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 Robert 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 overall 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 Robert, 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.
On November 3rd, DRIVE held it's 5th Annual Bowling Fundraiser at Sterling Lanes in Sterling Heights
The event, which has become one of the top-two biggest annual fundraisers for DRIVE, is also one of the most anticipated events each year for DRIVE Students.
This year had over 130 in attendance, and raised over $3,000 for the program, and will assist DRIVE in providing students with much-needed tools, equipment, and consumables.
We'd like to thank all the DRIVE One Students, Families, and Sponsors, who showed-up, had fun, and supported our program.
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VOLUME 6 - ISSUE 7- Week of October 26th, 2017
On Sunday July 30th, DRIVE One Held the First-Ever "Summer In The 'Ville" Car Show, benefitting DRIVE One and the DRIVE One Technical Center.
The show included over 33 cars, along with a Bake Sale, 50/50 Raffle, Pedal Car Raffle, along with BBQ Hot Dogs, and tours of the DOTC.
Through all the festivities and simple donations, the "SITV" Show raised over $1,200 for the program, and aided our efforts to provide students with the best vocational training in all of Macomb County.
We would like to thank the students and families of DRIVE One, as well as the local Car Buffs, Sponsors, and Donors who helped made this event a success.
Following the success of this summer's event, we're 100% certain there will be a 2nd Annual Show next July!!!
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!!!