Anglesey, Wales, UK (November 16, 2022) – On Sunday afternoon at 3:00 pm GMT at Anglesey Circuit in Wales UK, the pair of Operation Motorsport (OpMo) entries crossed the finish line of the 12-hour Race of Remembrance (RoR) the same way as the pair started the race, side by side, as one team. The entire team on the pit wall cheering them on, grinning from ear to ear with a tear here and there. The P6 & P8 finishes in class (P8 / P12 overall) for Canada #220 and USA #22 exceeded the teams’ expectations for the first endurance outing for the Operation Motorsport / Skip Barber Racing Honda Civic Type - R and clearly demonstrated the power of Veteran recovery through motorsport.
Operation Motorsport was the only North American team in the field of 55 entries competing in the Mission Motorsport sportscar endurance race, which was highlighted by a pit lane Remembrance Service on Sunday morning. The OpMo crews were made up entirely of OpMo beneficiaries (mentored by three Skip Barber Racing School personnel) and for the first time, thanks to driver development training provided by Skip Barber and TWOth Autosport, two of the eight drivers representing the US and Canada were Beneficiary drivers.
“Returning to RoR after a 2-year break with a larger team and multiple cars was a tremendous undertaking. Watching the team form and prep the cars on Thursday morning after never really working together created an atmosphere of anxiousness and excitement.” recalled Race Team Manager & OpMo COO Jason Leach, “The mentorship from the professionals from Skip Barber Racing School ensured the teams’ two fielded cars could and would finish the race. Watching our Beneficiary drivers run within a second of each other and not far off the pace of our pro drivers was a previously unimaginable success story. The team struggled from time to time and was challenged across this 12-hour race, but everything came together when we witnessed the Canadian and US car cross the finish line together. I'm truly proud of everyone involved with this program and am already awaiting the next time we can race together.”
“The night of the Heroes dinner I was privileged to meet the force of nature that is James Cameron. (CEO Mission Motorsport UK) He asked me how I was enjoying the track,” recollected Jason Bivins, driver #22, “I let him know that it’s great, but our practice sessions were cold and wet, and a bit of a challenge for this California boy. He smiled and told me…just wait. You’re going to be out on track this weekend and all of the sudden you will see the Irish Sea gleaming, and then off in the distance the beautiful peaks of Snowdonia, and you’ll realize how special this place is. This is exactly what happened for me on Sunday afternoon! I was breathless. An unforgettable event.”
“So proud of this incredible group of men & women who crossed oceans to come together as a team and compete in the 2022 12-hour Race of Remembrance,” reminisced Travis Hill OpMo board member, TWOth Autosport Principle and driver #220, “Operation Motorsport was created to support medically retiring and retired service members from Canada and the United States. On Remembrance Day weekend, they showed just how much progress has been made, both as an organization and individually over the past few years and the impact it’s had on all of our lives. It’s an honor to get to know these fine people, compete alongside them, and build lifelong friendships. Thank you for allowing me to be part of your journey.”
“Congratulations to all of the beneficiaries, words cannot describe how incredibly proud we all are of this team, each and every one of them have come together and stepped up to the challenge and demonstrated to all of us how powerful Veteran Recovery Through Motorsport can be”, says OpMo CEO & Cofounder Diezel Lodder. “Thank you to all of the drivers, volunteers, partners, and supporters for believing in the mission and helping us get to the finish line with our heads held high.”
Raleigh, NC (October 28, 2022) – Today, Operation Motorsport announced its driver lineup for the upcoming Race of Remembrance (RoR) to be held November 11-13, 2022, at Anglesey Circuit, Wales, UK. Operation Motorsport is the only North American team competing in the 12-hour sportscar endurance race, which is highlighted by a pit lane Remembrance Service on Sunday morning. The team will field two Skip Barber Racing Honda Civic Type - R with eight drivers representing the USA and Canada highlighting for Foundations first time, two Beneficiary drivers – Hunter Reeve, Theo Bruulsema, Kevin Boehm, Travis Hill, Mike Stillwagon, John Weisberg, Jason Bivins, and Huw Leahy.
“Going back to Anglesey Circuit where the seed for Operation Motorsport was first planted by our friends at Mission Motorsport. Reflecting on what we’ve achieved, in five short years as a Foundation, it all seems a little surreal at times”, says OpMo CEO & Cofounder Diezel Lodder. “I couldn’t be prouder of this team for never losing sight of the mission through the mountains of challenges along the way. Thank you to all of our partners and supporters who have stood with us, we wouldn’t be here without you.”
The Race of Remembrance provides a life-changing opportunity for medically retried and wounded service members to connect with other veterans with shared experiences and challenges while pausing to remember the importance and reason behind Veteran’s/Remembrance Day. Camaraderie, team, and remembrance are why Operation Motorsport drivers, crew members, and partners are proud to participate.
AUSTIN, Texas and Fal.Con 2022, Las Vegas – September 21, 2022 – CrowdStrike(Nasdaq: CRWD), a leader in cloud-delivered protection of endpoints, cloud workloads, identity and data, today announced a new giving strategy featuring a landmark partnership with Operation Motorsport Foundation and this year’s recipients of its NextGen Scholarship awards.
“Operation Motorsport and CrowdStrike have a shared passion for not only supporting military service members in need, but also the doors that motorsport racing can open, and our new partnership aligns perfectly with the core values between both organizations,” said George Kurtz, co-founder and chief executive officer at CrowdStrike. “I’d also like to congratulate this year’s NextGen Scholarship recipients, who demonstrate both excellent academic records and a passion for a career in cybersecurity or AI. The increasingly dangerous threat environment is creating tremendous demand for the best talent in cybersecurity. With these two initiatives, CrowdStrike is excited to show our commitment to closing the skills gap that plagues our industry.”
This strategic partnership between CrowdStrike and Operation Motorsport will support the goal to professionalize the Operation Motorsport organization so that they may better serve the military service member community and increase the number of beneficiaries in the program. Key features of the partnership will include:
● Multi-year donation of $400,000, paid through the CrowdStrike Foundation
● Future employee volunteer opportunities at the Patriot Corral at SRO Motorsports Group events
● Future employee skills-based volunteer opportunities to support Operation Motorsport program needs
● Future mentorship opportunities for CrowdStrike employees paired with Operation Motorsport beneficiaries
● Future internship opportunities for Operation Motorsport beneficiaries
● Future scholarship opportunities for beneficiaries to pursue higher education focused on cybersecurity
“At Operation Motorsport, our culture of ‘Team, Identity, Purpose’ resonates in everything we do to support our military service members. We are excited to partner with CrowdStrike, which shares these similar philosophies and values,” said Diezel Lodder, chief executive officer and co-founder of Operation Motorsport Foundation. “This partnership will provide us the ability to scale and expand our operations, enabling us to more effectively excite, engage and empower our military community.”
“Operation Motorsport has been instrumental in my transition from active duty into retirement and civilian life,” said Craig Neri, Operation Motorsport beneficiary and CrowdStrike Racing team member. “The skills I’ve gained from my military career – decision-making, leadership, logistics, project management, command and control – all translate easily to my role on the CrowdStrike Racing team. Operation Motorsport truly instills a sense of self-confidence back into its beneficiaries, providing the sense of teamwork, identity and purpose that the foundation is based on.”
The skills that make a successful racing team - teamwork, critical thinking, data analytics and adversary insights- are the same that make a successful team fighting against cyber adversaries.
In the continued story of Operation Motorsport’s return to the 2022 Race of Remembrance being held at Anglesey Circuit, Wales, UK. over Veteran’s / Remembrance Day Weekend: November 11-13, we are thrilled to reveal the news that our pair of Skip Barber Racing Honda Civic Type-R racecars will be competing on Michelin tires. A Michelin tire engineer will also be joining Operation Motorsport as an embedded tire specialist, alongside a team of medically retired service personnel from across North America, including Beneficiary drivers, crew members, and support personnel. Michelin North America, Inc. has a long tradition of social commitment to programs and activities that give back to communities.
Returning for the ninth year to Anglesey Circuit, Wales, UK, the Race of Remembrance once again commemorates the sacrifices made by military service personnel and their families. This 12-hour endurance race features a Heroes dinner, night racing, and a trackside service in pitlane at 11am on Sunday, November 13th, 2022.
“Race of Remembrance marks the annual opportunity for our beneficiaries to come together and compete as one team, with renewed purpose on the international stage,” says Diezel Lodder, Operation Motorsport CEO & Co-Founder. “Every time we take this journey, we strive to raise the bar. Michelin’s exemplified respect for those who have served, combined with their race proven tires will ensure we get there. I can speak for the entire team when I say that we are honored to have Michelin tires carry our team across the finish line in 2022.”
