Indianapolis, IN., June 12, 2015 – Through VETMotorsports, an award-winning, non-clinical outreach program that honors and empowers injured warfighters through active participation in motorsports, a combat-wounded United States Army veteran will be embedded in a Sportscar Vintage Racing Association (SVRA) team at the Brickyard Vintage Racing Invitational at Indianapolis Motor Speedway this weekend.
The 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 partnering race teams and covers all expenses for them and a caregiver to take part in the experience.
“SVRA is excited to partner with VETMotorsports with us this weekend,” said SVRA Director of Services Kathy Swinford. “We are honored to be able to help the the veterans to come to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and experience the sights and sounds of racing history. SVRA hopes to add some additional experiences to the weekend to make the Brickyard Vintage Racing Invitational even more memorable.”
Embedded with the Jody O'Donnell SVRA team this weekend will be combat-wounded Army veteran Jeremy C. from Columbus, Oh. He will be working with the team as a mechanic during one of the largest classic vintage racing events in the United States.
The SVRA is the largest and one of the oldest Vintage racing organizations in the United States. Originally called the Southeast Vintage Racing Association, the organization was founded in 1981 by Ford Heacock III following the success of the Kendall Vintage Grand Prix held as part of the annual 12 Hours of Sebring. With an initial membership of approximately 25 drivers and supporters, the organization has become the premier vintage racing organization in the United States with over 2,500 licensed competitors.
“The VETMotorsports program has been positively affected the lives of our nations injured warfighters and caregivers since 2012,” said VETMotorsports Founder Peter Cline. “We are excited to return to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and we’re so pleased to be able to do it with SVRA. They’ve embraced our mission to help reduce the current suicide rate of 22 veterans a day. We expect nothing but great experiences this weekend and encourage participants and racers to stop by and see our program in action.”
Founded in 2012, Veteran Empowerment Through Motorsports (VETMotorsports) is an award-winning, non-profit, non-clinical outreach program that embeds qualifying warfighters with existing race teams to provide them with unique motorsports experiences. 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. To date VETMotorsports has helped more than 65 injured warfighters participate in 35 motorcycle and auto racing events across the United States. To learn more about VETMotorsports, participate in the program, or make a donation, visit www.VETMotorsports.org.