By SEMA Editors
Twenty-three of the 40 teams will compete at the SEMA Show, but only four will go on from there to compete in the Championship Finals held at the 2015 PRI Show.
Forty teams comprised solely of high-school students have put in countless hours perfecting a performance engine rebuild in less than 35 minutes. Now their hard work is paying off as they head to the Hot Rodders of Tomorrow Engine Challenge Dual Championship—the last step before competing for the overall title of Engine Challenge National Champion at the Championship Finals.
The first of these semi-final events is held at the 2015 SEMA Show in Las Vegas, November 3–6. Twenty-three of the 40 teams will compete at the SEMA Show, but only four will go on from there to compete in the Championship Finals held at the 2015 PRI Show. The remaining teams will compete at the PRI Show Dual Championship in Indianapolis, December 10–12. The top four from SEMA and from PRI will then compete in an “Elite Eight” Championship Finals, held Friday afternoon and Saturday—the last day of the PRI Show.
For each round of the Dual Championship, four teams will compete against each other at one time. It’s a race against the clock and each other. Only the four quickest teams to complete the engine rebuild with the fewest errors will be crowned the Dual Championship winners.
“We have seen incredible growth in the program this year alone,” stated Hot Rodders of Tomorrow President Jim Bingham. “The level of competition coming from these high-school teams is very impressive. We love seeing the students get excited about the automotive industry and fuel a passion for what they want to do with their careers. The SEMA Show Dual Championship is going to be amazing to watch. We wish the best of luck to all the teams competing. Regardless of the outcome at the Show, they should be very proud of what they’ve accomplished in getting to this point.”
The SEMA Show Dual Championship begins Tuesday, November 3, at 9:00 a.m. Eight heats will be held throughout that day with the final four teams competing at 4:00 p.m. The action returns Wednesday at 8:00 a.m. with another eight heats. The final six heats will be held Thursday and the award ceremony will be held Friday, November 6, at 10:00 a.m. Complete details and the Dual Championship schedule can be found at www.hotroddersoftomorrow.com. Results will also be posted on the website and the organization’s Facebook page.