VETMotorsports CEO Named "Everyday Hero of Central-Ohio" Semifinalist.

VETMotorsports CEO Peter Cline has been selected as one of Dispatch Media Group's "Everyday Heroes of Central-Ohio" semifinalist for 2017. Since 2013 Cline has lead VETMotorsports to become an award-winning, non-clinical outreach program that honors and empowers post-9/11 veterans with service-related injuries through active participation in motorsports. The program provides inspiration and motivation for participating vets by making them part of a new team and giving them a new mission. Since starting the program Cline has been recognized with four consecutive awards for volunteerism. The all volunteer effort has reached over 170 veterans nationwide in over 70 unique events, with two direct hires into motorsport teams.

Land-Grant Brewing Company and VETMotorsports will host a pre-game fundraiser on Thursday, September 14 in advance of the Ohio State vs. Army football game to raise money to assist armed forces veterans with service-connected injuries. 

“We’re losing 22 veterans a day to suicide, and programs like ours can make a difference,” said Ohio State graduate and VETMotorsports Executive Director Peter Cline. “I'm honored to be recognized for the efforts VETMotorsports is making in the community. I'm encouraging all our supporters, as well as those interested in learning more about our mission, to stop by Land-Grant Brewery on September 14th. We are honored to have them behind us for this event and look forward to enjoying some championship-quality craft beer and raising some money to get even more of our injured vets back in the game.”

The free event, which is open to the public, will kick off at 4:30 p.m. at Land-Grant’s “home field” at 424 W. Town Street in East Franklinton, and run until 7:30 p.m. Attendees will have the opportunity to enjoy a Land-Grant Stiff Arm IPA and a host of other brews, sample selections from the Ajumama Korean-inspired street food truck, purchase game tickets, pick up a limited-edition 37th Infantry "Buckeye Division" shirt, and make donations to VETMotorsports.

Registration is available on Eventbrite at
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/army-vs-ohio-after-work-social-tickets-37050762829

Indiana Veterans Go Full Throttle in SCCA Competition Last Weekend.

COLUMBUS, Ohio, August 15, 2017 – Through VETMotorsports, an award-winning, non-clinical outreach program that honors and empowers veterans with service-related injuries through active participation in motorsports, two United States Army veterans from Indiana had the opportunity to get behind the wheel in a Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) autocross competition this past weekend.  

The VETMotorsports program was created to provide inspiration and motivation to post-9/11 veterans with service-related injuries by making them part of a new team and giving them a new mission.  VETMotorsports recruits participants, embeds them with professional racing teams or puts them behind the wheel, and covers all expenses for them a caregiver to take part in the experience.  

Competing in the SCCA’s National CAM Challenge event from August 11-13 at Grissom Aeroplex in Bunker Hill, Ind., were Purple Heart recipients SPC Matthew S. from Rockvielw, Ind. and SPC Justin H. from West Lafayette, Ind. Both veterans were injured serving in Iraq.

The two veterans drove high-performance American muscle cars in the competition provided by Indiana SCCA club members.

These SCCA events, which are open to the public, feature timed competitions in which drivers navigate one at a time through a defined course. The veterans race against the clock rather than other cars, and compete not only against themselves for their best time but ‘civilian’ drivers as well.

VETMotorsports’ SCCA autocross program is made possible through a grant from the SCCA Foundation. In addition to placing injured veterans inside the ropes and behind the wheel at select SCCA events, the program creates mentorship opportunities for them with SCCA members and staff. 

The program kicked off in March in San Diego and is placing veterans behind the wheel at events across the country throughout the 2017 season.

“Racing is more than just a sport, it’s therapy for me that works,” said US Army veteran and participant Justin H. “I get to use my adrenaline for a good purpose. Thanks to the experiences I have had racing I have the ability to stay on course when life throws me a curve. I really look forward to racing in the future and I hope more veterans choose to get involved with VETMotorsports and SCCA,”

“We are very grateful to the men and women who have served our country in defense of our freedom,” said Howard Duncan, SCCA Senior Director of Rally/Solo.  “Military service builds skills in leadership, teamwork, and dedication to task, all of which are applicable to motorsports.  The SCCA Foundation is pleased to give back to our veterans through this program and welcome them to be part of the SCCA family in every community across the country.”

“Losing 22 veterans a day to suicide is something we just can’t abide,” said VETMotorsports Founder and Executive Director Peter Cline. “Having the SCCA work hand in hand with us to honor and empower these brave service men and women is incredibly gratifying. The guys had an amazing time this weekend.”

VETMotorsports is an award-winning, non-profit, non-clinical outreach program that honors and empowers injured post-9/11 service members by embedding them with professional racing teams and putting them behind the wheel to race in amateur events.  By placing veterans in hands-on, high-stress, team environments that mimic active duty, the organization gives them direction, empowerment and challenges that help them focus on ability and moving forward rather than disability and the past. Since its founding in 2012, VETMotorsports has helped more than 160 injured veterans participate in 60 motorcycle and auto racing events across the United States. More information about the organization is available at www.VETMotorsports.org.

Founded in 1944, the Sports Car Club of America®, Inc. is a 67,500-member motorsports organization that incorporates all facets of autocross, rally and road racing at both club and professional levels. With headquarters in Topeka, Kansas, the SCCA annually sanctions over 2,000 events through its 116 Regions and subsidiary divisions. Much of the SCCA’s activities are made possible with support from the following Official Partners: Chevrolet, the Official Truck of the SCCA; Hawk Performance, the Official Brake Products of SCCA; Mobil 1, the Official Oil of SCCA; Sunoco, the Official Fuel of SCCA; and Tire Rack, the Official Tire Retailer of SCCA. To learn more, please visit www.scca.com.

Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana Veterans Participating in Ohio Autocross Competitions this Weekend.

COLUMBUS, Ohio, July 7, 2017 – Through VETMotorsports, an award-winning, non-clinical outreach program that honors and empowers veterans with service-related injuries through active participation in motorsports, six United States veterans from Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana will be participating in separate autocross events in Ohio on Saturday, July 8 and Sunday, July 9.

The VETMotorsports program was created to provide inspiration and motivation to post-9/11 veterans with service-related injuries by making them part of a new team and giving them a new mission.  VETMotorsports recruits participants, embeds them with professional racing teams or puts them behind the wheel, and covers all expenses for them a caregiver to take part in the experience.  

Competing in Saturday’s Western Ohio Region SCCA event at Upper Valley Mall in Springfield, Ohio will be Army Sgt. Jonathan K from Westerville, OH.; Marine CPL Gary C. from Caldonia, OH; Army SPC Justin H. from West Lafayette, IN ; and Army SPC Chad W. from Butler, KY.

Taking part in the Akron Sports Car Club’s event on Sunday at Dragway 42 in West Salem, Ohio will be Columbus, Ohio  Marine CPL Gary C. from Caldonia, OH and Army Sgt. Jonathan K from Westerville, OH.

All were injured serving in Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Enduring Freedom or Operation New Dawn.

The events, which are open to the public, will feature timed competitions in which drivers navigate one at a time through a defined course. The veterans will be racing against the clock rather than other cars, and competing not only against themselves for their best time but ‘civilian’ drivers as well. Both events begin at 10:00 a.m.

“Losing 22 veterans a day to suicide is something we just can’t abide,” said VETMotorsports Founder and Executive Director Peter Cline. “Honoring and empowering these brave service men and women by giving them the opportunity to get out, get behind the wheel and be part of a team again is incredibly gratifying. We’re looking forward to both of these great events this weekend.”

VETMotorsports is an award-winning, non-profit, non-clinical outreach program that honors and empowers injured post-9/11 service members by embedding them with professional racing teams and putting them behind the wheel to race in amateur events.  By placing veterans in hands-on, high-stress, team environments that mimic active duty, the organization gives them direction, empowerment and challenges that help them focus on ability and moving forward rather than disability and the past. Since its founding in 2012, VETMotorsports has helped more than 160 injured veterans participate in 60 motorcycle and auto racing events across the United States. More information about the organization is available at www.VETMotorsports.org.

Ohio Veterans Placed with Vintage Motorcycle Teams this Weekend at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.

COLUMBUS, Ohio, July 7, 2017 – Through VETMotorsports, an award-winning, non-clinical outreach program that honors and empowers veterans with service-related injuries through active participation in motorsports, a United States Army veteran will serve as a pit crew member during the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) Vintage Motorcycle Days at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio this weekend.

The VETMotorsports program was created to provide inspiration and motivation to post-9/11 veterans with service-related injuries by making them part of a new team and giving them a new mission.  VETMotorsports recruits participants, embeds them with professional racing teams or puts them behind the wheel, and covers all expenses for them a caregiver to take part in the experience.  

Working with the DOTMIL Racing team will be U.S. Army SPC and Purple Heart recipient Daryl B. of Ontario, OH and STG1 Jason M. from Mansfield, OH. Both will be doing light mechanical work on the four motorcycles piloted by riders Justin Pennella, Tom Bowen, Donnie Deckling and Will Gomez throughout the weekend. Pennella, Bowen and Gomez are all fellow veterans; Deckling is a law enforcement officer. This is the second straight year Boggs, who was injured serving in Iraq..

“We’re big fans of what VETMotorsports is doing,” said DOTMIL rider Justin Pennella. “As veterans ourselves, we know what a difference being part of team can make to guys who miss that connection when their service ends. We were glad to meet and work with Daryl last year and excited to have him back with us again this weekend.”

“Losing 22 veterans a day to suicide is something we just can’t abide,” said VETMotorsports Founder and Executive Director Peter Cline. “That’s why we’re excited to be working with teams like DOTMIL to honor and empower brave service men like Daryl and looking forward to this weekend’s event at Mid-Ohio.”

AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days is one of summer’s premier motorcycle gatherings in the U.S. In addition to showcasing historic motorcycles and motorcycle culture, the 23-year-old event serves as a fundraiser for the non-profit AMA Hall of Fame.

Admission to Vintage Motorcycle Days, which runs from Friday, July 7 through Sunday, July 9, covers entry to all spectator areas, paddock access and parking. Children 12 years of age and under are admitted free. For tickets and information, visit www.midohio.com.  

VETMotorsports is an award-winning, non-profit, non-clinical outreach program that honors and empowers injured post-9/11 service members by embedding them with professional racing teams and putting them behind the wheel to race in amateur events.  By placing veterans in hands-on, high-stress, team environments that mimic active duty, the organization gives them direction, empowerment and challenges that help them focus on ability and moving forward rather than disability and the past. Since its founding in 2012, VETMotorsports has helped more than 160 injured veterans participate in 60 motorcycle and auto racing events across the United States. More information about the organization is available at www.VETMotorsports.org.  

