October 22, 2022
Jefferson Circuit
Summit Point Raceway, West Virginia

Compete on the Track to Support Disabled Veterans

The Rally4Vets Top Dog Championship™ is back for 2022!

Once again, military veterans, active-duty servicemen and servicewomen, and supporters will compete as Service teams in a motorsport competition to support disabled veterans struggling with PTSD!

Each military service will have its own team.  Teams will compete in a day-long TrackCross event on the Shenandoah Circuit at Summit Point Raceway, West Virginia.

Not a veteran?  While priority registration will be offered to military veterans and active-duty soldiers but we’re all part of the same American team!  If there’s an open slot you can race for that Service.  Do you have a relative that served in the Navy? Join the Navy team.

This event will be filled with camaraderie, nostalgia, and healthy competition.  Service Teams will compete for the coveted Top Dog trophy and individual class medals.

All funds raised will be used to provide service dogs and suicide prevention programs to disabled veterans.  Our charity partner for 2022 is Veterans Moving Forward, which provides free, fully-trained services dogs to veterans.

Registration is now open and our capacity is limited to 80 drivers.  Head on over to Motorsportreg.com and grab your spot: 2022Rally4Vets TrackCross registration

There is no better way to have fun on the track and be part of the “Race to End Veteran Suicide.”

See you on October 22nd!

Robert

Robert Hess
US Army (R)

Picture of VetsRally4Vets Founder and CEO Robert Hess

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Shenandoah Circuit

The Top Dog Trophy

Thomas Lyte Ltd. in the UK has created our Top Dog Trophy.  It’s not as large as the Indy 500 trophy Helio Castroneves kissed after winning his fourth Indy 500, but you will love being part of a winning service team just as much!

How Your Service Team Can Win
the Top Dog Trophy

The 2022 Driving Competition

  • 8 Military Service teams compete for points in a TrackCross competition on Summit Point’s Shenandoah Circuit
  • No racecar or motorsports experience is necessary, you can use your daily driver!
  • Cars classed using the Get Fast Events TrackCross classes
  • 4-5 runs (each driver) in the morning and 4-5 runs (each driver) in the afternoon in the opposite direction.
  • Teams will be awarded driving points based on team member placings in each car class.
  • Drivers will win medals in each class and the team with the most overall points is the Top Dog and has their service team engraved on the trophy.

Funds Raised Will Provide Service Dogs and Suicide Prevention Programs to Veterans with PTSD

Our 2022 Charity Partner

Veterans Moving Forward

A trained, support dog can save a disabled veteran’s life. Service Dogs require a lot of training; their financial cost bars many disabled veterans from benefitting from their support. But we have the opportunity to help!

We’ve teamed up with Veterans Moving Forward so we can provide Service Dogs to our disabled brethren. Veterans Moving Forward specializes in training service dogs and provides them free of charge to disabled veterans in need.

Your participation will help save a veteran’s life.

One Service Will Be Crowned
TOP DOG!

Top Dog Awards

  1. Overall Top Dog Trophy
  2. Top TrackCross Team (Each Class)
  3.  Most Participants in the Cross Country Stops
  4. Best Team T-Shirt

VetsRally4Vets Overview

Inter-Service Motorsports Competition
Summit Point Raceway, West Virginia
October 10, 2021

The Rally4Vets Top Dog Championship™ is an incredibly fun, inter-Service, TrackCross competition designed to raise funds for military veterans battling PTSD.  80 drivers, composed of military veterans, active-duty personnel, and civilian supporters, compete as services teams in a day-long TrackCross event —  guaranteed to spark joy, camaraderie, and empowerment.  All funds raised are used to provide fully-trained service dogs, completely free of charge, to veterans dealing with PTSD.

Event Schedule:
7:00 am: Registration and Tech Open
8:00 am: Drivers Meeting / Novice Classroom
9:00 am: Heat A on Course 1
10:30 am: Heat B on Course 1
12:00 pm: Lunch and Touring Laps
1:00 pm: Heat C on Course 2
2:30 pm: Heat D on Course 2
4:30 pm: Class Awards Ceremony and Presentatin of the Top Dog Trophy

The Annual Inter-Service Top Dog Championship
Motorsports Competition is back for 2022!

