Racing4Vets has launched the first all-service-disabled Veteran automotive motorsports education program in the United States.
Headquartered in Tampa, Florida, the program is designed to provide hands on training to injured Veterans and teach the skills to pursue careers in the motorsports industry.
Racing4Vets automotive program was founded by four service-disabled Veterans with the assistance of local businesses. Dana Cool has donated a large shop space for the Veterans to work. Chilly Performance donated their shop, tools, machinery and training to prepare the Veterans to run their own motorsports program. Superior Bearing & Supply has provided material support and automotive supplies. The Rooters Club and other business organizations are supporting our Veteran founders as they start up the program.
The goal of this program is provide service-disabled Veterans a hands on team environment to learn, make industry connections and purse their interest in motorsports careers. Training will be delivered through courses taught by experts from the motorsports industry and Racing4Vets’ experienced Veteran and civilian team leaders.
- Vehicle engineering, fabrication and maintenance
- Sponsorship and fundraising
- Logistics and transportation
- Event management
- Operations management
- Safety and skill development
- Business partnerships
- Financial budgeting
- Race shop management
- Competition driving
Each Veteran learns by working directly on one or more dedicated project vehicles in the Racing4Vets shop.
Veterans in our program have the opportunity to build and maintain their own race vehicles. Once they complete their mechanical and business training, Veterans receive driver training and the opportunity to participate in amateur autocross, track day or endurance road races.
This is a participation-based program, not an “arrive and drive” or “hero for a day” program. Veterans accepted into the program are given defined jobs and must demonstrate superior commitment, hard work and teamwork. Membership in the program requires long term commitment to earn the right to advance as team members.
The founding Veterans of our Tampa Automotive program have also created the first and only all-service-disabled Veteran endurance auto racing team in the United States. They completed their first race in October 2014 at the ChumpCar 14 Hours of Sebring. Their second season begins at Daytona International Speedway in the May 24 ChumpCar 14 Hours of Daytona.