Team Recognizes Female Soldiers in National Guard with Pink Livery, Firestone Tires

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - (August 1, 2013) – Panther Racing will return to its popular “Pink Camo” livery to honor female soldiers serving in the National Guard during this weekend’s IndyCar Series race at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. Firestone has joined the team in honoring females serving in the military and has created a pink sidewall tire that will replace the traditional black primary Firehawk tires this weekend.
“I’ve never driven a pink racecar before and I can’t wait,” Servia said. “As a kid I always liked the Pink Panther, so hopefully we can be sneaky like the Pink Panther this weekend.”

The Ohio National Guard is led by MG Deborah Ashenhurst, the only female adjutant general in the country, who will join the team this weekend to help celebrate the key role females play in the military.

“We’ve been very fortunate to see up close how integral females are in the National Guard and we’re excited to recognize their effort with the pink camo No. 4 car this weekend,” Panther owner John Barnes said. “Our friend General Ashenhurst is one of the best military leaders in the country and a perfect representation of the role females play in the military. I also want to thank everybody at Firestone for helping us out with this effort and creating a pink sidewall tire for the weekend.”

The team first debuted a pink camo car in 2011 at Kentucky Speedway and brought the popular livery back at Mid-Ohio last year after MG Ashenhurst was named adjutant general. The car’s design has remained similar until Firestone jumped in to add the pink tires to the mix.

“Firestone Racing is very proud to support Panther Racing’s celebration of female soldiers with pink sidewall primary Firehawk tires to complement the car's pink camo paint scheme at Mid-Ohio,” Lisa Boggs, Director, Firestone Racing said. “We share in recognizing the strong and selfless spirit of women in the National Guard.”

It was announced earlier this week that Servia is returning to drive the team’s No. 4 National Guard Chevy this weekend, and the likeable Spaniard was excited to hear of his car’s unique design for the weekend.

“For me it’s just an unbelievable honor to represent the National Guard, and this weekend in particular, the females that are soldiers in the National Guard,” Oriol said. “I hope that we can continue to make everyone aware that they’re a huge part of the force and get them on the podium this weekend in Mid-Ohio.”

Race Broadcast Info:
The Honda Indy 200 will be broadcast live on NBC Sports Network on August 4th at 3:00 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. -