SPRINGFIELD, Ill., September 5, 2015 – Through VETMotorsports, an award-winning, non-clinical outreach program that honors and empowers injured warfighters through active participation in motorsports, two combat-wounded United States Army veterans will be embedded with AMA Pro Flat Track team Bonneville Performance Racing and rider Jake Shoemaker at the Springfield Mile 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 Bonneville Performance Team Owner Bill Gately. “As a former Marine and combat-wounded veteran, I know the challenges disabled veterans face as they re-enter their lives after surviving combat. That’s why we were eager to host some veterans through the program last season and why we’re excited to have an ongoing relationship with VETMotorsports in 2015.”
Embedded with the team this weekend are Staff Sgt. Matt K. of Springfield and Sgt. Edward S. of Columbus, Ohio, both of whom served in Operation Iraqi Freedom.
As a Triumph factory team, Bonneville Performance is also participating in Castrol’s VETMotorsports Performance Match Fund, which awards bonuses to VETMotorsports based on participating teams’ on-track results in 2015. The fund already has contributed $7,750 to VETMotorsports this season.
“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 Bonneville Performance 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.”
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. Since 2013 VETMotorsports has helped more than 118 injured warfighters participate in 47 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 Bonneville Performance
Bonneville Performance Racing (BPR) is the first Triumph-powered Grand National Flat Track Race Team to re-enter expert competition since the late 1970s in 2005. In 2012, BPR won the support of the Triumph Motorcycle Company and Castrol as its primary sponsors. Now entering its fourth year as one of two Triumph/Castrol-supported Grand National Teams, Bonneville Performance Racing still builds its own chassis and race engines. Owned and managed by Bill Gately with his brothers Steve, Crew Chief, and Jim, an AMA District 7 Triumph racer (since 1970), the family moves into its tenth Grand National Season in 2015 with GNC !, expert, #55 Jake Shoemaker. For more, visit www.bonnevilleperformance.com.
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.
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.