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Nascar Driver Denny Hamlin Visits Walt Disney World® Golf for a Red, White and Blue Meet and Greet With Military Veterans

Walt Disney World® Golf, operated by Arnold Palmer Golf Management, is pleased to have hosted NASCAR driver Denny Hamlin and two military veterans for a red, white and blue meet and greet at Disney’s Palm Golf Course.

Denny, who is an avid golfer and the winner of the 2016 Daytona 500, is in Florida for the July 1, 2017 Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola at the Daytona International Speedway.

On Thursday, June 15, Army veteran Joe Eason of Orlando and Marine Corps veteran Sean Rego of Sebring, a Daytona International Speedway ticket holder, teed it up with Hamlin at Disney’s Palm Golf Course. Daytona International Speedway President Chip Wile was on hand to present the trio with customized “SHARE an ICE COLD Coke” patriotic bottles on behalf of the race sponsor. Wile also presented Eason and Rego two tickets apiece for the Coke Zero 400 while Hamlin presented them with a FedEx gift bag filled with autographed items.

“This is just a small preview for what Daytona does to honor military veterans,” Hamlin said. “I like playing golf and it worked out perfect to have a couple of these guys down and play a few holes with them.”

“It was awesome,” Rego said. “I had no idea [Denny] was such a great golfer.”

“I had a really great time,” Eason added. “I’m not much of a golfer. I usually go to the driving range. Denny was very cool and he gave me some great pointers.”

Afterward, Hamlin and the veterans spoke with media members at the Shades of Green Resort, an official Armed Forces Recreation Center (AFRC) located within the Walt Disney World® Resort. AFRC facilities exist to provide rest, relaxation, recreation and sustainment for military personnel, their families and other members of the Total Defense Force. AFRC facilities have been serving the nation’s service members and their families since 1946; the Shades of Green Resort opened in 1994 as the only AFRC in the continental United States.

We look forward to welcoming you to the “Happiest Place on TURF!”

Tickets for the 59th annual Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola, the Coca-Cola Firecracker 250 and other Daytona International Speedway events can be purchased online at or by calling 1-800-PITSHOP.