VETMotorsports CEO Winner of Annual Columbus Volunteer Citizen of the Year Award.

Columbus, OH (November 13, 2014) – In its third year, Direct Energy and ThisWeek Community News have named its 2014 Columbus Volunteer Citizen of the Year winner, Pete Cline. Cline is the founder of VETMotorsports, a Columbus-based nonprofit that uses motorsports as an inspiration to propel military veterans forward and to encourage veterans to find their strengths and motivations. The VETMotorsports program provides its participants with actual hands-on experience and immersion in a unique format, engaging wounded combat veterans over a sustained period of time and providing access to real-time activities and leadership roles in a high-stress motorsports environment. These events help empower veteran warriors, providing the same adrenalin rush and sense of vitality and teamwork felt in active duty. 

Sadly, after heroic duty to our nation, many veterans find that combat injuries, post-traumatic stress and transition to mainstream life prove far more challenging than ever imagined. That’s where Pete Cline stepped in. In 2012, Pete saw an opportunity to help this population by combining it with one of his greatest passions in life:  professional motorcycle racing. As a former professional racer, Cline knows that the flat-track is an exciting, high energy environment where racers, team mangers and pit crew all pull together under pressure to work toward winning results. His idea to seek out post-9/11 wounded combat veterans and invite them to work as part of a race team turned into the VETMotorspots nonprofit organization Since its inception, VETMotorsports has transformed lives all across the country and now has a wait-list for future participants. Just last year, the organization engaged over 42 wounded combat veterans in 11 motorcycle and auto racing events and launched national fundraising initiatives that raised over $13,000 in 11 days.

Pete’s ongoing efforts to develop VETMotorsports’ programs and outreach to veterans are what makes VETMotorsports the success story it is today. He spends the race season attending and facilitating race experiences all across the United States and in the off-season, he focuses on fundraising, outreach to strategic partners and planning for the upcoming season. His passion and energy are infectious and he’s built enormous awareness and goodwill for the organization. He has been directly responsible for American combat veterans’ emergence from silent suffering that impacts both them and their loved ones into a fresh chapter where they’re able to move forward with a better understanding that they are valued and appreciated for exactly who they are.

 By winning the Columbus Volunteer Citizen of the Year award, Cline will receive a $5,000 donation for VETMotorsports from Direct Energy. The donation will be used to continue VETMotorsports’ programs in the 2015 season to expand relationships and collaborations in the racing and veteran communities, as well as to develop and encourage continued improvement for veteran mental and physical health.

A special event honoring Pete Cline will be held at the Upper Arlington Municipal Building on Wednesday, November 19, 2014. Representatives from Direct Energy and ThisWeek Community News will be on hand to present Cline with his award and donation. The Upper Arlington Municipal Building is located at 3600 Tremont Road, Upper Arlington, OH 43221.

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VETMotorsports Encourages Americans to Honor a Veteran this Weekend.

11/7/2014 Upper Arlington, Ohio.

VETMotorsports is encouraging Americans to honor veterans via social media this weekend. The Columbus, Ohio based nonprofit is asking people to take or post a picture of a veteran in their life with hashtag #honoravet. VETMotosports is encouraging photos to be posted on Twitter or Facebook through November 11th. VETMotorsports will be posting photos of veterans embedded into their motorsports teams with the hastags #vetmotorsports #honoravet. Photos posted with the hashtag will be shared as well.

To learn about or donate to VETMotorsports please visit them on the web at www.vetmotorsports.org or follow them on Facebook at http://facebook.com/VETMotorsports, Twitter @VETMotorsports or Pinterest http://www.pinterest.com/VETMotorsports/

 

The Lightwell Foundation Recognizes VETMotorsports' Efforts in the Veteran Community.

11/6/2014 Upper Arlington, Ohio.

