Topeka, Kansas-- As people from all over the country flock to Topeka for the National Hot Rod Association summer nationals, one hometown hero is taking part in the fun.
Purple heart recipient Specialist Erika Foster returned from Iraq 6 months ago after being injured by a roadside improvised explosive device.
Saturday she was recognized by the entire army racing team at Heartland Park for her dedication and service to our country and the army.
"I'll be really excited to see Tony Scumacher go down the track. It's the first time I've been here. I love Nascar I haven't seen it but I'm really excited to see anybody go down the strip. I love the Army...if I could go back to I raq I would," says Specialist Erika Foster.
Major General Steve Reeves says, "Specialist Foster embodies the army values sh stood up in front of the fans and said I was wounded in Iraq by an IED and I'd go back tomorrow. She is part of the Army team ready to support and defend America , makes America great."
"Having a purple heart hero coming right out of this town..just great. I've had the pleasure of carrying purple hearts down the race track..medal of honor recipients..all down the race track at 330 miles per hour. The Army is a dedicated group that sacrifices so much and to be able to do something for them and have them smile, smile after Iraq with a purple heart because of their injuries, to make them smile is more gratifying than a trophy...the trophy is great but we don't realize the sacrifices they make," says Tony Schumacher, driver with the U.s. Army Racing team.