Hot Rodders of Tomorrow Kicks Off with Seven Qualifiers

Mar 1, 2017

The Hot Rodders of Tomorrow (HROT) Engine Challenge’s first event of 2017 season was held at the Race & Performance Expo in Schaumburg, Illinois. HROT and Race & Performance Expo have a long history together-the expo hosted the first HROT event in 2008.

Thirty teams competed at the Race & Performance Expo this past weekend, while only seven will advance to the Dual National Championship held later this year at both the SEMA and PRI Shows.

To qualify for the Dual National Championship, a team must finish under 33 minutes including penalties.

In fourth place, Team Centerforce from South Elgin High School in South Elgin, Illinois came in with a time of 23:46.

“Being involved with Hot Rodders of Tomorrow Program helped double the female students enrolled in my overall automotive class,” said Steve Schertz, coach of Team Centerforce.

Coming in third place with a time of 20:41 was Team Fragola from Fremd High School located in Palatine, Illinois. In second place with a time of 20:06 was Team Howards Cams from Lakeshore High School in Stevensville, Michigan.

Also from Fremd High School was the first place winning team during the weekend event. Team McLeod recorded the best time at 19:54. The team finished both runs with no penalties at the Race & Performance Expo Show.

“My senior team has been together since their freshman year in high school-they have been chasing a first-place finish,” said Steve Elza, coach of the two Fremd teams. “This past weekend, those students not only clinched first place, but they also had two perfect engines and a first time in competition sub 20-minute performance.

“Fremd’s second team did very well too with one perfect engine, and they were knocking on the sub 20-minute door as well,” Elza added. “We believe if the engine is perfect regardless of time nothing else matters. I’m consistently impressed with the student’s hard work, dedication, and stellar sportsmanship.”

Visit to see the complete results from this past weekend.

For more information, contact Rodney Bingham at or call 815-722-5460.