Chip Foose Partners With 3M to Support Veterans
Aug. 14, 2014—Chip Foose and 3M have partnered to create a paint scheme for racecar No. 16, which will race at the Bristol Motor Speedway on Aug. 23 in honor of veterans, 3M announced recently.
The car, which will be driven by Greg Biffle, is a Ford Fusion and was designed for the Hire Our Heroes program, which aims to support the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in raising awareness for hiring American veterans. This year, 3M has run a special paint scheme with Chip Foose.
“For the August Bristol race, I was lucky to be able to design the 3M Hire Our Heroes Ford Fusion,” Foose said. “The design was inspired by the fact that every soldier wears the camouflage uniform, but underneath that uniform is the heart of an American. The car recognizes that—and as the camo is being torn off, it exposes the red, white and blue. We’re proud of the 3M Hire Our Heroes tool grant recipients and look forward to having them become members of the collision repair industry.”
3M’s Automotive Aftermarket Division and the Collision Repair Education Foundation have partnered since 2012 to support veterans returning home in finding collision repair industry employment. The program helps to provide training and support by offering grants and scholarships to cover tuition, books, classroom materials, tool and equipment.
To date, about 55 military members and their families have received tool grants and scholarships through the program, totaling around $250,000.