Happy Fourth of July to everyone! While we are all enjoying family, friends, cookouts, fireworks, and perhaps having fun with cars; keep in your minds and hearts the men and women of the armed forces who have helped preserve our country’s freedom for more than 240 years.
The Sports Car Club of America® certainly appreciates their service, which is why the SCCA®, through a grant from the SCCA Foundation, works with VETMotorsports to help reduce the suicide rate among injured veterans by engaging them in transformative motorsports experiences. As part of the program, post-9/11 veterans with service-connected injuries are placed inside the ropes and behind the wheel at select SCCA events, and mentored by SCCA members and staff. Check out the video below to see exactly how much fun VETMotorsports participants had at a recent SCCA ProSolo® event.
“Across our rich 75-year history, this Club has been very fortunate to have many veteran enthusiasts among our ranks, and we have them in every SCCA community across the country,” said Mike Cobb, SCCA’s President & CEO. “The opportunity for the SCCA to give something back to the men and women who have given so much to preserve our independence as a country is both humbling and an honor.”
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 190 veterans with service connected injuries and caregivers participate in more than 75 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.
Video Courtesy of SCCA, VETMotorsports and JCOBB Productions