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Mission Motorsport joins forces with American SpeedFest II

Tuesday, June 03 2014

NASCAR has a long and successful history of raising money for charitable causes and supporting the armed forces, and that tradition will continue when the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series visits Kent this weekend for American SpeedFest II.

Mission Motorsport, the Forces' Motorsport Charity, will be the official charity of American SpeedFest II at Brands Hatch on Sunday 8 June.

It was established in March 2012 and has been using motorsport to aid the recovery and rehabilitation of those affected by military operations. During SpeedFest II, Davie Birrell, who is one of the beneficiaries of Mission Motorsport, will drive the lead car for Sunday's main NASCAR race.

Mission Motorsport's converted race cars will also be on display on their stand in the Trade Village, which will be promoting the charity and its work, and injured servicemen are set to be involved in the opening ceremony prior to the opening NASCAR race.

Mark Greensmith of Mission Motorsport said: "Motorsport and the Forces share many values; passion and pride, commitment and competition, friendship and fun. The Forces Motorsport Charity is proud to be supported by American SpeedFest II, as it represents the ideal place to bring all these qualities together.

"Mission Motorsport helps the wounded back into work, with the motto: Race, Retrain, Recover. We are grateful for the opportunity to inspire some exceptional servicemen and women through participation in a fantastic event.

"Last year a wounded British serviceman, LCpl Karl Boon, was the Grand Marshal of the Bank of America 500 in Charlotte. This year at SpeedFest, the lead car will be driven by an equally deserving young soldier - Davie Birrell - who will be joined in the opening ceremony by other beneficiaries. They are the real inspiration behind the charity and their success is real."

Visit www.SpeedFest.co.uk for more details. Tickets cost £21 in advance with free entry for children under 13.