SkillsUSA has been fortunate have our logo appear on several cars in NASCAR and the NHRA. This was made possible by the kind support of companies who believe in our mission.
Firing on All Cylinders at Daytona 500
March 15th, 2013
We had an amazing opportunity to talk about SkillsUSA, skilled trades and welding from February 20-24 during a week of racing at Daytona Beach, Florida. This was the SkillsUSA WorldTeam final Weld-Off - a competition taking 22 hours over four days – to select the final member of the WorldTeam. We had three finalists, Andrew Cardin of Massachusetts, Tanner Tipsword of Wyoming and Alex Pazkowski of Michigan. All of them did fantastic work, and Alex was named the winner on Sunday evening.
The other big winner was SkillsUSA. Thanks to an outdoor booth valued at $58,000 and donated by Larsen Motorsports, we had tens of thousands of people come by to talk, meet the students and examine their welding projects. Larsen Motorsports is owned by Chris and Elaine Larsen, and she’s one of only four female jet fuel dragster drivers in the world. She was in the booth signing autographs right along with the students when they were on break. The SkillsUSA flag was flying and the SkillsUSA and AWS logos were prominently displayed on a racing trailer in the booth. Crowds got progressively larger through the week. By Sunday, the crowds were four and five deep. See the photos at: www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10152585499225591.959256.22208255590&type=1.
The connection to Larsen was made through Youth Development Foundation Committee member Paul Cleveland of Miller Electric Mfg. Co., Inc., and members of the Welding contest technical committee. The American Welding Society (AWS) was the main sponsor and, on awards night had a beautiful white tent with lights and a sound system right down on Daytona Beach. It was a beautiful setting and event to announce the winner and recognize each of our contestants. Thanks go to Brandon Muehlbrandt of Lincoln Electric Co., Nick Peterson of Miller and all the other participants for pulling this whole event together. I know Alex will do a wonderful job of representing the United States in Germany this July.
February 28th, 2013
Peyton Sellers Hero card
October 14th, 2012
Check out Peyton Sellers’ new Hero Card (click on it for the full size):
NASCAR Mega Prize
September 15th, 2010
Thanks to our friends at IRWIN, we celebrated our SkillsUSA 100% advisors at the IRWIN Bristol Night Race in Bristol, Tenn. during the August 21 weekend. An all-expense-paid trip for Rachel Montgomery, a local SkillsUSA advisor from Idaho, was the first SkillsUSA “Mega Prize” awarded from a drawing held at NLSC in June. It was a spectacular way to recognize one of our best advisors and her husband (who just happened to be huge NASCAR fans – and Rachel’s favorite driver won all three races at Bristol that weekend). Thanks to IRWIN and YDF member Cheryl Mehrmann and board member Nick Morrisroe for their generous contribution of this Mega Prize. We’ll be exploring more ways to recognize our teachers and state directors with incentives like this one.
SkillsUSA at Charlotte Motor Speedway
June 15th, 2010
Peyton Sellers ran his Sellers Racing Chevrolet fully-wrapped with the SkillsUSA logo on the hood, rear deck and sides, on May 29 during the qualifying trials in the Tech-Net Auto Service 300 at the Charlotte Motor Speedway. He even wore a SkillsUSA logo fire suit. Here’s more information www.skillsusa.org/supporters/peytonsellers.shtml.
Peyton Sellers to Race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway
June 15th, 2010
Following his appearance at the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference, Peyton Sellers will be behind the wheel of a Nationwide Series car again in the upcoming New England 200 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on June 26.
Watch Peyton practice Friday, June 25th starting at 10:30 a.m. on the SPEED channel. Peyton will qualify Saturday morning at 10:30, also on the SPEED channel, for a spot in the New England 200 to be broadcast on ESPN Saturday at 2:30 p.m. EDT.
Sellers will drive the #25 Sellers Racing Chevrolet carrying a SkillsUSA paint scheme. Help us wish Peyton good luck!
