SOURCE: Air Force Reserve

September 27, 2007 06:14 ET

Third "Top Maintenance Award" Winner to Be Determined at Irwindale Speedway

It's All About Consistency

LAS VEGAS, NV--(Marketwire - September 27, 2007) - "Drifting is brutal on the chassis of a car, given that you can fluctuate from speeds of ten to 100 mph in the same run," said Georgheinz Rios of Seal Beach, California, who shared the second "Air Force Reserve Top Maintenance Award" with fellow mechanic Katsutoshi Hibio of Torrance, California. "After working on Drift cars, I have an appreciation of how critical it is to do routine maintenance on my own car," said Rios. "It's amazing how dirty oil can shorten the life of an engine."

Kevin Wells of Baldwin Park, CA, was the first winner for the "Air Force Reserve Top Maintenance Award," given to the principal mechanic of Formula Drift winning teams.

Drifting is the one motor sport that delights the crowds more with smoking tires than with the clink of crushed bumpers, as two cars are pitted against each other in a judged, head-to-head competition of speed and driving ability.

The Formula Drift Championship will be held at Irwindale Speedway, Irwindale, California, on Saturday, October 13. At the conclusion, the third "Air Force Reserve Top Maintenance Award" and a $1,000 prize will be presented.

"The Air Force Reserve began sponsoring drifting two years ago because these are exciting events that emphasize skill, precision and a great bond between the drivers, their crews and their cars," said CMSgt. Robert Starkey, Air Force Reserve Command. "As we walked through the paddocks during the events, we constantly noticed the mechanics, working endlessly at getting it better. We believe that kind of commitment and perseverance should be acknowledged."

The Air Force Reserve is offering part-time and full-time jobs for mechanics and ground crew members interested in working on very impressive aircraft. For more information, please call 1-800-257-1212 or go to The Air Force Reserve -- 78,000 people volunteering to serve the U.S.A.

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