ONE LAP OF AMERICA TEAM TO RAISE AWARENESS, MONEY FOR VETERAN OUTREACH

SOUTH BEND, Ind., May 1, 2019 – Two United States military veterans will be raising money to support award-winning non-profit VETMotorsports during the 2019 Tire Rack One Lap of America presented by Grassroots Motorsports Magazine.

The 36th annual event, which starts May 4 in South Bend, Indiana, pits two-member teams against one another in 24-hour-a-day, time-trial driving on race tracks across the country. The 5,000-mile race concludes May 11 back in South Bend.

The 1 Lap 1LE team of Army National Guard Sergeant Chris Vanderwolk and Marine Corps Corporal Ryan Finch won’t just be competing to win, but also to raise awareness and funds for VETMotorsports, a not-for-profit organization that provides transformative motorsports experiences for active military, National Guard, Reserve, Gold Star families, and veterans with service-connected injuries. 

The team will be inviting the military community to join them at select stops throughout the event to participate in ride-alongs and learn more about the program.

“We were already doing the One Lap,” said Vanderwolk. “This was just a way for us to make it more meaningful. We’re hoping to get lots of veterans and others out to the tracks to learn more about the program and help us get more guys like us behind the wheel in the future.”

Vanderwolk, who served as a human intelligence collector in Bosnia, is a racing veteran as well. In addition to 15 years of autocross and road racing, he completed his first One Lap in 2018, finishing third in class and 16th overall. Finch, was a motor team mechanic during two tours in Iraq. He has eight years of autocross experience and multiple wins in Match Tours, National Tours and Pro-Solos.

The team has set a fundraising goal of $5,000, and is challenging the military and motorsports communities to contribute at www.facebook.com/1lap1le. Fans can also follow the team on social media at www.instagram.com/1lap1le.

“The One Lap is the definition of grassroots motorsports and what Chris and Ryan are doing is a grassroots effort, too,” said VETMotorsports Founder and Executive Director Peter Cline. “They’ve taken their passion and turned it into a platform, which is incredible. We’re so excited to follow their exploits and get even more members of the military community involved in our programs.”

There will be a number of opportunities to join the team during the event, including:

  • South Bend, Indiana, 05/04/2019: Team Meet and Greet, Honor a Veteran by signing the hood. 9am to Noon.

  • Nelson Ledges Road Course, Nelson Ledges, Ohio, 05/05/2019: Honor a Veteran & Ride Along available during the Parade Laps, from 11:30-12:00 during lunch break. Participants should plan to be on site by 10:30am.

  • Road America, Plymouth, Illinois. 05/06/2019: Honor a Veteran & Ride Along available during the Parade Laps, from 11:30-12:00 during the lunch break. Participants should plan to be on site by 10:30am.

  • Brainerd International Raceway Road Course, Brainerd, Minnesota, 05/07/2019: Honor a Veteran & Ride Along available during the Parade Laps, from 11:30-12:00 during the lunch break. Participants should plan to be on site by 10:30am.

  • Brainerd International Raceway Drag, Brainerd, Minnesota, 05/07/2019: Honor a Veteran & Ride Along available during the Parade Laps, from 11:30-12:00 during the lunch break. Participants should plan to be on site by 10:30am.

  • Motorsports Park Hastings Road Course, Hastings, Nebraska, 05/08/2019: Honor a Veteran & Ride Along available during the Parade Laps, from 11:30-12:00 during the lunch break. Participants should plan to be on site by 10:30am.

  • Blackhawk Farms, South Beloit, Illinois, 05/09/2019: Honor a Veteran & Ride Along available during the Parade Laps, from 11:30-12:00 during the lunch break. Participants should plan to be on site by 10:30am.

  • NCM Motorsports Park East Course, Bowling Green, Kentucky, 05/10/2019: Honor a Veteran & Ride Along available during the Parade Laps, from 11:30-12:00 during the lunch break. Participants should plan to be on site by 10:30am.

  • South Bend, Indiana, 05/11/2019: Team Meet and Greet, Honor a Veteran by signing the hood. 8am to 11am.

VETMotorsports is an award-winning, non-profit, non-clinical outreach program that honors and empowers active military, National Guard, Reserve, Gold Star families, and veterans with service-connected injuries and their caregivers by embedding them with professional racing teams, putting them behind the wheel to race in amateur events, and providing them with other transformative motorsports experiences. Since its founding in 2012, VETMotorsports has helped more than 200 veterans participate in over 90 motorcycle and auto racing events across the United States. More information about the organization is available at www.VETMotorsports.org.