NASCAR Driver Ryan Blaney To Race Kobe Bryant Tribute Car This Weekend


If you missed the Kobe Bryant memorial yesterday, you’re going to want to carve out some time to watch that, especially  Michael Jordan’s tear-soaked speech. It was incredibly moving.

And even while we’re still trying to wrap our heads around the fact that Kobe is gone, along with his daughter Gianna and the 7 others that lost their lives that day, members the NASCAR community are using this weekend’s race in Fontana, California, to honor the NBA legend.

Ryan Blaney will race in a Body Armor #12 car adorned with purple and gold scales and the numbers 24 and 2 for Kobe and Gianna. Official merch appears to be in the works as well, with all proceeds going to the Mamba On Three Fund. William Byron, who drives the #24 car (Kobe’s number), is also rumored to be running a Kobe paint scheme during the race.

The NASCAR Cup Series Auto Club 400 will run this Sunday at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California.

A beer bottle on a dock


A beer bottle on a dock