 VETMotorsports today announced that it was recently presented with a donation on behalf of The Lightwell Foundation. VETMotorsports is a Columbus, Ohio based non-profit that places post 9/11 disabled veterans into motorsports activities as part of their national non-clinical outreach program.  The Lightwell Foundation represents Lightwell Inc. (http://www.lightwellinc.com), a leading international IT services and solutions company based in Dublin, Ohio. Both VETMotorsports and The Lightwell Foundation are members of The Columbus Foundation, which connects donors to nonprofits with the goal of strengthening and improving the community for the benefit of all its citizens.

“VETMotorsports could not think of a better way to head into Veterans Day,” stated VETMotorsports Executive Director and Founder Peter Cline. "To be recognized by The Lightwell Foundation for our work in the veteran community is amazing. We have had an strong year locally and nationally, with over 45 disabled veterans and their caregivers being hosted by VETMotorsports. The gift allows us to continue forward, grow and take advantage of the opportunities to place disabled veterans into events that create positive outcomes. We would encourage other local businesses to support local programing that create opportunities for those that have served our county."

 “With over 70% of the homeless being veterans that have served our county, it’s critical that we, as a community, work together on their behalf. We must do better.  If we can help these brave men and women begin to reclaim their identities, helping them believe in their abilities as we do, we’ll go a long way towards breaking this cycle,” commented Michelle Kerr, President and Founder of Lightwell. “We’re proud to be a part of the solution and look forward to a long and successful partnership with VETMotorsports.”

 To learn about or donate to VETMotorsports please visit them on the web at www.vetmotorsports.org or follow them on Facebook at http://facebook.com/VETMotorsports, Twitter @VETMotorsports or Pinterest http://www.pinterest.com/VETMotorsports/

To learn more about Lightwell, visit them on the web at www.lightwellinc.com or follow them on Twitter @lightwellinc.

VETMotorsports Receives Additional Grant Money, Promotes T-Shirt Sale Through Monday.

10/10/14 Upper Arlington, OH 

VETMotorsports has been awarded an additional $500 grant towards their disabled veteran outreach program through the Spike TV Veterans Wellness Challenge fundraising competition. As one of ten national non-profits competing for $50,000 from Spike and Viacom, VETMotorsports has already been awarded a $3000 grant and raised over $2900 since September 23rd. 

VETMotorsports has also announced a team apparel sale that ends on October 13th at midnight. Details about the sale can be found on their Facebook page: http://facebook.com/VETMotorsports

To learn about or donate to VETMotorsports please visit them on the web at www.vetmotorsports.org or follow them on Facebook at http://facebook.com/VETMotorsports, Twitter @VETMotorsports or Pinterest http://www.pinterest.com/VETMotorsports/

VETMotorsports Benefit Ride this Saturday.

10/4/14 Upper Arlington, Ohio

VETMotorsports, in conjunction with the Indiana chapter of the Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association and Harley-Davidson of Bloomington (Indiana), are holding a poker run this Saturday October 11th, 2014. Registration begins at Harley-Davidson of Bloomington at 8:30 AM.

VETMotorsports has raised over $2,900 since the start of the Spike TV VOW campaign. Proceeds of the event will benefit VETMotorsports, a not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization, which embeds disabled veterans into motor sports activities. The non-clinical outreach program is focused on Afghanistan and Iraq veterans, and VETMotorsports has assisted veterans throughout the United States. The ride is part of VETMotorsports' and Spike TV's nationwide Day of Action for their Veterans Operations Wellness (VOW) fundraising campaign. Those that are unable to attend are encouraged to donate directly at https://www.crowdrise.com/VETMotorsports-VOW 

To learn about or donate to VETMotorsports please visit them on the web at www.vetmotorsports.org or follow them on Facebook a ttp://facebook.com/VETMotorsports, Twitter @VETMotorsports or Pinterest http://www.pinterest.com/VETMotorsports/

VETMotorsports Wins Grant from Spike TV Veterans Wellness Challenge.

9/20/14 Upper Arlington, OH 

VETMotorsports has been awarded a $3000 grant towards their disabled veteran outreach program through the Spike TV Veterans Wellness Challenge fundraising competition. VETMotorsports is one of ten national non-profits competing for $50,000 from Spike and Viacom. The Ohio based non-profit won the first bonus challenge and will receive their grant at the conclusion of the Spike TV Veterans Wellness Challenge.

