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WHEELS to WHEELS RACING
WHO WE ARE
WHEELS TO WHEELS MISSION STATEMENT
WHEELS TO WHEELS DRIVING PROGRAM
1. Introductory Level
A. Veterans and individuals with disabilities, their families and
friends are invited to NASA High Performance Driving Experience (HPDE) weekends at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course and other regional tracks.
C. Many opportunities to engage in discussions, build new
relationships, and learn from NASA drivers with and without disabilities will exist.
2. Entry Level
A. Veterans and individuals with disabilities will learn high performance driving techniques through professional instructors in a classroom setting, then be able to apply these techniques and develop them into new skills while driving one of the programs adapted vehicles with an in-car instructor.
B. In-car instruction will occur while participants share the track
with other drivers of similar skill levels with limited passing allowed.
D. Classroom download sessions will continue fostering participants knowledge and learning in conjunction with their skill development.
A. After demonstrating proficient abilities at the intermediate level, participants will be afforded the opportunity to move into an advanced instructional group allowing open passing.
B. Instruction at this level teaches advanced car control and performance driving techniques.
C. Participants at this level will continue to have access to vehicles, yet will learn vehicle maintenance and how to prepare a car for track use while taking some responsibility for appropriately managing the wear and tear of the car they are driving.
D. Once at this level, participants will be allowed to have family, friends, or introductory level participants ride along on track with them.
4. Advanced Level
A. At this level participants will be expected to provide their own car.
B. Participants will be well-versed in car preparation and the dynamics and limitations of an automobile in a performance driving environment.
C. Participants may continue to run in the intermediate group or may move into varying levels of competition, including time trials or wheel to wheel racing.
D. A participant achieving this level of success will become an asset
to the program and able to give back to other participants while expanding the program knowledge and experience base to open new
5. Wheels to Wheels Education, Employment, Marketing, and Leadership Training
A. Through their participation in our program, veterans and individuals with disabilities will be given opportunities to learn about the automotive and motorsports industry, including engineering, design, and the aftermarket performance industry.
B. Participants will be encouraged to pro-actively problem solve issues that may come up with vehicle adaptations, disability specific requirements, and integrate other issues into workable and productive solutions. This will lead to new knowledge and skills which can be applied in their own lives or in the medical and rehabilitation equipment industry.
C. Opportunities will exist for participants to practice motorsports photography; use in car video equipment and on/off track video documentation; participate in graphic design of car and program logos, promotional materials, t-shirts, and brochures.
D. Participate in web-based activities like a WHEELS to WHEELS RACING blog, YouTube Channel, and WHEELS to WHEELS RACING component of the TAASC website, which is already managed and edited by people with disabilities.
E. Opportunities will exist in logistics to help with vehicle data
acquisition, timing and scoring, registering and assisting other program participants, tracking individual and program goals and
outcomes, and managing all of the above through computer technology. F. All of these components will encourage participants to think in new
G. Meaningful and lifelong friendships will be built, nurtured, and remain priceless.