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Combat Flip Flops Stoked To Race With Schmidt Peterson Motorsports No. 5


BELLEVUE, WA – TA Group, a Bellevue, WA-based investment firm, salutes the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 and Military Appreciation Month through its partnership with Schmidt Peterson Motorsports. The Schmidt Peterson Motorsports team added TA Group’s veteran-powered brand, Combat Flip Flips, to the No. 5 Arrow Electronics car, driven by fan favorite, James Hinchcliffe. Hinchcliffe secured the pole position for the historic race in an emotional qualification that underscored his comeback from a life-threatening crash one year ago on the same track.

“We can identify with Hinch’s indomitable spirit and determination to overcome obstacles,” said former Army Ranger and Combat Flip Flops’ CEO/Co-founder, Matthew ‘Griff’ Griffin. “Making cool stuff in dangerous places is a lot like driving a race car…you need to go full throttle while anticipating every potential road block, and understanding when to have patience in the short-term to hit your long-range goals.”

Combat Flip Flops manufactures fashion and travel accessories including:

  • flip flops made in Bogota, Colombia, known for its high-end leathers and shoe construction (among other things);
  • sarongs, shemaghs and cashmere scarfs sewn and embroidered at a woman-owned factory in Kabul, Afghanistan where the purchase of one puts a woman in secondary school for up to a month;
  • hand-sewn and embroidered belts made by Afghan widows through a program that teaches sewing, fundamental literacy, math, and hygiene;
  • jewelry crafted from unexploded ordinance (UXO) dropped on Laos during the Vietnam War where each purchase clears 3 square meters of UXO; and
  • messenger bags and neckties sewn in Washington which helps keep Americans and veterans at work.
  • TA Group Chairman John Sercu commented, “Our sponsorship of the Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Indy Car is based on mutual values of speed, innovation, technology, and a strong belief that giving back makes us better. The Indy 500 is a great time for us to say thanks to our country’s veterans and showcase the good we can do together.”


    2 Responses to “Combat Flip Flops Stoked To Race With Schmidt Peterson Motorsports No. 5”

    1. Airborne_fister says:

      Does this mean that SSD just took a short drive up after the NRA convention? And we have a bunch of military and first responders doing stuff for the 500 this yr. Mrs. Taya Kyle is running a crew in the pit crew challenge. Also, we have “Shirts for America” and the pat mcafee foundation which is a scholarship for a veteran who was lost on the battle field. The veteran’s family to attend college. That’s any college they get into. But the

      • Airborne_fister says:

        Sorry it froze out on me. But this is a big one. Sitting on the guys car who I believe right now is sitting on the pole. And had the scariest crash last year. I remember him wrecking.