WAYNE, N.J. (March 29, 2005) — BP Lubricants USA Inc., marketer of Castrol Syntec motor oil, has launched its 2005 scholarship program aimed at sparking young car enthusiasts to consider a career in the automotive service and repair industry.
The 2005 Castrol Syntec Outperformers Scholarship Program, now in its fourth year, is dedicated to attracting young men and women already thinking about automotive service as a career choice, as well as vehicle lovers who haven't yet considered the opportunities and rewards that career could offer, the company said.
This year the scholarship program is partnering with popular New York DJ Funkmaster Flex, who hosts “Ride with Funkmaster Flex” and “Funkmaster Flex Super Series,” both automotive shows airing on Spike TV. After a nationwide search, the selected national Castrol Syntec Outperformer will earn an apprenticeship at Flex's Team Baurtwell Body Shop where, the company said, Baurtwell team members include expert technicians and die-hard enthusiasts devoted to vehicle customization and performance.
The scholarship program began March 1 and continues until June 15. During that time, young men and women ages 16 to 25 can log on to the Web site www.syntecoutperformers.com, complete a special educational curriculum about synthetic oils and answer a series of short-answer questions surrounding the topic of automotive service and passion for cars. The curriculum is designed to help make entrants credible and knowledgeable sources of information for motor oil by teaching the benefits of synthetic oil on engine performance, Castrol said. The questions also provide the opportunity for participants to demonstrate their enthusiasm for automotive maintenance and performance.
Four regional Outperformers will be selected from the entrants and earn a trip to John Force Racing Inc. in southern California, co-headquarters of 13-time NHRA POWERade drag racing series champion John Force.
Other regional prizes include:
* Two tickets to the Automobile Club of Southern California NHRA Finals in Pomona;
* $1,000 worth of new Mac tools;
* A year's supply (four cases) of Castrol Syntec motor oil;
* Castrol Syntec Outperformers hat, t-shirt and other items;
* Subscriptions to Primedia publications;
* A framed certificate recognizing successful completion of the curriculum in synthetic motor oils; and
* Membership in the Castrol Syntec Outperformers Club.
Castrol said one regional winner who “outperforms” the others will receive the apprenticeship with Funkmaster Flex, as well as a $7,500 scholarship to attend a racing, high-performance or automotive education program “to build upon their passion for vehicle performance and automotive service knowledge.”
The automotive instructor or school guidance counselor who encourages the most students to enter the 2005 program will receive a similar prize package as the regional winners, Castrol said, as well as a Castrol Syntec racing jacket and 50 cases of Casrol Syntec motor oil for school use.
Scholarship judges include veteran automotive industry and media members and celebrities including Funkmaster Flex and drag racing legend John Force. The national and regional winners and winning instructor or guidance counselor will be announced in August in conjunction with the Mac Tools U.S. Nationals.