NASCAR and SPEED
May 1st, 2010
SkillsUSA has recently had great exposure on the NASCAR circuit. The Peyton Sellers car ran in the Nationwide Series on April 4 with the SkillsUSA logo prominently displayed on the rear quarters. On Sunday, April 5, I had the opportunity to witness the SkillsUSA logo run on the #48 Kobalt Tough Tools for Cool Schools car and Jimmie Johnson drove to a 2nd place finish. The highlight of my trip was an interview on the SPEED CHANNEL with alumna Wendy Venturini. Wendy is from North Carolina and was SkillsUSA’s national gold medalist in 1996 in the prepared speech competition in Kansas City. You can view the interview and see how great our logo looked on the car here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gWcmbcxwPas.
Peyton Sellers showed his continued commitment to SkillsUSA as the keynote speaker at the SkillsUSA Georgia opening ceremony in Atlanta on April 16. Wendy Venturini has accepted our invitation to be a part of the NLSC opening ceremony on June 23.
Exciting Day with Kobalt and Jimmie Johnson in Atlanta
March 15th, 2010
On Thursday, March 4, Kelly Horton and I traveled to Atlanta to join the Lowe’s Kobalt Tools Team and four-time NASCAR Champion Jimmie Johnson in an exciting event to honor our first school in the 2010 “Toolbox for Education” Kobalt Tool program. SkillsUSA students and their advisor from Jonesboro High School in Atlanta were taken on a “tool shopping spree” in the Lowe’s store by driver Jimmie Johnson, and they left the store with $1,100.00 worth of Kobalt Mechanic’s tools. Jimmie Johnson told me: “SkillsUSA is really a perfect fit for me to talk about. Your organization is doing fantastic things.”
The tool set was the first of 400 to be presented to SkillsUSA Automotive Service Technology chapters nationwide. The chapters receiving the tools are all 100% chapters that engage all students in the program as active members. All chapters have been notified of their awards, and each chapter will visit their local Lowe’s store to redeem the coupon for tools and a Lowe’s/Kobalt/SkillsUSA co-branded banner for their labs. The total value of the nationwide tool donation is $440,000.
The event, held at Lowe’s of Edgewood in Atlanta, included an overview of the tool program by Lowe’s executive Billy Sarvis, and I delivered a presentation on the SkillsUSA/Lowe’s partnership, expressed appreciation on behalf of our students nationwide and congratulated the local chapter.
Jimmie Johnson drove the Lowe’s #48 car into the doorway of the Lowe’s store and received an enthusiastic welcome from the store associates, SkillsUSA members and the general public who attended. There was lots of press on hand, and our students were featured in a spot by the Fox Network that aired Sunday at the beginning of the Kobalt Tools 500 at the Atlanta Motor Speedway.
SkillsUSA Georgia State Association Director Gayle Silvey joined us in Atlanta, and she did a great job in helping to organize the event.
A video of the event is available below:
Jamie McMurray’s Car to Include SkillsUSA Logo
June 15th, 2009
IRWIN will run No. 26 IRWIN VISE-GRIP Ford Fusion, driven by Jamie McMurray, at the Toyota/SaveMart 350 in Sonoma with the SkillsUSA logo on the decklid. The race will take place on Sunday, June 21 at 4:30 p.m. (EDT)
Check it out here:
Meet Rising NASCAR Driver Peyton Sellers and Support SkillsUSA
June 15th, 2009
Meet rising NASCAR driver Peyton Sellers and support SkillsUSA
Through our partnership with Jig-A-Loo USA, NASCAR Nationwide Series driver Peyton Sellers will be attending our national conference this month. He will be present at the Jig-A-Loo TECHSPO exhibit where autographed limited edition die cast replicas of the car Peyton drove in Daytona with the SkillsUSA logo on it will be available for purchase.
Not able to attend conference? You can still support SkillsUSA and Peyton by purchasing a die cast car online here: www.skillsusa.org/students/peytonsellers.shtml.
Proceeds directly benefit SkillsUSA and our partnership with Peyton Sellers.
Off to the Races
April 15th, 2009
The weekend of April 4 was a big SkillsUSA NASCAR weekend in Texas. The SkillsUSA logo appeared on two cars in two races. Peyton Sellers was in the NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Texas Motor Speedway. He raced with SkillsUSA’s logo on the rear quarter panel of his car. Jimmie Johnson had the full color SkillsUSA logo on the rear deck of his Lowe’s car and the “Tough Tools for Cool Schools” logo on the full rear panel.