Operation Motorsport uses this event to bring our Beneficiaries together to use the skills and confidence built through motorsport immersion activations gained from multiple partnerships across the IMSA, SRO, and FEL Motorsport paddocks. Showcasing on the international stage, Operation Motorsport is the only North American veteran organization to take part in this unique event that provides a life-changing opportunity for our medically retired and wounded service members to connect with other veterans with shared experiences and challenges while pausing to remember the importance and reason behind Veteran’s/Remembrance Day.
As in 2019, the Foundation has launched an “Honoring Service” fundraising campaign. For $25, you can honor a military service member or veteran by having their name aboard one of the racecars. The goal is to carry 400 names of a current or past veteran or military member across the hood of both racecars. You can submit your hero’s name by texting 22pitcrew to 243725 (US) or 888-597-2477 (CDN) or by using the provided QR Code. Join Operation Motorsport today in supporting our medically retired and wounded service members and honor your hero by donating.
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Raleigh, NC (June 28, 2022) - After a two-year break, Operation Motorsport returns to the 2022 Race of Remembrance (RoR) at Anglesey Circuit in Wales, UK, over Veteran’s / Remembrance Day Weekend: November 11-13. Expanding the number of car entries from previous years, Operation Motorsport welcomes Skip Barber Racing School as the lead partner as the combined team prepares to field a two-car entry team of drivers and crew members.
Highlighted by a pitlane Remembrance Ceremony on Sunday morning, the RoR features a 12-hour endurance race, heroes’ dinner, and Operation Motorsport team building events leading up to the weekend. This event is Operation Motorsport’s culmination activation and brings together Beneficiaries to work together after gaining experience across the SRO, FEL Motorsport, and IMSA paddocks.
The partnership between Skip Barber Racing School and Operation Motorsport began in 2021 with the hosting of Beneficiary Dustin Burkhalter in the SRO TC America series. For 2022, Skip Barber Racing School expands its support by sponsoring Operation Motorsport’s Driver Development Program and their Beneficiary Drivers through a 5-day race competition race school at Lime Rock Park. This school serves as the basis for Beneficiary driver entry into the 2022 RoR and sets the conditions for these drivers to partner with professional race drivers and compete in this veteran-focused race.
“Race of Remembrance marks the annual Beneficiary and programs culmination for Operation Motorsport, an opportunity to come together amongst peers as one team, competing with renewed purpose on the international stage,” says Diezel Lodder, Operation Motorsport CEO & Co-Founder. “Each year we strive to do better by our Beneficiaries, raising the bar, and I could not think of a better partnership than the one with Skip Barber Racing School. Their illustrated respect for those who have served, combined with their vast experience as a racing school & team, will ensure we get there yet again.”
"The Skip Barber Racing School is proud to partner with Operation Motorsport for the 2022 Race of Remembrance. The race builds on our commitments to supporting the military and veteran communities while showcasing our race teams on an international stage", said Anthony DeMonte, the Skip Barber Racing School CEO.
To support Operation Motorsport’s participation in the RoR, the foundation launched a fundraising campaign that will carry the names of military members and veterans on the hood of each car. With a $25 donation, supporters can submit the name of a service member or veteran, and Operation Motorsport will honor their service by including their name into the 2022 RoR livery the team will apply to each entry.
With international racing experience, celebrated skill, and the firm belief that competitive race car driving was teachable, Skip Barber founded his legendary racing school in 1975. Since that first class, over 400,000 students have become racers and champions. Today, we are the world’s largest automotive education and entertainment company offering driving and racing schools at the finest tracks in America. We operate the Skip Barber Formula Race Series, field championship race teams in TC and TC America, create innovative OEM programs that elevate the finest automotive marques, and produce corporate programs that build teamwork and recognize outstanding achievement. No experience rivals the Skip Barber Racing School. For more information on our programs, call us at 866-932-1949 or visit us online at skipbarber.com.
Raleigh, NC (March 1, 2022) - The Operation Motorsport Program Foundation (OpMo) and Skip Barber Racing School (SBRS) announce their official partnership as they work together to engage medically retiring military members and veterans, using motorsports to help build a sense of Team, Identity, and Purpose. SBRS will become the US branch of the OpMo Academy Driver Development Program, as OpMo becomes an official charity of SBRS.
This new partnership allows Operation Motorsport, to align with the Skip Barber Racing School, an organization steeped in international recognition for their racing school programs, driver development, and commitment to giving back to those who served.
In 2021, Skip Barber Racing embraced U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Dustin Burkhalter, a combat veteran, and medically released service member. Throughout the SRO TC America series, the team provided opportunities and tools that allowed Dustin to successfully transition from the military into a full-time position within motorsports.
