American Muscle for American Heroes Gives Back To Purple Heart Recipients


Veterans of the United States Armed Forces have taken an oath to answer the call of duty and display unmatched courage and sacrifice. To honor those sacrifices and to give back to those who sacrificed it all, Nexen Tire USA has teamed up with The Purple Heart Foundation to create the ‘American Muscle for American Heroes’ campaign and give away a 2018 Dodge Challenger R/T 392 Scat Pack built by Kenny Pfitzer of Zero to 60 Designs.

The custom Nexen Tire Purple Heart Dodge Challenger will debut at The SEMA SHow in Las Vegas, Nevada, and will be awarded to an American public selected Purple Heart Medal recipient who must be a member of The Purple Heart Foundation.

“Nexen Tire understands the incredible sacrifice made by U.S. service members and we are honored to have the opportunity to give back to a deserving veteran as part of our American Muscle for American Heroes program,” said Kyle Roberts, senior director of marketing at Nexen Tire America Inc. “Purple Heart recipients have displayed unbelievable courage in the line of duty and we are humbled by their bravery and contributions as veterans. This program is our way of saying ‘thank you’ to these heroes for securing our safety, as we continue to work hard to keep drivers safe on the road by manufacturing some of the world’s highest-quality tires.”

The custom Nexen Tire Purple Heart Dodge Challenger build includes:

● Nexen Roadian HP Street Sport All-Season Radial Tires
● VIS Racing carbon fiber hood, front bumper, deck lid and splitters
● PPG custom paint job
● Eibach front and rear sway bars
● MagnaFlow cat-back exhaust system
● ORACLE Lighting custom headlights
● SolarGard window tint
● SAVINI wheels

According to the original release, representing the Purple Heart Foundation and supporting the American Muscle for American Heroes program at SEMA will be U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Leroy Petry, Medal of Honor and Purple Heart recipient. Petry was wounded in Afghanistan in 2008 serving in Operation Enduring Freedom.

“As a Medal of Honor and Purple Heart recipient, I am extremely proud to be working with Nexen Tire and their American Muscle for American Heroes program,” said Petry. “I have served alongside many outstanding service members and I can say every one of them is a hero. I am confident the Purple Heart Foundation will find a very deserving veteran to receive this amazing custom Nexen Tire Purple Heart Dodge Challenger.”

The nomination process requires a story, a picture, and the hashtag. Nexen Tire will also have a nomination form on its website for those who choose not to make a submission via social media. For more information on how the nomination process, visit Nexen Tire’s website here for additional details.

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Ryan is known by his parole officer as an insufferably irritable jerk who often finds himself sleeping in other people's cars when he's not masquerading as an inner-city mall Santa 9 months out of the year. When not writing for Mopar Connection, Ryan can be found outside of the Circle K in San Dimas, CA.

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