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.

2nd Annual Taste of Freedom Ride to Benifit VETMotorsports this Weekend in Bloomington, IN

Upper Arlington, OH June 16, 2016– Bloomington Harley-Davidson will host the 2nd Annual "Taste of Freedom" poker run on Sunday, June 19th to honor local veterans with the support of Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association (CVMA) Chapter 14-1. Funds raised will help support VETMotorsports, a 501(3)(c) charity that honors and empowers injured warfighters through active participation in motorsports. 

The event, which will run from 8:30 AM to 10:30 PM at the West Gourley Pike dealership, is open to the public and will run in conjunction with the Taste of Bloomington event.  In addition to riding the planned route, enjoying food, beverages and live music attendees will have the chance to meet representatives from VETMotorsports and the CVMA CHapter 14-1 and enter to win prizes.

The CVMA is an national organization composed of combat veterans from all branches of the United States Armed Forces who ride motorcycles as a hobby. Their mission is to support and defend those who have defended our country and our freedoms. The CVMA's main focus is to support veteran based charities and help veteran care facilities provide key services such as; warm meals, clothing, shelter, and guidance, or simply to say "Thank You" and "Welcome Home".

“We're excited to be hosting this event for the second year in a row. during the Taste of Bloomington, to collaborate with CVMA Chapter 14-1, and help raise funds for local veterans organizations,” said Bloomington Harley-Davidson's Marketing Manager Jim Markland.  “We’re excited to have VETMotorsports return, which is honoring and empowering injured veterans through motorcycle racing and other forms of motorsports.”

The Columbus, Ohio based 501(c)3 embeds injured war veterans in professional motorsport racing teams nationwide, spending less than 10% of the funds it receives from charitable donations on administrative costs and overhead.  This is largely due to its entirely volunteer staff, volunteer professional assistance, and commitment to focus on combat stress recovery efforts.

“The VETMotorsports program assisted injured warfighters from the Indianapolis area 2015, and plans on assisting veterans in the Fort Wayne area in 2016. We have positively affected the lives of over 130 injured warfighters and caregivers nationwide,” said VETMotorsports Founder Peter Cline.  “Our mission is to make more opportunities available to more veterans, and events like this one help us get the word out, raise money and recruit new volunteers and injured warfighter participants.  We can’t thank Bloomington Harley-Davidson and the CVMA Chapter 14-1 enough for their support and their commitment to the veteran community.”

For more information about the event, contact Jim Markland at Bloomington HD jmarkland@indianaharley.com or (812) 333-8300.  You can also visit www.indianaharley.com,www.vetmotorsports.org, or http://in.combatvet.org/ to learn more.