The Sprint Car & Midget Magazine Stay In School Program was started in 2006, and has been growing since its introduction. Now in its third year, racers from around the United States (and now, Canada) have been bringing their sprint cars, midgets, and micro- and mini-sprints into schools to hold assemblies designed to inspire students to explore all the exciting careers (such as in various areas of auto racing) that are possible with proper career planning and education. In addition, another generation is being introduced to the enjoyment, challenges and rewards involved in our forms of racing.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 10/14/05
Sprint Car & Midget Magazine launches “Stay-In-School” program for 2006
Contact: Doug Auld, Editor, Sprint Car & Midget (937) 497-9220
Sprint Car & Midget Magazine has launched a national “Stay-In-School” program to be available to racetracks, race teams and schools beginning in 2006. The Sprint Car & Midget Magazine Stay-In-School Program is designed to excite students about sprint car and midget racing, and bring to their attention the career opportunities the racing industry offers and the necessity for students to commit to an education in order to achieve those goals.
“This is a program we first talked about at the PRI show in 2003, and the response to the idea was absolutely incredible,” said Sprint Car & Midget Magazine editor Doug Auld. “We’ve just completed the move of our corporate office from Florida to Western Ohio, in the heart of the open-wheel racing community, so we can now put our company's focus on helping to bring the sport to a new young audience across the country.
“The intent of the program is not to preach to kids about what they’re doing with their lives or drugs or gangs but, instead, to get them thinking about some exciting career options and direction through racing that will make it so they don’t care about things like drugs or gangs or dropping out in the first place. We see it work in racing families all the time. We want to get them focused on the education necessary to be successful in careers in a field as thrilling as racing.”
The program offers tracks and teams the opportunity to bring a racecar directly into an area school and distribute high-quality, full-color printed materials for students to keep, featuring the same pulse-raising photography found in the monthly Sprint Car & Midget Magazine. The literature is specifically created for the program, with editorial educating students about the cars, the sport and the education prerequisites necessary to achieve careers in the areas of racing fabrication, manufacturing, promotion and media. The program does not specifically encourage a career as race driver.
Schools and parents can be assured that the literature covered in the assemblies will be available for the school’s pre-approval, and that the racers that visit their facilities are acting in conjunction with a national program.
Sprint Car & Midget Magazine has been published monthly since February of 2002. For more information about the Sprint Car & Midget Magazine Stay-In-School Program, contact Doug Auld at (937) 497-9220.
World of Outlaws driver Justin Henderson visits Mississinawa Valley School in Union City, Ohio in April of 2007 as part of the Sprint Car & Midget Magazine Stay In School Program.
Arizona racer Dan Goodman visits schools and charities as part of the Sprint Car & Midget Magazine Stay In School Program.
Indiana racer Josh Spencer visits Darrough Chapel Elementary School in 2007 as part of the Sprint Car & Midget Magazine Stay In School Program.
Bryan Hulbert of Southern New Mexico Speedway visits Alameda Elementary School in January of 2007 as part of the Sprint Car & Midget Magazine Stay In School Program.
Florida racer Wendy Mathis visits Sparr Elementary School in November 2007 as part of the Sprint Car & Midget Magazine Stay In School Program.
Midget racer Evan Pardo visits Gatesville Intermediate School in Gatesville, Texas in January of 2008 as part of the Sprint Car & Midget Magazine Stay In School Program.
Frank Lofton visited the University of Arkansas Community College at Hope in Hope, Arkansas as part of the Sprint Car & Midget Magazine Stay In School Program.
Racers Greg Mitchell and Kenny Johnson visited West Virginia's Parkersburg South High School and Wood County Technical Center in West Virginia in April of 2008 as part of the Sprint Car & Midget Magazine Stay In School Program.
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