SOURCE: Automobile Club of Southern California

June 07, 2007 04:05 ET

California Auto Tech Champions From San Luis Obispo High Rev Up to Capture 2007 Ford/AAA Student Auto Skills National Finals

Team Seeks Its Share of $6 Million in Scholarships and Prizes in Dearborn, MI

LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwire - June 7, 2007) -

WHO:    San Luis Obispo students, Daniel Lehmkuhl, 17, and Austin Castro,
        17, from San Luis Obispo High School in San Luis Obispo qualified
        in May at Irwindale Speedway as California’s state champion. The
        team, coached by San Luis Obispo High Industrial Tech Instructor
        Jeff Lehmkuhl, also Daniel’s father, will face 49 other teams at
        the 2007 Ford/AAA Student Auto Skills National Finals. The Auto
        Club’s Motor Sports Manager Rick Lalor will accompany the team to
        the competition in Dearborn, MI.

WHEN:   Starting gun for hands-on competition 9:15 a.m. Tuesday, June 26.
        “Instructed to start your engines, if you can,” 100 students clad
        in red and black “pit crew” uniforms will run to their assigned
        identically and intentionally “bugged” 2007 Ford Fusions in a
        quest to achieve the perfectly repaired car. Each team won a berth
        in the finals with the combined best scores on comprehensive
        qualifying exams and hands-on competition in their respective
        states.

        The fastest time to detect and repair the car, then drive across
        the finish line, plus the best written score determines the 2007
        national champions.

WHERE:  Ford World Headquarters, Dearborn, MI; One American Road, Michigan
        Avenue and Southfield Freeway--Front Lawn.

NOTE:   Producers and Editors:  Photos and b-roll footage available upon
        request.

WHY:    As vehicles become more advanced, Ford and AAA have partnered to
        assure that the new generation of automotive technicians is well
        educated to service the public’s motoring needs.  The Bureau of
        Labor Statistics estimates the auto industry will have an average
        of 34,000 job openings per year through 2014, based on growth and
        net replacement needs. The competition’s goal is to encourage
        students to continue their education and to pursue careers in the
        automotive service industry.

        To speak to contest officials or for more information, please
        contact: Kristine Heine or Jennifer Heuer at (202) 371-9600.

Contact Information

  • Contact:

    Jeff Spring
    Elaine Beno
    714-885-2333

    San Luis Obispo High School
    805-596-4040