An Indy car racing in this weekend’s Iowa Corn Indy 250 may look familiar.
Local businessman and car owner Wink Hartman is taking a unique opportunity to promote his hometown.
“Anytime you can put Wichita on the national stage it’s just a great opportunity,” says Susie Berglund-Santo with Go Wichita.
Our city will race on the national stage in car number 67.
“We’re so excited about it. We’re so thankful to Wink Hartman for coming up with this unique opportunity and to everyone with the Sara Fisher Hartman racing team,” says Berglund-Santo.
Wichita businessman Wink Hartman spearheaded the idea at a discounted cost.
“The side pods on an Indy car for a race usually run up to $500,000 depending on the location, but it’s not a matter of money it’s a matter of presenting Wichita on the national scene,” says Hartman.
In addition to Go Wichita – other local businesses will be promoted.
Jimmy’s Egg, WSU, Mort’s, Security First Title and others.
“He was very generous and we greatly appreciate it because anytime you can promote Wichita on the stage it’s a great opportunity for all of us,” says Berglund-Santo.
With up-and-coming driver Josef Newgarden behind the wheel, Hartman says he’s excited for where his new hobby will go.
“We’ve had 4 top ten finishes already, he’s qualifying in the front of the pack this year so knock on wood so far Josef’s doing a good job,” he explains.
But no matter the finish, it’s the exposure of our city that leaders hope adds to our economy.
“If you just keep chipping away and keep trying to help any place you can hopefully some good will come out of it. Possibly somebody will be sitting and see it. You never know they might move their company here,” says Hartman.
With the success of the Go Wichita car, there are talks in place to have a ‘State of Kansas’ car run toward the end of the season in Sonoma, California.