American hero Marine Staff Sgt. (Ret.) Liam Dwyer is hosting a charitable karting event to benefit the Semper Fi Fund. The fund is a 501-C charity that raises money for wounded service members and their families in time of need. The Semper Fi Fund 150 takes place at the GoPro Motorplex, a world-class karting facility in Mooresville, NC, on Tuesday evening, May 31 from 6 to 8:30 pm. The karting event is slated to feature a number of pro racing drivers from the world of sports cars and stock cars.
Dwyer served two tours of duty in the Marines, and recovered from grave injuries to become a Mazda factory race driver in the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge series.
Dwyer, 34, initially suffered injuries while on duty in the Middle East in 2007. He re-enlisted in the Marines for a second tour of duty in 2010. On May 22, 2011, Dwyer stepped on an improvised explosive device in Afghanistan, suffering many grave injuries. Dwyer lost his left leg and received serious injuries to his other extremities and torso. Lucky to be alive, he has survived 50 surgeries to address the damage.
Dwyer races with a special prosthetic leg in the No. 26 Mazda race car. The car needs almost no modification as the prosthetic attaches to the clutch pedal, and is released by the pull of a simple lever. It allows Dwyer to quickly climb from the race car for his co-driver to take over, and it has allowed him to take two major event race victories in the past two seasons of racing.
For more information or to register for the event you can visit; http://www.motorsportreg.com/events/semper-fi-fund-150-gopro-motorplex-886372