This weekend during the annual Fort Lauderdale Air Show in South Florida, retired Navy Chief Janette R. Chandler will join extreme motorsports great Travis Pastrana and offshore racing veteran Brit Lilly as the third driver of the Miss GEICO raceboat this season. Chandler’s selection as the driver for the 47-foot catamaran during Friday’s rehearsal for the team’s demonstration race against the Skytypers Air Show Team celebrates the launch of Miss GEICO’s new Community Drivers program, which will begin in 2021.
During rehearsal for the Miss GEICO team’s performance this weekend at the Fort Lauderdale Air Show, retired Navy Chief Janette R. Chandler will join throttleman Steve Curtis in the cockpit of the team’s 47-foot Victory catamaran. Photo by Pete Boden copyright Shoot 2 Thrill Pix.
The new program is “designed to show support and encouragement for local initiatives promoting programs for active duty and veterans of the military,” according to a press release from the team. During select test dates and appearances at national air shows next year, local community members will be honored for their contributions to programs supporting members of the armed forces.
“These individuals are ‘drivers’ in their communities and will be identified for their contributions to military-related support programs,” the release stated.
The Community Drivers program dovetails with Miss GEICO’s own 501(c)(3) charitable foundation called United We Race.” The foundation was established in 2008 to benefit U.S. Veterans and their families.
Chief Janette R. Chandler (center) will share the Miss GEICO cockpit with throttleman Steve Curtis.
Chief Chandler is the co-founder and director of Veteran Affairs of the Military Heroes Support Foundation, which was formed in 2008 and has delivered more than one million care packages to members of all branches of the military during deployments. She will be joined in the cockpit for this Friday’s rehearsal by Miss GEICO throttleman Steve Curtis.