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AASP-MN 19th Annual Race for Automotive Education raises over $13,000

Monies will fund scholarships for students enrolled in ASE accredited repair programs in Minnesota’s technical colleges

Roseville, Minn.—The Alliance of Automotive Service Providers of Minnesota (AASP-MN) held its 19th Annual Race for Automotive Education, Sept. 28-30, at ProKart Indoor Racing in Burnsville, Minn.

The event raised more than $13,400 to support the Alliance’s Automotive Education Fund and will fund scholarships for automotive students enrolled in ASE accredited auto service and collision repair programs in Minnesota’s technical colleges.

During the three-nights, 150 racers took to the track in go-karts reaching speeds of up to 40 miles per hour. Twenty teams of auto service and collision repair shops and industry suppliers were joined by 10 teams of automotive students from Dakota County Technical College, Dunwoody College of Technology, Hennepin Technical College (north & south campuses), St. Cloud Community & Technical College and South Central College.

The student teams were sponsored by 1 Collision Network. Many spectator fans were also on hand to cheer on their team.

Trophies were awarded to the 1st place and runner-up teams each night:

Tuesday, Sept. 28
• 1st Place – Wenzel Auto Electric, Mankato
• Runner-Up – Further Performance, Minneapolis

Wednesday, Sept. 29 (Student Night)
• 1st Place – Hennepin Technical College, Eden Prairie
• Runner-Up – Hennepin Technical College, Brooklyn Park

Thursday, Sept. 30
• 1st Place – LaMettry’s Collision, Minnetonka
• Runner-Up – Heppner’s Auto Body, Team #1, Twin Cities

In addition to the 30 race teams, the event was supported by the following sponsors:
• 1 Collision Network
• Auto Value Parts Stores/APH
• Axalta Coating Systems
• FinishMaster
• LKQ – Minnesota
• Lube Tech & Partners
• Podium
• PPG Automotive Finishes

The Automotive Education Fund was established in 2002 to provide financial resources to support automotive students, enhance automotive programs and raise awareness of career opportunities in the automotive service industry. Since its inception, nearly $290,000 has been invested in student scholarships, Skills USA and automotive education programs throughout the state.

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