Irwindale Speedway Nascar intern graduates with special recognition from the -- L.A. Urban League'S Automotive Training Center Thursday, Dec 12.

Irwindale, Calif. - - Deshawn Stampley, a 24 year-old from Los Angeles, will graduate with special recognition from the Urban League's automotive training program on Thursday morning, December 12. The 10AM ceremonies will be held at the League's Automotive Training Center facility, 3833 South Crenshaw in Los Angeles.

Stampley graduates with the Winter class of some 50 students who have spent from 350 to 450 hours in intensive hands-on courses covering engine tune-up, brakes, suspension, and general automotive maintenance. His teacher, Steve Bassett, speaks highly of Deshawn, "It was a real joy working with this young man in the classroom," said Bassett, "He's an outstanding student, one that I could always count on for his leadership and willingness to help other students both in and outside of the classroom."

As operational part of his automotive education, Stampley interned at Irwindale Speedway during the 2002 NASCAR racing season. "Deshawn worked as one of our regular Tech Officials and did a really great job for us. He was friendly and very knowledgeable," said Lester Boyer, his supervisor at the racetrack. "--That young gentleman was a real asset to our operation, he's welcome back here any time. And, while you're at it --Send us a couple more like him!"

Irwindale Speedway's General Manager, Bob DeFazio, plans to be on hand at the graduation ceremony to present Stampley with an Irwindale/NASCAR letterman's jacket and a letter of appreciation from the Speedway's President, Jim Williams. DH Auto Equipment in Azusa, the track's official tool suppliers, have added a $50 gift certificate for Deshawn to get his mechanical career started with some high quality tools.

The Los Angeles Automotive Training Center, now in its ninth year of service to the community, is a partnership between Toyota Motor Sales, USA, Inc and the Los Angeles Urban League.