Plowman to Participate in Indy 500 Centennial Tour to Visit Troops
Indy 500 "Past, Present, and Future" will Commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the Most Important Race in History

Martin Plowman will be joining some of the biggest names in racing, making the trip of a lifetime to personally thank the men and women overseas who fight for our freedom. The Indy 500 Centennial Tour kicks off on January 12 and will allow the drivers to meet between 10,000 and 15,000 troops in Germany, Iraq, and other bases. The trip is coordinated by Morale Entertainment, working with Armed Forces Entertainment, a division of the Department of Defense. The Indianapolis Motor Speedway and IZOD IndyCar Series are significant partners.

The group of drivers is based around the theme, "Past, Present, and Future," and includes such legends as Johnny Rutherford, Al Unser, Jr., and Davey Hamilton; current driver Graham Rahal; and the future of the IZOD IndyCar Series, Martin Plowman. The 10-day tour will also include race announcer Jack Arute as the moderator for discussions at the bases and Terry Angstadt, president of the IZOD IndyCar Series commercial division. A video crew from IMS Productions will document the trip.

Possible additions to the tour include the Indy Racing Experience two-seater for a portion of the tour. Additional IZOD IndyCar Series drivers may be added to the tour.

MARTIN PLOWMAN: "A few months ago, I was asked by Joe Petersen if I wanted to go on this trip. My response was, "Is that even a question? Sign me up." I think all of us up here [at the press conference] share a common idea that motorsport is our entire lives. It's what I live for; it's all I've known. My whole world is motorsport, and it's very easy to take that for granted. I'm only afforded the opportunity to race because of the freedom we're all given in this western society. This whole trip is an opportunity to go out there and to look these soldiers in the eye, to just shake their hands and say thank you."

-source: martin plowman PR