Ford helps educatekids about opportunities in racing

FORD RACING PROGRAM MANAGER EDUCATES KIDS ABOUT OPPORTUNITIES IN RACING Brooklyn, MI (July 21, 2000)- The rapid rate of expansion in NASCAR has opened career opportunities within the sport that were never even imagined ten years ago. These ...

FORD RACING PROGRAM MANAGER EDUCATES KIDS ABOUT OPPORTUNITIES IN RACING Brooklyn, MI (July 21, 2000)- The rapid rate of expansion in NASCAR has opened career opportunities within the sport that were never even imagined ten years ago. These positions are often difficult to fill due to the travel, long hours, and the general lack of knowledge about the sport. Ford Racing NASCAR Craftsman Truck Program Manager Robert Brooks is doing his part to make sure that Ford Motor Company has an educated and interested group of people to look to in the future.

Robert works with a mentoring program at Cranbrook Academy in Detroit that helps to educate under-privileged kids on a variety of subjects, squeezing it in between traveling every week to the NASCAR Craftsman Truck races and being a husband and father of 4-year-old twin girls. This weekend at Michigan, he has 50 of the kids from the summer program here at the racetrack to give them a hands-on look into the world of NASCAR. He has enlisted the help of ten of the NASCAR Craftsman truck teams from all three manufacturers to each take five of the kids for an hour and "show them the ropes." The teams will give them a tour of the pits, show them the inside of the haulers, and introduce them to each member of the team to give them and idea of what each position entails and how it relates to the success of the team. He hopes to help the kids understand what opportunities are available within the racing community while generating the interest in the sport itself.

The group will be in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck garage area this morning from about 10am-12pm. If you see them and would like to talk to them, feel free to stop them. They are very interested in our sport and would welcome the chance to ask you some questions. These children are the future of racing. Generating and growing their interest and knowledge are key to the continuing expansion of it.

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