VETMOTORSPORTS SHARES INDY RACING EXPERIENCE WITH 7 SOLDIERS, VETERANS AFTER INDY 500

INDIANAPOLIS, June 4, 2019 – In partnership with the Indy Racing Experience, award-winning non-profit organization VETMotorsports provided five United States military veterans, one active-duty airman and one active-duty national guardsman with rides in the Indy Racing Experience two-seater IndyCar at the world-famous Indianapolis Motor Speedway following this year’s Indy 500.

The participants included Colorado Navy veteran Mike Atwater, Ohio Army veteran Mike Hensel, Indiana Navy veteran Troy King, Illinois Army veteran Claire Farron, Virginia Army veteran Jason Ehrhart, Ohio Army National Guardsman Kevin Colwell, and Ohio Airman Drew Brenner.

All took rides from the Indy Racing Experience’s team of professional race car drivers in one of their purpose-built, two-seater Indy cars and experienced what it’s like to go 180 miles per hour around one of the world’s greatest racetracks.

“We’ve given our military participants some pretty incredible experiences over the years,” said VETMotorsports Founder and Executive Director Peter Cline, “but this one was right at the top! Getting a driver’s-eye view and the physical experience of what it’s like to race in the Indy 500 is truly unbelievable. We can’t thank the Indy Racing Experience enough for making it possible.”

VETMotorsports is an award-winning, non-clinical outreach program that honors and empowers active military, National Guard, Reserve, Gold Star parents, and veterans with service-connected injuries and their caregivers through active participation in motorsports. The program recruits participants, gives them hands-on access to a variety of motorsports experiences, and covers all expenses for them to take part.

More information about participating, donating or volunteering with the program is available at www.vetmotorsports.org.

Indiana Wounded Warrior Serving on SCCA Runoffs Pit Crew at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

COLUMBUS, Ohio, September 27, 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 Army veteran will serve as a pit crew member during the SCCA National Championship Runoffs at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

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.  

Working with the McGovern Team at the Runoffs will be Army Sgt. BobbyJo Westmark from Indianapolis, Indiana. Westmark, who was injured serving in Iraq, will be doing light mechanical work on the #8 Spec Miata entry piloted by Patrick McGovern on Thursday, September 28 and Friday, September 29.

“We’re big fans of what VETMotorsports is doing,” said McGovern. “As a veteran myself, I know what a difference being part of team can make to vets who miss that connection when their service ends. We’re excited to have BobbyJo with us this weekend and look forward to making it a great experience.”

“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 McGovern to honor and empower brave service members like BobbyJo and looking forward to this weekend’s Runoffs.”

VETMotorsports’ 2017 programming is being made possible in part through a grant from the SCCA Foundation. In addition to placing injured veterans inside the ropes and behind the wheel at select SCCA events, the program is creating mentorship opportunities for them with SCCA members and staff. 

The program kicked off in March in San Diego and has placed veterans behind the wheel at events throughout the season.

“We are very grateful to the men and women who have served our country in defense of our freedom,” said Howard Duncan, SCCA Senior Director of Rally/Solo.  “Military service builds skills in leadership, teamwork, and dedication to task, all of which are applicable to motorsports.  The SCCA Foundation is pleased to give back to our veterans through this program and welcome them to be part of the SCCA family in every community across the country.”

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.

Founded in 1944, the Sports Car Club of America®, Inc. is a 67,500-member motorsports organization that incorporates all facets of autocross, rally and road racing at both club and professional levels. With headquarters in Topeka, Kansas, the SCCA annually sanctions over 2,000 events through its 116 Regions and subsidiary divisions. Much of the SCCA’s activities are made possible with support from the following Official Partners: Chevrolet, the Official Truck of the SCCA; Hawk Performance, the Official Brake Products of SCCA; Mobil 1, the Official Oil of SCCA; Sunoco, the Official Fuel of SCCA; and Tire Rack, the Official Tire Retailer of SCCA. To learn more, please visit www.scca.com.