Panther Racing CEO receives medal for outstanding service

Panther Racing CEO and managing partner John Barnes last week was presented the Arizona Adjutant General’s Medal for outstanding service and unwavering commitment to the United States National Guard.

The National Guard returns as the primary sponsor of the No. 4 Panther Racing car to be driven by JR Hildebrand in the 2012 season.

“I’m just unbelievably humbled by this honor and have to thank my good friend Gen. (Hugo) Salazar for everything he’s done for Panther," Barnes said. “I say it all the time, but we’re just doing what we feel is right for the soldiers who serve this country. I feel like every honor we receive as a team is more a testament to the hard work they do and how eager we are to help support those efforts."

Said Salazar: "Patriot citizens such as yourself have made the National Guard a proven operational force that is always ready and always there to defend America both at home and abroad. Your efforts reflect great credit upon yourself, your family and the Panther Racing team."

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