Hot Rodders of Tomorrow Engine Challenge held two qualifying events over this past weekend (May 6).
Sixteen teams competed at the Edelbrock Car Show. Of those, three new teams qualified for the Dual National Championship, which will be held at the SEMA and PRI Show later this year.
Participants will attempt to disassemble and then reassemble a small-block Chevrolet engine in less than 33 minutes, including penalties. The fastest time will take home first place.
Team Performance Quotient from Loara High School out of Anaheim, California qualified with a time of 32:14. Team FAST from Rancho Alamitos High School from Garden Grove, California had a time of 30:02. Team Comp Cams of Calabasas High School in Calabasas, California qualified with the time of 25:05.
At the Parkland College Car Show in Champaign, Illinois, nine teams competed with four new teams qualifying for the Championship.
Team Hooker Blackheart, a new team participating in their first HROT event from North Boone High School, Poplar Grove, Illinois, qualified in fifth place with the time of 30:31. Parkland College from Champaign, Illinois, who hosted the event, had two teams qualify: in fourth place, Team RHS Heads (27:22) and in second place, Team Taylor (25:42).
Team Speed Pro, Belvidere North High School, Belvidere, Illinois took first with a time of 20:57. Belvidere has participated in the HROT program since its inception back in 2008.
Currently, 37 teams have qualified with times ranging from 17:47 to 32:14. The students that will participate at the championships will compete for scholarships ranging from $5,000 to $10,000 from five different colleges: Ohio Technical College, University of Northwestern Ohio, School of Automotive Machinists & Technology, Universal Technical Institute and WyoTech.
For additional information, donations, or question regarding starting a team and sponsorship opportunities, contact Rodney Bingham at [email protected] or call at 815-722-5460.