ONE LAP OF AMERICA TEAM TO RAISE AWARENESS, MONEY FOR VETERAN OUTREACH

SOUTH BEND, Ind., May 1, 2019 – Two United States military veterans will be raising money to support award-winning non-profit VETMotorsports during the 2019 Tire Rack One Lap of America presented by Grassroots Motorsports Magazine.

The 36th annual event, which starts May 4 in South Bend, Indiana, pits two-member teams against one another in 24-hour-a-day, time-trial driving on race tracks across the country. The 5,000-mile race concludes May 11 back in South Bend.

The 1 Lap 1LE team of Army National Guard Sergeant Chris Vanderwolk and Marine Corps Corporal Ryan Finch won’t just be competing to win, but also to raise awareness and funds for VETMotorsports, a not-for-profit organization that provides transformative motorsports experiences for active military, National Guard, Reserve, Gold Star families, and veterans with service-connected injuries. 

The team will be inviting the military community to join them at select stops throughout the event to participate in ride-alongs and learn more about the program.

“We were already doing the One Lap,” said Vanderwolk. “This was just a way for us to make it more meaningful. We’re hoping to get lots of veterans and others out to the tracks to learn more about the program and help us get more guys like us behind the wheel in the future.”

Vanderwolk, who served as a human intelligence collector in Bosnia, is a racing veteran as well. In addition to 15 years of autocross and road racing, he completed his first One Lap in 2018, finishing third in class and 16th overall. Finch, was a motor team mechanic during two tours in Iraq. He has eight years of autocross experience and multiple wins in Match Tours, National Tours and Pro-Solos.

The team has set a fundraising goal of $5,000, and is challenging the military and motorsports communities to contribute at www.facebook.com/1lap1le. Fans can also follow the team on social media at www.instagram.com/1lap1le.

“The One Lap is the definition of grassroots motorsports and what Chris and Ryan are doing is a grassroots effort, too,” said VETMotorsports Founder and Executive Director Peter Cline. “They’ve taken their passion and turned it into a platform, which is incredible. We’re so excited to follow their exploits and get even more members of the military community involved in our programs.”

There will be a number of opportunities to join the team during the event, including:

  • South Bend, Indiana, 05/04/2019: Team Meet and Greet, Honor a Veteran by signing the hood. 9am to Noon.

  • Nelson Ledges Road Course, Nelson Ledges, Ohio, 05/05/2019: Honor a Veteran & Ride Along available during the Parade Laps, from 11:30-12:00 during lunch break. Participants should plan to be on site by 10:30am.

  • Road America, Plymouth, Illinois. 05/06/2019: Honor a Veteran & Ride Along available during the Parade Laps, from 11:30-12:00 during the lunch break. Participants should plan to be on site by 10:30am.

  • Brainerd International Raceway Road Course, Brainerd, Minnesota, 05/07/2019: Honor a Veteran & Ride Along available during the Parade Laps, from 11:30-12:00 during the lunch break. Participants should plan to be on site by 10:30am.

  • Brainerd International Raceway Drag, Brainerd, Minnesota, 05/07/2019: Honor a Veteran & Ride Along available during the Parade Laps, from 11:30-12:00 during the lunch break. Participants should plan to be on site by 10:30am.

  • Motorsports Park Hastings Road Course, Hastings, Nebraska, 05/08/2019: Honor a Veteran & Ride Along available during the Parade Laps, from 11:30-12:00 during the lunch break. Participants should plan to be on site by 10:30am.

  • Blackhawk Farms, South Beloit, Illinois, 05/09/2019: Honor a Veteran & Ride Along available during the Parade Laps, from 11:30-12:00 during the lunch break. Participants should plan to be on site by 10:30am.

  • NCM Motorsports Park East Course, Bowling Green, Kentucky, 05/10/2019: Honor a Veteran & Ride Along available during the Parade Laps, from 11:30-12:00 during the lunch break. Participants should plan to be on site by 10:30am.

  • South Bend, Indiana, 05/11/2019: Team Meet and Greet, Honor a Veteran by signing the hood. 8am to 11am.

VETMotorsports is an award-winning, non-profit, non-clinical outreach program that honors and empowers active military, National Guard, Reserve, Gold Star families, and veterans with service-connected injuries and their caregivers by embedding them with professional racing teams, putting them behind the wheel to race in amateur events, and providing them with other transformative motorsports experiences. Since its founding in 2012, VETMotorsports has helped more than 200 veterans participate in over 90 motorcycle and auto racing events across the United States. More information about the organization is available at www.VETMotorsports.org.

TECH, RIDING FIRMS TO HOST VETMOTORSPORTS SOCIAL AT AUSTIN MOTO GP EVENT

AUSTIN, Texas, April 3 2019 – Technology companies Dell Technologies, Kinetica, NEC and Unicom Engineering along with the Yamaha Championship Riding School, will host a social event for the award-winning military non-profit VETMotorsports at the MotoGP Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas April 12-14 at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin.

The event, which will raise awareness for the non-profit’s non-clinical outreach programming, will include pit access, food, beverag and guest appearances throughout the MotoGP weekend.

VETMotorsports engages the military community in transformative motorsports experiences, placing active military, National Guard, Reserve, Gold Star families, and veterans with service-connected injuries and their caregivers inside the ropes and behind the wheel at motor racing events across the country. Since its founding in 2012, the organization has helped more than 200 injured veterans participate in over 80 motorcycle and auto racing events.

To raise money, the companies are selling tickets to a shared suite at the track, along with event sponsorships, with all proceeds going to the non-profit.

“We are so excited because the North American round of the 2019 MotoGP season (Gran Premio de las Americas) will soon be here,” said Marine veteran and VETMotorsports Vice President Joe Bianco, who’s helping to organize the event and will be the non-profit’s on-site representative. “Our technology partners have shown incredible initiative and commitment to our cause by working so hard to put this event together. We’re looking forward to a great event and an exciting race weekend.”

VETMOTORSPORTS CEO, PROGRAM ALUMNUS TO PRESENT AT LONG BEACH GRAND PRIX SAFETY SEMINAR.

LONG BEACH, California, April 3, 2019 – VETMotorsports Founder and CEO Peter Cline, along with one of the military outreach program’s alumni, will present at the Stand 21 Safety Foundation’s annual “Racing Goes Safer” driver safety seminar on Saturday, April 13 at IndyCar’s Long Beach Grand Prix presented by Acura.

The event, which will raise awareness for the non-profit’s award-winning, non-clinical outreach programming, will feature David Hobbs as the keynote speaker. Hobbs is a retired veteran racer and popular motorsports television analyst. He will talk about motorsports safety from his perspective based on a full career both behind the wheel and behind the microphone, sharing stories from his book HOBBO, Motor Racer, Motor Mouth.

As part of the seminar, Cline and VETMotorsports alumnus, racer and injured veteran Jon Winker will share how VETMotorsports engages injured veterans and the military community in motorsports through their presentation, Finding a New Tribe: Veterans and Motorsports.

VETMotorsports places active military, National Guard, Reserve, Gold Star families, and veterans with service-connected injuries and their caregivers inside the ropes and behind the wheel at motor racing events across the country. Since its founding in 2012, the organization has helped more than 200 injured veterans participate in over 80 motorcycle and auto racing events nationwide.

“We’re honored to be included among such a distinguished lineup of speakers,” said Cline. “The Stand 21 Foundation has shown an admirable commitment to our cause by having us interview our program alumni and discuss how motorsports can connect with the military and veteran community. We’re looking forward to a great event and an exciting race weekend.”

The event will run from 9:00 AM to noon at the (location) and will be followed by informal conversation and a light lunch. Admission is free, but attendees must register and have admission to the Long Beach track in order to attend. Seminar registration and discounted Grand Prix tickets are available at www.racinggoessafer.org.

More information about VETMotorsports is available at www.vetmotorsports.org.

SCCA EXTENDS SUPPORT FOR VETERAN OUTREACH PROGRAM.

INDIANAPOLIS, IN December 7, 2018 – The Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) today announced that, through a grant from the SCCA Foundation, it will continue its support for an outreach program that engages active military and veterans in transformative motorsports experiences.

The program, which is run in partnership with the award-winning non-profit VETMotorsports, will continue to place active military, National Guard, Reserve, Gold Star parents, and veterans with service-connected injuries and their caregivers inside the ropes and behind the wheel at select SCCA events, as well as create mentorship opportunities for them with SCCA members and staff.

The program, which launched in 2017, has already hosted qualifying participants in autocross, road rally and road race pit crew events.

“This has been an outstanding program by every measure,” said Arnie Coleman, SCCA Foundation Executive Committee member. “It’s not only allowed our SCCA family to welcome and give something back to the brave men and women who’ve served our country, but also to engage our regions and members in new outreach efforts. We’re excited to see what more we can do in 2019 and beyond.”

“We couldn’t be more pleased with the relationship we’ve been able to develop with the SCCA over the last two seasons,” said VETMotorsports Founder and Executive Director Peter Cline. “They’ve put together amazing events and opportunities for our participants, and you can tell how passionate the members are not just about what they’re doing but also about sharing it with others. We’re blessed to work with them and can’t wait for what’s next.”

VETMotorsports is an award-winning, non-profit, non-clinical outreach program that honors and empowers active military, National Guard, Reserve, Gold Star parents, and veterans with service-connected injuries and their caregivers 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 hosted more than 200 participants in over 100 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.

Founded in 1986, the SCCA Foundation is the charitable affiliate of the SCCA. As well as providing support to Vetmotorsports, the foundation funds programs that save teen driver’s lives, preserve the history of American motorsport, and encourage promote automotive passion. To learn more, please visit www.sccafoundation.org.

SCCA Veteran Outreach Program Takes Green Flag this Weekend.

SCCA Veteran Outreach Program Takes Green Flag this Weekend.

The Sports Car Club of America (SCCA), through a grant from the SCCA Foundation, will kick off the second year of its celebrated veteran outreach program this weekend. The program, which will again be run in partnership with the award-winning non-profit VETMotorsports, works to help reduce the suicide rate among injured veterans by engaging them in transformative motorsports experiences. 
 

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Indiana Wounded Warrior Serving on SCCA Runoffs Pit Crew at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

COLUMBUS, Ohio, September 27, 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 SCCA National Championship Runoffs at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

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 McGovern Team at the Runoffs will be Army Sgt. BobbyJo Westmark from Indianapolis, Indiana. Westmark, who was injured serving in Iraq, will be doing light mechanical work on the #8 Spec Miata entry piloted by Patrick McGovern on Thursday, September 28 and Friday, September 29.

“We’re big fans of what VETMotorsports is doing,” said McGovern. “As a veteran myself, I know what a difference being part of team can make to vets who miss that connection when their service ends. We’re excited to have BobbyJo with us this weekend and look forward to making it a great experience.”

“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 McGovern to honor and empower brave service members like BobbyJo and looking forward to this weekend’s Runoffs.”

VETMotorsports’ 2017 programming is being made possible in part 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 is creating mentorship opportunities for them with SCCA members and staff. 

The program kicked off in March in San Diego and has placed veterans behind the wheel at events throughout the 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 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 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.