Johnathan Schwemler Race Cars (JSR) is pleased to announce the formation of the first Canadian Motorsports Program for injured and ill, retired and current members of the Canadian Armed Forces.
The program has the goal of participating in all Canadian races of the 2014 Optima Batteries ChumpCar World Series (OBCWS).
JSR Owner/Driver Master Corporal Johnathan Schwemler, a 12 year member of the Canadian Army, recently won the Rookie of the Year Title in the Lucas Oil Sportsman Cup Series (LOSC).
While the LOSC program will continue as the primary team for JSR, the new program fulfils a goal of Schwemler's developed when he left Canada to serve in Afghanistan.
"Since the moment I started my tour in Afghanistan, I wanted to make sure that I gave back to my brothers and sisters in arms and their families," stated Schwemler. "This new team is the chance to achieve that goal. The benefits of involvement in motorsport for military personnel have been proven by other teams in countries around the world."
Inspired in part by the world record-holding Dakar Rally-Raid team of Race2Recovery from the United Kingdom, members of the new program will have the experience of being active full-fledged members of a motorsport team, learning all aspects of the sport at the grass roots level. In addition, the OBCWS team has the benefit of being able to tap into the experience and advice of the Race2Recovery team.
The new JSR team will race under the Soldier On / Sans Limites banner and be managed by Ancaster, Ontario's Jerry Simmons.
Simmons, who has 32 years of experience as a driver, team owner, and crew member in road course and endurance racing, will provide guidance, advice, and mentoring to the team.
He has competed in the Trans/Am Series, the American LeMans Series, and the IMSA GT Championship. Simmons' racing resume includes winning the 1983 and 1984 Canadian National GT1 Championships, one professional race win and one professional pole.
JSR is able to provide opportunities for members of the OBCWS team to move up into the LOSC program when they are ready to compete at a higher level. In addition, JSR plans to grow the OBCWS team into a professional motorsport team capable of being competitive in the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series and/or the Canadian Touring Car Championship over the next two to three years.
The team is hoping to take to the track for their first race on May 3 and 4, 2014 at the ICAR Circuit at Mirabel Airport near Montreal, Quebec for a grueling 24 hour endurance race.