GRISSOM JOINT AIR RESERVE BASE, Ind., August 12, 2016 – 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 from the Fort Wayne, Indiana area will be participating in the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) CAM Challenge East autocross event from Friday, August 12 through Sunday, August 14 at Grissom Air Force Base.
The VETMotorsports 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 racing teams or puts them behind the wheel, and covers all expenses for them a caregiver to take part in the experience.
Taking part in the CAM East as drivers will be Fort Wayne-area warfighters SPC AJ A. and SGT Vince C. Both were injured serving in Iraq / Afghanistan, and both are recipients of the Purple Heart.
The event, which is open to the public, will feature a timed competition in which drivers navigate one at a time through a defined course. Injured warfighters will be racing against the clock rather than other cars, and competing not only against themselves for their best time but ‘civilian’ drivers as well. With 138 entries, CAM East is the largest all-muscle car autocross in the country.
“We’re looking forward to working with the VETMotorsports team and truly appreciate the value they’re bringing to the lives of wounded service men and women,” said Raleigh Boreen, SCCA National CAM Challenge Coordinator.
“We’re grateful for the tremendous support and effort the SCCA has put into this event and for their welcoming us, our participating veterans and their caregivers,” said VETMotorsports Founder Peter Cline. “It wouldn’t have happened without their initiative. We can’t wait for this weekend and for the impact this event will have on these amazing veterans going forward.”
Founded in 2012, Veteran Empowerment Through Motorsports (VETMotorsports) is an award-winning Columbus, Ohio-based 501(c)3 that embeds post 9/11 veterans with service connected injuries into professional motorsport racing teams. The organization has positively affected over 130 injured warfighters nationwide in over 60 unique events. VETMotorsports spends less than 10% of the funds they receive from charitable donations on administrative costs and overhead. The board is composed entirely of volunteer staff, volunteer professional assistance, and commitment to focus on combat stress recovery efforts. Those interested in donating, participating and volunteering should visit www.vetmotorsports.org