The 64th Ford/AAA Student Auto Skills Competition started in January when nearly 13,000 high school juniors and seniors took an online automotive technology test. Now, months later, the National Finals will be held June 9 to 11, giving 98 high school students a chance to cement a career in the automotive industry.
Contestants will put their vehicle knowledge to the test with a written exam and a timed event, where they have to identify and fixe problems that were deliberately installed in a 2013 Ford Explorer XLTS. The winner of the event gets to job shadow the Wood Brothers Racing's legendary 21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Fusion team and pit crew of the 2011 Daytona 500 Winner Trevor Banye. The winning team will help the crew prepare Bayne's vehicle for the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway on July 6, where they will be featured as honorary pit crew members during the race.
Bayne said every week it's the drivers who get all the attention, but without a pit crew, none of them could even compete.
"The Ford/AAA Student Auto Skills Competition is a great opportunity for thousands of students across the country who really love working on cars and want to get into the industry," Bayne said. " I'm pretty excited to see these National Champions because really, this will help them see they may be young but they can work on the world's best cars themselves. And hey, who knows, I could end up seeing these students on our pit crew one day."
Brad Keselowski is also giving back
Trevor Bayne is not the only NASCAR driver giving back to fans. Sprint Cup Champion Brad Keselowski and Ford Racing have teamed up with SCOTT Car Care in the "Worth the Work, Pass it On." Sweepstakes.
The contest will give a new 2013 Ford F-150 XLT with EcoBoost engine to a deserving military veteran. Those looking to increase the appearance of their own trucks are encouraged to equip their interiors with Husky Liners® truck floor mats.
"We wanted to create an opportunity for individuals to recognize the personal heroes in their lives that have passed on hard work, skills and values," said Charlotte Ciccone, associate customer marketing manager for Kimberly-Clark Professional. "Our SCOTT Shop Towels brand has been a trusted companion in the garage for over 20 years, alongside the values and hard work passed on from generation to generation."