The top three non-profits that raise the most money between September 8th and October 13th will win additional funding for their respective programs. VETMotorsports is encouraging those wishing to donate, especially between 9/23 and 9/30, to do so at the dedicated Spike TV Veterans Wellness Challenge link: https://www.crowdrise.com/VETMotorsports-VOW

To learn about or donate to VETMotorsports please visit them on the web at www.vetmotorsports.org or follow them on Facebook at http://facebook.com/VETMotorsports, Twitter @VETMotorsports or Pinterest http://www.pinterest.com/VETMotorsports/

VETMotorsports Visits Dover Air Force Base.

9/20/14 Upper Arlington, OH

On Friday, September 12th VETMotorsports visited Dover Air Force Base on behalf of the local Green Knights Military Motorcycle Club. VETMotorsports discussed their disabled veteran outreach program to an audience of base personnel. The complete article can be read at the following link:http://www.dover.af.mil/news/story.asp?id=123425428

To learn about or donate to VETMotorsports please visit them on the web at www.vetmotorsports.org or follow them on Facebook at http://facebook.com/VETMotorsports, Twitter @VETMotorsports or Pinterest http://www.pinterest.com/VETMotorsports/   

 

VETMOTORSPORTS VISITS DOVER AFB THEN FILMS WITH SPIKE TV THIS WEEKEND AT NEW JERSEY MOTORSPORTS PARK.

9/10/2014 UPPER ARLINGTON, OHIO.

VETMotorsports, a national non-profit whose mission is to honor and empower disabled veterans through active participation in motor sports, will wrap up their 2014 outreach in the AMA Pro Road Racing paddock this weekend. On Friday September 12th VETMotorsports will visit Dover Air Force Base to discuss the their program with the local chapter of the Green Knights Motorcycle Club. The program will then travel to New Jersey Motorsports Park (NJMP) on Saturday, September 13th and Sunday, September 14th to embed disabled veterans into select AMA Pro Road Racing teams. The teams supporting VETMotorsports will be Mullins Cycle Works, D&D Cycles / Castrol / Triumph and Foremost Insurance / Pegram Racing. 

On Sunday Spike TV will document VETMotorsports’ non-clinical veteran outreach in the AMA Pro Racing paddock. The filming will be part of a larger veterans initiative by Spike TV entitled Veterans Operation Wellness (VOW).  The VOW campaign is intended to; inspire veterans to lead active and healthy lifestyles; to spread the word about VETMotorsports’ unique program; and to encourage viewers to make tax-deductible donations. The video footage will be shown on Spike TV and it’s media outlets throughout the VOW campaign.

“VETMotorsports can’t think of a better way to end our 2014 AMA Pro Road Racing outreach. We’ll have some incredible teams collaborating with us all year, and the final race event held at New Jersey is no exception. The teams will be providing some amazing opportunities for our disabled veterans. Spike TV’s involvement strengthens what we already know: that motor sports and motorcycling is a powerful, positive environment for veteran recovery. VETMotorsports is making a difference in the lives of our participants, and to be associated with the VOW program is humbling. VETMotorsports encourages those wishing to support our 2015 programming and funding goal by making a donation at https://www.crowdrise.com/VETMotorsports-VOW,” stated VETMotorsports Executive Director and Founder Peter Cline.

To learn about or donate to VETMotorsports please visit them on the web at www.vetmotorsports.org or follow them on Facebook at http://facebook.com/VETMotorsports, Twitter @VETMotorsports or Pinterest http://www.pinterest.com/VETMotorsports/ 

VETMotorsports Will Make It's Last Scheduled 2014 Appearance with AMA Pro Flat Track this Sunday.

8/29/2014 Upper Arlington, Ohio.

