COLUMBUS, Ohio, July 7, 2017 – Through VETMotorsports, an award-winning, non-clinical outreach program that honors and empowers veterans with service-related injuries through active participation in motorsports, six United States veterans from Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana will be participating in separate autocross events in Ohio on Saturday, July 8 and Sunday, July 9.
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 a caregiver to take part in the experience.
Competing in Saturday’s Western Ohio Region SCCA event at Upper Valley Mall in Springfield, Ohio will be Army Sgt. Jonathan K from Westerville, OH.; Marine CPL Gary C. from Caldonia, OH; Army SPC Justin H. from West Lafayette, IN ; and Army SPC Chad W. from Butler, KY.
Taking part in the Akron Sports Car Club’s event on Sunday at Dragway 42 in West Salem, Ohio will be Columbus, Ohio Marine CPL Gary C. from Caldonia, OH and Army Sgt. Jonathan K from Westerville, OH.
All were injured serving in Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Enduring Freedom or Operation New Dawn.
The events, which are open to the public, will feature timed competitions in which drivers navigate one at a time through a defined course. The veterans 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. Both events begin at 10:00 a.m.
“Losing 22 veterans a day to suicide is something we just can’t abide,” said VETMotorsports Founder and Executive Director Peter Cline. “Honoring and empowering these brave service men and women by giving them the opportunity to get out, get behind the wheel and be part of a team again is incredibly gratifying. We’re looking forward to both of these great events this weekend.”
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.