Greetings!
Every position, vital. Everyone serves a purpose.
Alton, VA. (Aug 23, 2018) - Operation Motorsport, a non-profit organization that provides recovery, retraining and rehabilitation opportunities to injured service members and disabled veterans through motorsports. 
Operation Motorsport invited ten Soldiers to the Michelin GT Challenge at VIRginia International Raceway with the intent to; EXCITE, ENGAGE, EMPOWER.
Beneficiaries learn they hold power to their future;
Operation Motorsport offers the alternator.
Operation Motorsport Joins Forces with IMSA Motorsports Teams at the Michelin GT Challenge at VIRginia International Raceway
CEO, Diezel Lodder, and Executive Director Tiffany Lodder started the motorsport weekend on Aug. 15, with a briefing at the Fort Bragg Warrior Transition Battalion. There they spoke to six on-coming beneficiaries one a veteran and the other five U.S. Army service members assigned to the WTB. During the brief old-timer beneficiary retired Chief Warrant Officer 3 Dewayne Crawford who has been with OpMo since 2017 and traveled to Anglesey, Wales for the Race of Remembrance; spoke from honesty that not only is this a chance to help them recover but a chance to rewrite their future. “When your out there your writing your resume because these guys are watching. I speak from my own experience, get involved, have fun meet new people, and have an open mind,” said Crawford. Crawford emphasized to the group about taking full advantage of the weekend, “You’ll probably experience and see things you’ve never seen in your life and have your battle buddy sitting next to you, I highly recommend you get involved it makes the process more comfortable, it is your transition, make it count.

 Photo/ Ray MacAloney Photo
 (Beneficiary Photo/ Renee Wilson)
 (Beneficiary Photo/ Renee Wilson)
Tiffany speaks with a loving, caring, heartfelt yet candid voice when talking to troops about what they may encounter at the raceway this weekend., “Understand these are professional race teams, in big competitions this weekend. So, they are there to win; they have a purpose, they won’t hold your hands, they aren’t there to make sure you are okay, they may ask you, I’ll ask if you are okay, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, said Lodder. “You’ll probably be given the smallest task, same as when you were a private, sweeping the garage is important, cleaning out the tires is very important, polishing the car is very important, every job has a purpose. The tires cannot be returned to Michelin or Continental until they’re cleaned, so if they tell you ‘I need you to clean inside that tire,’ know it is an important job.” With that the briefing end with discussing the timeline for the weekend.
Thursday the beneficiaries met their teams, Paul Miller Racing Lamborghini Huracan GT3 team, KohR Motorsports Ford Mustang GT4, MINI JCW Team, and the Lamborghini Super Trofeo Hospitality Lounge. Yes, not all of the soldiers were in the pits and paddocks getting dirty. Sgt. Maj. Wayne Davidson, also an enlisted member at the WTB had the pleasure of greeting distinct spectators at the lush Lambo Lounge. There is a saying some veterans have heard throughout their days in service that goes, ‘The leaders take care of the soldiers, but who takes care of the leaders.’ In this instance Operation Motorsports steps in and brings two together, “ It was a very eye-opening experience where senior enlisted and junior enlisted worked together as a team to accomplish the mission and in a relaxing environment. I would love to work with operation motorsports again.

Operation Motorsports does more than bring these veterans and Soldiers to motorsport events across the globe; they help push them toward a goal. Whether that goal is in motorsports, car enthusiast, engineering, returning to active service, journalism, social media management, or just healing one’s mind and body. They bring a closeness that is gone when you leave the service, leave your battle buddies, leave your structure, leave a daily purpose. They give you that power back, remind you that you have the strength to continue to grow as that strength never went away, it was just hiding

Meet the Team
About 2nd Lieutentant Theo Bruulsema - 2Lt Bruulsema enrolled in the Canadian Armed Forces ROTP program in 2011 and attended Ryerson University, where he developed an interest in motorsports on the university Formula SAE team. After graduating, he was posted to 8 Wing Trenton, Ontario and completed some of the training to be an Aerospace Control Officer until medical issues prevented further progression. While awaiting a release decision, he has been attached to 8 Wing Operations and the Aerospace and Telecommunications Engineering Support Squadron (ATESS) . Theo is pending a medical release in August.
About Staff Sergeant Katrina Williams - Supply Specialist (92Y) current serving with 14 years of service. Combat tour in Iraq Afghanistan and Kuwait support LNO whole team was Afghanistan. Ensured the unit was supplied with whatever they needed to be ready for combat. Diagnosed with Breast Cancer in 2017 in recovery phase. 
About SGM Wayne Davidson  -
FOOD SERVICE SEREGANT MAJOR (92G) with 26 yrs. & 7 months. Three combat tours in two Iraq one Afghanistan. Responsible for providing food service assistance and advice to the commander and staff on all matters relative to the employment of Food Service assets and the Army’s food service methodology. In February of this year I was injury in a parachute jump  that caused a (TBI) Traumatic brain injury with frontal lobe damage..



