KILGORE, TX – FEBRUARY 20, 2019 – It was through shared values that world drag racing champion Steve Torrence, driver of the 330 mile-an-hour Capco Contractors Top Fuel dragster, first recognized the kinship he shared with the late Chris Kyle, the real-life Texas hero on whose life the movie “American Sniper” was based on.
“Chris was all about God, country and family,” Torrence said. “He was passionate about those things and so am I. The fact that we’re both Texans and that we shared a love of the outdoors just added to it.”
Since making that personal connection, 36-year-old Torrence has actively supported the efforts of the Chris Kyle Frog Foundation (CKFF), a non-profit founded by Chris and Taya Kyle. Today, under Taya’s direction, the CKFF seeks to strengthen military and first responder marriages and families by addressing the unique pressures faced while living a life of service.
To assist in achieving the foundation’s goal, Torrence once again will serve as a CKFF Ambassador, a role he first assumed in 2015 and one he takes very seriously. “It’s a great cause and it’s an honor to be part of it,” said the 27-time NHRA pro tour winner. “People in the racing community can relate to the Foundation’s mission and if we can get them together with Taya and her team, it’s a win-win.”
That mission of the Chris Kyle Frog Foundation is to Honor GOD, Country and Families who serve. It is focused on changing the world for this generation and the next by recognizing and strengthening military and first responder marriages through unique programs and powerful partnerships.
Chris and Taya Kyle’s own experiences, as documented in the best-selling books “American Sniper" and “American Wife”, helped establish the four pillars upon which the CKFF was founded: loyalty, empowerment, integrity and excellence.
One of the benchmarks of Torrence’s more than four years’ involvement with the CKFF came in 2017 when, during a season in which the NHRA recognized first responders at all of its national races, he was able to introduce Taya as Grand Marshall at the sport’s biggest single event, the U.S. Nationals at Indianapolis, Ind., a race in which, fittingly, he would emerge as champion.