Larry Pond's phone has been ringing off the hook and his e-mail box is overflowing as ASA Member Tracks have been getting in contact with him about becoming part of the 2010 ASA Educational Series program. The ASA ES started as a pilot program at Madison International Speedway, an ASA Member Track, last season and will expand to be available at all ASA Member Tracks in 2010.
"The ASA Member Track promoters have really shown a lot of interest in this program and they see it as a big positive for their tracks," Pond, the ASA Educational Series National Director said. "We have formed a great partnership with Ohio Technical College to give high school kids the opportunity to be eligible for a scholarship to their very well known school."
The program is a co-sponsorship between Ohio Technical College and the ASA-Educational Series. The purpose of the program is to involve young ladies and men that are currently in high school in the auto racing industry and reward them with scholarships to Ohio Technical College based upon their performance.
High School students may apply for the program through their contacts with Ohio Technical College. Applications will be forwarded to the ASA-Educational Series for evaluation. Students that are accepted will become ASA-Educational Series members and will be assigned to a specific ASA race team competing at an ASA Member Track. They will earn points based on their performance with the race team during the race season.
Last year, Pond along with Pete Raskovic, a founder of the program and now consultant along with Randy Dziadowicz of Ohio Technical College, handed out $250,000 in OTC scholarship credits to 30 students at Madison International Speedway in its pilot program. Madison is already on board for the 2010 season.
In 2010, the ASA Educational Series will expand and be available to all ASA Member Tracks. The ASA Educational Series co-sponsor has committed up to $100,000 per year to each ASA Educational Series track.
One track that has already committed to be a part of this program is Lonesome Pines Raceway, an ASA Member Track in Coeburn, VA. "I think it's a great program for the younger generation," Harold Crook, Lonesome Pines Promoter said. "This is a great opportunity for them to be around the racers and especially the race cars. Not only will they learn something at the track but also have a great college opportunity as well. Many schools in our area have already expressed their interest in being involved."
"This is a great way to get what I feel is a generation we are missing at the short tracks to come back and be a part of our great sport," Dennis Huth, ASA President said. "Short track racing can teach our teenagers a lot of great things they will need in life from teamwork to the positive spirit of competition and most of all a well-rounded education."
For students and tracks that would like more information on the ASA Educational Series program, please contact Director Larry Pond at e-mail: LPond@asaeducationalseries.com or phone 480-861-8108.
To learn more about Ohio Technical College go to their website at www.ohiotechnicalcollege.com.
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