COLUMBUS, Ohio, May 1, 2015 – Four combat-wounded United States veterans will be embedded with the Roush-Yates Performance / Call Family Distillers / The Garage Shop Race Team as they make an attempt at a land speed record at the East Coast Timing Association’s (ECTA) quarterly meet at The Ohio Mile this weekend. The veterans are taking part in the event through VETMotorsports, 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 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’re excited to have this great group of vets with us as we make a run at the record,” said Roush-Yates Performance / Call Family Distillers / The Garage Shop team owner Aaron Brown. “The VETMotorsports program is something we got behind the moment we heard about it, and we’re looking forward to helping move it a little further down the track this weekend. Hopefully at record speed.”
Embedded with Roush-Yates Performance / Call Family Distillers / The Garage Shop this weekend will be combat-wounded veterans from central and southern Ohio. All will be working as mechanics on the team’s 1939 NASCAR-powered Ford pickup during its record runs, which will take place Saturday and Sunday at The Ohio Mile at Airborne Park in Wilmington, Ohio.
“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, “but this is the first time we’ve ever been part of a land speed record attempt. It’s a great opportunity for our warfighters to be part of a team like Roush-Yates Performance / Call Family Distillers / The Garage Shop, and we’re terribly grateful to Aaron, his crew and the ECTA for making it possible.”
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.