Blake Shelton revealed that a recent gift honoring his late father might just be the best one he’s ever received.
Shelton took to Instagram to share a photo of a commemorative helmet featuring his father Dick, given to him by friend and IndyCar Series driver Jimmie Johnson.
“I have been blessed in my lifetime to have received some incredible gifts and awards and things that will always mean a lot to me. But on a personal level this just might top them all,” Shelton wrote. “Thank you, @jimmiejohnson. It is an honor and a privilege to call you my friend,” he added. The helmet, which bears the logos of Carvana, the American Legion, and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, features black and white photos of Shelton’s father, who served in the army.
“Thanks my friend, the honor and privilege was all mine,” Johnson commented in response.
Shelton and Johnson teamed up to honor the U.S. military at the Indy 500 back on Memorial Day weekend in May. Shelton, who met Johnson in 2003 when they were both newcomers to their respective fields, helped design his helmet for the special race.
Shelton also talked about his dad, Dick and how much he loved the Indy 500.
“Well my dad was a Veteran, not of the Korean War, he was in Korea just after the war, but he served as a honor guard over there. My brother was in the army and my dad was also a huge Indy 500 fan, I mean like if the Indy 500 was on, that was his Super Bowl,” Shelton shared. “That was his holiday and he would be extremely proud that I’m getting to do this with you and super jealous all at the same time,” he added.
Shelton served as the grand marshal of this year’s Indy 500 Memorial Day race, which featured a “Helmet of Heroes” campaign. The helmet Shelton helped design paid tribute to both he and Johnson’s family members who served in the military and Shelton and Johnson signed the helmet before it was put on display at the American Legion’s mobile unit. Fans can donate to the American Legion for a chance to win the signed helmet before the winner is announced on Sep. 13.
Shelton previously honored his dad on Veterans Day, sharing a black and white photo of him in his army uniform on his Facebook page in 2015.
“I hope everyone honors this Veterans Day today,” Shelton wrote at the time. “So important. My dad served as [an] honor guard in Korea,” he said.