N.C. A&T RACECAR TEAM READY TO START THEIR ENGINES IN SCHOOL OF TECHNOLOGY

The North Carolina A&T State University School of Technology is building a racing team for students. Motorsports professional Greg Davis will work with the school to develop a competitive team.

“The goal is to turn out industry ready graduates and the best way to do that is to take them racing,” Davis said.

Davis pitched the idea to the university in 2012. Dr. Ben Obinero Uwakweh, dean in the School of Technology, worked with Davis and other university professionals to incorporate the racing team into the Motorsports curriculum.

The Motorsports program that began in 2010 is home to roughly 60 students. Students that study motorsports at A&T receive technical and managerial training that allows them to fulfill the human resource needs of corporate sponsors, team owners, track facilities and product or service support suppliers.

Motorsports students are taught NASCAR rules and regulations, motorsports demographics, and the interdisciplinary involvement of technology, engineering, management, marketing, communications, and graphic design in motorsports.

“We will have up to 20 students on the team and their job will be to run the race from cradle to grave; they’ll plan everything,” said Uwakweh.

Davis will serve as the driver for now.

“In the series that we’re in we’re going to run against some of the top teams in the sport. My vision is that we’ll have a scholarship program to recruit developing drivers into the A&T car,” said Davis.