HOFFMAN ESTATES, IL. (March 14, 2006) - The NASCAR Craftsman Truck
Series garage will be transformed into a hands-on classroom for four students
with aspirations of a career in racing.
During the Atlanta race week, Craftsman® Motorsports will host four students
from Philadelphia's Urban Youth Racing School (UYRS) for an intense internship
program where students will learn the ABC's of racing. The Urban Youth Racing
School is a non-profit organization committed to the education, training and
preparation of today's urban youths through exposure to the automotive and
The student interns are: Danny Colon (18) of North Philadelphia, Pa.; Shawnna
Stanton (18) of Philadelphia; Kristopher Fuller (17) of Philadelphia; and Nkosi
Harmon (17) of Philadelphia. As part of this year's internship program, the
students will be assigned to four NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series teams - Circle
Bar Racing (No. 14), Darrell Waltrip Motorsports (Nos. 12 and 17), Morgan-Dollar
Motorsports (Nos. 47 and 85) and Red Horse Racing (No. 11).
"The NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series often is considered a stepping stone for
many young racers and for mechanics who have dreamed of working in NASCAR," said
Scott Howard, Manager of Sponsorship and Sales Promotion for Sears Holdings
Corp. "Our annual internship program with the Urban Youth Racing School is one
of many ways that Craftsman continues to support diversity in NASCAR. Through
the internship program and other initiatives, Craftsman engages these students
in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series, helping them recognize that opportunities
exist in motorsports, and giving them first-hand experience and encouragement to
pursue their dreams."
CTS Team Teach Urban Youths Through Internship/Add One
internship allows students from the Urban Youth Racing School who are interested
in motorsports to go behind the scenes in race shops and in the garage at the
race track to learn the steps each team takes to prepare for the dropping of the
green flag each week.
The internship will begin on Mon., March 13 with the students taking a
hands-on approach as they work in the race shops of their assigned teams. From
welding on a race truck to learning set-ups to loading the hauler to go to the
race track, the UYRS students will gain knowledge about the inner workings of a
race shop. After a few days of preparation, it's off to the race track.
On Thursday morning, the students will travel to Atlanta to work with their
assigned teams at the Atlanta Motor Speedway for the John Deere 200. With the
garage as their laboratory, the UYRS students will help with everything from
pushing the truck through inspection line to setting up the pits for the
The internship will culminate with the students working in the pits during
the John Deere 200. "I've been looking forward to this week for so long that I
can't stop thinking about it," said Danny Colon, an 18-year-old student at the
Community College of Philadelphia. "This is such a great opportunity, and I
really appreciate Craftsman doing this. "I'm going to work as hard as I can all
week. Whatever they tell me to do, I'm going to do it. I like working on race
cars, and I hope this leads to something bigger in the future."
Since 2002, the Craftsman-UYRS relationship has become a vital source of
growth for this student program. Craftsman not only provides its tools and tool
storage for the UYRS race shop and mini-cup car competitions, but it also has
become a leading sponsor in facilitating invaluable motorsports industry
opportunities for the UYRS members.
The Sears Craftsman UYRS Internship Program makes it possible for students to
attend select races among other activities. Craftsman's support of the UYRS
helps youths develop their skills, education and interests in motorsports and
beyond. Craftsman, the Official Tools of NASCAR, has sponsored the NASCAR
Craftsman Truck Series since it began in 1995. According to a 2004 EquiTrend
survey, Craftsman is rated the No. 1 brand in the nation for overall quality.
Craftsman tools, merchandise and related services are sold nationwide through
Sears Full-line stores, Sears Hardware stores, Sears Dealer stores and Orchard
Supply Hardware stores, through select Kmart stores and specialty catalogs and
online at www.sears.com and www.craftsman.com.
UYRS is a non-profit organization committed to the education, training and
preparation of today's urban youth through exposure to the automotive and
motorsports industry. UYRS is committed to making diversity and youth
issues a national priority. www.uyrs.com