Skip Barber Racing School Honors Two Veterans at 1 Day Racing School

Wednesday, April 03, 2013

Contact: Debbie Ebalobo
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Skip Barber Racing School Honors Two Veterans at 1 Day Racing School

BRASELTON, GA (April 3, 2013) – In coordination with Wounded Warrior Project and Extreme Bucket List, Skip Barber Racing School is proud to honor two veterans during an upcoming 1-Day Racing School on April 4, 2013 at Lime Rock Park.
324751365020098905Sargent Lou Tavarez initially served as a Marine during the Gulf War. After the corps, he became a New Jersey fireman and was dispatched to the World Trade Center September 11, 2001. He then re-enlisted in the Army and served in Afghanistan. For his service he earned the Combat Action Ribbon and several commendations.

When he returned home from his Army deployment in 2004, he was suffering from severe Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) as well as hearing and back problems. Through the Wounded Warrior Project, Sgt. Tavarez is recovering and now wants to council returning veterans.

“I want to thank Skip Barber Racing School, Wounded Warrior Project and Steve Conklin from Extreme Bucket List for making this possible,” said Sgt. Tavarez. “This is the highlight of my life. I am very excited and looking forward to it.”

Specialist Kyle Pattison is active Army and recently returned from his deployment in the Middle East.

“I’m really excited to be doing this,” said Spc. Pattison. “I’ve always wanted to drive the formula style race car. I would love to go make this a career, and it is just going to be an amazing experience for me.”

Both Sgt. Tavarez and Spc. Pattison will participate in the Skip Barber 1 Day Racing School at Lime Rock Park in the classic Skip Barber formula car. During the school, they will learn about the racing line, race-style downshifting, threshold braking and cornering from outstanding Skip Barber Racing School instructors. For more information on the program, go to

“Skip Barber Racing School programs are life-enriching experiences,” states Michael Culver, Chairman & CEO of Skip Barber Racing School. “We are excited to partner with Wounded Warrior Project and show how grateful we are for these heroic veterans’ service to our country.”

About the Wounded Warrior Project

The mission of Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) is to honor and empower wounded warriors. WWP’s purpose is to raise awareness and to enlist the public’s aid for the needs of injured service members, to help injured servicemen and women aid and assist each other, and to provide unique direct programs and services to meet their needs. WWP is a national, nonpartisan organization headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida. To get involved and learn more, visit

About Extreme Bucket List

The Extreme Bucket List is your source for the best in anything Extreme. Why go anywhere else when you can chat with Olympic Gold Medalists, one of CNN’s Inspirational Citizen’s of the Year, the first blind Climber to Conquer Everest and the list goes on. Find your next great adventure at

About Skip Barber Racing School

For 38 years, Skip Barber Racing School has been the leader in training motorsport legends of the future through entry-level, equal car championships. The athletes are given media exposure, expert coaching, on-track arrive-and-drive experience, financial awards and motorsport scholarships. Skip Barber Racing School launched the auto racing careers of Ryan Hunter-Reay, Marco Andretti, Scott Speed, A.J. Allmendinger, Raphael Matos, John Edwards, Conor Daly, Spencer Pigot and many more. Skip Barber Racing School is the Official Racing School of the IZOD IndyCar Series and the first step on the Mazda Road to Indy.

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