The event raised over $10,000 to support the Alliance’s Automotive Education Fund and will fund scholarships for automotive students enrolled in NATEF-certified 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-four teams of auto service and collision repair shops and industry suppliers were joined by six teams of automotive students from Dakota County Technical College, Dunwoody College of Technology, Hennepin 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 first-place and runner-up teams each night. They were:
Tuesday, Jan. 8
• 1st Place – Pearson Auto Body, Team #2, Shakopee
• Runner-Up – LaMettry’s Collision, Team #2, Eden Prairie
Wednesday, Jan. 9
• 1st Place – Wenzel Auto Electric, Mankato
• Runner-Up – Dunwoody Student Auto Service Team, Minneapolis
Thursday, Jan. 10
• 1st Place – Lancer Service Auto Care, St. Paul Runner-Up – Crystal Lake Automotive, Lakeville
In addition to the 30 race teams, the event was supported by the following sponsors:
• AmeriTrust Group
• Auto Value Parts Stores/APH
• Axalta Coating Systems
• CBIZ AIA
• LKQ – Minnesota
• PPG Automotive Finishes
• United Fire Group
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, over $233,000 has been invested in student scholarships, SkillsUSA and automotive education programs throughout the state.