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Brad Keselowski to Honor Survivors from USS Indianapolis


Brad Keselowski
Brad Keselowski
INDIANAPOLIS – Brad Keselowski, driver of the No. 88 U.S. Navy Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS, and Navy Fleet Honorees from Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) will honor survivors and lost-at-sea family members from USS Indianapolis (CA 35) in a 4 p.m. ceremony Friday, July 25 at the USS Indianapolis Museum located inside the Indiana War Memorial in downtown Indianapolis.

Keselowski and the NAVSEA sailors, in town for Saturday’s Kroger 200 at O’Reilly Raceway Park (ORP), will make a special presentation to USS Indianapolis survivors and family members. The event, which is free and open to the public, will also feature rides in a Navy flight simulator as well as a 5:15-5:45 p.m. autograph session with Keselowski, who is currently ranked second in the NASCAR Nationwide Series driver point standings.

Navy Motorsports Program Manager Lt. j.g. Andrea Ross said the survivors and family members from USS Indianapolis will also be recognized with a special decal on the No. 88 Navy car at the July 26 race.

“In addition to honoring the sailors from NAVSEA this weekend, sailors of USS Indianapolis will be represented on the No. 88 Navy Chevy to mark their brave contribution to our country,” Ross said. “Our Fleet Honoree program is intended to recognize Sailors out there doing exceptional things for our nation. This weekend we will have the chance to not only honor our present, but also our past.”

“One of the cool things about working with the Navy is the opportunity I get to meet a number of really great sailors who are doing awesome things for our country,” Keselowski said. “To have the opportunity to meet and shake hands with some of the folks who served aboard USS Indianapolis – a ship that served a mission that would begin the end of World War II – is an honor.”

July 30 will mark the 63rd anniversary of the USS Indianapolis sinking, just days after the top-secret delivery of the key components of the first atomic bomb, “Little Boy.” The museum’s mission is to educate future generations about the story of the USS Indianapolis, from her commissioning to her tragic ending, including the role she played in the Pacific Theater in World War II and the "cost of freedom" paid by those who served on her.

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