COLUMBUS – Master Sergeant (retired) Sean Clifton, a Wounded Warrior and U.S. Army Special Forces Green Beret, will be spending the month of August behind the wheel to raise awareness for wounded veterans and raise money for award-winning veterans non-profit organization VETMotorsports.
In what he’s calling his “5 Tracks in 5 Weeks” initiative, MSG(r) Clifton will be participating in five AutoInterests events across the Midwest in August. AutoInterests is a professional High Performance Driver Education (HPDE) program that provides drivers of all skill levels with top-notch instruction and a safe, fun, friendly, educational high-performance driving environment.
Clifton will attend the organization’s events at the Mid-Ohio (OH), Summit Point (WV), Putnam Park (IN), Nelson Ledges (OH), and PittRace (PA) racetracks during August. At each event, Clifton will share his Wounded Warrior story with veterans and civilians, as well as offer full-throttle, full-track, ride-alongs in exchange for VETMotorsports donations. Clifton will also accept direct donations to VETMotorsports via his Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/donate/405142030096272/ throughout the initiative.
“As someone who’s both a wounded veteran and a racing enthusiast, I can tell you first-hand how exciting and therapeutic high-performance driving can be,” said Clifton. “My goal with this initiative is to raise awareness and funds for VETMotorsports so we can get other veterans behind the wheel and introduce them to this incredibly supportive community and the physical and mental benefits of motorsports.”
A Dublin, Ohio resident, Clifton medically retired from the Army in 2016 after 22 years as a Special Forces Green Beret. He completed multiple tours of combat in Iraq and Afghanistan, where he was critically wounded in 2009. A Purple Heart and Bronze Star (Valor) recipient, he suffered multiple enemy gunshot wounds while conducting a raid on an enemy compound, resulting in the loss of the use of his left hand and right foot. He has undergone more than 20 procedures to repair nerve and internal organ damage. Clifton now works as a Special Operations Training Advisor, and owns/operates GSSG, LLC, a service-disabled veteran-owned small business (SDVOSB) that provides specialized consulting services for military personnel worldwide.
“I’m living proof that you can come back from devastating injuries and still live life to the fullest,” Clifton added. “I want to share that message of hope – and the thrill you can only get from a hot lap at the track – with as many other vets as I can.”
“Sean is an amazing guy with an amazing story, and we’re so excited that he’s sharing his passion and his generosity with us and our veteran participants,” said VETMotorsports Founder and Executive Director Peter Cline. “He’s right about the lure of motorsports and the impact it can have on veterans, and his initiative is going to make sure we get even more involved.”
More information about the “5 Tracks in 5 Weeks” initiative is available on Clifton’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/sean.clifton.7.
VETMotorsports is a non-clinical outreach program that honors and empowers active military, National Guard, Reserve, Gold Star families, and veterans with service-connected injuries and their caregivers by embedding them with professional racing teams, putting them behind the wheel to race in amateur events, and providing them with other transformative motorsports experiences. Since its founding in 2012, VETMotorsports has helped more than 200 veterans participate in over 80 motorcycle and auto racing events across the United States. More information about the organization is available at www.vetmotorsports.org and will be available on site at each event at the AutoInterests hospitality area.