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Team MSD Takes Division 4 of “Hot Rodders of Tomorrow Engine Challenge” Championship
A total of 8 high school auto tech teams participated in Painless Performance's first “Hot Rodders of Tomorrow Engine Challenge” Division 4 Championship Saturday, May 8, 2010 at the Tarrant County College in Fort Worth, TX.
Team MSD of Eastern Oklahoma County Tech Ctr., Choctaw, OK, took first place with a time of 60 minutes and 15 seconds.
The 8 teams were made up of invited auto technology classes from local high schools. Each team consists of five students and the instructor/coach. The individual schools set standards and guidelines for involvement. Grades, attendance and skill are all part of the making of a team. Through this event these students get an opportunity to showcase their talents and knowledge gained during classroom sessions and workshops. It provides opportunities for students to develop and build teamwork, demonstrate their skills, enthusiasm, and ingenuity, build their confidence and commitment to excellence.
In an unexpected move, Kim Klevenhagen, director of development from the School of Automotive Machinists, one of the most respected names in motorsports education, offered scholarships to the top 3 teams at this event. Giving the 1st place team $5000 for each team member (5 students), 2nd place team $3000.00 for each team member (6 students); and the 3rd Place team $2000 to each team member (7 students). In total, $57,000 in scholarship money was donated.
Team MSD Eastern Oklahoma County Tech Ctr. from Choctaw, OK, will be representing division 4 at the National Championship dubbed “Showdown at SEMA” (Specialty Equipment Market Association) at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas in November. There, they will be competing against Division 2 winner Team ARP East Ridge High School from Chattanooga, TN; Division 3 winner Team PRW Fremd High School from Palatine, IL; Division 7 winner Team Edelbrock North Orange County ROP, Anaheim, CA, also winners of Division 8 (Lane Automotive Car Show May, 29, 2010); plus a wildcard team, the best second place team nationwide. The current wildcard leader is from Division 7 Team Autometer Loara High School from Anaheim, CA.
DIVISION 4 HOT RODDERS OF TOMORROW ENGINE CHALLENGE RESULTS:
1st Place Team MSD Eastern Oklahoma County Tech Ctr. - Choctaw, OK - 60:15
2nd Place Team Royal Purple Hereford High School - Hereford, TX - 76:48
3rd Place Team Comp Cams Pampa High School - Pampa, TX - 113:07
4th Place Team Auto Meter Magnolia West High School - Magnolia, TX - 123:05
5th Place Team Be Cool Ennis High School - Ennis, TX - 123:14
6th Place Team Edelbrock Birdville Tech Center #1 - North Richland Hills, TX - 125:24
7th Place Team Moroso Birdville Tech Center #2 - North Richland Hills, TX - 145:36
8th Place Team Hedman Hedders Canyon High School - Canyon, TX - 146:25
Started at the inaugural Race & Performance Expo in 2008 under the supervision of Tim Freeman, The Hot Rodders of Tomorrow Engine Challenge has quickly grown into a nationwide engine challenge with more schools and sponsors supporting this exciting event. For more information, visit www.hotroddersoftomorrow.com