“When we first started talking about partnering with Skip Barber Racing, to me, it was a natural fit. I watched how the crew works together in the paddock and the pits. I watched how they treated Dustin, who was a brand-new beneficiary and struggling with his medical release.” said Tiffany Lodder, Executive Director. “The SBRS team gets it. They are there for each other as a team. This is also evidenced by how many veterans they currently employ in their organization. Everyone wants to give back, and Skip Barber Racing is making it happen with this partnership.”
This new partnership expands Operation Motorsport’s reach in the racing world and brings new opportunities within other aspects of high-performance driving. Further, this partnership cements Skip Barber Racing School’s commitment to supporting the military and veteran communities while expanding their reach to include Canadian serving and medically retired military members.
“We are very excited to expand our relationship with OpMo and their Motorsports Immersion Program.” said Anthony DeMonte, CEO of Skip Barber. “The OpMo mission perfectly aligns with Skip Barber Racing School’s position as the gateway to motorsports. We are honored to provide those who have served with a pathway to a career in motorsports.”
Operation Motorsport will utilize Skip Barber Racing School driving events to introduce performance driving and motorsports to the military and veteran communities. This will allow the Foundation to build a driver development program that meets team entry requirements for the Race of Remembrance, a 12-hour endurance race at Anglesey Circuit, Wales, UK which annually coincides with Veterans Day / Remembrance Day.
Skip Barber Racing School was founded in 1975 by John “Skip” Barber. Skip Barber Racing School is a fully integrated system of driving schools, racing schools, race series, race teams and Corporate Events at iconic locations across the United States. Skip Barber annually provides over 200 instructional days to more than ten thousand students in driver education and race driver training and development. For more information please visit www.SkipBarber.com.
May 12, 2021 –
SRO Motorsports America is proud to announce Operation Motorsport as the official Veteran charity for the 2021 season. Operation Motorsport is a Veteran Led and Operated, 501(c)(3) Not for Profit, serving American & Canadian medically-retiring service members and veterans and was founded on the basis of three simple words: Excite, Engage and Empower. The premise is to engage service members and veterans affected by military service through Motorsport activities to aid in their recovery and rehabilitation.
Operation Motorsport focuses on those military veterans who do not get a chance to complete their service due to service-related illnesses, injuries or wounds. These servicemen and women, sometimes quite suddenly, have their career plans and aspirations taken away. They are removed from their team, no longer fulfill their purpose within the service, and ultimately lose that cherished identity.
Motorsport Immersion, when used as a diversionary therapy, has the ability to provide transitioning service members with a renewed sense of team, identity, and purpose. Inside the SRO paddock, veterans are offered a chance to use their skill sets in a wide gamut of motorsports-intensive areas including paddock operations management, vehicle and tire prep, and team and driver marketing and promotional activities.
OpMo beneficiaries become part of the team in the truest sense. They travel with the crew, are provided team clothing and gear, and are heavily integrated into all at-event activities – both in the paddock and away from the track. Through motorsport and the Operation Motorsport charity, veterans can regain the sense of community, belonging and purpose that they might not have been able to fulfill with their military service.
As we look over the last three years, we are able to see the positive results on the lives of our beneficiaries from having the support of SRO America. We are thankful we took that leap and entered into this partnership”, said Tiffany Lodder, Executive Director, Operation Motorsport. “We are proud of the shared successes we are achieving through the continuing support of our SRO Motorsports America family, helping our team with finding exciting avenues through motorsports for our medically retiring service members and disabled veterans, working together to share recovery opportunities throughout the paddock.”
“SRO America is pleased in its continued welcoming of Operation Motorsport and the veterans that they assist,” said SRO America President and CEO Greg Gill. “We are extremely proud to host veterans into our paddock to help aid in their recovery and rehabilitation through sports car racing. With the plethora of teams racing in SRO America, OpMo has a line-up of beneficiaries that are much needed hands in a team and who will benefit in various ways from this extraordinary experience.”
As in the military, in motorsports the goal is accomplishing the mission, winning as a team, collectively celebrating the successes, and supporting teammates through the losses. Operation Motorsport believes in the power of Team, Identity and Purpose and that Recovery is One At A Time.
With nearly three decades’ experience at the forefront of a continuously evolving industry, SRO Motorsports Group is the established global leader in GT racing. A busy 2021 season will see events staged under the SRO banner on five continents, highlighted by the prestigious Total 24 Hours of Spa.
The company's expanding portfolio of series includes Fanatec GT World Challenge Powered by AWS categories in America, Asia, Australia and Europe. Each retains its unique identity, while also allowing competing brands to dispute a global manufacturers’ title through their continental representatives. What’s more, a groundbreaking new initiative for 2021 will see virtual racing come together with the Fanatec GT World Challenge Europe Powered by AWS Endurance Cup, where a series of e-sports contests will count towards the real championship.
Staged since 2016, the flagship Intercontinental GT Challenge Powered by Pirelli sees world-leading manufacturers compete through their local teams at marquee events across the globe. Considerable emphasis is placed on amateur competitors, too, with the GT Sports Club concept combining a relaxed environment with highly professional standards for drivers using GT2 and GT3 machinery.
SRO also works with the FIA to organise and promote the FIA Motorsport Games, a multi-disciplinary event in which drivers compete in the colours of their national flag. A range of international and domestic series catering for GT2, GT3, GT4 and touring car machinery also form part of an extensive on-track programme, while the burgeoning sim racing scene has taken on considerable importance through the SRO E-Sport GT Series.
In addition to promotion and organisation, the company operates the SRO Race Centre by MMC service facility at Circuit Paul Ricard, and provides the ultimate driving opportunities at world-renowned venues through Curbstone Track Events. Combining a passion for performance with industry-leading experience, SRO continues to play a key role in shaping the future of global GT racing.
ORLANDO, FL – May 4, 2021 – Renowned artist and long-time Operation Motorsport supporter Fabio Napoleoni announced today the official release of his newest art piece “Miles 1” in the Operation Motorsport series. This is the fourth print in the Operation Motorsport series, which all began in 2017 with “We are One” (2017), followed by “In the Spirit” (2018) and “Cream of the Crop” (2019).
Fabio Napoleoni is an international artist who is known for his splendid colors and engaging characters in his artwork. What the Heart wants, and the Heart needs can be found in a Fabio Napoleoni painting. Nostalgia, sorrow and moments that lift the soul are all there for the world to see and experience along with him. The vivid colors and captivating characters invite you into an emotional ride that is welcomed by the mind and the Heart all created by Fabio Napoleoni.
Fabio Napoleoni’s art “Miles 1” once again celebrates the use of motorsports in recovery and the strength and resilience of our service members. As Fabio explained it, "I wanted to give Ken Miles props on this piece equally as much as the GT40. Ken served in the British military, then following that with a love and appreciation for racing just seems to embody what Operation Motorsport was founded on," Fabio added, "The movie got me interested in who he was, then the magic of Google kicked in. Quick read on his history from a child, to a mechanic, then serving in the British military for 6 years. Then back to mechanics and racing, just seems like a perfect fit".
In May 1964, the Ford GT Mk I made its racing debut at the Nürburgring 1000 km race in Germany. After running in 2nd place at the early part of the race, the car suffered suspension failure and was retired. Although this was not the start Ford was hoping for, it was the beginning of telling the story of arguably the most iconic sports car to come out of North America to race on the world stage. The car’s first victory came in 1965 at Daytona, under the supervision of Carroll Shelby and driven by Ken Miles and Lloyd Ruby. The experienced gained in those early years allowed the Ford GT to win historic races to include the Daytona 24, the 12-hours of Sebring, and the 24-hours of Le Mans.
Released this month to coincide with the anniversary of Ford GT’s entry into competitive motorsports 57 years ago, this print depicts Ken Miles and the Ford GT Mk II at the 1966 24-hours of Le Mans where Ford finished 1st, 2nd, and 3rd. This victory cemented Ford’s return to sports car racing and their domination within sports car racing of the mid/late 1960’s. After Ford’s last victory in 1969, the world waited 50 years for Ford to return to victory lane at Le Mans; this time in another Ford GT.
There will be a limited numbered run of Publishers Proofs (PP 19), Artist’s proofs (AP 19) and Signed and Numbered (SN 64) prints signifying the year of the Ford GT’s racing debut (1964). As a bonus, each SN print will also include a bonus remarque of Marcinevo as Carroll Shelby. All PP, AP and SN prints will only be available through Fabio’s website store. http://fabio-napoleoni-shop8.mybigcommerce.com/ Open Editions (OE) are available for purchase through the Operation Motorsport eBay store. https://www.charity.ebay.com/charity/Operation-Motorsport-Program-Foundation-Inc/3953221
The proceeds from the sale of these limited and open editions will directly benefit Operation Motorsport. The Foundation provides recovery opportunities through motorsport immersion and diversionary therapy to ill, injured or wounded service members and disabled veterans, to aid in their recovery and rehabilitation. Fabio is proud to support this worthy cause and is excited for the official release of this art in support of Operation Motorsport and what they do to help deserving beneficiaries.
Fabio lives and works in Florida. His artwork is sold in galleries across North America, and loved by all those who connect with his heartfelt brush strokes and animations. He has been involved in the art world since he was a small child, but the passion in his art work comes through because of his own fatherhood anguishes of his daughter when she was first born, and the sickness and surgeries they overcame as a family. “What we do in life echoes an eternity”
In 2019, Operation Motorsport began to focus on and educate supporters on the importance of the number "22" within the military community. On average, 22 service members and/or veterans from North America die from suicide each day.
Suicide is preventable and effects all aspects of our society regardless of economic or demographic background. Amongst our military and veteran population, the impact of suicide and suicidal thoughts and behaviors is even greater. It impacts military readiness, morale, family cohesiveness, and our ability to defend our way of life. The number of suicides is disproportionately higher within our veteran population than the civilian population with the highest percentage amongst the 18-39 age bracket. Based on 2017 data, the average number of suicides per 100,000 persons within the US population was 17 while the average per 100,000 veterans was 31.
When I'm in a race car, I'm the creator of my own destiny. “ That which you manifest is before you.” Create your own conditions, and rain is just rain.' - Denny Swift (The Art of Racing in the Rain)
After the bugle stops playing, that magical feeling of a podium finish fades, all the hugs good bye and tears are wiped away, what is left is reflecting on a journey. A journey of recovery for those affected by service. One that often starts with a leap of faith for many and one that is not defined by an end or conclusion, but is defined by the journey itself. After all this is about recovery, and each beneficiaries story is unique and personal. What is not unique is that although they have all returned to daily life, the struggles are still real and not over. What makes this journey unique is that we are all part of a larger extended family, one that reaches way past the race weekends and all of the shiny bits, one that sees them looking out for each other and looking forward to reuniting somewhere down the road. For everyone that has supported this effort in any way, thank you .
I don't post much about my life on social media like some do, I have, but not lately..... no food pics, no political posts, no criticism of others, no bullshit. But today I want to post about some of the great people I have in my life and what they have done for me.
I haven't worn my medals on a Remembrance Day parade in over 10 years, for my own reasons......but this year was different. I had "family" surrounding me and helping me through, what was a very emotional event. Not just any parade, but a Remembrance Day parade in Angelsy, Wales as I participated in the Race of Remembrance .
Last year they helped me through the parade, this year they convinced me to be proud of my military accomplishments and to be proud of my medals as well.........
Thank you and much love goes out to my "family" at Operation Motorsport .
The Operation Motorsport team brought the #22 car to their best finish yet. After being as far back as 29th the OpMo beneficiaries from Canada and the U.S. battled their way back through the field. Just as Soldiers on the battlefield OpMo took its time to strategically work its way through the field with perfectly timed pit stops and driver changes. The final result happened on the last lap of the race.
A 12 hour Motorsport Endurance Race in support of ill, injured, and wounded service members, in Anglesey, Wales, UK with a difference, a Remembrance Day service bang in the middle of it................
Returning to the Anglesey circuit, the 2018 Race of Remembrance commemorated the sacrifices made by service personnel and their families. This unique endurance race features a Heroes dinner, night racing, and atrack-side service of Remembrance. In true Mission Motorsport style, the weekend is about more than just the racing. The off track action means a great social weekend at the end of the season, while on track there is a unique interruption to an endurance Motorsport event. At 10.45 on Sunday morning, the track will fall silent as the race pauses to hold a service of Remembrance, which this year falls on the 100th anniversary of the Great War armistice.
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As everyone in motorsports knows, every event contains a lot of moving parts; race cars, people, accommodations, meals, transportation, etc. Add into that mix nine wounded soldiers and medically released veterans, all with their own specific physical and mental health needs who haven’t all met each other, a race car that needs to be acquired and then outfitted with a sequential gear box so our wounded veteran can drive it. Bundle that all together, and it’s almost a hot mess. Consider that all nine beneficiaries don’t know each other, the OpMo support personnel are also strangers, throw them all on planes departing from locations all over North America to arrive in London for on the of the greatest endurance races in Britain. Let the adventure begin!
RALEIGH, N.C. -- Operation Motorsport empowers disabled veterans through their post-service lives by welcoming them onto racing teams to drive cars and work on pit crews.