Colin Garrett is back in the No. 26 Toyota Supra this weekend at Daytona International Speedway for the NASCAR Xfinity Series Wawa 250 Powered by Coca-Cola.
Daytona has been in Garrett’s sights since he missed the season opener in 2020 by .01 seconds — a disappointment felt by the whole team that year.
This year, however, Garrett is hitting the track under the Stillhouse colors and with his “Access Saves Lives” initiative backed by The 11/11 Veteran Project.
The “Access Saves Lives” initiative was first seen publicly last week at Michigan International Speedway, where Colin started P29, battled it out in the top 15, and then placed P20 due to some late restarts in the New Holland 250.
The idea of championing access isn’t new for Colin, as he has been partnering with The Rosie Network and Racing for Heroes for several years to help veterans receive better access to healthcare and mental health resources.
One of his sponsors for the last two races also understands the idea of accessibility very well. Hoby Wedler of Hoby’s Essentials was born blind, but that’s never stopped him from achieving his goals and living a normal life. In fact, Wedler is a PhD chemist and entrepreneur recognized by Forbes on their 30 Under 30 list, named a Champion of Change by President Obama, and most recently selected by Wine Enthusiast as a 40 Under 40 Tastemaker for 2021.
“I was born blind and I know what it’s like to be blind in a sighted world. My business endeavors strive to provide true accessibility and inclusivity for everyone. That’s why we plan to include Braille labels on all Hoby’s Essentials products and be the only seasonings brand in the world with Braille labels on their products,” Hoby explained.
For the second week in a row, the No. 26 Supra will hit the track with Braille in its paint scheme, and Wedler and Garrett will continue their mission to raise awareness for accessibility for all.