DEARBORN, Mich. (July 1, 2004) — Two Texas high school students won the 2004 Ford/AAA Students Auto Skills contest in Dearborn by fixing their 2005 Ford Escape in 39 minutes, 37 seconds.
The pair, Garrett Johnson and Jacob Tilley of Cy Fair High School in Cypress, Texas, took home nearly $94,000 in scholarships and prizes. Co-sponsors Ford Motor Co. and the American Automobile Association gave out more than $5 million in scholarships and prizes to the competition's 50 student teams, each representing a state.
In the competition, the vehicles had deliberately installed mechanical problems. The Texas team was the first to drive their vehicle over the finish line.
The second through 10th placed teams were, in the following order: Missouri, Montana, Oregon, North Carolina, Hawaii, Kansas, Wisconsin, Illinois and Idaho.