SSG JAMES D. NIRENBERG NAMED PANTHER RACING'S HOMETOWN HERO FOR ST. PETERSBURG INDYCAR RACE WEEKEND
Panther Racing has named SSG James D. Nirenberg as its honorary Hometown Hero for the Grand Prix of St. Petersburg weekend. Panther began its Hometown Hero program in 2008 to help highlight an extraordinary Soldier from each respective state’s National Guard. Each hero participates in the IndyCar Series driver autograph session during the race weekend and sits next to Hildebrand while signing a specialty-made hero card.
The hero also takes an IndyCar Experience two-seater ride, is honored during an awards presentation in the team’s hospitality unit prior to the race and is also recognized on the pre-race stage in front of the crowd prior to the start of the race.
Additional notes on SSG Nirenberg are posted below:
•Enlisted in the Florida Army National Guard at 17 years old
•Deployed to Jordan and Iraq with the 1st Battalion 124th Infantry Regiment in 2003, serving 14 months overseas
•Deployed to Kuwait with the 1st Battalion 124th Infantry Regiment in 2010
•In 2012, SSG Nirenberg moved to Headquarters Company 53rd Brigade Special Troops Battalion in Pinellas Park, Florida to work as a Training Manager