Military admitted free to Road America May 19

As part of its commitment to honoring America’s heroes, Road America officials have announced that all active, reserve-duty military and veterans will receive free admission on Saturday, May 19, Armed Forces Day, during the Spring Vintage Races at Road America.

The Spring Vintage Weekend is a three-day event which runs from May 18-20 featuring wheel-to-wheel racing of vintage and historical cars. Over 300 participants are expected to race in 10 separate groups, from production and grand touring cars to sports racers, prototypes and formula cars.

“Our brave women and men of the military are called upon to sacrifice in countless ways. Now, all of us at Road America want to show our appreciation for their service on Armed Forces Day with free admission to enjoy the Spring Vintage Races,” said George Bruggenthies, Road America track president and general manager. “This is a small gesture of appreciation for the women and men who have given so much to defend our liberty and freedom and continues Road America’s long-standing commitment to our nation’s active and retired military. We hope everyone has a great time during the Spring Vintage Weekend.”

Admission for Saturday, May 19 is waived for all active duty members of the armed forces including activated reservists and veterans, regardless of their state of residency. To receive the free admission, veterans must either have a retired military identification card or a standard discharge form known as a DD214. Active duty personnel must have their photo identification card issued by the Department of Defense.

In addition to the events on track, Project GRILL will celebrate its fifth anniversary with a live grill unveiling celebration in the paddock area. Project GRILL is a community run program, pairing high school teams in Sheboygan County with manufacturing partners in the community to build a customized grill from scratch. By building the grills, high school students are exposed to technology and skills while learning that a career in manufacturing can be very rewarding. This year five high school teams are participating in the county-wide program. Annually, Project GRILL touches the lives of more than 70 high school students, 20 Sheboygan County corporations and numerous educators. To learn more about Project GRILL visit www.projectgrill.org

During the Spring Vintage Weekend, Road America’s park-like setting will provide fantastic views of these rare vintage vehicles as they race throughout the undulating circuit while its fan-friendly paddock allows spectators to get close to the cars and talk to the racers. Gates will open to the public each day at 7 a. m. Advanced admission is $40 for the three-day weekend, $10 Friday, $20 Saturday and $20 Sunday until May 9. Kids 12 and under are always free with a paying adult. All races will run rain or shine. A tentative event schedule is available online at www.roadamerica.com

Established in 1955, Road America is located midway between Milwaukee and Green Bay in Elkhart Lake. Its legendary four-mile, 14-turn road circuit has challenged the world’s best racers for over 55 years. In addition to public race weekends, Road America offers Group Event Programs, the Blain’s Farm & Fleet Motorplex for karting and supermoto, and the Road America Motorcycle and Advanced Driving Schools. For more information visit the Web site or call (800) 365-7223.