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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Academy Sports + Outdoors and Magnum Boots gives a local fan the Pit Crew Experience with Indy

For Immediate Release
Contact: Dayna Panales
Public Relations Manager
209.545.1111 #321

Academy Sports + Outdoors and Magnum Boots gives a local fan the Pit Crew Experience with Indy

Modesto, Calif. (April 14, 2010) — Academy Sports + Outdoors recently teamed up with Magnum Boots USA, the official footwear and clothing supplier of the Panther Racing team during a month-long promotion that sent one lucky winner to the April 11, 2010 Birmingham IndyCar race and raised $7,048 for the National Guard Youth Foundation.

Winner Mr. Aaron Hambright of Irondale, Alabama had the unique experience of suiting up with the Panther Racing Team pit crew in the #4 National Guard car with driver Dan Wheldon at the wheel. Mr. Hambright was able to shadow the pit crew team for the day prior to the race as they got the car ready for race day. Mr. Hambright received the very rare opportunity of riding in an official IndyCar two-seater, and experienced the track at every turn first hand.

“It was one of the best things I’ve done in my life”, said Mr. Hambright, the winner of the Pit Crew Experience. “Riding in the car was like the most intense rollercoaster I’ve ever been on.”

In addition, during the month-long promotion at Academy Sports + Outdoors, $7,048 were raised and donated to the National Guard Youth Foundation in support of at risk youth in the United Sates. For more information about Magnum Boots’ association with Panther Racing, please browse

About Academy Sports + Outdoors
Academy Sports + Outdoors is a premier sports, outdoor and lifestyle retailer with a broad assortment of high quality hunting, fishing and camping equipment and gear along with sports and leisure products, footwear, apparel and much more. The Texas-based company operates 120 stores throughout Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas. The Academy philosophy is to deliver an unparalleled shopping experience by providing convenience, offering a broad selection of quality products, delivering exceptional customer service and selling the right stuff at everyday low prices. For more information about Academy Sports + Outdoors visit

For over 20 years, Magnum has been the leader in offering unsurpassed comfort, technology and value in uniform footwear used by law enforcement, military, fire/rescue and emergency medical agencies around the world. The Work Collection offers safety footwear for construction, trade and industrial personnel. Distributed in over 100 countries, Magnum footwear is made to stand up to the most demanding situations while offering uncompromising comfort and performance. For more information, visit

Panther Racing is a championship-winning motor sports franchise in the Indy Racing League’s premier IndyCar Series, and its developmental league, Firestone Indy Lights. Formed late in 1997, the team earned its first victory at Phoenix International Raceway with Scott Goodyear in 1999 and won back-to-back IndyCar Series Championships with Sam Hornish Jr. in 2001 and 2002.

Headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana, Panther is owned by founding partners John Barnes and Mike Griffin as well as Joe Cain, Chris Bowers, Courtney Jones, Mark Driscoll, former boxing world champion George Foreman and current Stanford University head football coach Jim Harbaugh. For more information on Panther Racing, its drivers and sponsors, visit: