6/14/2014 Upper Arlington, Ohio.
VETMotorsports will be partnering with Team Spider Grips / Ducati's efforts at Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. VETMotorsports will join the team immediately after their outreach concludes at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, AL with AMA Pro Road Racing. 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 Road Racing teams.
The Marine combat veterans will be on the mountain beginning Monday June 23rd through the 29th. During some of the practice sessions the crews will be working as high as 12,000 feet above sea level and arriving as early as 3 am. This will be VETMotorsports' first time at Pikes Peak, and their mission throughout the event is to honor and engage disabled combat veterans through active participation in motor sports.
“We are very excited to have VETMotorsports involved with our team this year," stated Paul Livingston (owner, Team Spider Grips). "The Marine veterans will be a key part of our attempt on Pikes Peak, and we hope that together we will be a winning team!”
“We are very fortunate to get connected with Team Spider Grips efforts at Pikes Peak," added VETMotorsports Executive Director and Founder Peter Cline. "Livingston contacted us through a mutual connection about pairing VETMotorsports with his efforts, and this is a once in a lifetime opportunity for everyone involved. Our veteran participants are all combat tested Marines, and VETMotorsports gets to work with one of the world's most attractive motorcycles; Ducati. VETMotorsports is grateful for Team Spider Grips and their sponsors for making this possible. Every day 22 veterans commit suicide. By embedding veterans into positive environment, VETMotorsports is attempting to provide direction and empowerment."
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