SSG ELIZABETH COWIE NAMED PANTHER'S HOMETOWN HERO FOR GRAND PRIX OF LONG BEACH WEEKEN


LONG BEACH, Calif. (April 19, 2013) - Panther Racing has named SSG Elizabeth Cowie as its honorary Hometown Hero for the Grand Prix of Long Beach 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 Cowie are posted below:
•SSG Cowie entered the Army Reserve at the age of 17
•Deployed in support of Operation Desert Storm
•Moved to California after returning from deployment and joined the California Army National Guard
•Assisted with the mobilization, training and preparation of units in the 746 CSSB during the onset of military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan
•Began Operation Gratitude with Carolyn Blashek in 2003, making care packages from her home. Operation Gratitude is now one of the most successful programs in the country, resulting in the distribution of over 940,000 care packages for deployed soldiers
•Volunteered to deploy in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2006, but was diagnosed with an early stage of breast cancer during the medical screening process and was cleared for deployment after undergoing two surgeries and radiation therapy
•SSG Cowie joined the 1113th Transportation Company in Kuwait where she was instrumental in maintaining logistical support