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7 Teams Qualify as the Hot Rodders of Tomorrow Season Kicks Off

The Hot Rodders of Tomorrow Engine Challenge’s first event of 2017 season was held at the 10th Annual Race & Performance Expo in Schaumburg, IL where 30 teams competed and seven advanced to the Dual National Championship held later this year at the SEMA and PRI Show.

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The Hot Rodders of Tomorrow Engine Challenge’s first event of 2017 season was held at the 10th Annual Race & Performance Expo in Schaumburg, IL where 30 teams competed and seven advanced to the Dual National Championship held later this year at the SEMA and PRI Show.

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Team McLeod won the event finishing with a time of 19:54

To qualify for the Dual National Championship a team must finish under 33 minutes including penalties.

In fourth place came Team Centerforce from South Elgin High School in South Elgin, IL with a great time of 23:46. Their Coach Steve Schertz mentioned, “Being involved with Hot Rodders of Tomorrow Program helped double the female students enrolled in my overall automotive class.”

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Coming in third place with a time of 20:41 was Team Fragola from Fremd High School located in Palatine, IL. In second place with a time of 20:06 was Team Howards Cams from Lakeshore High School in Stevensville, MI.

Also from Fremd High School was the first place winning team, Team McLeod finishing with a time of 19:54. Team McLeod finished both runs with no penalties at the Race & Performance Expo Show.

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Steve Elza, Coach of the two Fremd teams said, “My senior team has been together since their freshman year in high school, they have been chasing a first-place finish.  This past weekend those students not only clinched first place but they also had two perfect engines and a first time in competition sub twenty-minute performance!  Fremd’s second team did very well too with one perfect engine, and they were knocking on the sub twenty-minute door as well.  We believe if the engine is perfect regardless of time nothing else matters!  I’m consistently impressed with the student’s hard work, dedication, and stellar sportsmanship.”

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For more information: HotRoddersofTomorrow.com

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