This weekend, the car racing world will turn to Crown Royal Presents the Jeff Kyle 400 at the Brickyard. This NASCAR race, sponsored by Crown Royal, is named in honor of a hero chosen by the people.
Since 2012, the Brickyard 400 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway has been named for a hero chosen by the people. Many citizens nominate their heroes, and a winner is chosen to be the namesake for the race.
This year’s recipient, Jeff Kyle, is a veteran who has served in Iraq, Africa, and other locations. Jeff has given back to the community in numerous ways, and has been an exemplary member of several charitable organizations.
I will be on-site this week during the Jeff Kyle 400 Presented by Crown Royal, reporting on both the race and the hero who it is named for. In the meantime, read on to learn more about the titular man behind the race this year.
There will be much more to come from the Jeff Kyle 400 at the Brickyard, so stay tuned for updates, here on Writtalin!
Jeff Kyle –U.S. Marine Corps Sergeant
Jeff Kyle, 37, of Lorena, Texas is a U.S. Marine Corps Sergeant who served for eight years from 2000 – 2008 in the infantry and reserves. While serving with the 3rd Marine Division, Kyle received the Navy Achievement Medal for leading the first Marine detachment to transport a nuclear submarine through hostile waters. During his time in the military, Kyle was deployed to Iraq twice, Africa and several other locations overseas. When Kyle retired from the Marine Corps in 2008 he says, “My military career didn’t start until I left because now I am able to truly serve my country through helping my fellow brothers.”
As one of the founders of Texas Elite Tactical Academy, 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, Kyle 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.
In addition, Kyle plays a large role as a board member of American Valor, the foundation which runs the memorial benefit to honor his brother, CPO and U.S. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle. Nominated by the person he considers one of his heroes, former 2014 “Your Hero’s Name Here” race namesake John Wayne Walding, Kyle continues to dedicate his efforts to champion for military veterans and their families.