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From left, Norris Scott (Vice President, Analytics & Insights, NASCAR), John Dodson (Vice President, Business Alliances & NASCAR, NASCAR Technical Institute/Universal Technical Institute), Kyle Larson (Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Driver and Drive for Diversity Graduate), Jennifer LaFever (Roush Yates Racing Engines), Van Nguyen (Toyota Racing Engines).

NASCAR Technical Institute Renews Partnership with Rev Racing for 2018 Season

NASCAR Technical Institute, a branch campus of Universal Technical Institute, has renewed its partnership with Rev Racing for the 2018 season. The partnership, which began in 2009, allows NASCAR Tech students the opportunity to work on some of the top racing engines in the country as they build the motors Rev Racing uses in every NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race. NASCAR Technical Institute was awarded the NASCAR Drive for Diversity Institution Award in 2010 in recognition of their efforts.

Through this partnership, students have played a role in building engines that have won over 20 races and 20 pole positions in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East. In 2012, the NTI student-built spec engines helped Rev Racing and Kyle Larson secure their first NASCAR touring championship. Rev Racing operates the NASCAR Drive for Diversity Driver Program, which is the industry’s leading developmental program for ethnic minorities and women drivers. Larson, Daniel Suarez, and Darrell Wallace, Jr. have all gone on to compete at the national series level.

The Spec-Engine Program is a coveted honors class at NASCAR Tech. The students who participate in this program are the best of the best and must have excellent grades, attendance and professionalism scores to be considered. Nearly 100 students cycle through the program each year, giving students a bit of an advantage upon graduation. Students who participate may catch the attention of NASCAR teams looking for top talent, especially the students who work on engines that win.

“These students have a great opportunity to enter into a motorsports career after this program,” said NASCAR Tech Spec-Engine instructor Darrell Hoffmann. “Building and maintaining engines that actually compete in NASCAR races gives them a great advantage and gets the attention of the top NASCAR teams. They look closely at this program for future employees.” Before joining NASCAR Tech, Darrell Hoffmann enjoyed a successful career as an engine builder for many of the top NASCAR teams and had won multiple MAHLE Engine Builder Competitions.

“This partnership extends well beyond the student-built engines,” said John Dodson, VP Business Alliances & NASCAR at Universal Technical Institute. “This initiative provides NASCAR Tech with a full sponsorship of the No. 2 NASCAR Tech / UTI Toyota driven by Ryan Vargas and maintains an open line of communication between NASCAR Tech and Rev Racing.” That communication has led to Rev Racing hiring several NASCAR Tech graduates. In fact, the current car chief for the No. 2 Toyota is a NASCAR Tech graduate.

“We know we’re hiring driven, well-trained and talented individuals when we bring NASCAR Tech graduates on board,” said Jefferson Hodges, Rev Racing’s General Manager and Competition Director.

The 2018 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East will kick off on February 11th at New Smyrna Speedway.

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