VETMotorsports will make it's last scheduled 2014 appearance with AMA Pro Flat Track this Sunday at the Illinois State Fairgounds in Springfield, IL. VETMotorsports, a national non-profit who's mission is to honor and empower combat injured veterans through active participation in motor sports, will embed two combat injured Army veterans into the Bonneville Performance / Castrol Moto / Triumph Factory team.

“Unfortunately the season is winding down and VETMotorsports needs to start thinking of our 2015 outreach schedule and fundraising programs. The Bonneville Performance / Castrol Moto / Triumph Factory team has given our participants some great experiences in Ohio, Indiana and Virginia. They have allowed our veterans to get as much hands-in time as they can handle. I know that this weekend in Illinois will be no different, with our participants being challenged mentally and physically,” stated VETMotorsports Executive Director and Founder Peter Cline.

To learn about or donate to VETMotorsports please visit them on the web at www.vetmotorsports.org or follow them on Facebook at http://facebook.com/VETMotorsports, Twitter @VETMotorsports or Pinterest http://www.pinterest.com/VETMotorsports/ 

Combat Injured Veteran Outreach this Weekend with AMA Pro Flat Track in New Kent, VA.

8/21/2014 Upper Arlington, Ohio.

Local Virginia-area combat injured veterans will be embedded into a AMA Pro Flat Track team this Saturday at Colonial Downs in New Kent, VA. The collaboration was made possible by VETMotorsports, a national non-profit who's mission is to honor and empower combat injured veterans through active participation in motor sports. The Bonneville Performance / Castrol Moto / Triumph Factory team, fielding the #91 entry of Mikey Martin, will be assisting the program all Saturday.

“VETMotorsports is very much looking forward to this event in New Kent, VA.  I know that the Bonneville Performance / Castrol Moto / Triumph Factory team is excited as well. We'll have some local combat injured Marines participating and getting as much hands-in time as they can handle. We are encouraging everyone to come out, see some great racing and personally thank our participants for their service,” stated VETMotorsports Executive Director and Founder Peter Cline.

To learn about or donate to VETMotorsports please visit them on the web at www.vetmotorsports.org or follow them on Facebook at http://facebook.com/VETMotorsports, Twitter @VETMotorsports or Pinterest http://www.pinterest.com/VETMotorsports/ 

 

Combat Injured Veteran Outreach- Participants Wanted in the New Jersey area.

Please pass this information along to all interested parties, fellow OIF/OEF veterans and service orgs. 

If you are a veteran in the central / southern Ohio area, we can provide transportation to and from the event in New Jersey.      

VETMotorsports, a 501c3 working with OIF/OEF combat injured veterans by placing them into unique motor sports environments. We are seeking local veterans for the below outreach events, in need of a team building experience. If you have questions, or have an veteran interested in attending, please have them contact us.   Our web page describes outreach program, and you can visit it here: http://www.vetmotorsports.org/

Millville, NJ: September 13th & 14th, Saturday & Sunday, 0700 till 1700

2 wheel outreach (Road Race team crew members) 

VETMotorsports' non-clinical outreach program in Millville, NJ. The event begins at 7 AM of September 13th, 2014 and ends at 5 PM that next day. We have slots for 1  OIF / OEF combat veteran with service related injuries. The veterans will be embedded into select AMA Pro Road Racing teams as active crew members.

Ideally the participants should have some mechanical ability or love for motor sports.

This is a hands on event, training will be provided.

We can accommodate up to a paraplegic. We have worked with PTS and TBI, as well as other injuries. 

Participants must commit to the duration of the program.

The participants can bring one guest or care giver.

A VSO representative and/or peer to peer support can attend upon request.

VETMotorsports will provide all the needed passes, shirts, hats, gloves.

The participants will report directly to the teams we collaborate with (their crew chief).

Light food/snacks are provided while at the track.

 

Participant requested: 1

Participant committed: 0

Combat Injured Veteran Outreach- Participants Wanted in Virginia and Illinois.

Please pass this information along to all interested parties, fellow OIF/OEF veterans and service orgs. 

If you are a veteran in the central / southern Ohio area, we can provide transportation to and from the event in Virginia.      