  • On October 22, 2022, drivers will return to Summit Point Raceway to vie for the coveted Top Dog Championship TrophyI
  • Space is limited to 80 drivers, divided equally among the eight uniformed Services
  • Registration will open in June through MotorSportReg.com
  • Visit our Registration page for more details


Rally4Vets Founder Robert Hess (US Army – Retired) at the 2021 Top Dog Championship on the going through tech inspection with his 1997 Miata. Army was the 2021 Top Dog Champion. Hooah!

Safety & Tech

Full details on safety are contained in the Safety & Tech and FAQ pages. We will be complying with all Summit Point Raceway safety regulations. This is a competition but we have structured the event to allow novice drivers to participate and bring real value to their team. You don’t need a race car to participate. In fact, we expect many participants will be using their daily driver, which is just fine.

FAQs

Trackcross, TrackCross, Circuitcross – these are different names for the same type of event held since the mid-2000s at Virginia Int’l Raceway, Summit Point Motorsports Park, and Dominion Raceway.

Think of this event as a fast autocross for streetcars, except we’ll be running on a twisty section of Summit Point’s Jefferson Circuit.  And, you won’t have any work assignments.  How cool is that!

The plan for the day:
1.) Lots of runs and fast fun
2.) Team trophies in each of four classes
3.) A friendly competition to see which Service Chief will hold the rotating overall Service Trophy until 2022 (wouldn’t you like to be the team presenting the trophy to your Chief of Staff at the Pentagon?)
4.) Most importantly, we’re generating funds to help veterans struggling with PTSD. Our goal is to raise at least $60,000. Together, we can do this!

This event is perfect for both beginner/novice and experienced drivers.  You can run with your daily driver or bring your dedicated track car.  We have four separate classes where you can earn points.

If you’ve read this far, be sure to join our email information list to be at the top of the list when we open registration.  We have room for just 80 drivers!

Definitely not, in fact, the majority of participants are in stock(ish) street cars or track prepared cars that are often still street legal.  Any kind of car, from Kia to Koenigsegg, is usually fine as long as it passes tech.

We use the SCCA’s classing system so you will only be competing against drivers with similar cars.  We will be using a handicap system for novice drivers.

This is a team competition, so your team score will be the sum of points scored across all four classes.

Sounds like super fun. Right?!

Top speed is set by driver skill, the course, your type of car, any modifications to the car, and driver skill.

This event will focus on “the twisty bits” (i.e. multiple technical sets of corners per run) instead of long straightaways. That said, you can certainly go much faster at these than you ever could legally on a public street and/or at a regular autocross. Depending on your car,  it’s unlikely you will touch 100 mps.

Click here to watch our Youtube playlist of Trackcross in-car videos and see how fast some drivers are going.

Military veterans, servicemen, and servicewomen will receive priority access for VetsRally4Vets. We anticipate we will have additional spaces available, and will open registration to the general public. If you are not a current or former member of the military, you will be able to choose which Service you want to compete for!

We have 80 driver slots available to divide among eight uniformed Service teams.

We have established the following teams:

  • Army [Hooah!]
  • Navy
  • Air Force
  • Marine Corps
  • Coast Guard
  • Space Force
  • Public Health Service Commissioned Corps
  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Officer Corps

There is a class for any kind of car you choose to bring.

We will use the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) National Time Trials Classing system.  Click the following link for complete information: SCCA National Time Trials Classing system.

Questions? 2021SummitPoint @ VetsRally4Vets.com

We recommend full-face helmets.  Helmets must have a current Snell SA rating sticker – 2010 or 2015 – and be in good condition.

Please verify that your helmet has the brown or orange Snell sticker inside under the liner because that’s what we look for.  It must say 2010 or 2015.

NOTE: We don’t have rental helmets but our friends at OG Racing near Dulles may have some available in advance.

We have 80 driver slots available to divide among eight uniformed Service teams.

Slots not filled by veterans/active duty personnel from a particular Service will be made available to the remaining Service teams.

photo of DVEN CEO Robert Hess

DVEN CEO and VetsRally4Vets founder Robert Hess in his old flight suit at Buttonwillow Raceway talking about PTSD awareness and where to find support.

The annual Rally4Vets Top Dog Championship is a program of the Disabled Veteran Empowerment Network – DVEN.org

Questions?

If you have any questions, please complete the form below and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

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Are You In?

Registration Opens May 21, 2022

Bookmark this page to ensure your spot – https://bit.ly/2022Rally4VetsTopDogChampionship