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Racing for Warriors AutoCross – Dodging Cones for a Cause

The Racing for Warriors AutoCross is a car race yes, but it also doubles as a fun day for some awesome Americans. Thankfully, there are more events like this every year to help, or in some fashion, give back to those who have served our country, especially those who have been physically or emotionally effected.

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Cheryl Herrick of Ponytail Racing came up with the Racing for Warriors AutoCross idea and it’s a brilliant program. Cheryl teamed up with The Sparkjoy Foundation along with fellow racers, shops and friends to help put this event together.

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Cheryl’s idea of recreational therapy was a full day of AutoCross with fellow racers providing ride along’s for injured military personnel in various performance cars, from Maitas and Z3s to pro-touring Camaros and Mustangs. Our track was a large paved cone course at Virginia International Raceway.

Racing for Warriors AutoCross , Fuel Curve

Racing for Warriors AutoCross , Fuel Curve

As much fun as it is to AutoCross, surrounded by the throaty sound of performance engines and tires being beat into submission, that wasn’t why we were there. Seeing these veterans smile and fist pump the air as they were being hauled around the track at speed made it clear to everyone that this was a perfect way for the car community to give back.

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There was some concern that the violence of AutoCross might be too much for some so during the morning meeting drivers were told to take it easy at the start of the day and let the passenger ease into some speed. That didn’t last long as max speeds were reached very early in the morning.

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Even though a timer was set up and operated, I don’t think anyone paid it any attention. It was all about who had the biggest smile as they raced by.

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This was the inaugural event for Racing for Warriors. Everyone involved learned a lot but we mostly learned we need to do more of these. In fact, on December 7th and 8th there will be another Racing for Warriors.

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Everyone with racing in their blood and compassion in their hearts is looking forward in seeing this grow. What could be better than putting more smiles on Veteran’s faces?

Racing for Warriors AutoCross , Fuel Curve

Racing for Warriors AutoCross , Fuel Curve

A special shout out to these companies for stepping up and making this happen: Operation North State, Tarheel Sports Car Club, Sparkjoy Foundation, RideTech, Aegis Performance Coatings, Detroit Speed, No Limit Engineering, and Eric Brockmeyer.

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Born and raised in the racing-rich confines of Charlotte, North Carolina, Robert McCarter is a lifelong car nut. His life revolves around it. Best of all, he is self-taught in all of his disciplines. Creative photography came first. Automotive concept design came soon after. He also possesses old world hot rod craftsman abilities reflected in his hi-level upholstery work. Evenings and weekends are solely dedicated to driving, tuning and tweaking his homebuilt ’32 Ford roadster or his pristine ’66 Nova. His deuce roadster has traversed the country on numerous coast-to-coast hair-blowing boogies. He now adds story-teller to his repertoire with his editorial work reflected her on our pages.

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