USAR: RBR teams up with Columbus County Schools

RBR Enterprises' Event a Success CERRO GORDO, NC - What began as a dream between USAR Hooters ProCup Series team owner Ricky Benton and one of his sponsors BB&T turned into an overwhelming success Wednesday at the RBR Enterprises headquarters in...

RBR Enterprises' Event a Success

CERRO GORDO, NC - What began as a dream between USAR Hooters ProCup Series team owner Ricky Benton and one of his sponsors BB&T turned into an overwhelming success Wednesday at the RBR Enterprises headquarters in Cerro Gordo, N.C. Benton joined forces with BB&T to host BB&T School Tech Day which welcomed four Columbus County high schools to the shop to get a hands-on lecture from Benton, his driver Matt Carter, car chief Dange Hanniford and USAR Director of Operations Tony Cox were all on hand to discuss technology with the students.

``We wanted to find a way to get the students out of the classroom and see firsthand what they could do with the skills they are learning today,'' said Benton. ``There is a need for nearly 35,000 automotive technicians in the country today and we wanted to show the students how some of the technology we use on our race car is also used in the real world on passenger cars. We want to help these students learn a trade so that they can become productive members of society and make a decent living doing something they enjoy doing.''

Students from North Carolina's Whiteville, East Columbus, South Columbus and West Columbus High Schools all visited the shop and participated in the hour-long tour and discussion sessions. Instructors at every school enjoyed the time given to their students.

"[The event] really helps put things we teach in perspective,'' said David Huggins, automotive technology instructor at Whiteville High School. ``This field trip helps our students tie everything together and see firsthand that what we're teaching them has applications in the field.''

RBR Enterprises owns the No. 22 heavytruckdealers.com Ford Taurus driven by Carter in the USAR Hooters ProCup Series. Carter, son of former Nextel Cup team owner Travis Carter, is currently competing for the 2003 Miller Lite Rookie of the Year title and will be one of over 40 drivers attempting to qualify this weekend at Myrtle Beach Speedway for the running of the Mark Brooks Memorial Bi-Lo 250 presented by Black's Tire Service.

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