VETMotorsports Warfighter Embedded with Latus Motors Racing at Road Atlanta

BRASELTON, Ga., April 17, 2015 – 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 Marine veteran will be embedded with MotoAmerica Supersport team Latus Motors Racing and rider Bobby Fong at Road Atlanta this weekend.  

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 an injured warfighter with us this weekend,” said Latus Motors Racing Team Owner George Latus.  “This is our first season and our first race as a part of the program, but we’ve been amazed and inspired by the stories we’ve heard about the men and women who’ve embedded with other teams, and we can’t wait to provide the same kind of life-changing experience here.”

Embedded with the team this weekend is Sgt. Chad C., who enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1998, was deployed to Kandahar and Kabul, Afghanistan for Operation Enduring Freedom, and was deployed twice more with the 22nd and 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.  He was honorably discharged in 2009.

As a Triumph factory team, Latus Motors Racing is also participating in Castrol’s VETMotorsports Performance Match Fund, which awards bonuses to VETMotorsports based on participating teams’ on-track results in 2015.

“Race teams participating in the VETMotorsports program have positively affected the lives of over 45 injured warfighters,” said VETMotorsports Founder Peter Cline. “Having teams like Latus Motors Racing 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 65 injured warfighters participate in 35 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 Latus Motors Racing

Latus Motors Racing is a professional motorcycle race team based in Portland, Oregon. The team has competed in AHDRA and NHRA drag racing, AMA Grand National Flat Track Racing, Bonneville Land Speed Trials, and various road racing series including the new MotoAmerica AMA/FIM North American Road Racing Championship. It has has been privileged to work with championship riders like Jason DiSalvo, Steve Dorn, Bobby Fong, Joe Kopp, Steve Rapp, Brandon Robinson, Shayna Texter, and others.  Latus Motors Racing is supported by and partnered with Triumph, Castrol, FreedomRoad Financial, GE Capital, K-Tech, Hindle, ET, Galfer, Dyno Jet, Catalyst, Bickle, Zero Gravity, Superlite, VETMotorsports and Cafe Racer XXX. For more information, visit www.LatusMotorsRacing.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.