ARLINGTON -- With a half-dozen championships in his career, Marty Logan is a star in the drag boat world. But all he has talked about lately is another well-known name.
"This is my wingman right here," said Logan, 57, as he pointed to a decal of the late Chris Kyle. "I feel safe out there. He's protected hundreds, maybe thousands of American troops' lives. I can't think of a better guy to follow down the track!"
Kyle, a former Navy SEAL sniper, was said to be the deadliest in American history. But he was murdered by a former Marine in February while trying to help him cope with post-traumatic stress disorder.
"That's what we were a little bit afraid of," Logan explained, "that as time passed on, it would be forgotten."
So, the drag boat champion re-wrapped his tractor-trailer, added numerous decals to his drag boat, and that's not all.
Logan's team is dedicating everything it makes this season - sponsorships, merchandise sales, even prize money - to Chris Kyle's widow and two children. In the last 90 days, Logan and his team have already raised more than $40,000 for them.
"Our goal is honestly enough to put those two kids through college [which] is about $100,000," Logan continued. "And I'm just one guy. I'm just a one-boat racer that's doing what's right. And I'd love to have some help!"
Logan has five competitions left this year, and is hopeful for a seventh championship win. But he said he's really racing to remember Kyle.
He said he plans to present Kyle's widow, Taya, with a check in January.