Phoenix: Bazemore, sponsor host students

BAZEMORE AND MATCO TOOLS HOST GLENDALE COMMUNITY COLLEGE STUDENTS AT CSK NATIONALS CHANDLER, Ariz. (Feb. 25, 2006) - Whit Bazemore and Matco Tools hosted a group of more than 30 vocational tech students from Glendale (Ariz.) Community College ...

BAZEMORE AND MATCO TOOLS HOST GLENDALE COMMUNITY COLLEGE STUDENTS AT CSK NATIONALS

CHANDLER, Ariz. (Feb. 25, 2006) - Whit Bazemore and Matco Tools hosted a group of more than 30 vocational tech students from Glendale (Ariz.) Community College Friday afternoon at the CSK Nationals at Firebird Raceway. The students were here on a college field trip and to participate in a pit crew challenge Friday morning as part of their school's vocational program.

Guests of Marde Anderson, Matco Tools' district vocational manager, who works with vocational schools to provide students with the Matco Tools they need to help excel in their training, the students visited the DSR pit area to meet Bazemore, driver of the Matco Tools Iron Eagle Dodge Stratus Funny Car, and the Matco Tools crew members.

The two-time U.S. Nationals champion spoke with the students about the unique technology and science required in professional drag-racing, the experience of going down the quarter mile at 333 mph, and what it takes to work in the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series.

Bazemore easily related to the students, as he was once an outsider looking into the NHRA world. "I think it's important for young people to realize that they can achieve anything in life, in business, career-wise that they want to. If they have a commitment and dedication, and make good decisions in education, then they can do anything in the world, and I firmly believe that.

"The goal in talking to them is to expose them to our sport a little bit, and show them that there is an open door here for young people to come in and have a good career - whether it's as a mechanic, or in any other way that you can work in the sport," added the 42-year-old Funny Car veteran. "There's lots of opportunities out here. It's not a walled community, where you have to know somebody to get involved. It's available to anyone."

John Torok, motorsports marketing manager for Matco Tools, said that building a relationship between Matco Tools, vocational schools, and the Funny Car team is important. "It gives us an opportunity to get everyone together, get the students around the car, and make the program better," he said. "They were able to have a meet-and-greet with Whit, see the car and how it performs, and talk with the crew guys."

The students were also granted a DSR VIP tour of the Matco Tools pit, race trailer and technology trailer. "We've done some school appearances at some tech schools before," said Bazemore, "and they've gone real well. It's cool for them to experience the sport first hand, and get a real feel for what it's all about. Being right here in the Matco Tools pit area, they get to see first hand what life is like for the crew guys. If they want to be part of that they can be."

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