RACE 101 is now accepting applicants to the Class of 2013, and the procedure has changed. The new process is streamlined, and it provides better opportunity for students and faculty to set goals and achieve more.
“We want to create more dialogue before our selection process begins,” said program founder Tony Blanchard. “The new application process starts with an opportunity for young racers to express interest in joining us.
“In years past our prospects filled out a cumbersome application, and we didn’t get enough opportunity to communicate and ensure that the program would fit the student. I expect this process will lead to a great class for next year.”
A link to the new application is at the bottom of this release, and applications are officially open. Prospects will be contacted to arrange discussions over the next four months before the new class is announced.
“We expect to announce the new class earlier than in years past,” said instructor Adam Ross. “This process should make it easier to find the best students, and announcing it sooner is better for everyone.”
For more information on the RACE 101 program and its stellar graduates, visit www.RACE101.net . To apply to the program, click here:
The 2012 racing season can’t get here fast enough for Joyceville, Ontario racer April Wilson. Although she is just shy of her 21st birthday, Wilson is entering her sixth season of racing a high horsepower Sprint Car. The second-generation driver is eager to get back on the track and getting the new season underway.
“It has been a long winter, and I just can’t wait to get back in the car again. We have everything ready to go, we are just waiting for Saturday night to get here so we can go racing”, says Wilson, referring to their first scheduled race at Fulton Speedway with the Patriot Sprint Tour.
2012 has been busy off the track for Wilson, leading up to the new season. Back in January, she was accepted in the Race 101 program in North Carolina where she has participated in weekend classes learning all aspects of the industry from chassis and shock adjustment to the marketing and promotional side of the sport that is invaluable in today’s motorsports world.
Wilson, along with four other local female racers, traveled to North Carolina for one weekend in February and March for in-class training. The rest of the year they will have weekly online seminars throughout the season, and will resume their in class portion again in November as they return to North Carolina once the local racing season is over. When Wilson returns, she will also get an opportunity to test the Race 101 prepared house car at the famed Hickory Motor Speedway.
“The Race 101 program has been an unbelievable experience so far”, says Wilson. “Everyone is so helpful to us, and I cant wait to get back down there again in the fall. Adam (Ross) and Tony (Blanchard) are amazing at what they do, and I have met so many great people, and it has just been an awesome program”.
In an effort to better promote April Wilson, we are very excited of the launch to the new April Wilson Racing website. It will be filled with photos, information, schedule of events, race results and so much more as the 2012 season gets going.
“I really have to thank Finish Line Web Design for the awesome job they did on my new website”, adds Wilson. “I really think our fans are going to really enjoy it. The website has both Facebook and Twitter updates, so fans can follow us while we are at the track”.
April Wilson, and the Wilson Motorsports 2012 racing schedule is still being put together, but will be highlighted by a few events with the World of Outlaw Sprint Cars, including the inaugural race at Cornwall Motor Speedway on July 29th, and a pair of shows at Rolling Wheels Raceway Park on May 16th and October 6th. Wilson will also be at Brighton Speedway for most of the Southern Ontario Sprint Car races, and both Patriot Sprint Tour Races at Brockville Speedway, as well as the Sprint Car open race at Brockville during the Northeast Fall Nationals on October 13th. Wilson will also race at both Empire Super Sprint Events at Chapman’s Can Am Motorsports Park, held on April 28th and July 7th. Other events may be added at a later date.
For more information on April Wilson and the Wilson Motorsports team, including updated race schedule, photos, results and sponsor information, please visit our brand new website, www.aprilwilsonracing.com.
Craig Revelle – Finish Line Web Design
March 27, 2012 With the 2012 racing season on the horizon at the local race tracks, Tabatha Murphy made her final trip to North Carolina until after the season is over just a couple of weeks ago. She arrived in Charlotte with her traveling schoolmates and friends April Wilson, Katelyn Kate, and Caley Weese…dubbed the fearsome foursome by the Race 101 teachers.
After arriving in Charlotte on Friday, Mach 16th, Murphy and the Race 101 students spent the day in the classroom continuing their discussion about shocks. Tony Blanchard, the owner of Race 101 instructed the students on the importance of the shock program, and later in the day heard from Adam Ross, who discussed tips on how to approach new marketing partners.
“Tony and Adam do such a great job in teaching us all aspects of this sport”, says Murphy. We have only had a few classes here, but I have already learned so much. I cant wait to get going with our 2012 racing program, and apply everything that I have learned so far”.
After class was over on Friday afternoon, Murphy along with her “Fearsome Foursome” friends traveled to South Carolina to Lancaster Speedway for some Dirt Late Model Racing. North Country star Tim McCreadie was in action, and the young racers were excited to meet up with the local racing star.
Murphy was back in the classroom on Saturday morning, and they continued their discussion about shocks, and became more hands on, learning how they are built, how to take apart and rebuild a shock, and how to read a shock dyno graph. With class over for the day, the entire Race 101 class took a field trip to the historic Hickory Motor Speedway for the night for their weekly racing program.
“It was a great race, and we all enjoyed getting to watch some racing at such a historic place”, adds Murphy. “I am looking forward to the opportunity to get to test the Race 101 car at this track later in the year”.
Sunday was spent back in the classroom, and this time they reflected back on their evening the night before. While everyone remembers the race winners name, it is also important for everyone else to find a way to get their name out there and represented in a positive way. They also discussed interview techniques, and how to help a marketing partner get a return on their investment.
“It was a great weekend once again. I am a little sad that we wont be back down to North Carolina again until late in the year after we are done racing, but I am looking forward to applying everything that I have learned to our racing program”.
Tabatha Murphy would like to thank King Edward Auto Parts, Brockville Tractor Trailer Maintenance, Reabel’s Plumbing, Splash Well Drilling, Ernie’s Auto Clinic, McGuffy’s News and Finish Line Web Design for all of their support.
We have been working hard over the off-season getting ready for 2012, and we look forward to working with you all again in 2012. To stay up to date with Tabatha Murphy and the Murphy Motorsports team throughout the off-season, log on to the team’s new and improved website at www.tabathamurphy.net. The website is updated weekly during the racing season and it also contains information on Tabatha Murphy as well as direct links to our sponsor’s websites.
As written by Luke Whitteker
I had long anticipated the graduation weekend for RACE101 that took place last weekend. With hopes high to win the highly regarded Premier Driver Award my mother Elaine, father Kevin and crew member Dustin began our 14 hour drive south toward race city USA. I spent Thursday and Friday touring NASCAR race shops and taking in all that the motorsports oriented area had to offer. Saturday was of course the big day that all the RACE101 students of 2011 and 2012 had been waiting for. Who would be the next representative for RACE101 and who were the new RACE101 prospects for 2012?