“We are very appreciative for the support of the OVKA for the second year in a row. We are a young organization and are so grateful for any help that we can get to continue our outdoor karting team at G&J Kartway” said Public Relations and Marketing Manager Jonathon E. Stone (USMC, ret.), “and as a competitor on the karting team in my first year at G&J, I am extremely grateful for their help.”
On Tuesday, March 11th, the OVKA had their monthly board meeting to discuss issues relating to the organization and especially the upcoming racing season starting in April. They specifically discussed topics relating to both the Clone Lite series and Clone Heavy series, both of which Racing4Vets will field during the 2014 racing season. Racing4Vets was also able to present the board of OVKA with a plaque commemorating their support from the 2013 season. Stone emphasized to the OVKA board that “supporting our karting team also reaches over 120 disabled vets that participate in our indoor karting program at Full Throttle Racing.” The OVKA’s decision to support our entries and fuel amounts to upwards of a two thousand dollar donation.
The OVKA’s support is crucial to the Cincinnati karting team as they enter their second year of existence. In the 2013 season, veteran Randy (U.S. Army, ret.) won the Clone Lite championship for the Racing4Vets team, a brilliant beginning for the rookie organization. The second kart for team Racing4Vets had several mechanical issues and competed in a limited amount of races with multiple drivers.
“We are hoping that with more time to prepare both the Clone Lite and Clone Heavy karts over this past winter for the upcoming season, we will have even more success this year. We have several new drivers and are excited to get them in a kart competitively: Army vets Mike, Bobby and Dan as well as myself,” Stone explained. An Iraq War vet, Mike is a single amputee and gives Team Racing4Vets a chance to work with adaptive racing hand controls for the first time. Danny and Bobby both come to us through their participation in the indoor program at Full Throttle Racing.
“Our team is extremely grateful for both the generous support of Aaron and Kerin Banfield, owners of Full Throttle Racing. They have created a space for our race team to work and house our karts as well as expertise in how to set up and maintain a kart since the inception of our race team.” according to Stone.
Kerin Banfield has officially joined our national organization as a Board member as well as the Cincinnati Regional Director for our team. Kerin has bolstered the Cincinnati team with her experience in karting, and in terms of fundraising.
The Cincinnati chapter of R4V’s is grateful for the support of the OVKA. The Cincinnati team has expanded due to their generous support and is going into this year with a full head of steam. Buoyed by four new drivers and Kyle (Army) returning for a second straight year, the Racing4Vets Cincinnati chapter is well prepared to build on the excellent foundation laid in their rookie season. With new drivers and a foundation of support from the Ohio Valley Karting Association, it should be another banner year for Cincinnati’s chapter of Racing4Vets.