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Why we focus on Endurance Racing

We have seen real impact from veterans participating in endurance racing over other forms of racing such as sprints. The long duration in the car where concentration is paramount appears to pay real dividends for veterans with PTS and particularly those with hypervigilance. While not a replacement to therapy, the added benefit can provide significant improvement to personal outlook. For more information on its impact, please watch our vodcast with The Follow-On Mission at this link: Follow-On   (key spot starts at 21:47)

Sprint Racing

  • Sanctioning bodies for amateur leagues: SCCA or NASA

  • Race duration: usually 60 minutes or less 

  • Classes are highly regulated and cars are required to meet certain specifications 

  • Competition license is required

  • If car breaks, race is over - there isn't enough time to recover the car, perform a repair, and complete a race

  • A team is not required 

  • One driver per event

  • No pit stops 

  • Race as fast as you can for entire session - aggressive moves and hard driving pays off

 

  • Racing tires (slicks) are the norm and usually required to be competitive

  • Usually the newest equipment is needed to be competitive

  • Overall cost is lower but the amount of seat time is much lower - cost per amount of racing is higher 

Endurance Racing

  • Sanctioning bodies for amateur leagues: Lucky Dog, ChampCar, AER

  • Race duration: 7+ hours (8 hours is most common)

  • Classes are less regulated/based on how fast the car and crew are in qualifying 

  • Competition license is not required

  • If car breaks, there is still a chance that the car can be repaired and end up on the podium

  • A team is required 

  • Minimum of 2 drivers per event, most common is 4 drivers

  • Minimum number of pit stops/driver changes required

  • Race to preserve the car and ensure that it lasts the entire duration - aggressive moves and hard driving don't always pay off

  • DOT (regular street tires) are required - tire management is required to be competitive

  • Equipment that is known for durability is key - which may not be the newest technology

  • Overall cost is higher but amount of seat time is much higher - cost per amount of racing is lower

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