The Alliance of Automotive Service Providers, Minnesota (AASP-MN) has raised over $6,000 in its 2011 fundraising campaign to support the AASP-MN Automotive Education Fund. The majority of that money was raised at the association’s annual Race for Automotive Education, held Jan. 18-19 at ProKart Indoors, Burnsville, and will fund scholarships for automotive students enrolled in NATEF-certified mechanical and collision repair programs in Minnesota.
During the course of the two-night event, 100 racers tore up the track in state-of-the-art European karts, reaching speeds of nearly 40 miles per hour. Many fans and spectators were also on hand to cheer their teams on. Twenty teams of mechanical and collision repair shops and industry suppliers were represented.
Trophies were awarded to the 1st place and runner-up teams.
The victors were:
Tuesday, January 18th
1st Place “Team 1”/ Lehman’s Garage, Bloomington
Runner Up “Mankato Hotshoes”/Wenzel Auto Electric, Mankato
Wednesday, January 19th
1st Place “New School”/LaMettry’s Collision, Twin Cities
Runner Up “Old School”/LaMettry’s Collision, Twin Cities
“This event has become one of the most popular in the association,” said Judell Anderson, AASP-MN executive director. “I’m very impressed with the level of support, participation and enthusiasm that AASP-MN members devote to this event and to the cause of automotive education."
The Automotive Education Fund was established in 2002 to provide financial resources to support automotive students, enhance automotive programs and raise awareness of career opportunities in the automotive service industry. Since its inception, over $92,800 has been distributed directly to students enrolled in automotive programs through the association’s scholarship program, Lights On for Safety event and Skills USA participation.