13th Mini Corvette Challenge set for April 21

Posted: April 4, 2007 in 1


The Daily News, Wednesday, April 4, 2007 12:29 PM CDT

(Bowling Green) — Twenty-eight teams are gearing up to start their engines for the chance to take home the Gold Cup and bragging rights.

Junior Achievement announced plans for its annual fundraiser Tuesday at the headquarters of sponsor Houchens Industries. On April 21, the 28 teams will race their custom-tooled Corvette go-carts during the 13th annual Junior Achievement Mini Corvette Challenge in the Sears parking lot at Greenwood Mall.

“Today, the teams received their race regulations and rules,” said Heather Rogers, president of Junior Achievement of South Central Kentucky. “They also drew numbers to receive their engines.”

Companies sponsor cars and teams, which are made up of five members – two drivers and three pit crew members, Rogers said.

Each team will receive a stock engine for their cars that will go a maximum speed of about 25 mph. Teams will bring their cars to Houchens on April 13 where Richard Basham of Basham Autos will inspect the vehicles and put in the stock engines, Rogers said.

“This way the teams can’t soup up their go carts,” she said. “Everyone will have the same engine and will be on level playing field.”

Companies can test their cars April 19, Rogers said.

Joining the roster for the first time this year will be Hills Pet Nutrition and Spantech out of Glasgow, she said.

Each team will be required to make a pit stop during the event to switch drivers and change a tire, much like in races like the Indy 500 and NASCAR.

Rogers said there will also be new activities for the children’s area, including inflatable games. In addition to the children’s area, there will also be a car show displaying Corvettes, hot rods, antique cars and motorcycles.

Although Houchens is the presenting sponsor, the race is also sponsored by U.S. Bank, General Motors Bowling Green Assembly Plant, Huish Detergents and The Point, which will broadcast the race play-by-play live.

The area school with the most students and faculty signed in will get a pizza party at Papa John’s, the Papa John’s Pride Cup and $500.

Students and faculty can also participate in the Sears Craftsman Challenge Lawn Mower Relay Race.

The Mini Corvette Challenge is Junior Achievement’s largest fundraiser, raising $32,000 last year. The program, aimed at providing in-school and after-school programs about business, economics and free enterprise, provided 470 programs to about 11,000 students in the five-county region it serves.

“Others across the area do this, and we felt with the Corvette plant here, it would be a good event to do,” Rogers said. “And it has proven to be successful. We’ve raised more than $330,000 in the past 12 years.

“It’s a good team builder for employees and companies have a good time.”

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