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Disabled veterans get some 'hot' laps around the racetrack

KERSHAW, SC (WIS) - Dozens of wounded warriors had the chance to take some hot laps around Carolina Motorsports Park this weekend.

Porsche Clubs of America hosted 32 disabled veterans through a program called "Heroes on Track (HOT) for the ride of a lifetime Saturday. 

The program's mission is to facilitate disabled active military and veterans onto racetracks during High Performance Driver's Education events around the country.

"He didn't have a gauge on there, but I could tell you it was probably well over 100," said Jody Lee Piercy. "It's kind of like a Disney ride."

Piercy is one of the wounded warriors who got to ride at high speeds in souped up sportscars around the 2.3 mile road course.  

"The quickness of the cars and the braking, the cornering, the way the tires stick to the road...I got thrown around a lot, the effort was appreciated," said Piercy. 

For Piercy, the ride was nostalgic. "Growing up I was always doing with the hot rod cars, fixing them up for speed and stuff like that, which got me in a lot trouble when I was younger!"

Piercy is one of many whose sacrifices earned him a ticket to ride. "It's something I've loved doing, so it was the opportunity of a lifetime for me to come out here."

The vets also toured the track and received commemorative T-shirts, certificates of participation and photos.

This was HOT's first event in South Carolina.  The next event is September 25 at Roebling Roads Raceway near Savannah, GA. 

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