Ohio Veterans Placed with Vintage Motorcycle Teams this Weekend at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.

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, a United States Army veteran will serve as a pit crew member during the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) Vintage Motorcycle Days 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 a caregiver to take part in the experience.  

Working with the DOTMIL Racing team will be U.S. Army SPC and Purple Heart recipient Daryl B. of Ontario, OH and STG1 Jason M. from Mansfield, OH. Both will be doing light mechanical work on the four motorcycles piloted by riders Justin Pennella, Tom Bowen, Donnie Deckling and Will Gomez throughout the weekend. Pennella, Bowen and Gomez are all fellow veterans; Deckling is a law enforcement officer. This is the second straight year Boggs, who was injured serving in Iraq..

“We’re big fans of what VETMotorsports is doing,” said DOTMIL rider Justin Pennella. “As veterans ourselves, we know what a difference being part of team can make to guys who miss that connection when their service ends. We were glad to meet and work with Daryl last year and excited to have him back with us again this weekend.”

“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 teams like DOTMIL to honor and empower brave service men like Daryl and looking forward to this weekend’s event at Mid-Ohio.”

AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days is one of summer’s premier motorcycle gatherings in the U.S. In addition to showcasing historic motorcycles and motorcycle culture, the 23-year-old event serves as a fundraiser for the non-profit AMA Hall of Fame.

Admission to Vintage Motorcycle Days, which runs from Friday, July 7 through Sunday, July 9, 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.  

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
 

Three VETMotorsports Warfighters Embedded with Bonneville Performance at Indy Mile

INDIANAPOLIS, July 10, 2015 – Through VETMotorsports, an award-winning, non-clinical outreach program that honors and empowers injured warfighters through active participation in motorsports, three combat-wounded United States veterans will be embedded with AMA Pro Flat Track team Bonneville Performance Racing and rider Jake Shoemaker at the Indy Mile at the Indiana State Fairgrounds 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 professional race teams and covers all expenses for them a caregiver to take part in the experience.  

“We couldn’t be prouder to be a VETMotorsports team and to have some injured warfighters with us this weekend,” said Bonneville Performance Team Owner Bill Gately.  “As a former Marine and combat-wounded veteran, I know the challenges disabled veterans face as they re-enter their lives after surviving combat. That’s why we were eager to host some veterans through the program last season and why we’re excited to have an ongoing relationship with VETMotorsports in 2015.”

Embedded with the team this weekend are Sgt. Edward S. of Columbus, Ohio, a U.S. Army veteran, and Cpl. Jonathon P. of Indianapolis, IN formerly of the U.S. Marines’ 2nd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion – both of whom served Operation Iraqi Freedom – as well as SPC. Rick M., a U.S. Army veteran from Indianapolis, IN who served with the 101st Airborne Division in Afghanistan.  

As a Triumph factory team, Bonneville Performance is also participating in Castrol’s VETMotorsports Performance Match Fund, which awards bonuses to VETMotorsports based on participating teams’ on-track results in 2015. The fund already has contributed more than $4,500 to VETMotorsports this season.

“Race teams participating in the VETMotorsports program have positively affected the lives of over 45 injured warfighters,” said VETMotorsports Founder Peter Cline. “Having teams like Bonneville Performance and partners like Castrol and Triumph stand behind us in our endeavor to reduce the shocking number of veterans we’re losing to suicide each day is incredibly gratifying. We can’t thank the team enough for embracing these injured warfighters and offering them renewed hope by making them a part of a team again.”

 

About VETMotorsports

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.

 

About Bonneville Performance

Bonneville Performance Racing (BPR) is the first Triumph-powered Grand National Flat Track Race Team to re-enter expert competition since the late 1970s in 2005.   In 2012, BPR won the support of the Triumph Motorcycle Company and Castrol as its primary sponsors.  Now entering its fourth year as one of two Triumph/Castrol-supported Grand National Teams, Bonneville Performance Racing still builds its own chassis and race engines.  Owned and managed by Bill Gately with his brothers Steve, Crew Chief, and Jim, an AMA District 7 Triumph racer (since 1970), the family moves into its tenth Grand National Season in 2015 with GNC !, expert, #55 Jake Shoemaker. For more, visit www.bonnevilleperformance.com.  

   

About Castrol

Castrol, one of the world’s leading lubricant brands, has a proud heritage of innovation and fuelling the dreams of pioneers. Their passion for performance, combined with a philosophy of working in partnership with manufacturers, has enabled Castrol to develop oils that have been at the heart of numerous technological feats on land, air, sea and space for over 100 years. Today, the company’s vast portfolio of high performance lubricants, including Castrol EDGE, Castrol GTX MAGNATEC, Castrol GTX and Castrol Power RS , are available in almost 140 countries worldwide.  For more information on Castrol’s premium lubricants, please visit www.Castrol.com.

 

About Triumph

Triumph Motorcycles is the British motorcycle marque that produces a wide range of sport, cruiser, adventure and touring motorcycles. From the storied Bonneville to the class-leading Speed Triple and Daytona 675R, Triumph offers a blend of design, character and performance that result in truly distinctive motorcycles. First established in 1902 and now located in Hinckley, Leicestershire, England, Triumph has always set the pace for category-winning machines. The company is solely owned by Bloor Holdings Ltd., and Triumph Motorcycles America, its North American operations, are based in Atlanta. To see the full range of Triumph motorcycles, visit www.TriumphMotorcycles.com.

Injured Combat Veterans to Assist Team Spider Grips / Ducati at Pikes Peak.

6/14/2014 Upper Arlington, Ohio.

VETMotorsports will be partnering with Team Spider Grips / Ducati's efforts at Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. VETMotorsports will join the team immediately after their outreach concludes at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, AL with AMA Pro Road Racing. Currently the non-profit places post 9/11 wounded combat veterans behind the wheel in sanctioned autocross events, and embeds them as pit crew members within select AMA Pro Road Racing teams. 

The Marine combat veterans will be on the mountain beginning Monday June 23rd through the 29th. During some of the practice sessions the crews will be working as high as 12,000 feet above sea level and arriving as early as 3 am. This will be VETMotorsports' first time at Pikes Peak, and their mission throughout the event is to honor and engage disabled combat veterans through active participation in motor sports. 

“We are very excited to have VETMotorsports involved with our team this year," stated Paul Livingston (owner, Team Spider Grips). "The Marine veterans will be a key part of our attempt on Pikes Peak, and we hope that together we will be a winning team!”

“We are very fortunate to get connected with Team Spider Grips efforts at Pikes Peak," added VETMotorsports Executive Director and Founder Peter Cline. "Livingston contacted us through a mutual connection about pairing VETMotorsports with his efforts, and this is a once in a lifetime opportunity for everyone involved. Our veteran participants are all combat tested Marines, and VETMotorsports gets to work with one of the world's most attractive motorcycles; Ducati. VETMotorsports is grateful for Team Spider Grips and their sponsors for making this possible. Every day 22 veterans commit suicide. By embedding veterans into positive environment, VETMotorsports is attempting to provide direction and empowerment."

To learn about or donate to VETMotorsports please visit them on the web at www.vetmotorsports.org or follow them on Facebook at http://facebook.com/VETMotorsports, Twitter @VETMotorsports or Pinterest http://www.pinterest.com/VETMotorsports/