Justin Ashley and the Phillips Connect Toyota Top Fuel team have invited and hosted the Wyakin Foundation and Wyakin veterans during the last two NHRA seasons. This year, Justin Ashley and Phillips Connect celebrated Veterans Day with Wyakin Foundation’s Executive Director Cory Rodriguez and three Wyakin veterans on November 11, 2023, at the NHRA Finals in Ponoma, California.
Wyakin veterans in attendance were George Nickel, an Army veteran who is a Wyakin Alumn and current Director of Veteran Programs; Brandon B., an Army veteran and currently in the Wyakin trades program to become a Machinist; and Patrick S., a Navy veteran who is also in the Wyakin trades program to become a Machinist.
During their time at the NHRA Finals, George, Brandon, and Patrick all got to join Justin Ashley’s team on the starting line during the third qualifying session, along with enjoying the Phillips Connect hospitality area. They also got a front-row view of the Phillips Connect Toyota Top Fuel team. They took Justin Ashley’s engine apart and put it back together in 45 minutes. Since they are both in school to become a Machinist, you can only imagine how amazed they were by the efficiency and quickness of the Phillips Connect Toyota Top Fuel team.
The opportunity for Wyakin veterans to be honored and celebrated at the 2023 NHRA Finals is an unforgettable and extraordinary memory they will have for the rest of their lives. At Wyakin, we are incredibly proud of the fantastic work and advocacy that Justin Ashley and Phillips Connect show’s military veterans. We are honored to work alongside them and call them a part of the Wyakin Family.
You can read the “Ashley to Honor Veterans with Wyakin Foundation at NHRA” press release on Drag Illustrated from November 9, 2023, here: https://dragillustrated.com/ashley-to-honor-veterans-with-wyakin-foundation-at-nhra-finals/