The Hot Rodders of Tomorrow (HROT) Engine Challenge held two qualifying events this past weekend in two new locations and states for the program. It was also the second consecutive weekend with double-header HROT events. Both events were held in new locations and states. Out west in Kaysville, Utah at the Davis Applied Technology College, seven Utah teams competed in their very first HROT Engine Challenge. Of those teams, one team qualified for the Dual National Championship while another will be invited as a wild card team.
Team Hedman Hedders from Hunter High School in West Valley City, Utah, qualified with the time of 32:59-”just 1 second under the limit. Team Aeroquip from Box Elder High School in Brigham City, Utah came in second with a time of 33:52. Team Aeroquip will be invited to the Dual National Championship as a wild card team.
In the Midwest, HROT also held a qualifier in Lenexa, Kansas at the Aeromotive open house and car show. Eight teams competed and six qualified for the Dual National Championship. Leading the pack at qualifying, Team Aeromotive from Eastern Oklahoma County Tech Center in Choctaw, Oklahoma timed 19:51. Team Flowmaster from Tulsa Technology Center #3 in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma) had a time of 25:22. Team B&M from Pontotoc Tech Center in Ada, Oklahoma scored a time of 29:28.
Hereford High School from Hereford, Texas had two teams qualify: Team Vibrant Performance (30:17) and Team National Performance Warehouse (30:40).
Team Allstar from Doherty High School in Colorado Springs, Colorado, was a new team to the event, and clocked in at 51:47.
The Dual National Championship is held at the SEMA and PRI Show later this year. A team qualifies by disassembling and then re-assembling a small-block Chevrolet engine in less than 33 minutes, including penalties.
There are now a total of 44 teams that have qualified and 1 wild card team with times ranging from 17:47 to 33:52. Those students that 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.
Hot Rodders of Tomorrow is a 501-C3 nonprofit education organization helping students stay in the racing automotive industry.