May 21, 2013 12:17 PM by Andy Koen
PUEBLO - One of the racecars in this weekend's 97th running of the Indianapolis 500 will be sporting a little piece of Pueblo as it speeds around the Brickyard.
Panther Racing's National Guard Indy Car has two stickers bearing the logo of the Center for American Values (CAV) on the car's right and left plate capes.
The Chevy turbo racecar is themed the "Soldier of Steel" and will be driven by 2011 Rookie of the Year J.R. Hildebrand who will be starting from 10th position on the inside of the fourth row.
"I'm really happy for all the Panther guys and the National Guard crew to be where we're at," Hildebrand said. "And being able to start 10th will be just fine for race day. We worked super hard at this, and everybody on the National Guard crew knows that this weekend is what matters."
Panther Racing team owner John Barnes recently accepted a position on the CAV Board of Directors. Foundation co-founder and Medal of Honor Recipient Drew Dix will be attending the race and has been invited to speak at a gathering of Fortune 500 executives.