SERKET RACING ENDS SEASON ON HIGH NOTE
October 13th, 2014
The team also honored two recipients of the Military Family Scholarship program this past weekend. The program was put together by the American Freedom Foundation, and Kaplan University in conjunction with SERKET Racing in an effort to enable military and veteran family members to get the educational support they need. There will a total of 250 scholarships awarded this year.
Patrick Milligan, the assistant vice president of military affairs for Kaplan, joined SERKET Racing driver Mark Llano in presenting Naomi Koenig and Shannon Mott with scholarships to continue their education.
“As we all know education can be our country’s silver bullet. Having a college education today is no longer a luxury; in this economy it’s a necessity. Working with the Kaplan team to provide veteran’ ‘families with the opportunity to get that education and achieve their goals is a great feeling,” Llano said. “SERKET Racing is very proud to be a part of this program.”
Koening received a full scholarship to complete her bachelor’s degree in nursing in hopes of eventually opening up a free clinic. Mott received a partial scholarship, which she will use to get her degree in healthcare administration.
“We’re so pleased to be working with SERKET Racing and the American Freedom Foundation,” Milligan said. “It’s our pleasure to change lives through education at Kaplan University. A lot of times it’s the military family members that have to put their lives on hold, and our entire mission around this program is taking care of the family. SERKET Racing and the motorsports venue becomes a great way to champion our message of the importance of education.”
The scholarship presentation was in addition to an exciting two days of racing for the SERKET Racing team. Llano started Race 1 in third and held the position until he got caught in lead traffic with three minutes to go. He ran off track to avoid contact and recovered to finish fifth in the Gold class and fourth in Gold Masters.
On Friday, the number 24 car battled tsunami like conditions during Race 2. A spin with 10 minutes left dropped Llano back but he was able to recover and salvage a Top-10 finish, taking the checkered flag in eighth-place in the Gold Master’s Championship.
The finishes pushed Llano to a season-ending fourth place finish in the Gold Masters Championship standings and fifth in overall Gold class standings.
At the season end award ceremony on Friday night, Llano was presented with the Spirit of Speed award. The award is given to the driver that embodies the spirit of the Porsche GT3 series. The former Marine was recognized by IMSA and his peers for his continued spirit of competition, sportsmanship and community service.
“This car symbolizes all the men and women that serve,” Llano said. “That’s the reason we started SERKET Racing and continue to come out race after race. I’m so thankful for the continued support from my team, the series, Porsche and all of my competitors. It’s my second season in the series and I continue to drink from a fire hose. It just keeps getting better and better.”
SERKET Racing will use the offseason to prepare for next year, while continuing to promote its mission and give back to those that have sacrificed so much for our freedom.
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For more information or to apply for the Military Family Scholarship go to serketracing.kaplan.edu.