I’m in Indy this weekend with Crown Royal for the Jeff Kyle 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. This year’s Brickyard 400 will honor Kyle, the brother of Chris Kyle, the American Sniper, is a U.S. Marine Corps Sergeant who served for eight years from 2000 – 2008 in the infantry and reserves. Jeff, 37, was chosen to have his name on the race after being nominated by last year’s race namesake John Wayne Walding.
Ironically, this will be Jeff Kyle’s first time at a NASCAR race.
”I’ve had a lot of people come up to me and tell me who I need to meet,” he said. ”I’ve heard just great things about all of them, the NASCAR fans, what type of people they are. Just kind of like-minded with folks like myself. I want to meet as many of them as I can,” he told Fox Sports.
As for Busted’s job this weekend, I’ll be competing against other bloggers to accomplish tasks I haven’t seen. All I know for sure is that I’ll be going for a ride in a pace car around IMS, which is pretty much a dream. If someone offers you to get in a pace car the weekend of a huge Indy race, you don’t ask when, you just go.
But the real story this weekend is Kyle. He’s doing great things for veterans, just like his brother was doing before being murdered.
Kyle trains individuals about firearms safety through his passion to educate those in a safe environment. As a board member for the Guardian For Heroes Foundation, he helps to oversee the organization’s mission – to provide free, in-home fitness equipment, facilitation of donated health club memberships, individualized programs, personal training, as well as life coaching and comprehensive support to in-need veterans with disabilities.
“I don’t consider myself a hero,” Jeff Kyle said. “I did what I did. I had a job to do and I did it. All the guys that were there, they did the same thing. You ask any veteran, they’d probably say the same thing. They’re not heroes. To me, the heroes are the ones that didn’t come,” he told the Associated Press.
I’ll be telling more of Jeff’s story throughout the weekend. Stick around.