Following three days of competition at the 2021 PRI Trade Show in Indianapolis, the Hot Rodders of Tomorrow (HROT) has announced its 2021 National Champion team as the high school squad E3 Spark Plugs from Burton Center for Arts & Technology in Virginia.
“It was good to be back, and [we] appreciate all the support of SEMA, Performance Racing Industry (PRI), our sponsors, volunteers, schools, teachers, and parents who make this possible. We will be back in 2022 and are looking forward to it,” an HROT representative said.
The E3 Spark Plugs team was led by instructor Chris Overfelt and finished with an average time of 20 minutes and 51 seconds. Second place went to the Forsyth Central High School team sponsored by SCAT, which came in with a time of 22 minutes and 2 seconds. Third place went to the Moroso team from C.D. Hylton High School, who finished with a perfect engine build with a time of 22 minutes and 23 seconds.
The timed engine building competition sees teams of high school students disassemble and reassemble a small-block Chevrolet engine in less than 33 minutes (including penalties). Winning teams receive scholarship opportunities to various technical schools.
For a video of the awards ceremony, visit the Facebook Live recap here. For more information, visit hotroddersoftomorrow.com.