If you are a central Ohio / Dayton area event, we can provide transportation to the event in Illinois.

VETMotorsports, a 501c3 working with OIF/OEF combat injured veterans by placing them into unique motor sports environments. We are seeking local veterans for the below outreach events, in need of a team building experience. If you have questions, or have an veteran interested in attending, please have them contact us.   Our web page describes outreach program, and you can visit it here: http://www.vetmotorsports.org/

Richmond-area (New Kent), VA: August 23rd, Saturday, 1 PM till 11 PM

2 wheel outreach (Flat-Track crew members) 

VETMotorsports' non-clinical outreach program in New Kent, VA. The event begins the afternoon of August 23, 2014 and ends at 11 pm that evening. We have slots for 2  OIF / OEF combat veterans with service related injuries. The veterans will be embedded into select AMA Pro Racing Flat-Track race team as active crew members.

Ideally the participants should have some mechanical ability or love for motorsports.

This is a hands on event, training will be provided.

We can accommodate up to a paraplegic. We have worked with PTS and TBI, as well as other injuries. 

Participants must commit to the duration of the program.

The participants can bring one guest or care giver.

A VSO representative and/or peer to peer support can attend upon request.

VETMotorsports will provide all the needed passes, shirts, hats, gloves.

The participants will report directly to the teams we collaborate with (their crew chief).

Light food/snacks are provided while at the track.

 

Participant requested: 2

Participant committed: 0

 

Springfield, IL: August 31st, Sunday, 1 PM till 11 PM

2 wheel outreach (Flat-Track crew members)

VETMotorsports'  non-clinical outreach program in Springfield, IL. The event begins the afternoon of August 31, 2014 and ends at 11 pm that evening. We have slots for 2  OIF / OEF combat veterans with service related injuries. The veterans will be embedded into select AMA Pro Racing Flat-Track race team as active crew members.

Ideally the participants  should have some mechanical ability or love for motorsports.

This is a hands on event, training will be provided.

We can accommodate up to a paraplegic. We have worked with PTS and TBI, as well as other injuries. 

Participants must commit to the duration of the program.

The participants can bring one guest or care giver.

A VSO representative and/or peer to peer support can attend upon request.

VETMotorsports will provide all the needed passes, shirts, hats, gloves.

The participants will report directly to the teams we collaborate with (their crew chief).

Light food/snacks are provided while at the track.

 

Participant requested: 2

Participant committed: 0

Injured Combat Veteran Outreach this Weekend in Indianapolis with AMA Pro Road Racing and Flat Track.

8/5/2014 Upper Arlington, Ohio.

VETMotorsports will be present during the Red Bull Indianapolis GP and the AMA Pro Flat Track events this weekend in Indianapolis, Indiana. Starting Friday, August 8th the central-Ohio based non-profit will place three post 9/11 injured combat veterans into three AMA Pro Road Racing Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson teams at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Assisting in the outreach this weekend will be Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson Series contenders James Gang/Hoban Brothers/Blasier Performance Racing, Chili Pepper Racing and National Cylinder Head Racing. 

At noon that same day 2 combat injured veterans will be placed into the Bonneville Performance / Castrol / Triumph Factory team assisting rider Mikey Martin. The Indy Mile flat track event will also be filmed by a video crew composed of all combat injured veterans. The overall weekend mission of VETMotorsports is to provide this generation of wounded veterans a unique and powerful non-clinical outreach program in motor sports. 

“VETMotorsports is looking forward to our weekend in Indianapolis. We'll have Army and Marine veterans from Ohio and Indiana areas participating. We will kick off our Friday morning by getting our veteran participants embedded with the XR1200 series teams at the speedway, then head to the Indiana State Fairgrounds. For the Indy Mile we'll be documenting our veteran’s participation within the Bonneville Performance/Castrol/Triumph Factory team. VETMotorsports hopes to have the video completed prior to the last round of AMA Pro Road Racing in September,” stated VETMotorsports Executive Director and Founder Peter Cline.

