SOURCE: Auto Club of So. Calif.

May 07, 2007 04:05 ET

Top High School Auto Techs Look Under the Hood for Scholarships at Ford/AAA State Championship

Auto Dealers "Scout" Tomorrow's Technicians at Contest; Historic Top Finisher Ramona High Will Test Competitors to Reach National Contest Again

LOS ANGELES, CA and IRWINDALE, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- May 7, 2007 --


WHAT:   Racing against the clock and each other at Irwindale Speedway, 10
        teams of the Southland's top high school auto technology students,
        the car mechanics of the future, will repair uniformly bugged and
        disabled Mercury Grand Marquis during the 2007 Ford/AAA Student
        Auto Skills Competition state finals.

        This auto skills competition originated in Southern California and
        has taken place since 1949 to attract and train more young people
        for automotive professions. Auto dealers often "scout" the
        competition for future auto service specialists.  The event tests
        knowledge and mechanical abilities and requires repairs under the
        hood made with the highest quality workmanship in the shortest
        time. The winning pair from the So. Calif., or No. Calif. contest,
        held concurrently in Danville, will represent California at the
        national finals in June in Dearborn, MI.

WHY:    Trained automotive technicians are highly sought after in today's
        job market, but many California high schools have scaled back or
        eliminated automotive programs. Annual demand for qualified auto
        technicians exceeds supply and the auto repair industry is growing.

WHEN:   10 a.m. Friday, May 11. Scholarships, trophies and prizes awarded
        at 1 p.m.

WHERE:  Irwindale Speedway, 500 Speedway Drive.
        Public Relations: 626-358-1100.

WHO:    Twenty of the Southland's top future car mechanics representing:

High School                                                   City
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Agoura                                                      Agoura Hills
Arvin                                                       Arvin
Hesperia                                                    Hesperia
Morro Bay                                                   Morro Bay
Ontario                                                     Ontario
Ramona (2 Teams)                                            Ramona
San Clemente                                                San Clemente
San Luis Obispo  (Father instructor; son student)           San Luis Obispo
Sultana                                                     Hesperia

ON SITE OR TELEPHONE INTERVIEWS WITH STUDENTS OR ORGANIZERS ARE AVAILABLE PRIOR TO 9:45 A.M. AND AS STUDENTS FINISH CONTEST.

Contact Information

  • Contact:
    Elaine Beno
    Jeff Spring
    714-885-2324