Four years after they met on a battlefield, Sgt. Liam Dwyer and Sgt. Aaron Denning were together celebrating a last-lap victory by Dwyer and Andrew Carbonell in the ST class of the Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge race Saturday at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.
Denning saved Dwyer’s life on May 22, 2011, in Afghanistan. U.S. Marine Staff Sergeant Liam Dwyer stepped on an explosive, severing his right leg above the knee and severely injuring his right arm. Marine Sergeant Aaron Denning put tourniquets on both of Dwyer’s legs and arm and helped carry the wounded soldier 100 yards to a helicopter.
Denning later suffered serious injuries in combat. They kept in touch. Seeing how racing helped Dwyer’s recovery, Denning began playing hockey despite brain and back injuries.
Until this weekend, Denning had never seen Dwyer race. Denning was a guest of Mazda for the race weekend – waving the green flag – and was there to witness Dwyer’s team win after Carbonell passed Tom Long, who had been Dwyer’s co-driver when Dwyer scored his first win last year, on the last lap.
“I’m so excited to join Andretti United Extreme E,” Munnings said in a release. ““I was really intrigued when I first heard about Extreme E, I just knew I had to be involved. The male / female racing partnership is a fantastic and exciting new concept. The season has incredible locations and the racing will be very exciting. It will be a new challenge for the teams and drivers, and I’m so thrilled to be working with such a strong team.
“The championship is a really innovative concept, it’s combining motorsport and science and will produce an important legacy in each race location. Bringing the platform that motorsport has in line with the awareness that the planet needs right now is awesome and a really important message.”
Said Hansen: “Going into the Extreme E will be a new chapter in my career, one that I am extremely excited about. It is something brand new, not only for me, but the whole of motorsport. The format is something
we’ve never seen before. I’m also delighted to be able to carry the message of something bigger – talking about the environment and doing something good for the world – that’s something that really drives me. It’s going to be a big adventure in life to see these locations and I’m going to do my best in carrying this responsibility and hopefully making people aware of the challenges we have in the world, together with our passion for racing.”