Student Racing Challenge Team named

PARKERSBURG – The engineering technology program at the Caperton Center for Applied Technology is participating in the Ten80 NASCAR Student Racing Challenge.

The event, held in Charlotte, N.C., is a first for a team from the state. The team, Lightning Racing, will be competing against other student racing teams across the nation on May 18.

Lightning Racing is comprised of senior engineering students from Wood County Schools Career and Technical Education Program who have entered into a NASCAR-sponsored, project-based STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) curriculum. Students use electric radio controlled cars to create products and work together in ways that parallel the preparation of NASCAR teams.

Student teams showcase their work and compete over the Internet and nationally in categories, including project management, race engineering, aerodynamic design, alternative energy, creative engineering and graphic design.

Lightning Racing is the first Ten80 NASCAR Student Racing Challenge team to compete in the state of West Virginia. They are contacting local businesses for sponsorship opportunities, in order to raise the funds to travel to Charlotte, N.C., on May 18 to compete in the national competition.

For more information on how you can make a donation or become a team sponsor, contact Curtis Shriver, engineering technology instructor at CCAT, at 304- 483-2278 or by email at