We’ve got less than a week to go before the start of the One Lap of America and to say I’m scrambling to get ready would be an understatement. The Charger is ready (for the most part) to take on another 4000 mile run and do battle with some of the meanest and fastest cars in the country. We’ll not only be hitting 9 different race tracks, but we’ll be driving some 15-18 hrs. per day. This is one hell of a haul ladies and gentleman and because of this we’re not going to waste the opportunity. We’ve teamed up with the VA Palo Alto Health Care System to help our wounded Veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan. My co-driver for this event will be international automotive importer Chris Smith. Also accompanying us and the team that spearheaded our Road Back Home Project, is Todd Ford, a West Coast Venture Capitalist and Dr. Peter Cassini, a Neurologist in Stanford, CA. They will be piloting a Ferrari F430. Both cars have been completely vinyl wrapped to reflect the spirit of what we are trying to accomplish and to help us raise awareness for our Veterans.
Keep in mind that more than 300,000 service members have suffered from physical wounds and/or post traumatic stress from combat in Iraq and Afghanistan. Facilities such as the VA in Palo Alto provide mission critical treatment for wounded service members and Veterans. Treatment is arduous and rehabilitation agonizing. Patients are in the hospital anywhere from three months to two years. It’s important to remember that having someone you love seriously injured is also traumatic for the families, and the last thing they need to be worried about is how to pay for a hotel bill, where to get money to eat or how to pay for someone to watch their children while visiting their loved ones. Families often travel thousands of miles from their homes to Palo Alto to support these severely injured service members, only to find they have no where to stay. Our mission on this trip is to help ease the financial concerns that these brave men and women are dealing with.
To help get the word out about what we are trying to accomplish, we’ve set up a website at http://www.RoadBackHome.com so people can go and donate whatever it is they feel comfortable with to help ease the pain that these Veterans and their families deal with on a day to day basis. In eight days, the Road Back Home Project will cover 12 states, 4000 miles and 9 race tracks. Veterans are encouraged to attend our track events to participate in the excitement, enjoy photo opportunities with the cars decked out in patriotic regalia, and to ride shot gun in hot laps on the track (time permitting). 100% of the money raised goes directly to returning veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan and is fully tax deductible.
Ridelust.com has been gracious enough to help us achieve our goal by giving us a wonderful outlet which will be utilized to post daily updates over our 10 day journey from Thursday, April 29th – May 8th. So please make sure to tune in and help us out by not only following us, but going to the RoadBackHome.com to help us support our Veterans.
Below is a listing of the dates and times for the One Lap of America, so please follow along. Also, if anyone has any questions about the Road Back Home Project or how to get involved, please feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
|Friday, April 30th||5:00 p.m.||Tire Rack Facility||7101 Varden Pkwy South Bend, IN|
|Saturday, May 1st||8:00 a.m.||Road America||N7390 State Hwy 67 Plymouth, WI|
|Sunday, May 2nd||8:00 a.m.||Mid-America||19340 Jesup Ave Pacific Junction, IA|
|Monday, May 3rd||8:00 a.m.||Hallett Speedway||59901 E. 55 Road, Jennings, OK|
|Tuesday, May 4th||8:00 a.m.||Gateway Int’l Spdwy||700 Raceway Blvd, Madison, IL|
|Wednesday, May 5th||8:00 a.m.||Mid-Ohio||7721 Steam Corners, Lexington, OH|
|Thursday, May 6th||8:00 a.m.||NJ Motorsports PK||8000 Dividing Road, Millville, NJ|
|Friday, May 7th||8:00 a.m.||Nelson Ledges||3709 Valacamp SE, Lexington, OH|