Pit Crew Training Takes Japanese Students Halfway Across the World to Universal Technical Institute’s North Carolina Campus
NASCAR Technical Institute hosts intensive week-long seminar to prepare Toyota Technological Institute students for first race of their careers
WHAT: Toyota Technological Institute Student Training – Media Day
WHEN: Friday, July 19, 8 am – noon
WHERE: NASCAR Technical Institute, 220 Byers Creek Rd., Mooresville, N.C. 28117
MOORESVILLE, N.C. – Universal Technical Institute’s (UTI) Mooresville campus, NASCAR Technical Institute (NASCAR Tech), is opening its doors to the best and brightest Toyota technicians-in-training, to give them a glimpse into the fast-paced world of American auto racing.
Six students from Toyota Technological Institute in Tokyo, Kobe and Nagoya, Japan are spending the week at NASCAR Tech to quickly learn the ins and outs of pit road responsibilities. Their training will culminate on the track next week at the Iowa Speedway, where they will serve as the pit crew for Hattori Racing at the K&N Pro Series East race on Friday, July 26.
“Hattori Racing is a great partner of NASCAR Technical Institute, and we look forward to another opportunity to help them take the checkered flag,” said John Dodson, VP Business Alliances & NASCAR at Universal Technical Institute. “NASCAR Tech’s spec engine program already provides Hattori Racing with highly-competitive student-built engines. Through this program, we get to offer industry-leading training to a new set of students who are just as driven to succeed as we are.”
This is the eighth year that students from Toyota Technological Institute are visiting NASCAR Tech for pit crew training.
“It’s exciting for our team to host these students and offer them firsthand experience in NASCAR racing,” said Shigeaki Hattori, owner of Hattori Racing Enterprises. “Most of the students who’ve participated in the program aren’t familiar with NASCAR racing, so it’s critical for them to get the training and instruction at NASCAR Tech before heading to the track. It’s also the first time these students and instructors will visit the U.S., and the classes and training really help them understand the culture here. It’s something that will benefit them when they return to the automotive field in Japan and stay with them for the rest of their lives.”
NASCAR Tech is the exclusive educational provider for NASCAR and the only campus in the country to offer NASCAR-endorsed training. NASCAR Tech’s Mooresville, N.C. campus offers the standard Universal Technical Institute core automotive training program, with an optional 15-week elective to train students preparing for a career in motorsports. The 15-week elective trains students in everything from engines, fabrication, and welding, to aerodynamics and pit crew essentials. Through NASCAR Tech’s elite Spec Engine program, select students have the opportunity to build engines that will compete in NASCAR-sanctioned races.
About Universal Technical Institute, Inc.:
With more than 200,000 graduates in its 53-year history, Universal Technical Institute, Inc. (NYSE: UTI) is the nation’s leading provider of technical training for automotive, diesel, collision repair, motorcycle and marine technicians, and offers welding technology and computer numerical control (CNC) machining programs. The company has built partnerships with industry leaders, outfits its state-of-the-industry facilities with current technology, and delivers training that is aligned with employer needs. Through its network of 13 campuses nationwide, UTI offers post-secondary programs under the banner of several well-known brands, including Universal Technical Institute (UTI), Motorcycle Mechanics Institute and Marine Mechanics Institute (MMI) and NASCAR Technical Institute (NASCAR Tech). The company is headquartered in Scottsdale, Arizona.