Sgt. Meyer will take to the wheel of a class one off-road truck at next month's running of the infamous Mint 400. He'll be running in truck 1588, shown above, one of the three vehicles being fielded by the Roberts Racing team, and will be competing to raise awareness of the disturbing veteran suicide rate.
Meyer knows about the troubles facing returning combat vets firsthand, having attempted suicide in 2010 before seeking treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder.
"I am excited to race The Mint 400 and help raise awareness at the plight of our veterans. I want to demonstrate that we are in fact not done with living life to its fullest," Sgt. Meyer said in the attached statement. "Twenty two veterans a day commit suicide, this is a tragedy we all need to work together to stop. I was nearly a statistic but now I am example of how to push on and live."
The 2015 Mint 400 runs on March 14, where Meyer will be joined by other celebrities, including Patrick Dempsey and Dax Shepard. The race will air on NBC, although only as part of a two-hour special, being shown on June 28 at 2:00 p.m. Check out the full press release from Roberts Racing, below.
The Great American Off-Road Race celebrates American Veterans
February 25th, 2015 – San Diego, CA – Medal of Honor recipient Sgt. Dakota Meyer is headed to Las Vegas, NV to race the Mint 400 on March 14th with the Roberts Racing Team. Dakota will be piloting the Roberts Racing #1588 Class One Car. Dakota earned his Medal of Honor during the battle of Ganjgal in Afghanistan where under fire he saved the lives of his fellow soldiers and civilians in an extraordinary act of bravery. The Medal of Honor is the United States of America's highest military honor, awarded for personal acts of valor above and beyond the call of duty. The medal is awarded by the President of the United States in the name of the U.S. Congress to U.S. military personnel only.
"The Mint 400 is more than a race, it's a demonstration of American ingenuity and resolve. The idea that we never quit is an inherent American trait that is upheld at its highest level by our veterans. That trait is also a inherent in off-road racing, we never quit. We are honored to have Dakota Meyer and all the other veterans who come compete in "The Great American Off-Road Race". They have offered the greatest sacrifice in protecting our way of life," stated Matt Martelli, Mint 400 CEO.
"I am excited to race The Mint 400 and help raise awareness at the plight of our veterans. I want to demonstrate that we are in fact not done with living life to its fullest. Twenty two veterans a day commit suicide, this is a tragedy we all need to work together to stop. I was nearly a statistic but now I am example of how to push on and live," stated Dakota Meyer.
The Roberts Racing team will field three vehicles at the 2015 Mint 400 including Dale Dondel as the driver of the the #7 Trick Truck, Jared Robert as the driver of the #1585 Class one car and Sgt. Dakota Meyer will pilot the #1588 Class on car.
The Mint 400 is proud to celebrate American Veterans by supporting the following foundations:
Dakota Meyer Leadership Institute:
Hiring our Heroes:
War fighter Made:
We ask for your support in donating to these foundations to help support our veterans.
Race photography provided by Brian Binkert, Bink Designs.
About Roberts Racing
Roberts Racing is comprised of an extraordinary group of individuals who have all achieved noteworthy distinction in their own endeavors. Together, their objective is to apply their extensive technical expertise and business acumen to advance off-road racing and to maximize their sponsor's brand awareness through aggressive multi-media motorsports marketing. Combining their many talents and passion for motorsports in three unique off-road racing series, Roberts Racing is poised to change the off-road racing landscape in many new and exciting ways.
About The Polaris RZR Mint 400, presented by General Tire
Known as "The Greatest Off-Road Race in America," The Mint 400 is an epic four hundred mile battle between the top off-road racers in the world in over twenty different classes of off-road vehicles. The race was started in 1967, and is steeped in American lore, as thousands of racers, as well as celebrities from around the world, have attempted to tame the brutal Nevada desert. An entire week of events lead up the famed off-road race in and around Las Vegas, including a vehicle parade, drivers meet and greet, pit crew contest, crowning of Miss Mint, multiple parties, qualifying, and contingency / vehicle tech inspection.
About Mad Media
Mad Media (www.madmedia.com) is a San Diego based marketing and creative agency, with in-house film and television production. We craft authentic, culturally engaging brand messages, and deliver them across print, web, photography, and film platforms. Mad Media has been leading the online content revolution since 1995 producing major commercial, television, online content and viral film projects such as The Gymkhana Series and XP1K Series.