Three NASCAR drivers all had one thing in common Sunday at Phoenix International Raceway other than racing for Stewart-Haas. They paid tribute to 19 fallen firefighters.
Danica Patrick, Tony Stewart and Ryan Newman's cars all had decals honoring the 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots who died while fighting the Yarnell Hill Fire on June 30.
The company behind the cars said the tribute decals were added because they know many first responders worked the race, taking care of the competitors and fans and have some sort of connection with the fallen.
"I think it's very good for them to honor people, especially the 19 guys that risked their lives to save houses and families," said Glendale Fire Captain Steve Cannon. "It's a really good venue and when people see that sticker, it brings back the memories of the tragedy that happened this summer."
Cannon said a member of the Phoenix Fire Department, who is also on a wildland team, contacted the Stewart-Haas Racing team to put on the decals for the weekend's race.