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.

Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana Veterans Participating in Ohio Autocross Competitions this Weekend.

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.

Hagerstown MD Flat Track Ticket Auction to Benefit VETMotorsports.org

COLUMBUS, Ohio, June 24, 2017 – Octane Sports Management and the Steel-Shoe Nationals have extended to VETMotorsports.org a number of grandstand seats as a fundraiser for their outreach program.  This includes two Valued Fan packages. Each package contains 2 Grandstand seats, 2 pit passes and 2 event programs. The winning bidder may pick-up their Valued Fan Package at the will-call gate the day of the event. 

VETMotorsports, an award-winning, non-clinical outreach program that honors and empowers veterans with service-related injuries through active participation in motorsports, Over 80 cents on the dollar goes towards direct veteran programming, and the VETMotorsports program is all volunteer.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. 

Online bidding begins Saturday, June 24 and ends Thursday, June 29, 2017 11:00 PM (EDT). If you choose not to attend the Hagerstown race on July 1st you may also make a donation at the link provided below.

Interested in bidding? Please follow this link- https://www.charityauctionstoday.com/auctions/hagerstown-maryland-steel-shoe-national-flat-track-ticket-package-2496#sthash.BMGlwlqf.dpuf
 

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.  

AFCEA Makes $2000 Donation to VETMotorsports.

AFCEA Makes $2000 Donation to VETMotorsports.

VETMotorsports, an award-winning, non-clinical outreach program that honors and empowers veterans with service-connected injuries through active participation in motorsports, has received a $2,000 donation from AFCEA to advance its 2017 programming. 

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Texas Veterans Participating in Autocross Competition Sunday in Austin.

AUSTIN, Tex., May 19, 2017 – Through VETMotorsports, an award-winning, non-clinical outreach program that honors and empowers veterans with service-connected injuries through active participation in motorsports, eight Texas Army and Maine veterans will be participating in a Texas Spokes Sports Car Club autocross event in Austin on Sunday, May 21. 


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 the event at the Circuit of the Americas will be SPC Mike B., SSGT Matt  P., SSG Frankie S., SSGT Steven E., SSG Christopher S., SFC Alfredo L., SGT Mark A., and SPC  Rod A. All are from the Austin and Houston areas. 


The event, which starts at 10:00 a.m. and is 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.


“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 is incredibly gratifying. We’re glad to have so many great Texas vets with us and we’re looking forward to working hand in hand with them at this weekend’s event.”


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.
 

Ohio Veterans Participating in SCCA Autocross Competition Sunday in Toledo.

COLUMBUS, Ohio, May 5, 2017 – Through VETMotorsports, an award-winning, non-clinical outreach program that honors and empowers veterans with service-connected injuries through active participation in motorsports, two Ohio veterans will be participating in a Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) autocross event in Toledo on Sunday, May 7.

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 the event at the Toledo Express Airport in Swanton will be U.S. Army SPC and Purple Heart recipient Daryl B. of Ontario, Ohio and Ohio National Guard SGT Lacy S. of Wauseon, Ohio.

The event, which starts at 10:00 a.m. and is 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.

VETMotorsports’ SCCA autocross program is being made possible 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 will create mentorship opportunities for them with SCCA members and staff. 

The program kicked off in San Diego in March and will place veterans behind the wheel at events throughout the 2017 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.”

“Losing 22 veterans a day to suicide is something we just can’t abide,” said VETMotorsports Founder and Executive Director Peter Cline. “Having the SCCA work hand in hand with us to honor and empower these brave service men and women is incredibly gratifying. We’re looking forward to working hand in hand with them at this weekend’s event.”

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.

D.C & St. Louis Area Veterans Participating in SCCA Autocross Competitions this Sunday.

COLUMBUS, Ohio, April 28, 2017 – Through VETMotorsports, an award-winning, non-clinical outreach program that honors and empowers veterans with service-related injuries through active participation in motorsports, eight United States veterans from the Washington, D.C. and St. Louis areas will be participating in Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) autocross events on April 30th. 

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.  