To learn about or donate to VETMotorsports please visit them on the web at www.vetmotorsports.org or follow them on Facebook at http://facebook.com/VETMotorsports, Twitter @VETMotorsports or Pinterest http://www.pinterest.com/VETMotorsports/

VETMotorsports Announces Changes to its Board of Directors.

7/29/2014 Upper Arlington, Ohio.

Following their recent board meeting VETMotorsports announces changes to their Board of Directors. 

The board voted Barbara Wayman into the position as Board Secretary. The remainder of the VETMotorsports executive staff goes unchanged. Joining VETMotorsports' voting board is Dan Parker, former Director, Programs and Special Projects with the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) National Office. As Director of VFW Programs Parker administered all VFW Programs and Special Projects, which included a wide range of initiatives. Dan is also the former VFW Deputy Director of Membership and was responsible member acquisition and retention efforts. Also joining the board is Robert Laverick, M.Ed. Laverick is the former Regional Alumni Director, Northeast at Wounded Warrior Project (WWP). Laverick administered the northeast alumni outreach, which includes extensive knowledge of peer-to-peer support.  

“Dan (Parker) and Bob (Laverick) both bring extensive knowledge of veteran issues and connections to VETMotorsports. They each have been advocates of VETMotorsports and are aware of the positive impact we are having in the veteran community. We have a very talented Board of Directors, and their addition adds a broader dimension of skills to the continued growth of our non-clinical outreach program,” stated VETMotorsports Executive Director and Founder Peter Cline.

To learn about or donate to VETMotorsports please visit them on the web at www.vetmotorsports.org or follow them on Facebook at http://facebook.com/VETMotorsports, Twitter @VETMotorsports or Pinterest http://www.pinterest.com/VETMotorsports/

Injured Combat Veteran Outreach Returns to Mid-Ohio this Weekend.

7/18/2014 Upper Arlington, Ohio.

VETMotorsports returns to the AMA Pro Road Racing paddock this weekend and travels to the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, OH. The central-Ohio based non-profit missed the the last round at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, but just recently worked in Colorado Springs, CO and Ft. Wayne, IN. VETMotorsports will place two post 9/11 injured combat veterans into two AMA Pro Road Racing Teams. Assisting in the outreach this weekend will be regular Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson Series contenders James Gang / Hoban Brothers Racing and Chili Pepper Racing. SuperSport series regular Mullins Cycle Works will also embed a VETMotorsports crew member. A new addition this weekend will be the Monster Energy / Graves / Yamaha Race Team, who will place a combat injured Navy veteran within their program. The overall mission is to provide this generation of wounded veterans a unique and powerful non-clinical outreach program in motor sports. 

“We missed being at the last AMA Pro Road Racing event, but VETMotorsports is looking forward to our 'home event' this weekend. James Gang / Hoban Brothers racing has been supporting our veterans outreach all season, and the addition of the Monster Energy / Graves / Yamaha Race Team adds a new dimension to our program. Our collaboration this weekend with the Monster Energy / Graves / Yamaha Race Team is a considered a pilot program. Overall we want to evaluate the future potential of VETMotorsports, and we will listen to the team and veteran feedback throughout the weekend. There is no doubt that the veterans embedded into both teams will be in a positive environment, and we are grateful for the opportunities that have been presented to VETMotorsports,” stated VETMotorsports Executive Director and Founder Peter Cline.

To learn about or donate to VETMotorsports please visit them on the web at www.vetmotorsports.org or follow them on Facebook at http://facebook.com/VETMotorsports, Twitter @VETMotorsports or Pinterest http://www.pinterest.com/VETMotorsports/

VETMotorsports Returns to Indiana to Place Combat Injured Veterans Behind the Wheel.

7/12/2014 Upper Arlington, Ohio.

