BK Racing is assisting in the search for cousins Elizabeth Collins and Lyric Cook, who have been missing since July 13. The team will carry special decals on the deck lids of its No. 83 Toyota, driven by Landon Cassill and No. 93 Toyota, driven by Travis Kvapil in this weekend’s Pennsylvania 400 at Pocono Raceway in Long Pond. Pa. The decals will feature an image of the missing girls, along with a phone number to call with information on their whereabouts.
Collins and Cook were last seen in the city of Evansdale, Iowa. Their bicycles and Elizabeth's purse were found near a trail at the edge of Meyers Lake after leaving their grandmother's house. Cassill, a native of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, is anxious to help bring attention to the case.
"The group leading the search efforts has been contacting as many people as possible about this case to help spread the word," Cassill said. "Being from Iowa, and having some other folks in the sport from Iowa, we're all pulling together to raise as much attention as possible to help locate the two missing girls. I really want to do as much as possible and this is one step. I can't thank the team enough for doing this."
Kvapil, a father of three kids, hopes his team's efforts will put a national spotlight on the investigation.
"As a parent, I want to do anything I can to help the families locate their children," Kvapil said. "I'm pleased that we have the special decals on our cars this weekend and I hope that this will aid in the search."
BK Racing co-owner Ron Devine said his first-year NASCAR Sprint Cup Series team is glad to help.
"Learning more about this case, and with Landon being from Iowa himself, I think it was important for us to help out," said Devine. "We have worked with our sponsors to make space on our cars to help raise awareness. Once learning more about the case we didn't hesitate in putting the wheels in motion to help where we can. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the girls' families during these difficult times."
If anyone has any information on the Collins and Cook, please contact 1-800-THE-LOST (843-5678) or the local tip line at 1-319-232-6682.