Competing in the D.C.-area event at FedEx Field in Greater Landover, Md., will be Marine LCpl Dylan A. from Manassas, Va.; Marine Cpl and Purple Heart recipient Wade S. from Church Falls, Va.; Army Maj., Bronze Star and Purple Heart recipient Brian S. of Stafford, Va.; Marine Sgt. and Purple Heart recipient Brady M. from Fredericksburg, Va.; Marine Cpl. Alejandro M. from Burke, Va.; Army Maj. Eric D. from Woodbridge, Va.; and Marine SSgt. and Purple Heart recipient Yaunce L. from Cincinnati, Ohio. All were injured serving in Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Enduring Freedom or Operation New Dawn. Taking part in the St. Louis-area event at Family Arena in St. Charles, Mo. will be Jerseyville, ILL veteran Army Spc. Angel C.

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.

VETMotorsports’ SCCA autocross program is being made possible 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 will create mentorship opportunities for them with SCCA members and staff. The program kicked off in in San Diego and will place veterans behind the wheel at events throughout the 2017 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.”

 “Losing 22 veterans a day to suicide is something we just can’t abide,” said VETMotorsports Founder and Executive Director Peter Cline. “Having the SCCA work hand in hand with us to honor and empower these brave service men and women is incredibly gratifying. We’re looking forward to working hand in hand with them at this weekend’s events.”

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.

SCCA Grant Powers VETMotorsports Outreach Program.

COLUMBUS, Ohio, March 2, 2017 – The Sports Car Club of America® (SCCA®), through a grant from the SCCA Foundation, has launched an outreach program to help reduce the suicide rate among injured veterans by engaging them in transformative motorsports experiences.

The program, geared toward post 9/11 veterans with service-connected injuries, will be run in partnership with the award-winning non-profit VETMotorsports. Participants will get behind the wheel at select SCCA events and be mentored by Club members and staff. 

The program will launch at the West Coast CAM Challenge event March 3-5 in San Diego. The plan is to place veterans behind the wheel at all national CAM Challenge events throughout the 2017 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 Founder and Executive Director Peter Cline said, “Losing 22 veterans a day to suicide is something we just can’t abide. Having the SCCA work hand in hand with us to honor and empower these brave service men and women is incredibly gratifying. They really understand and embrace what we’re doing, they’re going to make a tremendous difference in these veterans’ lives, and we can’t thank everyone at the SCCA enough for taking up this important cause.”

About VETMotorsports: 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, 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.

About The Sports Car Club of America®, Inc.: 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.

VETMotorsports Crewed Ducati's Storm to Top Three in Pikes Peak Qualifying.

6/28/2014 Upper Arlington, Ohio.

VETMotorsports and Team Spider Grips / Ducati stormed to top qualifying positions on Friday for the 92nd running of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. Injured Marine combat veterans have been working all week their team's Ducati Multistrada 1200 motorcycles. The veteran participants were referred to VETMotorsports through the United States Marine Corps Wounded Warrior Regiment. VETMotorsports mission throughout the event is to honor and engage disabled combat veterans through active participation in motor sports.

Since this past Tuesday the injured combat Marines have been up at 2:30 am every day to travel to practice locations as high as 12,400 feet above sea level. Temperatures have ranged from mid-70's to the lower 40's. For the Marines their days have been long, sometimes 18-hour days to assist Team Spider Grips / Ducati's efforts. Another concern has been hypoxia, a condition in which the body or a region of the body is deprived of adequate oxygen supply. With practice sessions being at high altitude, VETMotorsports has had to ensure that their Marine participants have kept themselves hydrated, fed and taken oxygen as needed.

“This week with Team Spider Grips / Ducati at Pikes Peak has been a test of endurance and conditioning," added VETMotorsports Executive Director and Founder Peter Cline. "Our injured Marine veterans have risen to the occasion, and VETMotorsports now stands to possibly be on the podium at one of the world's most challenging motorsports events. VETMotorsports is grateful for the opportunity and we look forward to the checkered flag on Sunday. By embedding veterans into positive environment, VETMotorsports is attempting to provide direction and empowerment."

Race day streaming can be found at http://live.todocast.tv/template.ma-ovp.php?EventNumber=TDC-E1731

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