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Marana’s “A” Team takes First Place in the 2015 Arizona High School Pit Crew Challenge

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Chandler, ARIZ. (March 1, 2015) – February 27th was date of the 23rd running of the” Arizona High School Pit Crew Challenge”.  The event was held at Bob Bondurant School of High Performance Driving.  Not only did the Bob Bondurant School of High Performance Driving make their facility available to these young and aspiring teens, but they also made their vehicles available for use in the challenge.

The Arizona High School Pit Crew Challenge is a timed competition between students involved in high school automotive programs from through out the state. The school have teams of 5 students that perform tasks on cars and engines while being timed.  Their work is then checked for accuracy.

smPicture-016This years event featured 15 teams, all competing during the morning of the challenge for one of the top 3 positions.  Returning after a lunch break, competitors in the top three reams compete in a run-off for the No. 1 position.  This year’s No. 1 finisher was the “A” team from Marana High School.  They completed their final pit crew challenge in 3:22.78, just about 45 seconds ahead of the “A” team from Mesa’s Dobson High School.  Mountain High School’s “B” team took 3rd overall in the challenge.

With over 500 students from 15 Arizona high schools in attendance, Judging was done by both students and instructors from U.T.I. (Universal Technical Institute).  First place team won a $6,000 Snap On tool box provided by UTI. The top 3 teams received trophys, and all members of the teams received trophy plaques. There was also a trophy for the “Most Spirited Team”, and the “Best Dressed Team.” Entertainment was provided by U.T.I., and Bondurant as they had a Mazda race running on the same day.  Lunch for those on site was provided by the 5 & Diner.

Thanks to the Bob Bondurant School of High Performance Driving, U T I , Snap-On Tools, Car Quest of Chandler, and Hughes Torque Converters for making the 2015 Arizona High School Pit Crew Challenge possible.

A huge thanks goes out to Dobson High School Automotived Instructor Mike Kerr for stepping up and putting the Arizona High School Pit Crew Challenge together for the second year in a row.

2015 Arizona High School Pit Crew Challenge results

First round

  1. Dobson “A” team                                                               4:09.72
  2. Marana “A” team                                                               4:47.97
  3. Mountain View Mesa “B” team                                    5:05.81
  4. Safford “B” team                                                                5:17.31
  5. Dobson “B” team                                                               5:19.66
  6. Marana “B” team                                                               5:31.09
  7. Mountain View Mesa                                                      5:31.66
  8. Skyline                                                                                  5:11.53
  9. Safford “A” team                                                               5:53.59
  10. Red Mountain                                                                    7:01.03
  11. Casa Grande Union                                                          7:14.25
  12. Mesa High “B” team                                                        8:55.06
  13. Mesa High “A” team                                                       10:19.32
  14. Alchesay  “B” team                                                          14:59.72
  15. Alchesay “A” team                                                           23:10.64

FINAL ROUND

1st Place: Marana “A” team                                                 3:22.78

2nd Place: Dobson “A” team                                                4:07.50

3rd Place: Mountain “B” team                                             4:25.49

Chuck adds “THEY ARE OUR FUTURE AND IT IS OUR RESPONSIBILITY TO HELP THEM BECOME OUR NEXT GENERATION OF LEADERS.”

Photos courtesy of Chuck Hoover.

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