NHRA CHAMPIONS ANTRON BROWN AND JACK BECKMAN TO VISIT STUDENTS AT WESTERN TECHNICAL COLLEGE ON FEBRUARY 25
EL PASO, Texas (Feb. 6, 2015) – Antron Brown, 2012 NHRA Top Fuel world champion and driver of the Don Schumacher Racing-owned Matco Tools dragster, will visit Western Technical College in El Paso, Texas for the seventh consecutive year on February 25. This year, Brown will be joined by Jack Beckman, his DSR teammate and 2012 NHRA Funny Car world champion and driver of the Infinite Hero 2015 Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car.
Brown, a former college track star at Mercer (N.J.) Community College, and Beckman, a former sergeant in the U.S. Air Force and a cancer surivor, will speak to Western Tech students about education and career choices.
“I really enjoy doing these school visits through the Matco Tools Tech Ed program,” Brown said. “I have been in the student’s position before when I was in school at Mercer College in New Jersey. Having the opportunity to give back to these students and speak to them about their future and their career paths is something I find very rewarding. These students and mechanics are the future and it’s great to meet them. I’ve been coming to Western Tech for six years now and it’s a great facility and a great partner of DSR.”
Brown and Beckman will be at the school from 9 a.m.- 2 p.m. speaking to groups of students who also will have the opportunity to get an up-close look at the Matco Tools Top Fuel dragster and Infinite Hero Funny Car and speak with four crew members that work on the 10,000-horsepower nitro-fueled machine.
Since 2013, 20 students from Western Technical College have joined Don Schumacher Racing as interns in a variety of roles, including working on DSR race teams and in the fabrication branch at the DSR race shop in Brownsburg, Ind.
Allan Sharpe, President of Western Tech says, “"We are very proud of our partnership with Don Schumacher Racing. It allows our students the ability to not only learn about real world pit crew scenarios at events like this, but to have an opportunity to intern directly with DSR at races across the Nation and throughout the year."
Brown is the only racer in NHRA history to win races in both Top Fuel and Pro Stock Motorcycle. He has 47 career wins, 37 career No. 1 qualifying awards and is competing in his eighth season in Top Fuel after spending 10 years in the Pro Stock Motorcycle class. He was the 2012 NHRA Top Fuel champion, becoming the first African-American to win a major motorsports title.
Beckman owns two NHRA championships, one in the professional Funny Car category in 2011 and in 2003 “Fast Jack” earned the Super Comp world championship. He has been licensed in 12 different NHRA categories. Jack also served as an instructor for the Frank Hawley Drag Racing School where he has taught more than 7,000 students since 1998. He is a former Sergent in the U.S. Air Force.
WHO: Antron Brown and Jack Beckman, NHRA champions
WHAT: Brown and Beckman will visit Western Technical College
and speak to students at the college. Brown’s Top Fuel
dragster and Beckman’s Funny Car also will be on display.
WHEN: Wednesday, February 25, 2015
WHERE: Western Technical College
9624 Plaza Circle
El Paso, TX 79927
TIME: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
CONTACT: Brad Judy, Western Technical College, (915) 525-0579
About Matco Tools and its Tech-Ed Program
Since 1979, the mission of Matco Tools has been to provide professional mechanics and auto enthusiasts with all of the premium tools, storage and equipment they need to get the job done, while also offering best-in-class service and customer support. Ranked among the top 30 in Entrepreneur Magazine’s 2014 Franchise 500®, the company continues to expand throughout the United States and Canada, adding several hundred mobile stores each year.
Matco’s Tech Ed program provides several benefits to students including: access to the most innovative and high-quality tools and equipment in the market, outstanding service and support and exclusive discount pricing for Tech-Ed members. For more information, please visit www.MatcoTools.com/TechEd.
About Don Schumacher Racing
Don Schumacher Racing, headquartered in Brownsburg, Ind., fields seven professional NHRA teams. In Top Fuel, the U.S. Army dragster driven by seven-time world champion Tony Schumacher, the 2012 NHRA Top Fuel world champion Matco Tools dragster driven by Antron Brown and the Red Fuel Powered by Schumacher dragster driven by Spencer Massey; and in Funny Car, 2011 and 2014 world champion Matt Hagan in the Mopar Express Lane/Rocky Boots 2015 Dodge Charger R/T, 2012 NHRA world champion Jack Beckman in the Infinite Hero Foundation Dodge, the NAPA AUTO PARTS Dodge of Ron Capps and the Make-A-Wish Dodge driven by Tommy Johnson Jr.
DSR has won 240 NHRA national event titles and 13 world championships.
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