Injured Ohio Veteran on Vintage Grand Prix Pit Crew this Weekend.

COLUMBUS, Ohio, June 24, 2017 – Through VETMotorsports, an award-winning, non-clinical outreach program that honors and empowers veterans with service-related injuries through active participation in motorsports, a United States Marine veteran will serve as a pit crew member during the Sportscar Vintage Racing Association (SVRA) sanctioned Vintage Grand Prix at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio, this weekend. 

The VETMotorsports program was created to provide inspiration and motivation to post-9/11 veterans with service-related injuries 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 and a caregiver to take part in the experience.  

Working with a team in SVRA’s Mazda Miata Heritage group from Friday, June 23 through Sunday, June 25 is Marine CPL Gary C. from Bucyrus, Ohio. He will be doing light mechanical work with the team throughout the weekend, including doing checks and adjustments to the wheels, tires and suspension; fueling the car; doing fluid and pressure checks; communicating with the driver during on-track sessions; recording lap times; and performing other team tasks as needed. He was injured serving in Afghanistan. 

 “Losing 22 veterans a day to suicide is something we just can’t abide,” said VETMotorsports Founder and Executive Director Peter Cline. “That’s why we’re excited to be working with the SVRA to honor and empower brave service men like Gary and looking forward to this weekend’s event at Mid-Ohio.”

This weekend’s Mazda Miata Heritage Cup is the third of a five-race SVRA series. It will have its own distinct race and race group made up of first-generation, 1.6-liter spec Miatas of 1990 to 1993 vintage. It’s a new SVRA class that offers competitors an “entry point” into vintage racing.

Admission to the Vintage Grand Prix of Mid-Ohio covers entry to all spectator areas, paddock access and parking. Children 12 years of age and under are admitted free. For tickets and information, visit www.midohio.com.  

VETMotorsports is an award-winning, non-profit, non-clinical outreach program that honors and empowers injured post-9/11 service members by embedding them with professional racing teams and putting them behind the wheel to race in amateur events.  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 its founding in 2012, VETMotorsports has helped more than 160 injured veterans participate in 60 motorcycle and auto racing events across the United States. More information about the organization is available at www.VETMotorsports.org.