INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (July 4, 2013) – Panther Racing has named SSG Michael Kacer as its honorary Hometown Hero for the Pocono IndyCar 400 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 the team’s driver 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 Kacer are posted below:
•SSG Kacer is a native of Throop, Pennsylvania and joined the Pennsylvania National Guard in 1999 while still a junior in high school.
•Before his medical retirement in 2010 SSG Kacer was deployed to Germany, Bosnia, Iraq and Afghanistan. During his deployment in Zerok, Afghanistan insurgents fired rockets into the combat operations post and SSG Kacer sustained numerous injuries to his head, ribs, lungs, abdominal area and he ultimately had his left arm amputated.
•The loss of his arm has done little to slow SSG Kacer, who now represents the Army in the military’s premiere Paralympics competition, and in 2012 he collected a total of seven medals in both track & field and swimming events. When not training SSG Kacer spends time as a motivational speaker and assists local high school track teams.
•SSG Kacer has received the Purple Heart, Bronze Star, two Army Commendation Medals, the National Defense Service Medal, three Army Achievement Medals, two Army Reserve Component Medals, the NATO Medal, the NATO ISAF Medal, two Army Good Conduct Medals, the Thomas J. Stewart Medal, the Keystone Freedom Medal, Global War on Terrorism Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal and many other recognitions.

Race Broadcast Info:
The Pocono IndyCar 400 will be broadcast on ABC on July 7th at 12 pm (ET), with additional coverage provided by the IMS Radio Network, XM/Sirius Channel 211. Practice, qualifying and race coverage is also available on the IndyCar Mobile app from Verizon. -