Hagerstown MD Flat Track Ticket Auction to Benefit VETMotorsports.org

COLUMBUS, Ohio, June 24, 2017 – Octane Sports Management and the Steel-Shoe Nationals have extended to VETMotorsports.org a number of grandstand seats as a fundraiser for their outreach program.  This includes two Valued Fan packages. Each package contains 2 Grandstand seats, 2 pit passes and 2 event programs. The winning bidder may pick-up their Valued Fan Package at the will-call gate the day of the event. 

VETMotorsports, an award-winning, non-clinical outreach program that honors and empowers veterans with service-related injuries through active participation in motorsports, Over 80 cents on the dollar goes towards direct veteran programming, and the VETMotorsports program is all volunteer.Since its founding in 2012, VETMotorsports has helped more than 160 injured veterans participate in 60 motorcycle and auto racing events across the United States. 

Online bidding begins Saturday, June 24 and ends Thursday, June 29, 2017 11:00 PM (EDT). If you choose not to attend the Hagerstown race on July 1st you may also make a donation at the link provided below.

Interested in bidding? Please follow this link- https://www.charityauctionstoday.com/auctions/hagerstown-maryland-steel-shoe-national-flat-track-ticket-package-2496#sthash.BMGlwlqf.dpuf
 

Injured Ohio Veteran on Vintage Grand Prix Pit Crew this Weekend.

COLUMBUS, Ohio, June 24, 2017 – Through VETMotorsports, an award-winning, non-clinical outreach program that honors and empowers veterans with service-related injuries through active participation in motorsports, a United States Marine veteran will serve as a pit crew member during the Sportscar Vintage Racing Association (SVRA) sanctioned Vintage Grand Prix at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio, this weekend. 

The VETMotorsports program was created to provide inspiration and motivation to post-9/11 veterans with service-related injuries by making them part of a new team and giving them a new mission.  VETMotorsports recruits participants, embeds them with professional racing teams or puts them behind the wheel, and covers all expenses for them and a caregiver to take part in the experience.  

Working with a team in SVRA’s Mazda Miata Heritage group from Friday, June 23 through Sunday, June 25 is Marine CPL Gary C. from Bucyrus, Ohio. He will be doing light mechanical work with the team throughout the weekend, including doing checks and adjustments to the wheels, tires and suspension; fueling the car; doing fluid and pressure checks; communicating with the driver during on-track sessions; recording lap times; and performing other team tasks as needed. He was injured serving in Afghanistan. 

 “Losing 22 veterans a day to suicide is something we just can’t abide,” said VETMotorsports Founder and Executive Director Peter Cline. “That’s why we’re excited to be working with the SVRA to honor and empower brave service men like Gary and looking forward to this weekend’s event at Mid-Ohio.”

This weekend’s Mazda Miata Heritage Cup is the third of a five-race SVRA series. It will have its own distinct race and race group made up of first-generation, 1.6-liter spec Miatas of 1990 to 1993 vintage. It’s a new SVRA class that offers competitors an “entry point” into vintage racing.

Admission to the Vintage Grand Prix of Mid-Ohio covers entry to all spectator areas, paddock access and parking. Children 12 years of age and under are admitted free. For tickets and information, visit www.midohio.com.  

VETMotorsports is an award-winning, non-profit, non-clinical outreach program that honors and empowers injured post-9/11 service members by embedding them with professional racing teams and putting them behind the wheel to race in amateur events.  By placing veterans in hands-on, high-stress, team environments that mimic active duty, the organization gives them direction, empowerment and challenges that help them focus on ability and moving forward rather than disability and the past. Since its founding in 2012, VETMotorsports has helped more than 160 injured veterans participate in 60 motorcycle and auto racing events across the United States. More information about the organization is available at www.VETMotorsports.org.  

AFCEA Makes $2000 Donation to VETMotorsports.

AFCEA Makes $2000 Donation to VETMotorsports.

VETMotorsports, an award-winning, non-clinical outreach program that honors and empowers veterans with service-connected injuries through active participation in motorsports, has received a $2,000 donation from AFCEA to advance its 2017 programming. 

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Texas Veterans Participating in Autocross Competition Sunday in Austin.

AUSTIN, Tex., May 19, 2017 – Through VETMotorsports, an award-winning, non-clinical outreach program that honors and empowers veterans with service-connected injuries through active participation in motorsports, eight Texas Army and Maine veterans will be participating in a Texas Spokes Sports Car Club autocross event in Austin on Sunday, May 21. 


The VETMotorsports program was created to provide inspiration and motivation to post-9/11 veterans with service-related injuries by making them part of a new team and giving them a new mission.  VETMotorsports recruits participants, embeds them with professional racing teams or puts them behind the wheel, and covers all expenses for them a caregiver to take part in the experience.  


Competing in the event at the Circuit of the Americas will be SPC Mike B., SSGT Matt  P., SSG Frankie S., SSGT Steven E., SSG Christopher S., SFC Alfredo L., SGT Mark A., and SPC  Rod A. All are from the Austin and Houston areas. 


The event, which starts at 10:00 a.m. and is open to the public, will feature timed competitions in which drivers navigate one at a time through a defined course. The veterans will be racing against the clock rather than other cars, and competing not only against themselves for their best time but ‘civilian’ drivers as well.