This Sunday, July 13th VETMotorsports returns to four-wheel competition and travels to the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum in Fort Wayne, IN. The central-Ohio based non-profit will place post 9/11 injured combat veterans behind the wheel by partnering with the Sports Car Club of America. VETMotorsports mission is to provide this generation of wounded veterans a unique and powerful non-clinical outreach program in motor sports. VETMotorsports just recently worked with combat injured Marines at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb in Colorado, and with Army and Marine veterans in Birmingham, AL. This is VETMotorsports' first northeast Indiana event with cars. 

“Placing injured combat veterans behind the wheel is an effective part of our non-clinical outreach program. Our participants connect will fellow veterans and get peer-to-peer interaction. They are challenged mentally and physically, and the overall outcome is that they benefit from the experience. Our non-traditional approach gets veterans to work thought injures and re-acclimate themselves to civilian life. VETMotorsports comes off two successful outreach events in Colorado and Alabama, and we are looking forward to returning to Indiana this weekend. By embedding veterans into positive environment, VETMotorsports is attempting to provide direction and empowerment,” stated VETMotorsports Executive Director and Founder Peter Cline.

To learn about or donate to VETMotorsports please visit them on the web at www.vetmotorsports.org or follow them on Facebook at http://facebook.com/VETMotorsports, Twitter @VETMotorsports or Pinterest http://www.pinterest.com/VETMotorsports/

VETMotorsports Helps Ducati Finish on the Podium at Pikes Peak.

7/2/2014 Upper Arlington, Ohio.

VETMotorsports crew members helped Team Spider Grips / Ducati claim two top-5 finishing positions this past Sunday during the 92nd running of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. The veteran participants were Ohio-based injured combat Marines referred to VETMotorsports through the United States Marine Corps Wounded Warrior Regiment. The Marines and their Ducati teammates worked 18-hour days and through extreme conditions to assist riders Don Canet and Micky Dymond, who claimed 3rd and 4th positions respectively. VETMotorsports mission throughout the event was to honor and engage disabled combat veterans through active participation in motor sports.

“This past week at Pikes Peak was amazing," stated VETMotorsports Executive Director and Founder Peter Cline. "The whole team, from our Marine veterans to the AF1 Racing crew, rose to the occasion. It truly is an honor to have VETMotorsports on the podium with Ducati at one of the world's most challenging motor sports events. As always, VETMotorsports is grateful for the opportunities presented to our injured combat veterans. By embedding veterans into positive environment, VETMotorsports is attempting to provide direction and empowerment."

To learn about or donate to VETMotorsports please visit them on the web at www.vetmotorsports.org or follow them on Facebook at http://facebook.com/VETMotorsports, Twitter @VETMotorsports or Pinterest http://www.pinterest.com/VETMotorsports/

VETMotorsports Crewed Ducati's Storm to Top Three in Pikes Peak Qualifying.

6/28/2014 Upper Arlington, Ohio.

VETMotorsports and Team Spider Grips / Ducati stormed to top qualifying positions on Friday for the 92nd running of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. Injured Marine combat veterans have been working all week their team's Ducati Multistrada 1200 motorcycles. The veteran participants were referred to VETMotorsports through the United States Marine Corps Wounded Warrior Regiment. VETMotorsports mission throughout the event is to honor and engage disabled combat veterans through active participation in motor sports.

Since this past Tuesday the injured combat Marines have been up at 2:30 am every day to travel to practice locations as high as 12,400 feet above sea level. Temperatures have ranged from mid-70's to the lower 40's. For the Marines their days have been long, sometimes 18-hour days to assist Team Spider Grips / Ducati's efforts. Another concern has been hypoxia, a condition in which the body or a region of the body is deprived of adequate oxygen supply. With practice sessions being at high altitude, VETMotorsports has had to ensure that their Marine participants have kept themselves hydrated, fed and taken oxygen as needed.

“This week with Team Spider Grips / Ducati at Pikes Peak has been a test of endurance and conditioning," added VETMotorsports Executive Director and Founder Peter Cline. "Our injured Marine veterans have risen to the occasion, and VETMotorsports now stands to possibly be on the podium at one of the world's most challenging motorsports events. VETMotorsports is grateful for the opportunity and we look forward to the checkered flag on Sunday. By embedding veterans into positive environment, VETMotorsports is attempting to provide direction and empowerment."

