Founded: May 2012


July 2012:

Thursday Night School Is Held In Four-Car Pole Barn. Only Three Students Attend. Students start work on a 1977 Camaro and 1937 Fiat Twin-Engine Dragster.


February 2013:

DRIVE One students prepare a Twin-Engine Dragster for the Milwaukee World of Wheels Show. The car wins "Outstanding Engineered Vehicle.

August 2013:

DRIVE One is granted 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status from the Internatl Revenue Service.
A Welding Program is added to the existing Auto and Machining Programs.

January 2014:

Student-Built '31 Ford Roadster Pick-up competes for the America's Most Beautiful Roadster (AMBR) Award at the Grand National Roadster Show in Pomona, California. 25 Students & Staff Travel To The Show With "MadUsa".

July 2014:

DRIVE One recieves a grant from the RPM Foundation to begin restoring a 1981 Pontiac Firebird, With Beginning in October.

May 2015:

Student-Built 1970 Chevy Nova makes professional motorsports debut at Salem Speedway in Indiana. It would go-on to win "Rookie of the Year" in the Great American Racing Series (GARS).

December 2012:

Attendance grows to over 30 students every Thursday night. A Machining Program is added to help with growing numbers and interest.


May 2013:

Machine Shop Students enter projects into the Michigan Industrial Technology Education Society (M.I.T.E.S.) Competition, Capturing 1st-3rd Place Honors.


April 2014:

DRIVE One begins offering Transportation Design Courses in both Rendering and Clay Sculpting.


February 2016:

Three Student-Built Projects (including the '81 Firebird) clean house at the 64th Annual Meguiar's Autorama in Detroit, Michigan.

November 2016:

Ten students travel to North Carolina to tour behind-the-scenes of NASCAR and Restoration Shops.


January 2018:

Concept Cars designed, fabricated, and painted by students from all three programs debut Axalta's "Color of the Year" at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit) 

October 2018:

DRIVE One Motorsports and its 1970 Nova crowned "Rookie of the Year" for the Championship Racing Association (CRA).

June 2017:

DRIVE One presented with Manufacturers' Trophy during the Firekeepers 400 at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Michigan.


May 2019:

Student-built Dillon Late Model makes its Championship Racing Association (CRA)-JEGS All Stars debut at Birch Run Speedway, finishing 15th.


May 2020:

DRIVE One partners with NextLVL Management and Ferris State University to open DRIVE One Career Technical High School (DOCTHS)

December 2020:

DRIVE One named "Trailblazer of Future Talent" by Macomb Planning and Economic Development (MPED)


March 2017:

Seven project cars built by students capture honors at the Piston-Power Autorama in Cleveland, Ohio.

September 2017:

The 16,000 sq. ft. DRIVE One TechCenter opens in Roseville, Michigan: DRIVE One finally finds somewhere to call home.


September 2019:

DRIVE One becomes Career and Technical Education (C.T.E.) provider for both South Lake Schools and Lake Shore Public Schools.

July 2018:

DRIVE One honored with the 2018 "Legend-Leadership Award" from the Dale Earnhardt Foundation.

September 2020:

DRIVE One Motorsports makes it Automotive Racing Club of America (ARCA) debut at Toldeo Speedway.

March 2015:

DRIVE One Students capture "Rising Star Award" at the Piston-Powered Autorama in Cleveland, Ohio.

October 2015:

DRIVE One crowned "Outstanding Education Initiative" By Automation Alley.

May 2016:

1:5 Scale Clay Models from the Transportation Design Program Are Crowned State Champions at the M.I.T.E.S. State Finals in Lansing.


DRIVE One's History:​


DRIVE One was founded as a 501(c)(3) in May 2012 by a Detroit-area high school auto shop instructor as a means to fill the skills gap following the 2008 Recession.

Over the last six years, DRIVE students have received national attention, beginning with the 2014 Grand National Roaster Show, where our ’31 Ford Roadster was the first high-school built car to compete for the America’s Most Beautiful Roadster (AMBR) Award.

Later, Our student-made-up Motorsports Team ranked as one of the Top 20 Street Stock race teams in the Country TWICE (2015 Great American Racing Series [GARS] Season and 2018 Championship Racing Association [CRA] Season). DRIVE One students and their projects have also competed at the Detroit and Cleveland Autoramas, the GoodGuys PPG Nationals in Columbus, the U.S Short Track Nationals at Bristol Motor Speedway, toured the NASCAR Race Shops in Charlotte, North Carolina, and were featured in several articles ranging from MSN to Speedway Illustrated. 

Overtime, DRIVE has expanded to include programs in Welding/Fabrication and Transportation Design, with both
programs being crowned as State Champions at the Michigan Industrial Technology Education Society (MITES) State FinalsEVERY YEAR from 2015 to current.

In addition to success with project-based learning, DRIVE
partners with various organizations, including The Suburban
Collection, Dorian Ford, NAPA Auto Care, Roush Industries, and
others, to provide students with apprenticeships while still in
high school. DRIVE One also partners with various sponsors
such as Axalta Coating Systems, Ingersoll-Rand, Fiat-Chrysler
Automobiles, and over 20+ others to provide students with
valuable experiences, including extra-curricular activities and
professional training.



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