Joliet: Route 66 Career Education day preview

NHRA and U.S. Army to Host Career Education Day at Route 66 Raceway on Friday, May 21 (Joliet, Ill. -- Wednesday, May 18, 2004) The NHRA (National Hot Rod Association) will bring its Y.E.S. (Youth & Education Services) program, presented by the...

NHRA and U.S. Army to Host Career Education Day at Route 66 Raceway on Friday, May 21

(Joliet, Ill. -- Wednesday, May 18, 2004) The NHRA (National Hot Rod Association) will bring its Y.E.S. (Youth & Education Services) program, presented by the U.S. Army to Route 66 Raceway from 8:30 a.m. -- 11:30 a.m. on Friday, May 21 in Hospitality Village. The annual program focuses on the importance of goals and continued education, and also allows students to learn about and explore various career opportunities.

With the support of the U.S. Army, this year's Y.E.S. program will bring more than 1,000 Chicago area high school and college students to participate in Career Education Day at Route 66 Raceway.

Students and instructors from schools and youth groups will arrive in the morning and take part in a 30-45 minute presentation that features various speakers from NHRA, Don Schumacher Racing and the United States Army. The highlight of the event is when professional drivers Tony Schumacher, Angelle Savoie and Antron Brown speak to the students about their own experiences. Students also get an up-close look at both Savoie and Brown's U.S. Army-sponsored Pro Stock Bikes along with Schumacher's U.S. Army-sponsored Top Fuel dragster -- a 25-foot, 6,000 horsepower machine capable of reaching 333 MPH. The team will discuss with the students the importance of education in reaching career goals, the mechanics of each vehicle and the choices they made in their personal career paths.

"The kids bombard us with questions about our careers and the mechanics behind our bikes," said Brown. "Educating students on how Angelle and I reach 180 mph in six seconds is a lesson kids can relate to their math, science and physics coursework."

The students will then have the remainder of the day to explore careers at the racetrack, while enjoying NHRA Drag Racing action. This program is free to all schools and youth groups, and is offered at 21 NHRA National Events in 2004.

"It's exciting for me knowing that these kids will learn and benefit from our experiences and advice," said Schumacher. "Students participating in the YES program will understand that drag racing is not only a sport, but a launching pad for a multitude of careers."

For more information on the NHRA Y.E.S. Program, presented by the U.S. Army, please contact NHRA Youth & Education Services at 626-250-2208.

-www.route66raceway.com

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Drivers Antron Brown , Don Schumacher