For the past three years, since 2012, Pennzoil has worked closely with Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA). The mission behind this partnership is to retrofit vehicles for injured veterans so that former drivers are able to reclaim their freedom and love of driving. They call their partnership the Love Your Car Campaign.
During the time that Pennzoil and PVA have worked together, Pennzoil has donated $400,000 to the later organization. A portion of the proceeds went towards retrofitting six vehicles for injured veterans.
The Paralyzed Veterans of America organization has been working with Pennzoil to find veterans in need. Calls were put out to each of PVA’s 33 national chapters asking them to nominate a member in need of a retrofitted vehicle. Six winning veterans were chosen from that list. Each of the six received a vehicle of their choosing, retrofitted to their specific need.
Twenty-four-year-old Joseph Thomas “Joey” Logano, American stock car racing driver, won his first ever Daytona 500 driving No. 22 Shell-Pennzoil Ford Fusion this past weekend on Sunday, February 22nd – or 2.22 (if you are using shorthand). In order to mark this very special occasion, Pennzoil is going to donate $22,222 to the Paralyzed Veterans of America!
Joey received a letter from Pennzoil about the donation just as the news was broken to him on ESPN Wednesday afternoon. The letter initially congratulated Joey on winning the 57th running Daytona 500; the perfect jump start to the racing season.
Then the letter went on further to explain the donation being made to PVA in honor of his win; a way that Pennzoil can positively change the lives of veterans that have disabilities after their service for our country. They wanted him to know that thanks to his win that he, Team Pennzoil and Team Penske have all been fortunate enough to support.
Then, to give this young man inspiration, Pennzoil upped the ante a touch. They advised Joey that if he was to win the race in Las Vegas in two weeks that they are putting some additional money on the table. Pennzoil is willing to add another “2” to the original $22,222 for the PVA. If he wins, the number will become $222,222. What an opportunity this young man has to do something even greater for the Paralyzed Veterans of America.
Thankfully organizational partners like PVA, Pennzoil, Penske and individuals like Joey Logana are there in our veterans’ corners. Not only do they recognize them, they run programs like this one that help the veterans gain a newfound sense of freedom once they get a retro-fitted vehicle that allows them that freedom.