A California college student has snared the unofficial title of one of America's ``most passionate young car lovers.''
Chris Burd, 18, of San Luis Obispo, Calif., was named the national winner of the 2005 Castrol Syntec Outperformers Scholarship Program. He was honored during a special ceremony at the National Hot Rod Association 51st Mac Tools U.S. Nationals, held recently in Indianapolis.
For the scholarship, Mr. Burd ``outperformed'' more than 600 students, ages 16-25, from across the U.S., who entered the contest online, according to Castrol. He receives a $7,500 scholarship from BP Lubricants USA Inc. and automotive enthusiast magazine publisher Primedia to attend an advanced racing, high-performance or automotive education program. His scholarship package also includes a week-long apprenticeship in New York with DJ and cable TV show host Funkmaster Flex's Team Baurtwell motorsports race team.
Castrol said its Outperformers Scholarship Program ``encourages and attracts America's most passionate young car lovers to careers as automotive technicians while recognizing students already pursuing or enrolled in automotive service education.'' Its goal is to expand young technicians' knowledge of automotive maintenance and technology through continuing their pursuit of automotive service careers.
Mr. Burd, who graduated from San Luis Obispo High School this year and now attends Cuesta College, also in San Luis Obispo, became interested in cars two years ago. He said one of his goals is to earn an ASE Master Technician Certification from the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence.