Series to mentor urban youth at Dover

The NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series mentors Urban Youth through day at the races. Students to learn aspects of the motorsports industry on May 30 at Dover International Speedway. DOVER, Del. - Bring-a-child-to-work day will take on a whole...

The NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series mentors Urban Youth through day at the races.
Students to learn aspects of the motorsports industry on May 30 at Dover International Speedway.

DOVER, Del. - Bring-a-child-to-work day will take on a whole new look at the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race at Dover International Speedway Friday, May 30.

Craftsman Motorsports, in conjunction with NASCAR and Dover International Speedway, will sponsor "Urban Youth Racing School Day at the Races." Fourteen students of the Urban Youth Racing School in Philadelphia will get a special behind-the-scenes look at the motorsports industry.

The Urban Youth Racing School is a non-profit organization committed to the education, training and preparation of today's urban youths through exposure to the automotive and motorsports industry. In 2002, 78 urban boys and girls successfully completed the 10-week motorsports orientation and training programs.

From turning wrenches on a NASCAR Craftsman Truck to enforcing rules as a NASCAR official to generating awareness for the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series, these students will get a first-hand look at the talented people who have driven NASCAR to become the No. 1 spectator sport in the country.

"Craftsman, as the title sponsor of the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series and the official partner of NASCAR, believes in playing an active role in building dreams for young people, and introducing them to motorsports through the Urban Youth Racing School is a perfect way to do so," said Toure Claiborne, Sears motorsports marketing manager. "NASCAR and the folks at Dover International Speedway have been instrumental in helping us do just that. We at Sears and Craftsman see this as the right thing to do to continue to build diversity in motorsports."

The Urban Youth Racing School students will have a full day, beginning with a stop at the Sears and Sears Auto Center in Dover to learn about automotive technology careers. Following a visit at the store, the students will travel to the race track where they will spend the morning before the race talking with and learning a specific motorsports job from an assigned mentor.

Mentors will include NASCAR officials, public relations and marketing representatives and NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series drivers and crew chiefs. Featured drivers and teams will include Bill Lester (No. 8 Bobby Hamilton Racing Dodge), Tina Gordon (No. 31 Brevak Racing Dodge), Brendan Gaughan (No. 62 Orleans Racing Dodge) and Terry Cook (No. 29 K-Automotive Motorsports Ford).

"I've supported the Urban Youth Racing School for several years now, and I think what they do is vital to the diversity movement within NASCAR racing," Lester said. "I think it's great that our team is going to have one of the students with us during the weekend. It should be a lot of fun for him or her, and it will give our guys a chance to talk to someone about what they do for a living and how they got involved in racing. All in all, the Urban Youth Racing School is a great program that we're very happy to help out anytime we can."

The students also will be part of the driver/crew chief meeting and driver introductions for the MBNA America 200.

"Events like these are the most important for the kids in our school because they get a hands-on look at what happens on race day," said Anthony Martin, executive director of the Urban Youth Racing School. "To have the opportunity to spend time with drivers, crew members, NASCAR officials and Sears Craftsman executives, the title sponsors for the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series, is really fantastic for these kids.

"A lot of these kids dream about this, so to actually be involved for a day and see what goes on means a whole lot to them and the school," Martin added.

In addition to the students who will learn about the motorsports industry in the garage, other Urban Youth Racing School students will enjoy the MBNA America 200 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race from the grandstand that Friday.

Craftsman, the Official Tools of NASCAR, has sponsored the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series since it began in 1995. According to a 2002 EquiTrend survey, Craftsman is rated the No. 1 brand in the nation among men for overall quality. Sears sells more than 1,800 Craftsman hand tools, all made in America and guaranteed forever. Sears offers Craftsman tools, merchandise and related services nationwide through its Full-line stores, Sears Hardware stores, Sears Dealer stores and Orchard Supply Hardware stores, as well as through specialty catalogs and online at www.sears.com.

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Bobby Hamilton , Terry Cook , Tina Gordon , Bill Lester , Brendan Gaughan