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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.