Starting at Watkins Glen International for the Sahlen’s Six Hours of the Glen, Panoz DeltaWing Racing and Hometown Heroes Racing join forces to honor those who dedicate their lives to serve our nation and protect, defend and save the lives of complete strangers on a daily basis.
Michael E Murphy, RN, EMT-P founded Hometown Heroes Racing in 2014 with the sole focus of building honor and camaraderie amongst first responders and the military. “These incredible people risk their lives for others, and it is through teamwork and pride they do this day in, day out,” said Murphy. “Racing is a team game where fans and supporters unite, and that is why I feel it is a good fit.”
Panoz DeltaWing Racing’s Team Owner Don Panoz has been involved in racing for over 20 years, from owning successful race teams and race tracks to founding the American Le Mans Series (ALMS)*. Combined with his career in the pharmaceutical, resort and tech industries, Panoz has worked closely with many first responders, the military and multiple closely-related organizations.
“I have every respect for what Michael is doing and am happy to support and recognize Hometown Heroes Racing’s efforts to build camaraderie and respect in such a deserved community,” said Panoz.
Murphy first saw the DeltaWing at the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona and was immediately captured by the patriotic livery. “I saw the car and knew then that Panoz DeltaWing Racing was the team I wanted to align with,” said Murphy. “On further understanding of how dedicated the team is to innovation and technology, striving to win and persevering for a better future, I only felt happier with my decision.”
The DeltaWing will wear the badges of the U.S. Fire, Police and EMS services at the upcoming race at Watkins Glen International. “We are delighted to team up with Hometown Heroes Racing and have them on the car,” said Tim Keene, team manager, Panoz DeltaWing Racing. “We all have Hometown Heroes to thank, and for us this is an opportune moment for me to show our appreciation and respect for those who work at the track, who help keep us safe, and who take care of us in times of need.”
The team would also like to thank Watkins Glen International for offering a discount to all first responders in addition to military personnel attending the race. More information can be found on Hometown Heroes Racing’s facebook and twitter pages.
* ALMS merged with Grand Am in 2014 to form what is now the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.