I also interviewed with the Speed Channel personality-and SkillsUSA alumna as well as Championships medalist-Wendy Venturini at the track. The NASCAR promotions of our sponsors and partners are definitely paying off in increased visibility for SkillsUSA, not only in print, but in television coverage as well.
For information on Jimmie Johnson and the Tough Tools for Cool Schools program, visit: www.skillsusa.org/about/toughtools.shtml. There’s additional information at: www.lowesracing.com/Team-Lowes/Jimmie-Johnson/What-Are-You-Doing-Jimmie/Tough-Tools-for-Cool-Schools.aspx.
Tough Tools for Cool Schools Rollout
April 1st, 2009
We had a great rollout of the Tough Tools for Cool Schools campaign with Lowe’s at Lovejoy High School in Hampton, Ga. An obvious highlight was having NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson pull the #48 racecar into the Lovejoy automotive lab. In the words of instructor Price Jacobs who is a 20-year construction trades instructor at Lovejoy: “This is the greatest day of my teaching career.” Lowe’s will be presenting Kobalt tools to 515 SkillsUSA building trades programs nationwide. The estimated value of the tools is $317,000. National officer Cameron Thomas of Texas was a great speaker at the event. He spoke of the value of his teachers, CTE and SkillsUSA. Wendy Venturini, an anchor for the Speed Channel was mistress of ceremonies for the event. The nice part? Wendy is from North Carolina and a former gold medalist in Prepared Speech at SkillsUSA. She told everyone that her career had been directly influenced by her participation in SkillsUSA. Here’s a link to an ESPN video and the Lowe’s event: www.youtube.com/watch?v=qY5Q89GObP4. A big thank you to Gayle Silvey, Georgia state association director for all her work in organizing the event at Lovejoy High School and getting the students and teachers prepared for the spotlight.
Sellers “Storms” His Way to First With Six Laps to Go at Toyota All-Star Showdown
February 1st, 2009
We hope you watched the Speed Channel on Saturday, January 24, at 7:00 p.m. PST for the Toyota All-Star Showdown at the Irwindale Speedway. In the Jig-A-Loo USA Inc. orange #83 Chevrolet was Peyton Sellers opening the 2009 NASCAR season. Of course, at SkillsUSA we’re also excited by the fact that his car had a big SkillsUSA decal on both rear panels. Thanks go to YDF member Cindy Sutton, vice president of sales and marketing, Jig-A-Loo USA, Inc. for not only getting us on the car, but also promoting SkillsUSA in her press materials.
And, despite the heavy rain and multiple weather delays at Irwindale Speedway, Peyton Sellers and his #83 Jig-A-Loo Chevrolet proved again why they are one of the most inspiring race teams in NASCAR. Peyton Sellers led the last five laps of the race before a rough collision took him out only yards from the finish line. Impressed by Sellers performance both on and off the track, Jig-A-Loo USA, Inc. announced it will honor the SkillsUSA “Watch with Peyton and Win!” campaign by providing a full travel scholarship to the 2009 SkillsUSA National Conference in Kansas City. The SkillsUSA student and advisor who won the trip to NLSC are: Zak Wood and Vicky Carter, Hart County High School, Hartwell, Georgia. Several other SkillsUSA members also won crew shirts.
Follow NASCAR Driver Peyton Sellers and Win a Trip to NLSC
January 15th, 2009
Enter today through January 23, and you can win a SkillsUSA Travel Sholarship from Jig-A-Loo by simply registering your information below and correctly guessing the number of laps that Peyton Sellers will lead in the 250 lap Toyota All Star Showdown, to be televised on the SPEED channel, driving the #83 Jig-A-Loo/SkillsUSA Chevrolet.
If Peyton wins the Toyota All Star Showdown and you guess the correct number of laps led, then you win the “Win With Peyton and Jig-A-Loo” contest.
Five entrants will be selected at random to win an autographed crew shirt from Peyton Sellers.
To register, go to the Web site here.