The Dirt Kings Tour Education Engagement Program is an exciting new opportunity that is focused on highlighting the sport of auto racing in Technology Education classrooms. Targeting the next generation of mechanics, fabricators, and entrepreneurs, the initiative strives to create an engagement with the racing world.
The inaugural event was held on May 22 at Freedom High School Auto Club at Freedom, Wisconsin. DiscountShopTowels.com Dirt Kings Late Model Tour driver, Chris Engels brought his Bob Luebke Motorsports #33 racecar to the function and had it on display so that students and instructors alike had the opportunity to see a car up close, touch it, and ask lots of questions.
Throughout the course of the event, the program’s staff covered a wide variety of topics, including:
- Safety Equipment and Safety Systems
- Suspension Mechanics and Technology
- What causes rear steer and forward bite
- Shocks, Springs, Bump Stops
- The 5th link, J-bar
- Car Maintenance
- Tire siping/grooving
- Sponsorship and funding
- How to can get involved in racing
“Having a Dirt Kings Late Model in the classroom was a great learning experience for myself and my students,” said Jay Abitz, who is a Technology Education Teacher at Freedom High School and Auto Club Advisor. “Relating the mechanical and technical aspects of racing into our curriculum really had my students interested, involved, and actively learning. This the best way to grow motorsports and education.”
Later that week, the Freedom Auto Club students were granted free admission at the tour’s event at Wisconsin’s Outagamie Speedway by the track itself. They also were taken on a guided pit tour.
Having a Dirt Kings Late Model in the classroom was a great learning experience for myself and my students. – Jay Abitz
“We’re thankful for the opportunity to work with area schools to bring the technical aspects of dirt late model racing to their classrooms. The Freedom High School Auto Club was the first stop for the Dirt Kings Tour Education Engagement Program and we are in the process of scheduling up to four more events this year, with the help of drivers and tracks that support the Dirt Kings Tour,” said Jason Shultz, Dirt Kings Tour Promoter.