In celebration of Fastenal's 50th Anniversary, the #17 Ford, driven by two-time champion Ricky Stenhouse Jr., will feature a commemorative look at Auto Club Speedway this week.
The Fastenal story began in 1967 when Bob Kierlin got together with four friends and opened the first Fastenal store, a 1,000-square-foot shop in his hometown of Winona, MN. Fueled by a core belief in its people, the company has since grown from that single store into a multibillion organization serving some of the biggest names in the worlds of industry and construction.
Still headquartered in Winona, MN, Fastenal now employs nearly 20,000 people worldwide. The names of those employees will be featured on the #17 Fastenal Ford Fusion along with a special 50th Anniversary logo for the Auto Club 400 on March 26th, 2017.
"I am extremely honored to carry the names of the nearly 20,000 Fastenal employees on our car for the race at Auto Club Speedway this weekend," said Stenhouse. "The history of Fastenal is a story of how vision and hard work led to tremendous growth and success. I've had the privilege of meeting thousands of Fastenal employees as well as the company's founders, and they make me proud to be a part of the Fastenal team on and off the track."
The commemorative car was unveiled at the annual Fastenal Employee Industrial & Construction Expo in Orlando, Florida.
"Fastenal wouldn't be where it is today without the hard working people who keep driving this company forward," said Brooke Mlsna, Fastenal's vice president of marketing. "To pay tribute to that, we wanted to incorporate our entire Blue Team into our anniversary car so that, as a team, we can race around the track as we prepare to race into our next 50 years of business."
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