“Losing 22 veterans a day to suicide is something we just can’t abide,” said VETMotorsports Founder and Executive Director Peter Cline. “Honoring and empowering these brave service men and women is incredibly gratifying. We’re glad to have so many great Texas vets with us and we’re looking forward to working hand in hand with them at this weekend’s event.”


VETMotorsports is an award-winning, non-profit, non-clinical outreach program that honors and empowers injured post-9/11 service members by embedding them with professional racing teams and putting them behind the wheel to race in amateur events.  By placing veterans in hands-on, high-stress, team environments that mimic active duty, the organization gives them direction, empowerment and challenges that help them focus on ability and moving forward rather than disability and the past. Since its founding in 2012, VETMotorsports has helped more than 160 injured veterans participate in 60 motorcycle and auto racing events across the United States. More information about the organization is available at www.VETMotorsports.org.
 

VETMotorsports Alumni Hired by FLY Street/Motul/ADR Motorsports

COLUMBUS, Ohio, May 9, 2017 – A combat-wounded United States Army veteran who was embedded with MotoAmerica SuperStock 1000 team Dead Presidents Racing through the VETMotorsports program has been hired on by Fly Street/Motul/ADR Motorsports for the remainder of the season.  

SPC Rod Abraham, who was first embedded with the team during April’s season-opening Championship in Texas at Circuit of the Americas in Austin, served two tours of duty during Operation Iraqi Freedom. He was previously deployed to Baghdad and was honorably discharged in 2011.  

“We were so honored to have Rod join us in Austin, and were so pleased with his attitude and abilities that we decided to hire him on as a crew member,” said ADR Motorsports Team Owner David Anthony, who fields the #25 Fly Street/Motul/ADR Motorsports Superbike. “He’s proof positive what an incredible resource our returning veterans are, and why they deserve every opportunity available to them in the American workforce. We’re grateful to Dead Presidents Racing and VETMotorsports for bringing us together.”

VETMotorsports is an award-winning, non-clinical outreach program that honors and empowers injured warfighters through active participation in motorsports. The program was created to provide inspiration and motivation to post-9/11 veterans with service-connected injuries by making them part of a new team and giving them a new mission.

VETMotorsports recruits participants, embeds them with professional race teams and covers all expenses for them a caregiver to take part in the experience. This is the program’s second direct hire into the MotoAmerica paddock in as many years. 

“I heard about VETMotorsports through some fellow veterans who participated in the program in 2015, and had been waiting for an opportunity to be part of their mission,” said Abraham. “To be given this chance by ADR Motorsports to work at something I love and be a part of something bigger is truly a dream. I’ve seen a lot of fellow veterans struggle after their service ends, and it’s programs like VETMotorsports and organizations like ADR Motorsports that are giving us a chance to be inspired and succeed after the checkered flag drops. I’ll be forever grateful.”

“This couldn’t possibly be a better outcome from our standpoint, as well as for Rod and the team,” said VETMotorsports CEO Peter Cline. “Our mission is to help injured warfighters re-engage as civilians, and when that re-engagement leads to opportunities like this, we couldn’t be more pleased and gratified.  Veterans have value, and they rise to the occasion when given an opportunity. This is another example of this and VETMotorsports wishes Rod and ADR Motorsports nothing but success the rest of the season.”  

About VETMotorsports
Founded in 2012, Veteran Empowerment Through Motorsports (VETMotorsports) is an award-winning, non-profit, non-clinical outreach program that embeds qualifying warfighters with existing race teams to provide them with unique motorsports experiences. By placing veterans in hands-on, high-stress, team environments that mimic active duty, the organization gives them direction, empowerment and challenges that help them focus on ability and moving forward rather than disability and the past. To date VETMotorsports has helped more than 160 injured veterans participate in 60 motorcycle and auto racing events across the United States. To learn more about VETMotorsports, participate in the program, or make a donation, visit www.vetmotorsports.org

About ADR Motorsports:
ADR Motorsports is a professional race team competing around the globe in the world of Pro Motorcycle Road Racing. Established in 2007, ADR has fielded many riders in all classes of competition in multiple series and class championships. With the support of our Sponsors, Friends, Families and fans, we will be Contesting in the Motoamerica Championship for 2017. www.aussiedaveracing.com/index.html. 
    

Ohio Veterans Participating in SCCA Autocross Competition Sunday in Toledo.

COLUMBUS, Ohio, May 5, 2017 – Through VETMotorsports, an award-winning, non-clinical outreach program that honors and empowers veterans with service-connected injuries through active participation in motorsports, two Ohio veterans will be participating in a Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) autocross event in Toledo on Sunday, May 7.

The VETMotorsports program was created to provide inspiration and motivation to post-9/11 veterans with service-related injuries by making them part of a new team and giving them a new mission.  VETMotorsports recruits participants, embeds them with professional racing teams or puts them behind the wheel, and covers all expenses for them a caregiver to take part in the experience.  

Competing in the event at the Toledo Express Airport in Swanton will be U.S. Army SPC and Purple Heart recipient Daryl B. of Ontario, Ohio and Ohio National Guard SGT Lacy S. of Wauseon, Ohio.

The event, which starts at 10:00 a.m. and is open to the public, will feature timed competitions in which drivers navigate one at a time through a defined course. The veterans will be racing against the clock rather than other cars, and competing not only against themselves for their best time but ‘civilian’ drivers as well.

