Travis Hanson to pilot the No. 94 Hope For The Warriors late model
BOONE, Iowa (September 7, 2016) – As a continuation of Hope For The Warriors’ Drive For Hope program, 1stSgt. Travis Hanson, USMC (Ret.) will pilot the No. 94 dirt late model at the IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s in Boone, Iowa. For Hope For The Warriors, the race demonstrates a collaboration of military supporters allowing the United States Marine Corps veteran to race with the logo of the nonprofit on his car. Hope For The Warriors restores self, family and hope for service members, veterans and military families.
“IMCA and the Super Nationals event really translates to hometown America–it’s where our service members are based and it’s something they relate to,” said Travis Hanson, a USMC veteran and Senior Director of Sports and Recreation for Hope For The Warriors. “Not only are we engaging in the community, but we’re also appreciating those community members who have supported us throughout the years, including the leadership at IMCA.”
“My good friend Andrew Franzone, a racecar driver and team owner, rallied the support of longtime friends and sponsors for this year’s race, including FocusPoint Private Capital, Florence Capital, Sentinel Real Estate, Warrington Asset Management, Start Media, Origin Wealth Advisors and Insight Financial. Along with Franzone, these companies recognize the importance of community support, and trust Andrew’s vision in how they can truly impact the military community at home,” Hanson continued.
The International Motorsports Contest Association (IMCA) Super Nationals will not be the first race where fans will be able to see a Hope For The Warriors decal thanks to the generosity of Franzone. The racecar driver and team owner has also helped establish funding to allow cars to carry the Hope For The Warriors decal at motorsports events in New Smyrna Beach, Fla., and Chichester, United Kingdom.
“Running the Hope For The Warriors logo at the IMCA Super Nationals is especially meaningful because of the relationships that Hope For The Warriors has within the local community,” continued Hanson. “Both Casey’s General Store and the IMCA have been great supporters of Hope For The Warriors.”
In 2012, a combat wounded Iowan received a little slice of home when Casey’s General Stores and Hope For The Warriors hand delivered a hot pizza to Walter Reed in Bethesda, Md. Media coverage about the story caught the eye of IMCA executives, and led to the organization setting out on their own mission to help Hope For The Warriors. In the years that have followed, IMCA has been a driving force behind building a larger community of supporters through its membership. The organization has also partnered with Casey’s General Stores in a fundraising effort that has resulted in a donation to Hope For The Warriors at each of the last three Super Nationals events.
Hanson will pilot the No. 94 Hope For The Warriors Late Model at Boone Speedway on Thursday, September 8. Racing will begin at 2 p.m. CT with the 50-lap feature scheduled to begin at approximately 8 p.m. CT.