Bilicki’s number 7 car has a black hood with “Police” written in bold white letters across it, along with 200 stars that represent the more than 200 officers that have been killed in the line of duty in 2020.
That number has climbed from 147 in 2019 to 234 officers’ lives lost in 2020 so far. According to Officer Down Memorial Page, most of these deaths have been associated with COVID-19, which has killed 130 officers this year.
On the top of the car, red and blue police lights have been painted on. They can also be found on the front of the Chevrolet car, located on either side of the emblem.
The race car has a white side with the number seven and a police badge decorating it. The words “Protect & Serve” also line the side.
“We came up with the idea to make the car look like a cop car because NASCAR began with bootleggers outrunning the police,” said the president of Insurance King, Dan Block. Insurance King is a sponsor of Bilicki.
Bilicki will hit the pavement with his car on November 1 at the Martinsville Speedway in Virginia.
Bilicki and The Wounded Blue
In addition, this isn’t the first time the 25-year-old driver has backed the department. Bilicki and Insurance King have continuously worked with the charity, The Wounded Blue. The organization works with police officers that have been either wounded or injured while on duty.
“When we partnered with The Wounded Blue, we ended up going one step further with this paint scheme and are dedicating this design to each police officer that lost their life in 2020,” said Block.
Opinions on the paint job have been very polarizing on Twitter. Some saying they will tune into the race just to root for Bilicki, while others made comments on police brutality.