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Racing News: Hot Rodders of Tomorrow Finale at PRI Trade Show

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Team Autometer from Eastern Oklahoma County Tech Center finished with an average time of 19:28:20, and will travel to the PRI Show next week to compete for the national championship.

Hot Rodders of Tomorrow, Young Driver Seminar Help Cultivate Young Talent at PRI Trade Show

The PRI Trade Show will provide a pair of events to help cultivate the next generation of talent with the Hot Rodders of Tomorrow Engine Challenge Championships and the Young Driver Development Seminar. This year’s Hot Rodders of Tomorrow competition has been split into a Dual Championship format with teams competing at both the recently completed SEMA Show and the PRI Show at the Indiana Convention Center, December 11–13. Two teams will emerge from each Dual Championship to face off for the 2014 Engine Challenge Championship starting Friday, December 12, at 5:00 p.m., and two additional rounds on Saturday.  

Hundreds of automotive technology students from high schools across the country have taken part in regional competitions to determine which teams can disassemble and reassemble a small-block engine with aftermarket components in the fastest time. A total of 32 teams are participating this year, with more than 170 students competing. A record $3 million in scholarship funds is being offered. Team Moroso, from Eastern Oklahoma County Technology Center in Choctaw, Oklahoma, defeated 22 other schools from across the nation to win last year’s Hot Rodders of Tomorrow National Championship at the PRI Trade Show in Indianapolis.
The Young Driver Development seminar will be presented by former F1 and Indy car star Derek Daly and Jeff Horton, director of engineering for the IndyCar Series. They will address parents of young drivers in a seminar, focusing on the critical steps to take to develop their young driver, Friday, December 12, at 8:00 a.m. in room 212.

2015 NMCA WEST VP Racing Fuels Street Car Nationals Schedule Announced

The NMCA WEST event team, along with the new series sponsor, VP Racing Fuels, has announced the official schedule for the 2015 season. All four 2015 events will be held at Auto Club Dragway in Fontana, California. Competitors who are deemed champions of each race will take a trip to the Aerospace Components Winners Circle to accept their trophy. For autocross racers and fans, each event will include the Hotchkis Sport Suspension Autocross, presented by Nitto Tire. Held on Saturday and Sunday, these races are open to anyone who is pre-registered with the car.

March 27–29: 4th Annual NMCA WEST Spring Nationals
June 5–7: 5th Annual NMCA West Coast Shootout
September 18–20: Fourth-annual NMCA WEST Street Car Nationals
October 16–18: Fourth-annual NMCA WEST World Street Finals

VP Racing Fuels Named Official Fuel Supplier for Indy Lights
VP Racing Fuels will be the exclusive fuel supplier for Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires beginning in 2015. The four-year alliance will see VP’s support expand to the Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires and Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda in 2016. VP, which recently announced a five-year partnership as the Official Fuel Supplier of Pirelli World Challenge, will supply all competitors with its Motorsport 100 (MS100) fuel—an unleaded gasoline blended with 10% ethanol. The San Antonio, Texas-based company will also support the series through numerous marketing initiatives. The expanded 16-race 2015 schedule will kick off on the streets of St. Petersburg, Florida, March 28–29 in support of the Verizon IndyCar Series.