Special Forces Needs Race Cars–Enter NASCAR

[Admiral McRaven is intent on turning the Special Forces into a bunch of superheroes, equipped with the latest Mission Impossible gadgetry, to supplement their UAV networks and A-Team plans to create a bunch of roving bands of warrior-priests or knights-paladin, a force of do-gooders sent forth to right the wrongs of the world.  This deal with NASCAR will equip them with souped-up hot rods and fire retardant clothing for their superhero outfits, as well as the mechanical training sometimes needed to service their fleet of comic book supercars.  Eventually, this “new Army” mentality is supposed to infect the entire Army, so that they will all consider themselves to be hyper-patriotic American avengers.]

NASCAR, U.S. Army Special Ops announce strategic partnership

By Kenny Bruce

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – NASCAR and the military have always enjoyed a close relationship, but it will be closer than ever with a collaborative effort that was announced Saturday at Daytona International Speedway.

N.C. Gov. Bev Perdue, Lt. Gen. John F. Mulholland and NASCAR President Mike Helton made the announcement of a strategic alliance between the U.S. Army Special Operations Command and NASCAR.

The alliance, while broad-based, will target specific needs of the military such as engine performance, fuel and power supplies, vehicle blast modeling, simulation, seat design, aerodynamics and suspension for its vehicles, as well as flame resistant clothing and driver training.

“What we have learned in our community, and I see it in this industry is, is you put a bunch of smart guys together in the same room, they’re gong to come up with solutions and techniques to achieve those solutions that we never would have thought of,” Lt. Gen Mulholland said.

“Literally, this is our first step. What we realized is we need to make this collaboration happen. The next step is to figure out what the processes are. … We’ve already had some of that.”

Gov. Perdue called the Memorandum of Agreement – made possible by the N.C. Department of Commerce, the N.C. Military Foundation, the N.C. Motorsports Advisory Council and USASOC Mobility – a “historic partnership” that “will have worldwide implications.

“It improves safety and performance of military vehicles for our troops and creates jobs and investment opportunities in North Carolina,” she said.

Lance DeSpain, executive director of the N.C. Military Foundation, said today’s soldiers face specific challenges in the field that require “new and innovative solutions.”

Working with the motorsports community, he said, would not only provide new ideas, but would likely cut down the amount of time those ideas can become a reality.

“Our motorsports community are the best in the world at solving similar challenges and they do it every day,” he said. “And they do it quickly. Today, when our special operators ask for vehicle modifications, the new product or technology response time can take as long as six years. In the racing world, we’ve come to learn six days is often the amount of time you get to get to the finish line.”


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