Auto racers encourage youths on career goals

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first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! POMONA – Surrounded by the revving of engines and smell of exhaust at the Pomona Raceway, students learned there is more to a career in motorsports than being behind the wheel. Sponsored by the National Hot Rod Association and the U.S. Army, thousands of Southern California students spent Friday at the the track through the Youth & Education Services program. Speakers talked about behind-the-scenes careers in the motorsports industry. “How about working on the race car, painting the race car or designing the race car?” suggested George Phillips, NHRA’s competition director for the junior drag-racing league. Top fuel driver Tony Schumacher shared the experience of driving a dragster that goes upward of 300 mph. It’s important to trust the people who design the vehicle and the safety mechanisms, he said. Diamond Bar High School senior Dustin Seetoo, 18, said he’s never seen an auto race before. “It’s pretty cool. But it’s boring after a while,” Seetoo said. Phillips said the Army can provide training for various careers. “College is a good opportunity, trade school is a good opportunity and so is the military,” he said. – Esther Choulast_img

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