NASA astronaut Doug Hurley, a season-ticket holder at Texas Motor Speedway since 2005, bestowed a special honor on “The Great American Speedway!” prior to Saturday evening’s Samsung Mobile 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race.
Texas Motor Speedway was honoring Hurley for being the pilot on Atlantis for the final Space Shuttle mission in history by having him on stage to announce the race’s top-10 starters to the crowd, but he one upped Texas Motor Speedway President Eddie Gossage.
Hurley decided to honor Texas Motor Speedway by bringing a memento from the speedway aboard Atlantis on that historic final mission. Gossage presented Hurley with a three-foot by five-foot “No Limits” flag for the June 28th launch from Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla.
“I think it will work great,” Hurley said. “I took a Texas Motor Speedway sticker up the last time I went and gave it to Eddie. But I look forward to taking the flag up there, going about 25,000 mph for a little while and then 17,000 mph the rest of the trip. I’ll bring it back here in the fall.”