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Western Technical College Named Presenting Sponsor Of NHRA Y.E.S. Program

February 22, 2021

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GLENDORA, Calif. (Feb. 22, 2021) – NHRA and Western Technical College teamed up to announce Western Tech as the presenting sponsor of the NHRA Youth and Education Services (YES) Program, in a three-year agreement. 

Western Tech, based in El Paso, Texas, has a long history with NHRA. Dating back to 2013 when Western Tech began working with NHRA super team Don Schumacher Racing, students have received hands-on training in the racing field and later have gone on to become crew members amongst many successful NHRA teams. 

The NHRA YES Program is the only full-time education program in motorsports providing quality educational content and activities for schools and youth organizations nationwide. The YES Program invites students to NHRA national events to see first-hand the career opportunities within the motorsports field. 

“The NHRA YES Program opens the door to the endless career opportunities for the next generation of technicians in the automotive and motorsports industries,” said Brad Kuykendall, Western Tech’s CEO. “As partners in education, we are capable of inspiring young people to achieve excellence as they prepare for their own future, and that’s what Western Tech is all about. The NHRA YES Program is an excellent platform for introducing the next generation of technicians and performance enthusiasts to the NHRA, championship drivers, automotive industry leaders and Western Technical College. Western Tech is proud to be a part of this wonderful program and we are looking forward to an exciting and fulfilling partnership.”

“We are thrilled to bring Western Tech on as the presenting sponsor of the NHRA YES Program,” Brad Gerber, NHRA Vice President and Chief Development Officer. “The YES Program allows students from across the country to see the career options in the motorsports world and Western Tech is a great avenue to hone the skills needed for a successful career in the field.” 

The NHRA season kicks off at the AMALIE Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals, March 11-14, with the first NHRA YES Program of the season. For more information about the YES Program, visit 

About NHRA 

Headquartered in Glendora, Calif., NHRA is the primary sanctioning body for the sport of drag racing in the United States. NHRA presents 22 national events featuring the NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series, NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, E3 Spark Plugs Pro Mod Drag Racing Series presented by J&A Service, Factory Stock Showdown and Top Fuel Harley Series. NHRA provides competition opportunities for drivers of all levels in the NHRA Summit Racing Series and the NHRA Drags: Street Legal Style. NHRA also offers the NHRA Jr. Street program for teens and the Summit Racing Jr. Drag Racing League for youth ages 5 to 17. With over 120 Member Tracks, NHRA allows racers to compete at a variety of locations nationally and internationally. NHRA’s Youth and Education Services (YES) Program reaches over 30,000 students annually to ignite their interest in automotive and racing related careers. NHRA’s streaming service,, allows fans to view all NHRA national events as well as exclusive features of the sport. In addition, NHRA owns and operates four racing facilities: Atlanta Dragway in Georgia; Gainesville Raceway in Florida; Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis; and Auto Club Raceway at Pomona in Southern California. For more information, log on to, or visit the official NHRA pages on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube.