By Naval Surface Forces, U.S. Pacific Fleet Public Affairs
- Volunteers from US Navy commands in the San Diego area assisted with Coronado Speed Fest activities on September 25 and 26. Coronado Speed Fest is the premier motorsports event during the month long San Diego Fleet Week.
Coronado Speed Fest draws participants and race enthusiasts throughout the United States. The Navy provides community service throughout the world as first responders in disaster relief, as goodwill ambassadors to third world countries and in local community outreach at events like Speed Fest.
The sound of cars racing in the distance added to the excitement of seeing the many Navy warfighting capabilities on display at the entrance to the race track of the Coronado Speed Fest. One of the units featured was a Landing Craft Air Cushion (LCAC) that spectators could literally walk through and interact with the Sailors on board on their way in.
"Every year we come down here for Speed Fest," said Petty Officer 2nd Class Daniel Ball of Assault Craft Unit Five (ACU-5), "do some tours (on the LCAC) and we get to tell people what we do."
The volunteers of the Navy's Surface Forces display pride in command and community service in fun events like Fleet Week's Speed Fest. Events like the Coronado Speed Fest provide an opportunity for Navy volunteers to rub shoulders with members of the San Diego community.
"This is my third or fourth time here at Coronado and I've been doing this (racing) for twenty some years," said race driver Craig Hauenstein. Craig, the General Manager of a local BMW dealer, drove car number 91, a 1968 BMW 2002 for second place in one of the day's qualifying races. He was very appreciative of the Navy's sponsorship of two fun-filled days of racing.
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