San Diego, CA –Pastrana Waltrip Racing is teaming with the Phoenix Patriot Foundation (PPF) to host a group of wounded veterans during next month’s NASCAR race weekend at Phoenix International Raceway on November 12th and 13th. PPF is a non-profit organization whose mission is to assist in the independent, life-long sustainability of wounded veterans and their reintegration into society.
Pastrana Waltrip Racing Co-Owner Blake Bechtel jumped at the opportunity to provide the wounded veterans with such a unique NASCAR experience.
“Even though Pastrana Waltrip Racing will not compete at Phoenix, I felt like this was an opportunity to show these guys a good time at the track and support PPF,” said Bechtel. “Pastrana Waltrip Racing and NASCAR is a great vehicle to promote awareness to the American public as well as cultivate unique experiences for our troops that were injured in Iraq and Afghanistan.”
While at the races the wounded veterans will meet with several NASCAR drivers, serve as honorary members of the No. 00 TUMS’s pit crew, and tour the NASCAR garage and team race haulers.
Jared Ogden, the founder of PPF, is a Navy SEAL and started the foundation after his teammate and friend lost both legs to an improvised explosive device.
“This is a lot more than a weekend trip to the track,” explains Ogden. “It is the first step to building trust with vets and identifying exactly what they want to do with the rest of their lives and how they want to continue their service. I am very appreciative of PWR and Blake (Bechtel) for creating this opportunity to allow our creative approach to once again find passion following injuries sustained in combat.”
With the support of Pastrana Waltrip Racing, PPF is providing this NASCAR experience with the hope it will aid in the continued healing process of the wounded veterans and help them find a renewed passion for life.