Making its debut at the 10th annual Race & Performance Expo in Schaumburg, Illinois, in late February, the Hot Rodders of Tomorrow Junior Engine Challenge presented by Racequip proves that age is just a number when it comes to cultivating a passion for motorsports.
The competition itself is an offshoot of the popular HROT Engine Challenge that pits top teams of high schoolers from across the country against one another in a months-long series of contests to determine who can disassemble and reassemble a small-block Chevy in the fastest time. In the Junior version, teams of two—one of whom must be between 5 and 18 years old—tear down and re-build a complete single-cylinder OHV engine using basic hand tools. It is designed to foster communication and help youngsters build self-esteem while at the same time honing their problem-solving skills and, concurrently, their understanding of an internal combustion engine.
A total of nine Junior Engine Challenge events are scheduled throughout 2017. In fact, they’re run alongside the HROT Junior Dragster Series and the Midwest Junior Super Series, whose season kicks off April 7–9 at Gateway Motorsports Park in Madison, Illinois. For more information or to inquire about sponsorship opportunities, contact Rodney Bingham at RBingham@hotroddersoftomorrow.com or call 815/722-5460.