VETMotorsports’ SCCA autocross program is being made possible through a grant from the SCCA Foundation. In addition to placing injured veterans inside the ropes and behind the wheel at select SCCA events, the program will create mentorship opportunities for them with SCCA members and staff. 

The program kicked off in San Diego in March and will place veterans behind the wheel at events throughout the 2017 season.

“We are very grateful to the men and women who have served our country in defense of our freedom,” said Howard Duncan, SCCA Senior Director of Rally/Solo.  “Military service builds skills in leadership, teamwork, and dedication to task, all of which are applicable to motorsports.  The SCCA Foundation is pleased to give back to our veterans through this program and welcome them to be part of the SCCA family in every community across the country.”

“Losing 22 veterans a day to suicide is something we just can’t abide,” said VETMotorsports Founder and Executive Director Peter Cline. “Having the SCCA work hand in hand with us to honor and empower these brave service men and women is incredibly gratifying. We’re looking forward to working hand in hand with them at this weekend’s event.”

VETMotorsports is an award-winning, non-profit, non-clinical outreach program that honors and empowers injured post-9/11 service members by embedding them with professional racing teams and putting them behind the wheel to race in amateur events.  By placing veterans in hands-on, high-stress, team environments that mimic active duty, the organization gives them direction, empowerment and challenges that help them focus on ability and moving forward rather than disability and the past. Since its founding in 2012, VETMotorsports has helped more than 160 injured veterans participate in 60 motorcycle and auto racing events across the United States. More information about the organization is available at www.VETMotorsports.org.

Founded in 1944, the Sports Car Club of America®, Inc. is a 67,500-member motorsports organization that incorporates all facets of autocross, rally and road racing at both club and professional levels. With headquarters in Topeka, Kansas, the SCCA annually sanctions over 2,000 events through its 116 Regions and subsidiary divisions. Much of the SCCA’s activities are made possible with support from the following Official Partners: Chevrolet, the Official Truck of the SCCA; Hawk Performance, the Official Brake Products of SCCA; Mobil 1, the Official Oil of SCCA; Sunoco, the Official Fuel of SCCA; and Tire Rack, the Official Tire Retailer of SCCA. To learn more, please visit www.scca.com.

D.C & St. Louis Area Veterans Participating in SCCA Autocross Competitions this Sunday.

COLUMBUS, Ohio, April 28, 2017 – Through VETMotorsports, an award-winning, non-clinical outreach program that honors and empowers veterans with service-related injuries through active participation in motorsports, eight United States veterans from the Washington, D.C. and St. Louis areas will be participating in Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) autocross events on April 30th. 

The VETMotorsports program was created to provide inspiration and motivation to post-9/11 veterans with service-related injuries by making them part of a new team and giving them a new mission.  VETMotorsports recruits participants, embeds them with professional racing teams or puts them behind the wheel, and covers all expenses for them and a caregiver to take part in the experience.  

Competing in the D.C.-area event at FedEx Field in Greater Landover, Md., will be Marine LCpl Dylan A. from Manassas, Va.; Marine Cpl and Purple Heart recipient Wade S. from Church Falls, Va.; Army Maj., Bronze Star and Purple Heart recipient Brian S. of Stafford, Va.; Marine Sgt. and Purple Heart recipient Brady M. from Fredericksburg, Va.; Marine Cpl. Alejandro M. from Burke, Va.; Army Maj. Eric D. from Woodbridge, Va.; and Marine SSgt. and Purple Heart recipient Yaunce L. from Cincinnati, Ohio. All were injured serving in Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Enduring Freedom or Operation New Dawn. Taking part in the St. Louis-area event at Family Arena in St. Charles, Mo. will be Jerseyville, ILL veteran Army Spc. Angel C.

The events, which are open to the public, will feature timed competitions in which drivers navigate one at a time through a defined course. The veterans will be racing against the clock rather than other cars, and competing not only against themselves for their best time but ‘civilian’ drivers as well.

VETMotorsports’ SCCA autocross program is being made possible through a grant from the SCCA Foundation. In addition to placing injured veterans inside the ropes and behind the wheel at select SCCA events, the program will create mentorship opportunities for them with SCCA members and staff. The program kicked off in in San Diego and will place veterans behind the wheel at events throughout the 2017 season. 

“We are very grateful to the men and women who have served our country in defense of our freedom,” said Howard Duncan, SCCA Senior Director of Rally/Solo.  “Military service builds skills in leadership, teamwork, and dedication to task, all of which are applicable to motorsports.  The SCCA Foundation is pleased to give back to our veterans through this program and welcome them to be part of the SCCA family in every community across the country.”

 “Losing 22 veterans a day to suicide is something we just can’t abide,” said VETMotorsports Founder and Executive Director Peter Cline. “Having the SCCA work hand in hand with us to honor and empower these brave service men and women is incredibly gratifying. We’re looking forward to working hand in hand with them at this weekend’s events.”

VETMotorsports is an award-winning, non-profit, non-clinical outreach program that honors and empowers injured post-9/11 service members by embedding them with professional racing teams and putting them behind the wheel to race in amateur events.  By placing veterans in hands-on, high-stress, team environments that mimic active duty, the organization gives them direction, empowerment and challenges that help them focus on ability and moving forward rather than disability and the past. Since its founding in 2012, VETMotorsports has helped more than 160 injured veterans participate in 60 motorcycle and auto racing events across the United States. More information about the organization is available at www.VETMotorsports.org.

