Circuit of the Americas: A True SERKET Racing Weekend
September 29th, 2014
AUSTIN, Texas (September 29, 2014) – Two weekends ago at Circuit of the Americas was the epitome of what the SERKET Racing mission is all about; a perfect combination of racing and supporting military veterans.
SERKET Racing competes with the mission to raise awareness and support for military veterans and their families. Last weekend the team partnered with MOMO Motorsport and the Boot Campaign to sponsor the Faces of Our Freedom program, which brought five veterans to the track for a high-speed experience.
“This clearly has been an awesome opportunity for us to bring awareness to our mission as well as the Boot Campaign,” said Randy Webb, SERKET Racing co-owner. “We’re just very excited to be a part of it. This is a big racing family and the fellowship of the veterans fits perfectly into that.”
The veterans were able to meet and spend time with driver Mark Llano as well as the MOMO Motorsport team and SERKET racing team, take hot lap rides around the 3.4 mile COTA track with professional race car drivers and experience the races from a VIP hospitality suite.
“This Faces of Our Freedom High-Speed Experience has been absolutely amazing,” Boot Campaign Development Coordinator Christina De La Torre said. “We have watched our veterans come here, not knowing what to expect and they have left with the biggest smiles on their faces.
“In addition to the opportunity to team up with SERKET Racing, MOMO and our sponsors, we’ve had several veterans that have felt like this experience has changed their lives. This has been overwhelming in the most positive way possible.”
The five veterans combined have over 54 years of military experience have been recognized numerous times for their heroism in combat, including two Purple Heart recipients. SERKET Racing and MOMO Motorsport were not the only teams to show their appreciation; others throughout the SportsCar Racing paddock joined the campaign. Over 40 pairs of combat boots were purchased with proceeds going to the Boot Campaign and their mission to support veteran initiatives.
“We’ve been very fortunate to find great partners like MOMO Motorsport that helped us make this entire weekend possible and to have the backing of other race teams in the paddock, like Kelly Moss, TPC Racing and Freedom Auto Sport that continue to support our mission. We’re grateful for philanthropic partners like the Boot Campaign and the Navy Seal Museum that inspire us to do more. We’re humbled by the fans that stop us to say, “thank you for your service and thank you for supporting our troops.” And most importantly, we are thankful to our veterans and their families for their sacrifices on our behalf, which is what this team is all about: carrying the American flag; one team, one mission, one country.
In addition to a successful weekend with the Boot Campaign, Llano was able to pick up two top-10 Gold Masters Championship finishes in the No. 24 Porsche. Space on the car hood was donated for the race weekend to support the Navy SEAL Museum benefit mission. The mission was to highlight not only the museum, but to serve as a reminder to support veteran owned businesses. The hood was decorated with the logos of eight veteran-owned businesses during the race and was donated to the Navy SEAL Museum for a charity auction, with the proceeds going directly to the museum.
In a wet Race 1, Llano finished 10th followed by a fifth-place finish in Race 2, in what was the first-ever night race for Llano and the series.
“I think overall with both races it was a good race weekend,” Llano said. “It was tough to get used to the track conditions in the rain in the first race, but we have the most amazing pit crew and team with NGT Motorsports. They went over the data with me and in the second race I ran my fastest times, even though it was at night. That’s what racing is about, we’re constantly trying to be better.”
Llano is tied for fourth-place in Gold Masters Championship standings with two races left in the season. The final two rounds of competition will be October 2-4 at Road Atlanta. SERKET Racing will be joined by the American Freedom Foundation and Kaplan University at the track to honor recipients of the Military Family Scholarship program.
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