultivate a diversity program within NASCAR will continue. Our thoughts and our prayers are with his family during this difficult time.”(JGR PR)(12-27-2004)

NASCAR has also issued a statement:
NASCAR Statement: The passing of Reggie White is a loss for the NASCAR community. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the White family, Joe Gibbs Racing, and everyone who had the pleasure of working with Reggie. The Reggie White/Joe Gibbs Racing team helped to further diversify NASCAR by providing opportunities to drivers such as Chris Bristol and Aric Almirola.(NASCAR PR)(12-26-2004)

Both are from Jayski.

Title: Reggie White and NASCAR
Post by: BAM24/25 on December 27, 2004, 11:18:17 PM
That is so sad and he wife was diagnosed with MS recently too.  He was such a young man. :(