Once again Carolinas Region PCA & PCA Sim Racing will join forces to benefit Operation Motorsport!
Operation Motorsport is a Veteran Led and Operated, 501(c)3 Not for Profit, based in Raleigh, North Carolina, and Brighton, Ontario, serving American & Canadian service members and veterans and was founded on the basis of three simple words: Excite, Engage and Empower. The premise is to engage, through Motorsport’s opportunities, medically retiring or retired Service Members, affected by military service, aiding in their recovery.
Carolinas Region PCA is approximately 3500 members and affiliates. They are the 2nd largest region in Zone 3 and the 7th largest of all PCA regions. Additionally, the Carolinas Region is the largest geographical region in the Porsche Club of America. The region covers most of North and South Carolina.
In 2021, the 4-hour benefit event achieved success beyond expectations. But for 2022 we will raise the challenge bar higher!
Two Events in 2022
We will host two benefitting events this year!
Race 1 : Sebring
The first event will be held on Wednesday, May 25th starting at 9 PM Eastern / 6 PM Pacific time. It will be a one-hour “throwback” race at iRacing’s Sebring track. This is a just-for-fun race that will not be run for points and the IRR system will be suspended for this event. There are two cars competing – the iRacing Porsche 919 LMP1 Prototype and the iRacing Porsche 911 RSR. Drivers should select either car they want to run – your choice! We’ll use Trading Paints for livery. Create your own throwback livery design or select one from Trading Paint’s large inventory of either car. No pre-registration on Discord, just show up for qualifying at 9 PM Eastern on May 25th. View the server configuration and settings here.
Race 1 will be a one-driver event. We encourage all drivers to set up a page for themselves on PledgeIt (how-to details listed below) and get your Region members, friends, and family to sponsor your drive and in turn, benefit Operation Motorsport! The driver that gets the most pledges will receive a $100 gift certificate for the PCA Sim Racing Store!
Race 2 : Le Mans
For the second benefit race on Sunday, August 14th, we return to the iRacing Circuit de la Sarthe for the 6-hour endurance event. This will be a team 4-driver event and will represent a beneficiary member of Operation Motorsport. We encourage all teams to set up a page for themselves (how-to details listed below) and get your region members, friends, and family to sponsor your drive and in turn, benefit Operation Motorsport! Specific details about the August 14th event will follow, but qualifying will start at 1 PM Eastern / 10 AM Pacific so mark your calendars! The event will be the final event of the 2022 Team Racing Series and run the same cars and rules of the TRS.
Registration & Sponsorship is Now Open!
Drivers for Race 1 Sebring and Teams for Race 2 Le Mans can sign up right now for both events!
Go to the secured “PledgeIt” sign-up page here. PledgeIt is the same group used for last year’s event at Le Mans, so we have a good experience with them. Follow these instructions to create a team for the two 2022 Operation Motorsport beneficiary events.
- Go to the website and click “register”
- Sign up for a Race 1 Driver and/or Race 2 Team page
- Once you have created a team, go to the team’s fundraising page and register for them as an individual
- Fundraising for the team and individuals will be tracked separately and can be contributed separately
- Please spread the word by sharing to help raise funds for our $22,000 goal!
- If businesses wish to donate separately, please contact Chris Walsh.
When You Sign Up and Support This Cause
It provides Operation Motorsport with the funding needed to fuel a multitude of critical programs. This includes diversionary therapy or exciting events which are the gateway to the sport. Operation Motorsport provides opportunities throughout North America in a variety of motorsports. Designed to be more than just a lift and a day away from problems, the networking and fellowship of these social and team-focused events help Beneficiaries to connect with a wide range of support.
The goal of the Diversionary Therapy Program is to use recreational motorsports activities as a form of therapy as a ‘distractor task’, or as a supplement to conventional clinical therapy and promotes self-esteem and personal fulfillment.
It can also provide funding to other important programs like motorsports team immersion. Operation Motorsport has partnerships with professional North American motorsports race teams that compete in a number of sanctioned racing series within the International Motor Sports Association (IMSA), SRO Motorsports Group America, and FEL Motorsports.
These teams will embed Beneficiaries within their crew, utilize Beneficiaries with specific skills and or interests and assign appropriate tasks and responsibilities, where the Beneficiary, under the mentorship of a team member, will endeavor to use any transferable skills they may have or develop and/or create an interest for a new passion or career path.
Through team immersion, race teams provide opportunities as crew members with specific jobs such as tire technician, fuel tech, fabrication tech, engine tech, data analysis, public relations, social media, photography, truck driver, hospitality, videographer, logistics, driver assistant, and vinyl tech. The Motorsports Immersion Program exposes beneficiaries to career opportunities in motorsports.
Finally, the current and future Operation Motorsport beneficiaries can participate in other programs such as motorsport academy, driver development, and the e-motorsport leagues.
Honoring Heroes and Service… Remembering Them
In addition to the benefits that Carolinas Region PCA and PCA Sim Racing are sponsoring in 2022, there is the Honoring Heroes benefit. Honor a military service member or veteran by having Operation Motorsport carry their name aboard a racecar during the 2022 Race of Remembrance at Anglesey Circuit in Wales, UK. Watch the video below and learn more by downloading this PDF with details.