Castrol seeks top techs

Wayne, NJ, January 22, 2001 - Castrol GTX and 10 time National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) champion John Force are teaming up to offer vo-tech and auto-shop high school students a unique perspective on drag-racing through the introduction of the ...

Wayne, NJ, January 22, 2001 - Castrol GTX and 10 time National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) champion John Force are teaming up to offer vo-tech and auto-shop high school students a unique perspective on drag-racing through the introduction of the Castrol GTX Top Techs program. In ten cities nationwide, Castrol GTX will recognize a local student as an honorary John Force pit crew member.

Designed to commend high school students who excel in the mechanical/automotive curriculum, the Castrol GTX "Top Techs" program demonstrates first-hand the reality of putting these skills to use in a vocation. Each grand-prize winning Top Techs student and the teacher who nominates him/her will spend race day Saturday at an officially sanctioned NHRA event in their region. The winner will join John Force in the pit, meet the crew, and experience the excitement of being a part of the NHRA. Both student and teacher will also receive tickets to the final races on Sunday, NHRA racing jackets, and a year's supply of Castrol GTX motor oil for their class (not to exceed $500).

"We are excited about this unique opportunity to reward students for their excellence and hard work in the auto-shop classroom," said Keith Conlon, Senior Product Manager, Castrol North America. "Through the years John Force has epitomized hard work, determination and success in auto-racing. He serves as an excellent role model for any young adult who aspires to a career in racing, be it as a technician or a driver."

"I love kids and I love cars so the `Top Techs' program is really exciting for me," said John Force. "It gives young people a chance to see the opportunities available to them in the automotive field and it gives all of us a chance to meet the mechanics and crew chiefs of the future. I think it's a great program for Castrol, for NHRA and for John Force Racing," he added.

To be considered for the "Top Techs" program, students must be nominated by their votech/auto-shop teacher. The teacher must complete a nomination form explaining why the student deserves this unique honor. Nomination forms and additional information on the "Top Techs" program can be obtained by calling 1-800-229-4758.

All entries will be judged by a special panel with one grand prize winner and four finalists to be selected in each of the ten cities. All finalists and their nominating teachers will win official NHRA racing jackets and other Castrol GTX-logo accessories. Any teacher who nominates a student will receive two cases (24 quarts) of Castrol GTX motor oil to be used in the classroom. All students nominated will receive a specially designed Castrol GTX "Top Techs" t-shirt.

The Top Techs program coincides with selected 2001 NHRA races and will be held in the following cities: Baytown, TX (Mar 22-25); Las Vegas, NV (Apr 5-8); Bristol, TN (Apr 27-29); Englishtown, NJ (May 17-20); Joliet, IL (May 31-Jun 3); St. Louis, MO (June 21-24); Denver, CO (Jul 19-22); Clermont, IN (Aug 29-Sep 3); Ennis, TX (Oct 18-21); Pomona, CA (Nov 8-11).

Castrol markets leadership brands Castrol GTX®, Castrol SYNTEC®, and Castrol SYNTEC BLEND" in the conventional, full synthetic and synthetic blend lubricant product segments, respectively. Castrol also distributes Castrol Syntec® POWER SYSTEM" in the fuel treatment category, and also maintains a leadership position in the automotive chemical market via the Castrol SUPER CLEAN" line of cleaners.

-Castrol

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