BRASELTON, Ga., April 24, 2015 – Through VETMotorsports, an award-winning, non-clinical outreach program that honors and empowers injured warfighters through active participation in motorsports, combat-wounded United States Marine veterans will be embedded with Historic Sportscar Racing (HSR) teams during The Mitty vintage race 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 partnering race teams and covers all expenses for them and a caregiver to take part in the experience.
“We couldn't be prouder to partner with an organization like VETMotorsports and to have this distinguished group of Marine veterans with us this weekend,” said HSR Event Manager & Chief Registrar Sara Councilor. “Many of our racers are veterans themselves, so I’m sure there will be lots of stories to share among the group. And our guys love to talk about their cars, so it should be a great learning experience, too, and a great weekend for everyone involved.”
Embedded with the HSR teams this weekend will be combat-wounded Marines from Buford, Loganville, Columbus and Conyers, Ga. All are from the United State Marine Corps Wounded Warrior Regiment and will be working with teams as mechanics during the 38th edition of this vintage racing classic.
HSR is the leader in vintage endurance racing. Its competitors own, maintain and race cars that have previously been entered in sports car racing classics like the 12 Hours of Sebring, 24 Hours of Le Mans and 24 Hours of Daytona. The cars and drivers compete in a series of Sprint Races, Special Series, and Endurance Series races at road courses across the country each season.
“Race teams participating in the VETMotorsports program have already positively affected the lives of over 40 injured warfighters and caregivers,” said VETMotorsports Founder Peter Cline. “This is our first venture into vintage racing and our first four-wheel outreach event of 2015, and we’re so pleased to be able to do it with HSR. They’ve embraced our mission, our program and our warfighters, and we expect nothing but great experiences for everyone involved this weekend. I just hope we can find the funding to do more.”
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.