After eight Hot Rodders of Tomorrow events so far this season, teams continue to challenge and compete to score under the 34-minute mark to qualify for the National Dual Championship Playoffs at the SEMA and PRI shows later this year. To date, 36 teams will be making travel plans.
The most recent team to qualify was Team ThermoTec from Calabasas High School in Calabasas, California. The team posted posted a time of 25:52 this past weekend at the Edelbrock Car Show in Torrance, California-good for third place at the event.
“Hot Rodders of Tomorrow Engine Challenge is an amazing program for his students,” said Josh Landerer, Team ThermoTec Coach. “Students get to meet vice presidents and CEOs of manufacturers. Hot Rodders (of Tomorrow) is an inexpensive program that students get to participate and earn scholarship money once they qualify for the Dual Championship.
“My program has grown from 26 to 37 students this year, and that’s not including freshmen,” he added. “You can say it’s STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) at its best.”
Team Meziere from Katella High School in Anaheim, California, finished first at the same event with a time of 23:03. Team Magnaflow from Rancho Alamitos High School in Garden Grove, California, finished second with a time of 25:06. Both first- and second-place teams had already qualified in previous events earlier this season-once qualified, teams may continue to compete to improve their time and move up in the ranks.
The next Hot Rodders of Tomorrow event is set for May 28 in Watervliet, Michigan, during the Lane Automotive Car Show.
For additional information on starting a team or other sponsorship opportunities, contact Rodney Bingham at [email protected].