PANTHER HONORS GARY SINISE FOUNDATION DURING IOWA CORN INDY 250 WEEKEND
NEWTON, Iowa – Panther Racing will be honoring the Gary Sinise Foundation this weekend by placing the foundation’s logo on the rear wing of the team’s No. 4 National Guard Chevrolet that will be driven Oriol Servia in this weekend’s Iowa Corn Indy 250. Panther Racing’s “Operation: Hire Our Guard” and “Road Map to Help” programs help fight unemployment amongst our National Guard soldiers by combining many organizations across the country that provide support for service members. The team was introduced to the Gary Sinise during the offseason and hosted the Academy Award nominated actor during one of its employment events at Phoenix International Raceway.
“When we learned everything that Gary Sinise and his foundation do to support the military, we were blown away,” Panther Managing Partner John Barnes said. “It literally is amazing, and we couldn’t be happier to help promote and support a group that gives so much to our country and these soldiers. We hope everybody who watches the race on Sunday will take a minute to look into the Gary Sinise Foundation and what they’re all about, because they’re game-changers.”
As part of it’s “Operation: Hire Our Guard” program, Panther hosts employer outreach events in states that do not host IndyCar Series events, and Sinise was a special guest earlier this year at the team’s event in Arizona. In addition to speaking with the employers and military leaders in attendance that day, Sinise took an IndyCar Experience two-seater ride during his visit. But, most importantly, Sinise knows the importance of soldiers getting jobs upon their return from deployment.
“It’s critical,” Sinise said. “And it’s not only the right thing to do, but it’s the smart thing to do. This is the best-trained and most highly skilled military that we’ve ever had in the history of our country. So you’ve got people coming out of the military and the National Guard who are highly qualified for all kinds of various jobs. So it’s a smart thing to do for an employer to reach out to the military community to hire a veteran. They learn so much in the military; discipline, various manufacturing skills, and so many other jobs within the military that they can take into civilian life and that’s a great resource right there for any employer to tap.”
His foundation’s logo will be displayed prominently on Panther’s rear-wing this weekend. The team intends to cycle through logos of several organizations and charities for the rest of the year that support the military and are part of Panther’s “Road Map to Help” initiative.
“The Gary Sinise Foundation is dedicated to serving and honoring the needs of our military men and women, first responders, Gold Star Families, wounded warriors, and all the folks who serve and protect our country,” Sinise continued. “We’re raising money to build homes for various severely wounded warriors, we’re supporting the tragic loss of our nation’s heroes through Gold Star initiatives, we’re supporting resiliency campaigns and all kinds of different things.”
But the big question was, did Sinise enjoy his ride in the back seat of an IndyCar?
“That was incredible,” Sinise said. “I’ve always wanted to do something like that before, but they surprised me with that today and put me in there. So I was thrilled to be able to go around that fast.”
The Gary Sinise Foundation serves the nation by honoring its defenders, veterans, first responders, their families, and those in need. The Foundation does so by creating and supporting unique programs designed to entertain, educate, inspire strengthen and build communities. These programs include ‘Building for America’s Bravest’, an effort to build smart homes across the country for veterans, performances across the country by Gary Sinise & the Lt. Dan Band, Relief & Resiliency Outreach and many other programs.
For information on everything the Gary Sinise Foundation does to support our nation’s heroes, please visit: www.garysinisefoundation.org