NASCAR Michigan 2013: Denny Hamlin to honor Jason Leffler with new paint scheme

Rob Carr

Denny Hamlin will honor Jason Leffler on Sunday with a repainted No. 11 car.

Denny Hamlin's No. 11 car will have a new paint scheme to honor Jason Leffler for the Quicken Loans 400 at Michigan International Speedway on Sunday. The car will look as it did when Leffler drove it in 2005. Hamlin came up with the idea, which was approved by Joe Gibbs Racing and sponsor FedEx.

Gibbs commented on Leffler's death earlier this week. Via the Associated Press:

"We feel fortunate to have had (Leffler) as part of both our Nationwide Series program and of course in the Cup Series where he helped us launch the No. 11 team with FedEx," team owner Joe Gibbs said earlier this week. "NASCAR is unique in that it really is one large family and Jason was well liked by all that knew him. His loss will be felt across the entire sport."

Leffler died Wednesday of a neck injury caused by an accident at a dirt track in New Jersey. He drove 19 Sprint Cup races in the No. 11 car in 2005 as a member of Joe Gibbs Racing. By the end of the year, Hamlin was in the driver's seat, where he has since remained. The car has taken over a predominantly black color scheme, but will be cloaked in white as it was when Leffler was at the wheel.

The green flag at the Quicken Loans 400 will drop at 1:16 p.m. ET. Race coverage will be televised on TNT.

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