Top automotive service students from eight metropolitan areas of the U.S. will have an opportunity to join the pit crew of drag racing's John Force and his Castrol GTX Funny Car during designated National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) races as part of a program sponsored by Castrol North America.
A national winner, chosen from among the program's eight finalists, also will receive a $7,500 scholarship to continue his or her automotive service education. Primedia, a publisher of automotive enthusiast magazines, donated $2,500 toward the scholarship prize. The national winner also will receive an expense-paid trip to Indianapolis during August for Car Craft magazine's awards banquet.
Each regional winner also will receive two tickets to the final races, a Castrol GTX Top Techs hat and T-shirt, a Mac Tools toolbox filled with $1,000 worth of tools, and donations of motor oil for use in the winning students' vocational education programs.
Mark Kerstens, director of brand management for Castrol North America, said the program highlights the important role vocational education programs play in keeping America's vehicles moving, especially in light of the current shortage of automotive service technicians.
The competition is open to automotive service students at least 16 years of age in participating high school, college or vocational programs. Students can register by visiting the program's Web site at www.GTXTopTechs.com, and completing an entry form and an essay explaining why they are the most qualified to be a Castrol GTX Top Tech. All entries must be received before midnight, Feb. 1.
Winners will be chosen based upon the uniqueness and strength of the student's automotive service talent and experience and academic, vocational and community achievements, Castrol said.
Students or educators with questions about the program can call (312) 397-6037 or e-mail their questions to [email protected]