Through this event, State was able to raise much-needed funds for Busch’s charity of choice — the Armed Forces Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to supporting and advocating for active-duty military personnel, National Guardsmen, reservists, military families, and veterans.
On May 25, Busch became the fourth racecar driver in history to attempt the Double, racing in both IndyCar’s Indianapolis 500 for Andretti Autosport and NASCAR’s Coca-Cola 600 for Stewart-Haas Racing. As a result of his feat, Busch was able to bring awareness of issues affecting veterans like post-traumatic stress disorder and the high suicide rates among this group.
Busch also was awarded the prestigious Sunoco Indianapolis 500 Rookie of the Year Award, making him the first NASCAR driver to earn the honor since Donnie Allison in 1970.
“It was our absolute pleasure to support Kurt in his Double attempt,” said Jeff Storie, senior manager of marketing for State Water Heaters. “He may not have had the finish he hoped for in Charlotte, but we could not be prouder of our driver for his well-deserved Rookie of the Year Award and his charitable work serving as a champion for our country’s veterans. All of us here at State want to send our utmost congratulations to Kurt, Stewart-Haas Racing, the Armed Forces Foundation, and everyone who made the Double possible.”
Publication date: 6/30/2014