ARCA Teams up with Lima, Ohio-based University of Northwestern Ohio for Tech Training TOLEDO, Ohio (January 13, 2010)--The University of Northwestern Ohio in Lima will open its doors to more than 60 ARCA Racing Series presented by RE/MAX and ...
ARCA Teams up with Lima, Ohio-based University of Northwestern Ohio for Tech Training
TOLEDO, Ohio (January 13, 2010)--The University of Northwestern Ohio in Lima will open its doors to more than 60 ARCA Racing Series presented by RE/MAX and Menards Tech Officials this Saturday, January 16, for the sanctioning body's annual technical inspection training session.
UNOH, the official and exclusive educational university of the ARCA Racing Series, will host ARCA's pre-season Tech Official Training Session for the first time in 2010 as part of the university's diverse partnership with ARCA. The school's College of Technologies will provide both classroom and shop space to ARCA's Technical Staff for a full day of instruction and hands-on training as ARCA prepares to embark on the series' 58th season of stock car racing competition.
"ARCA's growing relationship with UNOH now provides us with a first-class facility in which to hold the training session, offering ideal accommodations for instruction and hands-on training," said ARCA Vice President of Competition Joe Wells.
In addition to participation by ARCA Officials, several UNOH students will participate in the training session as part of the school's ARCA Race Club Program, which offers students at-track internship opportunities with race teams and with the sanctioning body. As many as five UNOH students will serve as technical officials over the course of the 20-race ARCA Racing Series while as many as 40 students will work on ARCA race teams this season.
"It's a great program, and one that provides real-life training for kids who aspire to work in motor sports," said UNOH President Jeff Jarvis.
Since the program's inception in 2004, several UNOH students have successfully transitioned from the roll of at-track intern to race team employee, including Adam Charrette, who graduated from UNOH to a full time position with Penske Motorsports working on the No. 77 Dodge driven by Sam Hornish Jr. in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Several UNOH student interns were instrumental crewmen on Cunningham Motorsports' No. 77 Dodge ARCA team in 2009, working with championship point contender/rookie sensation Parker Kligerman.
Long-time ARCA Racing Series car owner Wayne Hixson has used UNOH Student Interns since the program's inception.
"It's a win-win situation for the school and for the teams that these kids work for," said Hixson. "We get an eager crew member ready to absorb whatever we can teach them, and they get a place to put what they are learning at school into practice."
The 2010 ARCA Racing Series presented by RE/MAX and Menards kicks off with the Lucas Oil Slick Mist 200 at Daytona Int'l Speedway on Saturday, February 6, 2010.