Former Highlands High School football coach, Dale Mueller (left in red) shared what Jared Lorenzen meant to him.
Luke Feliciano, Cincinnati Enquirer
Jared Lorenzen will be honored under the Friday night lights at Kentucky Speedway during the NASCAR XFinity Series Alsco 300.
Lorenzen, the former Highlands and University of Kentucky standout quarterback who died July 3, will be memorialized via decal on the JD Motorsports with Gary Keller No. 4 Chevrolet driven by BJ McLeod.
In this Sept. 7, 2002, file photo, Kentucky quarterback Jared Lorenzen looks downfield for a receiver during the first half of the team’s NCAA college football game against UTEP in Lexington, Ky. (Photo: The Associated Press)
The decal will represent the Jared Lorenzen Memorial Fund and be placed on the hood of the car before Friday’s race.
Here is more from the race team’s statement:
As the NASCAR Xfinity Series heads to Kentucky this weekend, JD Mototsports with Gary Keller (JDM) will be racing in honor of Jared Lorenzen, one of the most widely known University of Kentucky quarterbacks of all time, who unfortunately passed away last week at the tender age of 38 years old.
Lorenzen was a standout football player, having set the all time SCC record for passing yards in his career as a quarterback. In 2007, he won a Super Bowl playing for the New York Giants. At 285 pounds, Jared was known affectionately as “Heavy Lefty”, and was one of the heaviest quarterbacks to ever play in the NFL.
The fund has been created in the name of Jared has been set up for family, friends, and fans to help finance his children’s education, and aims to help put them through the university.
JDM aims to bring awareness to the fund by representing it on the hood of BJ McLeod’s No. 4 Chevrolet in Friday night’s Alsco 300 at Kentucky Speedway. Aiding in the effort is local graphics company, GCI Digital, who will provide the team with memorial decals that will be placed on all four JDM Camaros.
Kentucky Sports Radio first reported the news and added that their efforts have raised over $30,000 for Lorenzen’s family.
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