The Checkers Off-Road Racing Team, now in its 36th year, would like to express our deepest condolences to the families of those racers and spectators who were killed or injured in the horrific racing accident that occurred at the MDR California 200 held at Lucerne Valley, California, on August 14th. Racing of any type has always been associated with the inherent dangers present in an adrenalin-charged environment, especially so in racing the beautiful deserts of the south-western United States and Mexico.

It is heart-warming to see so many people making financial contributions to assist the surviving families through organizations like Fast Aid and others, and the Checkers will also make a substantial contribution to this cause in the near future. However, our membership of 100 would like to do something above and beyond financial aid. The Checkers Off-Road will be going through a program where all of us will participate in and get certified as being able to administer CPR and advanced first aid in the event our help is needed in any future incidents of this nature.

It is unfortunate that it took a tragedy in our community to make us aware of the need to be better prepared to render emergency assistance. All off-road racers and their families need to know they can count on the members of Checkers Off-Road to assist in these circumstances. We are easy to find at any given off-road race; simply look for the flying checkered flag at our pits. We are happy to be of service if needed.

Doctor Checker