MEMPHIS, Tenn. – July 8, 2014 – The Ducks Unlimited (DU) car was one of the unlucky ones to find the wall early in the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona last weekend. The No. 14 Sprint Cup Series car driven by Tony Stewart was involved in a crash on lap 19 that took out other top contenders.
The special paint scheme was a generous donation by Bass Pro founder Johnny Morris, and was unveiled during DU's annual convention in St. Louis in May.
"We are extremely grateful for the opportunity to have DU's name and special DU artwork on Tony's car," said DU CEO Dale Hall. "Although the outcome wasn't what anyone had hoped, the fact that Johnny Morris donated the paint scheme for hundreds of thousands to see speaks volumes about his commitment to conservation."
The crash happened when Ricky Stenhouse Jr. got loose and Jeff Gordon swerved to avoid hitting Stenhouse. In trying to avoid Stenhouse, Gordon inadvertently crashed into Stewart causing a major pile up. After the smoke cleared, a total of 16 cars were involved in the crash.
"I had the pleasure of spending time with Tony before the race, and he's such a great guy," Hall said. "I am disappointed for him because he is such a strong competitor. But, as they say at the track 'that's racing.' I can't thank Tony and Johnny enough for giving DU such a great opportunity."
The car featured a greenhead (mallard duck) on both back fenders, along with "Ducks Unlimited" painted in large letters.
Ducks Unlimited Inc. is the world's largest non-profit organization dedicated to conserving North America's continually disappearing waterfowl habitats. Established in 1937, Ducks Unlimited has conserved more than 13 million acres thanks to contributions from more than a million supporters across the continent. Guided by science and dedicated to program efficiency, DU works toward the vision of wetlands sufficient to fill the skies with waterfowl today, tomorrow and forever. For more information on our work, visit www.ducks.org. Connect with us on our Facebook page at facebook.com/DucksUnlimited, follow our tweets at twitter.com/DucksUnlimited and watch DU videos at youtube.com/DucksUnlimitedInc.