Unveiling Transparency: A Closer Look at Charitable Operations
In the United States, there exist numerous methods to evaluate a charity's credibility and effectiveness before deciding to contribute. One valuable resource for gaining insight into a charity's operations prior to making a donation is the Guidestar website.

Notably, the 'Class of '79' charity has recently undergone a change in leadership. This charitable organization had a long-standing history of supporting injured motorcycle racers.

To shed light on the financial aspects of this charity, let's examine its tax returns from the past three years. These financial documents indicate that the charity allocated an annual sum of approximately $100,000 towards staff salaries. It's not illegal.



Retired fan Dave Ryan made yearly contributions to "class of 79" and was surprised when shown the information above. "The initial reaction was: I feel duped. This was immediately replaced with anger that large parts of the dough were not going to the folks that really need it. And need it badly. Would I have donated knowing how the money is being used? I don’t know; I may have tried to find another way to get the money where I thought it was (largely) going. Well, there will not be any of my charity dollars headed their way at this point— so that probably answers the question."
Class of 79 is now "Back on Track".

Here is the PR on the re-branded entity:
2023: Reflecting on a Year of Progress


Warren, OH 44481

December 4, 2023



Chandler, AZ (November 8, 2023) The board of directors recently gathered in Chandler, AZ to reflect on the past year's successes and setbacks and chart a course for the future. During the productive weekend, the board discussed a range of topics, including financial performance, operational efficiency, and strategic growth initiatives. With a focus on maintaining the organization's strong track record of success, the board outlined a comprehensive plan to guide the charity through the coming months and years. Stay tuned for updates on the exciting developments to come!



In the year 2023, the board of directors of the organization, led by Ronnie Jones, Tim Estenson, Jackie Mitchell, Tom Seymour, Chris Carter, Brad Baker, and Tommy Duma, implemented significant changes to ensure the foundation's sustainability for generations to come. These changes included a name change, strategic partnerships, an advisory board, reduced travel expenses, and increased payouts. The foundation's new business model promises exciting prospects for the upcoming year and beyond.


We understand the significance of our work and recognize the importance of ensuring our continued operation. That's why our primary objective is to guarantee the long-term sustainability of our organization. By doing so, we can continue to help racers get back on their feet and navigate the challenges they face in their personal lives. We remain committed to our mission and will continue to work tirelessly to achieve our goals. This new business model will enable us to enhance and expand upon our existing programs while also exploring innovative ways to make an even greater difference in their lives.


Name Change: Back on Track, formerly known as Rookies of ’79. The charity's new name

reflects our commitment to helping individuals get back on track towards a brighter future.



Advisory Board: We have taken a step towards achieving its long-term sustainability goals by establishing an Advisory Board of Directors. Comprised of prominent figures in the racing community, including Kenny Roberts, Wayne Rainey, Scott Parker, and Bubba Shobert, among others, the board will provide valuable feedback for strategic decisions and offer support and guidance. With the input of these respected individuals, the organization is poised to make significant strides toward a bright future.


Increased Payouts: We significantly increased the Schedule of Benefits it

provides to injured racers, almost doubling the Schedule of Benefits. This move is aimed at providing better support and financial assistance to injured racers, helping them to recover and get back on track. The increased Schedule of Benefits includes coverage for medical expenses, lost wages, and other related costs.



Official Charity of MotoAmerica: We are proud to announce that our organization has been named the Official Charity of MotoAmerica, a major milestone that will allow us to extend our support to injured road racers. This partnership will enable us to provide much-needed assistance to those who have been injured while pursuing their passion for motorsports. Our goal is to ensure that injured riders receive the care and support they need to get back on their feet and continue racing.



2023 Impact: As of the end of October, Back on Track has provided financial support to

over 60 injured amateur and pro flat track and road racers, exceeding $130,000. The organization's efforts have enabled these racers to continue pursuing their passion for motorsports, despite the financial hardships caused by their injuries.



Financial Management: The organization has set a new standard for financial success by achieving a remarkable 40% increase in income and a phenomenal 66% reduction in expenses year after year. As a result, the operating expenses ratio has been reduced from 86% to an impressive 36%, indicating positive and sustainable financial health. With this remarkable financial growth and stability, the organization is well-positioned to continue to thrive and make a significant impact in the industry.


Your partnership and generosity have been critical to our success. As we move forward, we remain committed to providing exceptional service and delivering innovative solutions that meet your evolving needs. Thank you for being a valued member of our racing community.


The charity, originally founded in 2009, has provided financial assistance to injured motorcycle racers and their families when racing accidents occur. It was led by Charlie Roberts, who served as the Executive Director for 12 years. Many of his initiatives continue through today.


Back on Track is a benevolent charity formed by a group of racers and industry-related volunteers with a mission to provide financial assistance for racers and their families when a racing injury occurs. This mission is primarily accomplished by donations, sales of charity merchandise, and raffles of donated items through the charity's website and auctions.



Since the parent charity was formed in 2009 and incorporated in 2013 as a Non-Profit 501 (C) (3) charity, it has paid out more than $1,000,000 under the standardized payout schedule, posted www.backontrack79.com, and from special funds created to assist with injuries that substantially exceed the published payout schedule.



Board of Directors, Back on Track,

Ronnie Jones, Tim Estenson, Jackie Mitchell, Tom Seymour, Brad Baker, Chris Carter, Tommy Duma
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