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After months of work completing projects, on May 5th, several student-built machines and models made their way to Dakota High School for the Michigan Industrial Technology Education Society (M.I.T.E.S) Regional Finals.
Among those projects entered were the 2017 Shell Eco-Project, three Shop Vises, and a 1:5 Concept Model.
Several students, including Rashul Mahones, Angela & Peter Martin, Ken Stadwick, Mike Braginez, David Patino, and Zach Williams spent months on the fully-operation D1 Roadster, which captured 1st in the Welding Category. Meanwhile, Juniors Jozef Nicovic, Kenny Thompson, and Austin Vang swept 1st-3rd with their Shop Vises, just as our first three M.I.T.E.S Projects did back in 2013. Lastly, Miranda Rumfelt's 1:5 Scale Model of a 2017 Pontiac Trans Am concept not only won first, but captured the overal Grand Prize in the Open-B category, marking the the third consecutive year a DRIVE Model won the Overall Grand Prize at Regionals.
The following Saturday, May 13th, the Vises and T/A traveled to Saginaw Valley State University for the M.I.T.E.S State Finals against all other student-built projects in the State.
Again, all three vises swept 1st-3rd, with scholarships to MIAT and Lincoln Tech going to Jozef, Kenny, & Austin.
Miranda was the big winner, however, as her T/A became the first-ever DRIVE Project to capture the Grand Prize at States in the Open-B Category. She Also Won a Scholarship from the American Society of Body Engineers (ASBE) for "Creativity", and that cuvited 1st Place Plaque. Congrats to All the Students for their success at this year's competition. We look forward to seeing what you for next year's Competition as Seniors.
The weekend of March 17th, seven student-built project cars, from the 1970's-to-current, competed for the first time together at the 51st Annual IX Piston-Power Autorama in Cleveland.
Cars from each of the last five decades, plus two milestone-markers, were entered into the largest indoor car show in North America, to celebrate 50 Years of "Hot Rod High" under the instruction of Paul Tregembo Sr.
Among those projects entered was the 1931 Ford Pickup, '70 Nova Stock Car, and 1937 Fiat Twin-Engine Dragster from DRIVE-seasons past, as well as a '76 Trans Am, '73 Lemans, '76 Firebird Formula, and '51 Ford Coupe from the glory days of the Roseville High School Auto Shop.
Unbelievably, all seven project captured a "Piston", including four 1st-place winners (the '31, Twin, '51, and '73 Lemans).
We thank the students and parents who made the run down to Cleveland, as well as Show Managers Steve Legerski and Bill Perrian for giving us the chance to celebrate this momentous year, as well as to our event sponsors: E3 Spark Plugs, McGunegill Racing Engines, MIS Cares and the NASCAR Foundation, Magnaflow, Roy O'Brien Ford, Edelbrock, Mother's, Ingersoll-Rand, and the Suburban Collection.
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The Weekend of February 24-26, DRIVE and students returned to the Detroit Autorama, to debut their latest creation: a 1965 Shelby Daytona from Factory-Five.
The Daytona was being worked on up-until-the-moment it was finally loaded into the trailer.
And the result of the student's last-minute efforts resulted in two trophies: a 1st in High School Comp (the 3rd HS Comp 1st-place trophy in program history) and a 4th Place in Production Road Racer (against 14 other cars from across the country).
Congrats to the Students of DRIVE One for their accomplishments at Autorama.
We'll be back on the show car circuit March 17-19 for the Piston-Power Autorama in Cleveland, where we'll have 7 of our student-built projects from 1976-to-current on display.
The weekend of March 31st-April 2nd, students in the DRIVE One Motorsports team traveled to Indianapolis to tour the IndyCar and NHRA race shops, and compete in the Cabin Fever Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway.
The team started early Friday with a tour of defending-Indianapolis 500 champions Andretti Autosport, followed by five-time 500 champion Chip Gannasi Racing, and defending NHRA Funny Car Champions Don Schumacher Racing.
Saturday began with a tour of the Dallara Chassis Shop, and a visit to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, before seeing the Nova return to the track for the first time in 2017 at Lucas Oil Raceway for afternoon practice.
On Sunday afternoon (Race Day), the Nova qualified 34th of 37 cars, and rallied during the race to complete all forty-laps, and capture a 26th place finish.
Congrats to the DRIVE One Motorsports team on the finish, and for completing the race in Indy to qualify for the Short Track US Nationals at Bristol Motor Speedway May 18th-20th.
Good Luck at the World's Fastest Half-Mile Later This Month!!!
VOLUME 5 - ISSUE 29 - Week of May 25th, 2017