Gentlemen, start your engines! Racing4Vets is an organization geared to provide U.S. military veterans disabled in the line of duty with the opportunity to drive a race car, and much more. The focus is to train the vets in skills required to build a career in motorsports–a huge industry which offers a wide variety of jobs.
At Racing4 Vets, in addition to building these skills and education, veterans will make some essential connections needed to obtain a job in the motorsports industry. It’s not all about work, work, work, however… East Texas Regional Director Steve Lewis says, “We have veterans doing many types of programs not only to get involved in motorsports, but to actually race.”
Racing isn’t just for fun, intense thrills, and entertainment–racing can also be therapeutic. Despite disabilities, racing provides the veterans the opportunity to go super-fast and experience dynamic motion and g-forces. Lewis adds, “Some of the paraplegics we have worked with have regained some of their lower body strength to their lower waist.”
The journey is about building self-belief and confidence, both personally and professionally. There have been quite a few racers with disabilities who have achieved top-level success in motor racing. Alex Zanardi, a two-time CART Indy Car champion, lost two legs in combat. Regardless of his injuries, he raced professionally in Europe for BMW and is now a Paralympic bicycle athlete.
Racing4Vets is made possible by benefit programs and educational expenses provided through sponsorships from local organizers and racers throughout the U.S. The ultimate goal of Racing4Vets is to create programs that directly assist and benefit the lives of disabled U.S. military veterans.