Scott Dixon's car to carry tribute to race fan killed in 9/11 attack on Pentagon

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SPEEDWAY, Ind. (WTHR) - This weekend, sisters Kathi Maude Koehler and Karen Maude are celebrating the 30th anniversary of their first Indianapolis 500.

They were just teenagers when their father, Timothy, and mother, Teri, took them to the race in 1989.

“Our parents were like 'you have to go,'” Karen Maude recalls. “If you hate it you never have to go back.”

But it turned out to be the opposite reaction.

“When we saw it live we were like 'how have we not been into this the whole time!,'” says Kathi Maude Koehler. “Now we’re completely race fans.”

They’ve come back nearly every year since, even if it’s without their dad who first showed them the ropes. Lieutenant General Timothy Maude was working at the Pentagon on September 11th, 2001. He was the highest ranking U.S military official to lose his life that day.

Lieutenant General Maude will be represented at the 103rd running of the Indianapolis 500 on Sunday. His name will be displayed on Scott Dixon’s front wing end plate. It’s the first time ever that a Chip Ganassi IndyCar by will bear someone’s name. LTG Maude’s name will also be displayed on the windshield of Kurt Busch’s car during Sunday’s Coca Cola 600 in Charlotte.

“So proud and honored. Especially that here we are 18 years later and he’s still being remembered.”

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