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Operation Wheels of Freedom and the Speed Channel Award Three Trips to the Daytona 500

Release Date: 1/20/2006

MCB Quantico, VA  - Three smart drivers have won trips to the NASCAR Daytona 500 in the Operation Wheels of Freedom (OWOF) "Drive smarter, not harder" safety program.  

Cpl. John Bouchard, MCB Camp Lejeune, Racheal Dorff, MCAGCC Twenty-nine Palms, and Sgt. Josh Bryant, MCAS Cherry Point, each won a trip for two that includes airfare, four nights hotel accommodations, ground transportation, $700 spending money, and tickets to the Daytona 500, the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series, and the NASCAR Busch Series. Speed Channel, the exclusive television partner of NASCARs Carftsman Truck Series, donated the prizes. The winners will also have VIP access to the SPEED Stage and taping of SPEEDs live programs during the weekend.

This fall, Marine Corps Community Services partnered with OWOF to offer automotive safety programs at MCAS New River, MCB Camp Lejeune, MCAGCC Twentynine Palms, and MCAS Cherry Point. The hands-on performance driving experience along with the "drive smarter, not harder" message, provided a unique and interactive safety stand down. Of the over 3,000 Marines who participated in the OWOF automotive safety program, 135 were recognized for their driving skill and judgment and were entered into the contest for the trips to the Daytona 500. The winning names were drawn in a raffle on Dec 16, 2005, hosted by the HQMC, Personal and Family Readiness Division, aboard MCB Quantico.

According to John Graffius, Operation Wheels of Freedom Director, the idea is to "provide a program that is fun, entertaining, and offers a respite from the tension of everyday military life. As importantly, the program delivers key messages and driving skills that help keep Marines safe on the streets."

From the hands-on performance driving experiences for service personnel to the "Drive smarter, not harder" message, OWOF provided a thrilling, winning program that will be long remembered by the Marines who attended. 

For more information on OWOF, check out their website at or contact OWOFs Dave Muyres at or the MCCS sponsorship program manager Nancy Pasternack at (703) 784-3894 or

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