Concord, NC (May 21, 2014) – Earlier this week, Daniel Suarez, Mackena Bell, and their Rev Racing teammates participated in the inaugural Racing4Vets Veteran Kart Challenge. Racing4Vets is an organization that helps service-disabled veterans get directly involved in motorsports careers and amateur competition by leveraging the power of the motorsports community. In addition to Bell & Suarez, notable participants included NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers Alex Bowman and Ryan Truex, NASCAR Nationwide Series driver Jeffrey Earnhardt, and D4D graduate Darrell “Bubba” Wallace who currently races in the NASCAR Camping World Track Series.
Each of the two-dozen teams competing in the 2-hour endurance race were comprised of one professional driver and 3 race fans. Bell and Suarez were each designated as “crew chief” of their 4-person team. After the race fans were paired with a pro driver at random, Bell and Suarez spent the practice session discussing strategy and giving pointers to their teammates on how to best approach various aspects of the GoPro Motorplex’s 0.7-mile sprint track. Once the green flag dropped for the 2-hour endurance race, each member of the team split time behind the wheel, and needless to say, the race fans were eager to test their skill level against that of the pros. As the race took place, fans all of all ages watched from the bleachers and cheered on their favorite drivers. Unfortunately, neither Bell nor Suarez’s team was able to take the checkered flag in first place.
However, as rewarding as winning the race would have been, it would have only amounted to the icing on top of the cake. Rev Racing’s mission last night was to support those that have risked their lives for the freedoms that we enjoy everyday. And based upon the enjoyment of the troops and their support of the Rev Racing team, it’s safe to say that we successfully accomplished our goal.
“I had a blast at Racing4Vets. It was a great event with tons of people. It was an honor to be chosen to be a pro driver and I couldn’t have asked for a better group of guys to be on my team!” said Bell.
Although the Racing4Vets Veteran Kart Challenge has past, there are other ways to become involved in the cause. For more information, please visit www.racing4vets.org
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