Drag Racing Legend John Force Named Grand Marshal for Southern California High School Drag Challenge at Auto Club Dragway

16-time NHRA Champion to sign autographs Saturday; Overall Series winner eligible for full scholarship


FONTANA, Calif. (April 30, 2014) – Auto Club Dragway and the School of Automotive Machinists (SAM) will kick off the High School Summer Series at Auto Club Dragway on Saturday, May 3, 2014 with the Inaugural Southern California High School Drag Challenge presented by SAM. Drag racing legend John Force, who serves as the programs spokesperson, will be Grand Marshal for the event and will sign autographs while on site.

The May 3rd Challenge welcomes all novice and experienced high school students and alumni with any make and model vehicle to drag race in a safe, controlled environment.  Points will be earned for their respective high schools and at the end of Challenge one California High School will be named “California State Champion.”

In addition to drag racing cars, trucks and motorcycles, a special Show & Shine will be held as well as a Stereo Sound Off and a Manufacturers’ Midway.

Gates open at 8 a.m. with registration and tech starting at 8:30 a.m. For additional information on the Southern California High School Drags Challenge on Saturday, May 3, email highschooldrags@outlook.com  SUBJECT (info), call (949) 888-6878 or visit facebook.com/highschooldrags.

Following the Southern California High School Drags Challenge, the Auto Club Dragway High School Summer Series presented by SAM will consist of four races throughout the summer, exclusively for current high school students who graduate in 2014 or after. The Summer Series will offer high school drag racers a chance to earn individual points based on their performances at the four Summer Series events May 10, June 28, July 26 and August 23 in a quest to crown a Summer Series individual high school Grand Champion.  If the Grand Champion maintains a clean driving record throughout the Summer Series (May 10 – August 23, 2014), the champion will be eligible to win a full scholarship to SAM’s Block or head program.

“Growing up right here in Southern California I’m thrilled to be apart of this program that’s geared to get kids to the track,” said Force. “The scholarship from SAM is a tremendous opportunity as well as incentive for these students to follow speed limits and obey the laws of the road.  I have hired SAM graduates that have worked full-time on my race team and think this program offers a tremendous privilege for the kids as well as myself. Keeping young people interested in NHRA racing is important and I want to continue to work with programs like this and the NHRA to keep the youth excited about racing.”

SAM, located in Houston, Texas, is a leading post secondary educational institution in the Automotive High Performance Industry. Top Race Teams and engine builders like Don Schumacher Racing, John Force Racing, Roush Yates Engines, Hendrick Motorsports, Toyota Racing Development, Richard Childress Racing and many more have hired SAM graduates.

“We are so honored to be a part of this dynamic program that will allow SAM to make a positive impact on the careers and tendencies of young performance enthusiasts, while providing a service to the community by offering an incentive to not race on the streets,” said Kim Klevenhagen, Director of Development at the School of Automotive Machinists. Klevenhagen went on to add “We look forward to working with the students and the rest of the community to provide a safe and fun environment to explore their automotive passion.”

For more information on the High School Summer Series and the California High School Drag Challenge please visit facebook.com/highschooldrags.

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About Auto Club Dragway:  Auto Club Dragway is the only championship, quarter-mile premier drag racing facility in Southern California.  Located north of the Auto Club Speedway backstretch, the dragstrip hosts events nearly every weekend of the year, anything from professional drag racers competing in NHRA drag racing events to amateur drag racers in the street legal drag racing program.  No matter what the event, Auto Club Dragway serves as a popular weekend destination for families that compete in Dragway events or enjoy as a spectators in the grandstands.  Race fans looking for high-speed action thrills throughout the year, there are plenty of events at Auto Club Dragway to keep your adrenalin pumping all year round.  For more information on Auto Club Dragway, or for the event schedule visit www.autoclubdragway.com or call (909) 429-5060.

About Auto Club Speedway:  Located 50 miles east of Los Angeles in Fontana, California, Auto Club Speedway is California’s premier motorsports facility, hosting over 320 days of track activity each year including the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Auto Club 400 weekend in March and the MAVTV 500 INDYCAR World Championships Finale weekend in August.  The two-mile D-shaped oval is one of the fastest tracks on the INDYCAR and NASCAR circuits.  The Speedway is also home to numerous movies, television and commercial productions, photo shoots, new car testing, club racing and a variety of racing schools. For more information on events at Auto Club Speedway call 1-800-944-RACE (7223) or visit www.autoclubspeedway.com .  For more information on event lodging, visit the Hilton Garden Inn, Fontana, the official hotel partner of Auto Club Speedway and Auto Club Dragway.



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