Founded in 1944, the Sports Car Club of America®, Inc. is a 67,500-member motorsports organization that incorporates all facets of autocross, rally and road racing at both club and professional levels. With headquarters in Topeka, Kansas, the SCCA annually sanctions over 2,000 events through its 116 Regions and subsidiary divisions. Much of the SCCA’s activities are made possible with support from the following Official Partners: Chevrolet, the Official Truck of the SCCA; Hawk Performance, the Official Brake Products of SCCA; Mobil 1, the Official Oil of SCCA; Sunoco, the Official Fuel of SCCA; and Tire Rack, the Official Tire Retailer of SCCA. To learn more, please visit www.scca.com.

VETMotorsports Embeds Two Injured Veterans with MotoAmerica's Dead Presidents Racing at COTA.

AUSTIN, Tex., April 20, 2017 – Through VETMotorsports, an award-winning, non-clinical outreach program that honors and empowers injured veterans through active participation in motorsports, United States Army and Marine Corps veterans with service-related injuries will be embedded with Dead Presidents Racing and Bob’s BMW team owner and rider Jeremy Cook for MotoAmerica’s season-opening Championship of Texas at Circuit of the Americas (COTA) in Austin, Tex. on April 21-23.    

VETMotorsports was created to provide inspiration and motivation to post-9/11 veterans with service-related injuries by making them part of a new team and giving them a new mission. The program recruits participants, embeds them with professional race teams and covers all expenses for them a caregiver to take part in the experience.  

“We couldn’t be prouder to have these two dedicated heroes with us in Austin,” said Dead Presidents Team Owner Cook. “They and other veterans like them face a lot of challenges as they re-enter their lives after surviving combat some of those are seen by anyone looking and others cannot be seen externally. Being a Marine veteran myself made me want to work with organizations like VETMotorsports because they provide a great opportunity for Veterans to re-assimilate, to be apart of something good, to see they are valued and value-added to my team, and we’re proud to be a part of it.”

Embedded with the Bob’s BMW team at COTA will be U.S. Army Specialist Rod A. and U.S. Marine Staff Sergeant Alex D., both of whom served in Iraq.  Rod is from Killeen, while Alex, a Purple Heart recipient, hails from Cibolo.

“Race teams participating in the VETMotorsports program have positively affected the lives of more than 160 injured veterans,” said VETMotorsports Founder Peter Cline. “Having Dead Presidents Racing and the Bob’s BMW team stand behind us in our endeavor to reduce the shocking number of veterans we’re losing to suicide each day is incredibly gratifying. We can’t thank the team enough for embracing these injured veterans and offering them renewed hope by making them a part of a team again.”

About VETMotorsports

VETMotorsports is an award-winning, non-profit, non-clinical outreach program that honors and empowers injured post-9/11 service members by embedding them with professional racing teams and putting them behind the wheel to race in amateur events.  By placing veterans in hands-on, high-stress, team environments that mimic active duty, the organization gives them direction, empowerment and challenges that help them focus on ability and moving forward rather than disability and the past. Since its founding in 2012, VETMotorsports has helped more than 160 injured veterans participate in 60 motorcycle and auto racing events across the United States. More information about the organization is available at www.VETMotorsports.org.

 

About Dead Presidents Racing

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SCCA Grant Powers VETMotorsports Outreach Program.

COLUMBUS, Ohio, March 2, 2017 – The Sports Car Club of America® (SCCA®), through a grant from the SCCA Foundation, has launched an outreach program to help reduce the suicide rate among injured veterans by engaging them in transformative motorsports experiences.

The program, geared toward post 9/11 veterans with service-connected injuries, will be run in partnership with the award-winning non-profit VETMotorsports. Participants will get behind the wheel at select SCCA events and be mentored by Club members and staff. 

The program will launch at the West Coast CAM Challenge event March 3-5 in San Diego. The plan is to place veterans behind the wheel at all national CAM Challenge events throughout the 2017 season.

“We are very grateful to the men and women who have served our country in defense of our freedom,” said Howard Duncan, SCCA Senior Director of Rally/Solo.  “Military service builds skills in leadership, teamwork, and dedication to task, all of which are applicable to motorsports.  The SCCA Foundation is pleased to give back to our veterans through this program and welcome them to be part of the SCCA family in every community across the country.”

VETMotorsports Founder and Executive Director Peter Cline said, “Losing 22 veterans a day to suicide is something we just can’t abide. Having the SCCA work hand in hand with us to honor and empower these brave service men and women is incredibly gratifying. They really understand and embrace what we’re doing, they’re going to make a tremendous difference in these veterans’ lives, and we can’t thank everyone at the SCCA enough for taking up this important cause.”

About VETMotorsports: VETMotorsports is an award-winning, non-profit, non-clinical outreach program that honors and empowers injured post-9/11 service members by embedding them with professional racing teams and putting them behind the wheel to race in amateur events.  By placing veterans in hands-on, team environments that mimic active duty, the organization gives them direction, empowerment and challenges that help them focus on ability and moving forward rather than disability and the past. Since its founding in 2012, VETMotorsports has helped more than 160 injured veterans participate in 60 motorcycle and auto racing events across the United States. More information about the organization is available at www.VETMotorsports.org.

