This weekend the Pancakes and Whiskey crew will be packing up and heading to Indianapolis for the Jeff Kyle 400 present by Crown Royal. The weekend promises to be a ton of fun that includes whiskey tastings, pace care driving and of course the actual race itself; but most importantly it’s to honor our favorite heroes. This year’s race spotlights U.S. Marine Corps Sergeant, Jeff Kyle.
“Jeff Kyle, 37, of Lorena, Texas served for eight years from 2000 – 2008 in the infantry and reserves. While serving with the 3rd Marine Division, Kyle received the Navy Achievement Medal for leading the first Marine detachment to transport a nuclear submarine through hostile waters. During his time in the military, Kyle was deployed to Iraq twice, Africa and several other locations overseas. When Kyle retired from the Marine Corps in 2008 he says, “My military career didn’t start until I left because now I am able to truly serve my country through helping my fellow brothers.” As one of the founders of Texas Elite Tactical Academy, Kyle trains individuals about firearms safety through his passion to educate those in a safe environment. As a board member for the Guardian For Heroes Foundation, Kyle helps to oversee the organization’s mission – to provide free, in-home fitness equipment, facilitation of donated health club memberships, individualized programs, personal training, as well as life coaching and comprehensive support to in-need veterans with disabilities. In addition, Kyle plays a large role as a board member of American Valor, the foundation which runs the memorial benefit to honor his brother, CPO and U.S. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle. Nominated by the person he considers one of his heroes, former 2014 “Your Hero’s Name Here” race namesake John Wayne Walding, Kyle continues to dedicate his efforts to champion for military veterans and their families.”
Make sure you tune into NBC sports this Sunday at 3:30pm to catch all the action yourself, and don’t forget to follow us on Instagram @pancakesandwhiskey to get all the behind-the-scenes action.