SOURCE: Air Force Reserve

September 03, 2007 14:49 ET

Second "Top Maintenance Award" Winner to Be Determined at Wall Speedway

Kevin Wells Earns Prize at Infineon

LAS VEGAS, NV--(Marketwire - September 3, 2007) - Kevin Wells of Baldwin Park, CA, was recognized for his outstanding work as crew chief on Chris Forsberg's car, which won the Formula Drift event at Infineon Raceway on August 11. Wells was the first winner for the "Air Force Reserve Top Maintenance Award," given to the principal mechanic of the winning drift team. "The biggest challenge for a mechanic in a drifting event is to keep the engine from overheating," said Wells. "And to do that, you've got to know everything about these cars."

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 Series moves to Wall Township Speedway, Wall, NJ, on Saturday, September 8. At the conclusion, the second "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 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 AFReserve.com. The Air Force Reserve -- 78,000 people volunteering to serve the U.S.A.

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