About The Sports Car Club of America®, Inc.: Founded in 1944, the Sports Car Club of America®, Inc.is a 67,500-member motorsports organization that incorporates all facets of autocross, rally and road racing at both club and professional levels. With headquarters in Topeka, Kansas, the SCCA annually sanctions over 2,000 events through its 116 Regions and subsidiary divisions. Much of the SCCA’s activities are made possible with support from the following Official Partners: Chevrolet, the Official Truck of the SCCA; Hawk Performance, the Official Brake Products of SCCA; Mobil 1, the Official Oil of SCCA; Sunoco, the Official Fuel of SCCA; and Tire Rack, the Official Tire Retailer of SCCA. To learn more, please visit www.scca.com.

VETMotorsports Embedding Injured Warfighter into Bonneville Performance this Weekend in Elbridge, NY

ELBRIDGE, N.Y., August 19, 2016 – Through VETMotorsports, an award-winning, non-clinical outreach program that honors and empowers injured warfighters through active participation in motorsports, a combat-wounded United States Army veteran will be embedded with Bonneville Performance Racing and rider Jake Shoemaker for the Central New York Half-Mile at Rolling Wheels Raceway Park in Elbridge, N.Y., on Saturday, August 20.  

The program was created to provide inspiration and motivation to combat-wounded, post-9/11 warfighters by making them part of a new team and giving them a new mission.  VETMotorsports recruits participants, embeds them with professional race teams and covers all expenses for them a caregiver to take part in the experience.  

“We couldn’t be prouder to be a VETMotorsports team and to have injured warfighters with us at Black Hills,” said Bonneville Performance Team Owner Bill Gately.  “As a former Marine and combat-wounded veteran, I know the challenges disabled veterans face as they re-enter their lives after surviving combat. That’s why we’ve been honored to host veterans through the program the last two seasons and why we’re excited to be doing so again in 2016.”

Embedded with Bonneville Performance at the Central New York Half-Mile will be Sgt. Jesus M. of Syracuse, who served with the Army in Iraq.  

As a Triumph factory team, Bonneville Performance is also participating in Castrol’s VETMotorsports Performance Match Fund, which awards bonuses to VETMotorsports based on participating teams’ on-track results in 2016. The fund contributed more $9,000 to the program last season alone.  

“Race teams participating in the VETMotorsports program have positively affected the lives of more than 100 injured warfighters,” said VETMotorsports Founder Peter Cline. “Having teams like Bonneville Performance and partners like Castrol and Triumph stand behind us in our endeavor to reduce the shocking number of veterans we’re losing to suicide each day is incredibly gratifying. We can’t thank the team enough for embracing these injured warfighters and offering them renewed hope by making them a part of a team again.”

 

 

About VETMotorsports

Founded in 2012, Veteran Empowerment Through Motorsports (VETMotorsports) is an award-winning, non-profit, non-clinical outreach program that embeds qualifying warfighters with existing race teams to provide them with unique motorsports experiences.  By placing veterans in hands-on, high-stress, team environments that mimic active duty, the organization gives them direction, empowerment and challenges that help them focus on ability and moving forward rather than disability and the past. To date VETMotorsports has helped more than 130 injured warfighters participate in motorcycle and auto racing events across the United States. To learn more about VETMotorsports, participate in the program, or make a donation, visit www.VETMotorsports.org.

 

About Bonneville Performance

Bonneville Performance Racing (BPR) is the first Triumph-powered Grand National Flat Track Race Team to re-enter expert competition since the late 1970s in 2005.   In 2012, BPR won the support of the Triumph Motorcycle Company and Castrol as its primary sponsors.  Now entering its fourth year as one of two Triumph/Castrol-supported Grand National Teams, Bonneville Performance Racing still builds its own chassis and race engines.  Owned and managed by Bill Gately with his brothers Steve, Crew Chief, and Jim, an AMA District 7 Triumph racer (since 1970), the family moves into its tenth Grand National Season in 2015 with GNC !, expert, #55 Jake Shoemaker. For more, visit www.bonnevilleperformance.com.  

   

About Castrol

Castrol, one of the world’s leading lubricant brands, has a proud heritage of innovation and fuelling the dreams of pioneers. Their passion for performance, combined with a philosophy of working in partnership with manufacturers, has enabled Castrol to develop oils that have been at the heart of numerous technological feats on land, air, sea and space for over 100 years. Today, the company’s vast portfolio of high performance lubricants, including Castrol EDGE, Castrol GTX MAGNATEC, Castrol GTX and Castrol Power RS , are available in almost 140 countries worldwide.  For more information on Castrol’s premium lubricants, please visit www.Castrol.com.

 

About Triumph

Triumph Motorcycles is the British motorcycle marque that produces a wide range of sport, cruiser, adventure and touring motorcycles. From the storied Bonneville to the class-leading Speed Triple and Daytona 675R, Triumph offers a blend of design, character and performance that result in truly distinctive motorcycles. First established in 1902 and now located in Hinckley, Leicestershire, England, Triumph has always set the pace for category-winning machines. The company is solely owned by Bloor Holdings Ltd., and Triumph Motorcycles America, its North American operations, are based in Atlanta. To see the full range of Triumph motorcycles, visit www.TriumphMotorcycles.com.

 

Injured Fort Wayne Veterans Participating in SCCA CAM Challenge East Autocross this Weekend.

GRISSOM JOINT AIR RESERVE BASE, Ind., August 12, 2016 – Through VETMotorsports, an award-winning, non-clinical outreach program that honors and empowers injured warfighters through active participation in motorsports, two combat-wounded United States Army veterans from the Fort Wayne, Indiana area will be participating in the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) CAM Challenge East autocross event from Friday, August 12 through Sunday, August 14 at Grissom Air Force Base. 

