COUNTERSTEER LIFE PARTNERS WITH VETMOTORSPORTS TO SHARE WEEKEND MOTORCYCLING EXPERIENCES WITH POST-9/11 MILITARY VETERANS.

SALISBURY, NC, June 25, 2019 – Countersteer Life, a not-for-profit, which provides at no charge, weekend motorcycle riding experiences exclusively for post-9/11 Combat veterans, has entered into a partnership with not-for-profit organization VETMotorsports to provide seats in its Countersteer Veteran Experiences to VETMotorsports’ veteran participants. VETMotorsports is an award-winning, non-clinical outreach program that honors and empowers veterans; active military, National Guard and Reserve; Gold Star parents; and those 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.

Countersteer offers weekend programs for veterans who want to experience the joy and freedom of motorcycling. From Learn to Ride to Advanced Rider Techniques, the all Veteran staff help participants take their riding to a high level of understanding and control using techniques from the nationally acclaimed Cornerspin school.

““The Countersteer Experience is about helping veterans cope with PTSD and Combat Stress through motorcycling. Peer support, community, rider education and a safe place to be with one another fosters the bonding and learning environment. Riding is about finding some peace of mind for their day to day lives. said Countersteer Founder and Chair Aaron Stevenson. “VETMotorsports shares our approach of giving veterans new adrenaline outlets while also giving them non-threatening, non-judgmental, no-pressure opportunities to interact. We think it’s a perfect partnership.”

“For so many veterans, motorcycling is a way to de-stress, spend time with their buddies and just feel normal,” said VETMotorsports Founder and Executive Director Pete Cline. “Countersteer has found a way to synthesize that experience while also giving veterans advanced skills they can take home and into their everyday riding. We’re extremely proud to partner with them and to get our participants involved in these incredible programs.”

Veterans wishing to take part in the program can contact Pete Cline at 614-563-8634 or director@vetmotorsports.com to learn more.

More information about VETMotorsports is available at www.vetmotorsports.org. More information about Countersteer Life is available at www.countersteerlife.org.

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.

TECH, RIDING FIRMS TO HOST VETMOTORSPORTS SOCIAL AT AUSTIN MOTO GP EVENT

AUSTIN, Texas, April 3 2019 – Technology companies Dell Technologies, Kinetica, NEC and Unicom Engineering along with the Yamaha Championship Riding School, will host a social event for the award-winning military non-profit VETMotorsports at the MotoGP Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas April 12-14 at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin.

The event, which will raise awareness for the non-profit’s non-clinical outreach programming, will include pit access, food, beverag and guest appearances throughout the MotoGP weekend.

VETMotorsports engages the military community in transformative motorsports experiences, placing active military, National Guard, Reserve, Gold Star families, and veterans with service-connected injuries and their caregivers inside the ropes and behind the wheel at motor racing events across the country. Since its founding in 2012, the organization has helped more than 200 injured veterans participate in over 80 motorcycle and auto racing events.

To raise money, the companies are selling tickets to a shared suite at the track, along with event sponsorships, with all proceeds going to the non-profit.

“We are so excited because the North American round of the 2019 MotoGP season (Gran Premio de las Americas) will soon be here,” said Marine veteran and VETMotorsports Vice President Joe Bianco, who’s helping to organize the event and will be the non-profit’s on-site representative. “Our technology partners have shown incredible initiative and commitment to our cause by working so hard to put this event together. We’re looking forward to a great event and an exciting race weekend.”

VETMOTORSPORTS CEO, PROGRAM ALUMNUS TO PRESENT AT LONG BEACH GRAND PRIX SAFETY SEMINAR.

LONG BEACH, California, April 3, 2019 – VETMotorsports Founder and CEO Peter Cline, along with one of the military outreach program’s alumni, will present at the Stand 21 Safety Foundation’s annual “Racing Goes Safer” driver safety seminar on Saturday, April 13 at IndyCar’s Long Beach Grand Prix presented by Acura.

The event, which will raise awareness for the non-profit’s award-winning, non-clinical outreach programming, will feature David Hobbs as the keynote speaker. Hobbs is a retired veteran racer and popular motorsports television analyst. He will talk about motorsports safety from his perspective based on a full career both behind the wheel and behind the microphone, sharing stories from his book HOBBO, Motor Racer, Motor Mouth.

As part of the seminar, Cline and VETMotorsports alumnus, racer and injured veteran Jon Winker will share how VETMotorsports engages injured veterans and the military community in motorsports through their presentation, Finding a New Tribe: Veterans and Motorsports.

VETMotorsports places active military, National Guard, Reserve, Gold Star families, and veterans with service-connected injuries and their caregivers inside the ropes and behind the wheel at motor racing events across the country. Since its founding in 2012, the organization has helped more than 200 injured veterans participate in over 80 motorcycle and auto racing events nationwide.

“We’re honored to be included among such a distinguished lineup of speakers,” said Cline. “The Stand 21 Foundation has shown an admirable commitment to our cause by having us interview our program alumni and discuss how motorsports can connect with the military and veteran community. We’re looking forward to a great event and an exciting race weekend.”

The event will run from 9:00 AM to noon at the (location) and will be followed by informal conversation and a light lunch. Admission is free, but attendees must register and have admission to the Long Beach track in order to attend. Seminar registration and discounted Grand Prix tickets are available at www.racinggoessafer.org.

More information about VETMotorsports 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.