Team RFC “Bringing Inspiration to the World of Motorsports
Racers for Christ/Team RFC was established in 1971 by Arnie Krueger and then incorporated as a non-profit in 1978 as fellowship for Christians in the sport of motor racing. It has developed into a growing organization with broad impact across North America and beyond. The overall purpose of Team RFC’s involvement in motor racing is to service emotional and spiritual needs through chapel services, pastoral care, outreach and Christian fellowship. The Christian Motorsports International, Inc. family of ministries conducts non-denominational chapel services at local and professional racing events nationwide, providing pre-race chapel services, invocations, and a pastoral presence for more than 2000 racing events each racing year — including drag racing, open wheel racing, motorcycle racing, boat racing, stock car racing, off-road racing, airplane racing, and street rodding events. Professional and amateur racers, crew members, sponsors and officials regularly attend these chapels, with attendance occasionally more than 450. Larry Smiley – president of RFC – also serves as the official chaplain of the National Hot Rod Association, the world’s largest racing organization.
Team RFC serves in a pastoral role to Christians and those who are actively participating in motorsports and racing. Many racing participants are away from their home church much of the year, and through the implementation of track-side chapel services and other creative means, serves to meet this vital need normally met through a local church. This includes, but is not limited to, providing pastoral guidance, performing weddings, conducting funerals and memorial services, hospital calls, sick calls, jail visits, and offering the sacraments of baptism and communion. Although Team RFC strives to prevent from being identified with any particular denomination or church affiliation, they believe the Bible to be the inspired, infallible, and authoritative Word of God, and their doctrinal emphasis centers around the person and life of Jesus Christ.
In the United States alone, over 75 million people (nearly one-third of the population) are said to attend motorsports events each year, establishing this as one of the fastest growing spectator sports in America. Team RFC uses this growing popularity as a “platform” from which to express its message of love and inspiration to motorsports.
In 2013, Team RFC conducted 715 chapels and had 347 active chaplains. Team RFC’s President is Larry Smiley (wife Linda). Bandimere Speedway is part of Region 5 West Central, our Track Chaplain at Bandimere Speedway is Ken Webb (wife Kam). During the Speedway’s racing season, a pre-race morning chapel service is conducted at the race track on Sunday mornings and is open to anyone who wants to attend.
To learn more about Racers for Christ, log on to www.teamrfc.org