SIMRACEWAY® RELAUNCHES HIGHLY-ACCLAIMED MECHANICS TRAINING PROGRAM
The Simraceway Performance Driving Center (http://pdc.simraceway.com) today announced it is relaunching the popular Mechanics Training Program (MTP), which was last run in 2009.
The program, whose close ties to the motorsports industry has seen the majority of its 2,700+ graduates find employment at all levels of IndyCar, NASCAR, IMSA, SCCA, and vintage racing teams, as well as major chassis and engine suppliers, has been completely updated to reflect recent technological changes.
Featuring a syllabus that offers hands-on training using the racing school's state-of-the-art Lola Simraceway Formula 3 race car fleet, regular input from eminent members of the motor racing industry, and a pioneering simulation component, the Mechanics Training Program is aiming to equip a whole new generation of aspiring mechanics.
The program's graduates will be hoping to follow in the footsteps of its esteemed alumni, which include IndyCar and sportscar stalwarts Clay Turner (Team Penske), Andrew Copeland (A.J. Foyt Enterprises), Richard J Romeo (Bimmerworld Racing), and Andrew McNamara (Alex Job Racing/WeatherTech).
The refreshed Mechanics Training Program will be overseen by Ky Boe, another of its distinguished graduates and a former Formula Car Crew Chief and Garage Manager at the school, who was heavily involved in refining the original MTP to ensure it kept pace with the fast-moving motorsports industry.
Most of the Simraceway Performance Driving Center's existing mechanics were also sourced directly from the program and the school is aiming to offer five graduates from the reenergized course future employment at its high-tech headquarters at Turn 1 of Sonoma Raceway.
"We're extremely proud—and not-a-little excited—to be breathing new life into such an important training program." said Simraceway CEO Jonathan Haswell. "We're acutely aware of the esteem in which the MTP is held within the industry and we're thrilled to be re-establishing our role in the production of gifted racecar mechanics that will form the mainstay of the motorsports industry for years to come."
Mechanics Training Program Manager Ky Boe, added: "I'm looking forward to using the skills I picked up during my time as a student in the MTP in 2001-2002 to help inspire a whole new generation of technicians—we can't wait to bring it back online!"
The Simraceway Mechanics Training Program is currently accepting applicants for its first course, which is due to begin in September 2014.
With a portfolio that includes both an industry-leading driving school and a respected racing
simulation, Simraceway offers unrivalled real-world and virtual automotive experiences and instruction. Headquartered at Sonoma Raceway in California, the Simraceway Performance Driving Center hosts a diverse range of programs, including its highly-regarded Prototype and Formula 3 courses, overseen by a team of world-class instructors. Simraceway's free-to-play Online Racing World boasts live, multiplayer racing, simulation-grade driving physics developed by world- champion drivers, an unparalleled collection of car and track licenses, and cutting-edge proprietary technology, including its "Skillquant" skill-matching software and "SRW-S1" racing controller.
About the Simraceway Mechanics Training Program
The all-new Simraceway Mechanics Training Program provides students with the practical knowledge and skills they need to qualify for an entry-level career in professional motorsports. Focusing on the basic mechanical design of the contemporary open-wheel racecar, with emphasis on its preparation and applications, it gives students the opportunity to work side-by-side with professional technicians on a modern fleet of Formula 3 cars—invaluable practical knowledge that is supplemented by extensive input from a number of respected industry experts.
Ky Boe (Mechanics Training Program Manager)