The VETMotorsports program was created to provide inspiration and motivation to combat-wounded, post-9/11 warfighters by making them part of a new team and giving them a new mission.  VETMotorsports recruits participants, embeds them with professional racing teams or puts them behind the wheel, and covers all expenses for them a caregiver to take part in the experience.  

Taking part in the CAM East as drivers will be Fort Wayne-area warfighters SPC AJ A. and SGT Vince C. Both were injured serving in Iraq / Afghanistan, and both are recipients of the Purple Heart.

The event, which is open to the public, will feature a timed competition in which drivers navigate one at a time through a defined course. Injured warfighters will be racing against the clock rather than other cars, and competing not only against themselves for their best time but ‘civilian’ drivers as well. With 138 entries, CAM East is the largest all-muscle car autocross in the country.

“We’re looking forward to working with the VETMotorsports team and truly appreciate the value they’re bringing to the lives of wounded service men and women,” said Raleigh Boreen, SCCA National CAM Challenge Coordinator.  

“We’re grateful for the tremendous support and effort the SCCA has put into this event and for their welcoming us, our participating veterans and their caregivers,” said VETMotorsports Founder Peter Cline.  “It wouldn’t have happened without their initiative. We can’t wait for this weekend and for the impact this event will have on these amazing veterans going forward.”

 

About VETMotorsports

Founded in 2012, Veteran Empowerment Through Motorsports (VETMotorsports) is an award-winning Columbus, Ohio-based 501(c)3 that embeds post 9/11 veterans with service connected injuries into professional motorsport racing teams. The organization has positively affected over 130 injured warfighters nationwide in over 60 unique events. VETMotorsports spends less than 10% of the funds they receive from charitable donations on administrative costs and overhead. The board is composed entirely of volunteer staff, volunteer professional assistance, and commitment to focus on combat stress recovery efforts. Those interested in donating, participating and volunteering should visit www.vetmotorsports.org

 

VETMotorsports.org to Embed Injured Warfighter at the Sturgis Half-Mile this Tuesday.

VETMotorsports.org to Embed Injured Warfighter at the Sturgis Half-Mile this Tuesday.

Marine and VETMotorsports.org participant Cpl Robert J. in Charlotte with the Bonneville Performance / Triumph Motorcycles / Castrol Moto team this past June. Robert was embedded into the team during the AMA Pro Flat Track event as part of VETMotorsports.org national award-winning program for post 9/11 injured warfighters.
 

 
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Injured Warfighters Get Behind the Wheel in Southern Ohio this Weekend.

WILMINGTON, Ohio, July 15, 2016 – Through VETMotorsports, an award-winning, non-clinical outreach program that honors and empowers injured warfighters through active participation in motorsports, four combat-wounded United States veterans from Central and Southwest Ohio will be participating in the Western Ohio Region Sports Car Club/Miami Valley Sports Car Club Challenge (WOR/MVSCC) autocross event on Saturday, July 16 and Sunday, July 17 at Wilmington Air Park in Wilmington, Ohio. 

The VETMotorsports program was created to provide inspiration and motivation to combat-wounded, post-9/11 warfighters by making them part of a new team and giving them a new mission.  VETMotorsports recruits participants, embeds them with professional racing teams or puts them behind the wheel, and covers all expenses for them a caregiver to take part in the experience.  

Taking part in the WOR/MVSCC Challenge as drivers are TSgt Jeremy C. (USAF), SGT Zach C. (US Army), LCpl John K. (USMC) and SSGT Yaunce L. (USMC). The veterans will be traveling from Columbus (OH), Washington Courthouse and Florence, KY.  All were injured serving in Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Enduring Freedom or Operation New Dawn.  

The event, which is open to the public, will feature a timed competition in which drivers navigate one at a time through a defined course. Injured warfighters will be racing against the clock rather than other cars, and competing not only against themselves for their best time but ‘civilian’ drivers as well.
 

“We’re looking forward to working with the VETMotorsports team and truly appreciate the value they’re bringing to the lives of wounded service men and women,” said event representatives Greg Schnittger & Chris Varvel.  
 

“We’re grateful for the tremendous support and effort the Western Ohio Region Sports Car Club and Miami Valley Sports Car Clubs has put into this event and for their welcoming us, our participating veterans and their caregivers,” said VETMotorsports Founder Peter Cline.  “It wouldn’t have happened without their initiative. We can’t wait for this weekend and for the impact this event will have on these amazing veterans going forward.”

About VETMotorsports
Founded in 2012, Veteran Empowerment Through Motorsports (VETMotorsports) is an award-winning Columbus, Ohio-based 501(c)3 that embeds post 9/11 veterans with service connected injuries into professional motorsport racing teams. The organization has positively affected over 130 injured warfighters nationwide in over 60 unique events. VETMotorsports spends less than 10% of the funds they receive from charitable donations on administrative costs and overhead. The board is composed entirely of volunteer staff, volunteer professional assistance, and commitment to focus on combat stress recovery efforts. Those interested in donating, participating and volunteering should visit www.vetmotorsports.org

Space is still available for veterans meeting the participation criteria. Please contact the Executive Director Peter Cline for more details. 

vetmotorsports@gmail.com
(614) 407-3894