About Staff Sergeant (Retired) Renee Wilson -  Broadcast Journalist (46R) with 17 yrs of service. Enlisted in the United States Army in 2000. Attended basic training at Fort Jackson, South Carolina in March 2001. Deployed in 2003 in Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom with the 2nd Battalion, 20th Field Artillery as a Multiple Launch Rocket System Repairer. Her second deployment was back to Iraq in 2007, in support of the operation, "The Surge." After returning from her second deployment Staff Sgt. Wilson changed her career path to 46R Broadcast Journalist. She soon deployed again to Mosul, Iraq in support of Operation New Dawn in 2010 with the 4th Brigade Combat Battalion, 1st Cavalry Division. Upon her return from Operation New Dawn. Wilson moved to Vicenza, Italy where she worked as a broadcast specialist and video editor for the United States Army Africa, also known as the Southern European Task Force. During her tenure with USARAF, she traveled to the continent of Africa capturing video and photo coverage of international partners working together to achieve strategic goals. Staff Sgt Wilson was then reassigned to Fort Bragg, North Carolina 10th Press Camp Headquarters where she supported United States Army Europe Atlantic Resolve. Documenting U.S. Soldiers working alongside NATO allies and partners throughout Europe. Staff Sergeant Wilson returned to Fort Bragg and was reassigned to the 22nd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment in 2016. Staff Sergeant Wilson medically retired April 22, 2018.
About Paul Miller Racing - Paul Miller Racing is the fourth racing program owned and operated by Paul Miller. The team is backed by a wealth of experience and talent and a long history of success. Paul Miller has extensive experience as both a driver and team owner. He led the Porsche factory effort in Trans-Am Series racing in the 1980s. He was also a leading IMSA endurance racer, driving with sports-car stars Bob Akin, Brian Redman and Hans Stuck. He competed in the 24 Hours of Le Mans three times and in the Rolex 24 At Daytona nine times, topping the GTO class in 1988. Paul Miller Racing’s international crew have worked at all levels of sports-car racing, bringing a world of expertise to the team’s operations.
Paul Miller Racing is based in Buford, Georgia with satellite support coming from Parsippany, NJ. The team’s technical operations are year round and official team testing is primarily conducted nearby at their home circuit Road Atlanta. The team also retails driver coaching services, aftermarket street tuning and upgrades, ride-along and race weekend experiences, and official team gear.



About Bodymotion Racing - Bodymotion is a family owned, independent automotive repair, and certified collision repair facility. Bodymotion works on all makes and models, foreign or domestic. Factory scheduled maintenance, diagnostics, performance upgrades,cosmetic upgrades.




About KohR Motorsports -Mustang Focused
KohR provides a variety of services for Mustang owners. Our main focus is build Mustang Race Cars. We also sell performance parts at the lowest possible price. We service what we sell!

About LAP Motorsports - Luis A. Perocarpi and Rob Ridgely founded LAP Motorsports LLC in 2008 and established LAP in Indianapolis, Indiana as a leading provider in building, operating and managing race programs and racing teams.






About VIRginia International Raceway - Stadium, Arena & Sports Venue · Alton, Virginia VIR is America's Motorsport Resort. Located between Danville and South Boston, Virginia, the track opened in 1957 and closed in 1974. Reopened in 2000, it is one of America's finest and most beautiful natural terrain road courses. www.virnow.com
About the USO of NC - The USO of North Carolina strengthens America’s military service members by keeping them connected to family, home and country, throughout their service to the nation. Founded in 1941, the USO of NC is a non profit, charitable organization, relying on the generosity of North Carolinians to support its programs and services. The USO of NC serves the fourth largest military population in the U.S., touching nearly 600,000 lives annually, helping our service members and their families through education, wellness, transition assistance and resiliency programs across the state. Visit https://uso-nc.org/donate-now/ .
About Mission Motorsport UK - Mission Motorsport is run by veterans, serving officers and motorsport professionals. We are appointed as the Combined Services’ official providers of adaptive motorsport, seeking wherever possible to merge the activities of the disabled and those in need with able bodied servicemen and women. Appointed by the British Army Motorsport Association, and operating in direct support of the Defence Recovery Capability, Mission Motorsport provides respite, rehabilitation, vocational support and training to those affected by military operations within the framework of Motorsport. http://www.missionmotorsport.org/





About Operation Motorsport - Operation Motorsport is a veteran-operated not-for-profit based in Brighton, Ontario and was founded on the basis of three simple words – Excite, Engage and Empower. Its mission is to engage, through motorsport activities, ill and injured service members and disabled veterans, affected by military service, leading to aiding in their recovery and rehabilitation. Visit: http://operationmotorsport.org/