NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series world champions, representatives from Coca-Cola, and NHRA executives visited with U.S. military personnel at the USO Lounge at the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International airport on Thursday.
Brittany Force and Tony Schumacher (Top Fuel), Greg Anderson, Jason Line, Jeg Coughlin, Erica Enders, and Bo Butner, (Pro Stock), along with Eddie Krawiec and Andrew Hines (Pro Stock Motorcycle) were all in attendance during the day. Also taking part was NHRA Chief Executive Officer Peter Clifford and NHRA President Glen Cromwell.
The NHRA drivers provided lunch and Coca-Cola beverages for the troops as they passed through the facility on the way to their next deployments. They also signed autographs, visited with the troops, and talked about the service they provide to the country during the course of a busy afternoon.
“It is great to be here, hear their stories, and give them comfort,” said Schumacher, driver of the U.S. Army Top Fuel dragster. “Some kids are here shipping off to go to basic training and today is the day they wonder if they are going to pull it off and start learning their new team. For someone like myself that has been through building teams and putting people around me, being able to meet people like that is fantastic. I thanked them and I thank the other NHRA champs for coming out, too.”
The NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series is competing in nearby Commerce, Ga. With the running of the NHRA Southern Nationals Powered by Mello Yello, May 4-6.