Race day streaming can be found at http://live.todocast.tv/template.ma-ovp.php?EventNumber=TDC-E1731

To learn about or donate to VETMotorsports please visit them on the web at www.vetmotorsports.org or follow them on Facebook at http://facebook.com/VETMotorsports, Twitter @VETMotorsports or Pinterest http://www.pinterest.com/VETMotorsports/
 

Injured Veteran to Assist AMA Pro Flat Track Team in Lima, Ohio this Weekend.

6/26/2014 Upper Arlington, Ohio.

This Saturday VETMotorsports will be collaborating with the Bonneville Performance/Castrol/Triumph Team and place an injured combat veteran into their efforts at the Lima Half-Mile. VETMotorsports' mission is to honor and empower disabled combat veterans through active participation in motor sports. Currently the non-profit places post 9/11 wounded combat veterans behind the wheel in sanctioned autocross events, and embeds them as pit crew members within select AMA Pro Racing teams. This will be VETMotorsports' first time in the AMA Flat Track paddock.

“Christy Cottrell (Bonneville Performance/Castrol/Triumph) contacted us about pairing VETMotorsports with their efforts this weekend in Lima, Ohio. With our organization being based just a short distance away we couldn't pass up this opportunity. VETMotorsports will be placing one veteran into Bonneville Performance/Castrol/Triumph this Saturday. VETMotorsports gets to have a presence in the AMA Pro Flat Track paddock for the first time, while finishing up our efforts this weekend in Colorado Springs at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. VETMotorsports is grateful for AMA Pro Flat Track and Bonneville Performance/Castrol/Triumph for making the arrangements, and to provide this generation of wounded veterans a unique and powerful outlet to showcase their value,” stated VETMotorsports Executive Director and Founder Peter Cline.

To learn about or donate to VETMotorsports please visit them on the web at www.vetmotorsports.org or follow them on Facebook at http://facebook.com/VETMotorsports, Twitter @VETMotorsports or Pinterest http://www.pinterest.com/VETMotorsports/

Injured Combat Veterans to Assist Teams in Birmingham, AL this Weekend.

5/19/ 2014 Upper Arlington, Ohio.

This weekend at Barber Motorsports Park, VETMotorsports will be partnering with AMA Pro Road Racing teams to embed injured combat veterans as pit crew members. VETMotorsports is a central-Ohio based non-profit that places post 9/11 injured combat veterans behind the wheel in sanctioned autocross events or embeds them as pit crew members in pro racing events. VETMotorsports overall mission is to provide this generation of wounded veterans a unique and powerful non-clinical outreach program in motor sports. The program just recently completed a one-day car outreach event in Toledo, Ohio. On Sunday evening VETMotorsports will immediately travel to Colorado Springs for a weeklong outreach and assist Ducati's efforts at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb.

“VETMotorsports is looking forward to returning to Barber Motorsports Park with AMA Pro Road Racing this weekend. We had a wait-list from last year, and while were able to accommodate almost everyone that wanted to attend, the need to engage injured veterans is ongoing. With the recent events in Iraq, this weekend's opportunity to engage local veterans could not have come at a better time. We'll have some combat tested Army and Marine veterans embedded within two Vance&Hines Harley-Davidson Series teams, and with the D&D Cycles Triumph team in Daytona SportBike. As always VETMotorsports appreciates the opportunity from the teams and AMA Pro Racing to embed the veterans and give them a hands-on, team building experience,” stated VETMotorsports Executive Director and Founder Peter Cline. 

To learn about or donate to VETMotorsports please visit them on the web at www.vetmotorsports.org or follow them on Facebook at http://facebook.com/VETMotorsports, Twitter @VETMotorsports or Pinterest http://www.pinterest.com/VETMotorsports/

Interested in attending? Please contact Executive Director Peter Cline at 614-563-8634 or at VETMotorsports@gmail.com