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.

VETMOTORSPORTS SHARES INDY RACING EXPERIENCE WITH 7 SOLDIERS, VETERANS AFTER INDY 500

INDIANAPOLIS, June 4, 2019 – In partnership with the Indy Racing Experience, award-winning non-profit organization VETMotorsports provided five United States military veterans, one active-duty airman and one active-duty national guardsman with rides in the Indy Racing Experience two-seater IndyCar at the world-famous Indianapolis Motor Speedway following this year’s Indy 500.

The participants included Colorado Navy veteran Mike Atwater, Ohio Army veteran Mike Hensel, Indiana Navy veteran Troy King, Illinois Army veteran Claire Farron, Virginia Army veteran Jason Ehrhart, Ohio Army National Guardsman Kevin Colwell, and Ohio Airman Drew Brenner.

All took rides from the Indy Racing Experience’s team of professional race car drivers in one of their purpose-built, two-seater Indy cars and experienced what it’s like to go 180 miles per hour around one of the world’s greatest racetracks.

“We’ve given our military participants some pretty incredible experiences over the years,” said VETMotorsports Founder and Executive Director Peter Cline, “but this one was right at the top! Getting a driver’s-eye view and the physical experience of what it’s like to race in the Indy 500 is truly unbelievable. We can’t thank the Indy Racing Experience enough for making it possible.”

VETMotorsports is an award-winning, non-clinical outreach program that honors and empowers active military, National Guard, Reserve, Gold Star parents, and veterans 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.

More information about participating, donating or volunteering with the program is available at www.vetmotorsports.org.

SCCA EXTENDS SUPPORT FOR VETERAN OUTREACH PROGRAM.

INDIANAPOLIS, IN December 7, 2018 – The Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) today announced that, through a grant from the SCCA Foundation, it will continue its support for an outreach program that engages active military and veterans in transformative motorsports experiences.

The program, which is run in partnership with the award-winning non-profit VETMotorsports, will continue to place active military, National Guard, Reserve, Gold Star parents, and veterans with service-connected injuries and their caregivers inside the ropes and behind the wheel at select SCCA events, as well as create mentorship opportunities for them with SCCA members and staff.

The program, which launched in 2017, has already hosted qualifying participants in autocross, road rally and road race pit crew events.

“This has been an outstanding program by every measure,” said Arnie Coleman, SCCA Foundation Executive Committee member. “It’s not only allowed our SCCA family to welcome and give something back to the brave men and women who’ve served our country, but also to engage our regions and members in new outreach efforts. We’re excited to see what more we can do in 2019 and beyond.”

“We couldn’t be more pleased with the relationship we’ve been able to develop with the SCCA over the last two seasons,” said VETMotorsports Founder and Executive Director Peter Cline. “They’ve put together amazing events and opportunities for our participants, and you can tell how passionate the members are not just about what they’re doing but also about sharing it with others. We’re blessed to work with them and can’t wait for what’s next.”

VETMotorsports is an award-winning, non-profit, non-clinical outreach program that honors and empowers active military, National Guard, Reserve, Gold Star parents, and veterans with service-connected injuries and their caregivers 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 hosted more than 200 participants in over 100 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.

Founded in 1986, the SCCA Foundation is the charitable affiliate of the SCCA. As well as providing support to Vetmotorsports, the foundation funds programs that save teen driver’s lives, preserve the history of American motorsport, and encourage promote automotive passion. To learn more, please visit www.sccafoundation.org.

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.

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
 

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.  

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.

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 Warfighter Outreach Taking Place this weekend at the Brickyard Vintage Racing Invitational

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.”

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.

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/