EVANSVILLE, IN – AUGUST 13, 2020 – Excitement grows as Technician.Academy and Randy Meyer Racing select the two 2020 Respect is Learned© In The Pits winners. From the pool of applicants, college students Michael Stupakewicz and Connor Sims were selected to join the Randy Meyer Racing team in the pits at the 2020 DENSO Spark Plugs U.S. Nationals in Indianapolis. The two winners stood out from the competition because of their passion for and experience with motorsports and the automotive industry.

“We’re excited to once again provide this incredible experience to two talented technicians of tomorrow,” said Technician.Academy Founder & CEO, Shawn Collins. “Not only is this a valuable learning experience for Michael and Connor, but it will certainly open doors for the two of them as they continue to pursue their college degrees and careers.”

Michael Stupakewicz attends St. Charles Community College in Cottleville, MO, where he’s pursuing a degree in welding. He has loved drag racing since a very young age, starting as a Jr. Dragster racer, and has since worked on his family’s front engine dragster and purchased his own race car. Michael’s ultimate goal is to be an NHRA driver, and he’s already taken steps toward that goal by completing Frank Hawley’s Super Comp class and gaining his NHRA license. Michael has a strong desire to learn and is excited to gain as much experience as possible as a Randy Meyer Racing intern.

“Thank you Randy Meyer Racing, Technician.Academy, and MotoRad for this great opportunity! I’m excited to spend this Labor Day weekend with the Randy Meyer Racing team as they pursue another championship,” Michael said. “I couldn’t have asked for a better opportunity to learn and do what I love to do in the championship environment that Randy Meyer Racing and its crew has to offer. Thanks for the chance of a lifetime!”

The other Respect is Learned© In The Pits winner for 2020 is Illinois native Connor Sims. Connor attends Lewis and Clark Community College in Godfrey, IL, pursuing an Associate’s Degree in Applied Science Automotive Technology. He loves working with his hands and has been working on cars since high school. Connor grew up watching drag races every weekend and hanging out with family friends in the pits, learning about dragsters and the maintenance process. He believes that there is always learning to do, no matter how much you already know, and he’s excited to continue gaining knowledge while in the pits alongside Randy Meyer Racing.

“I’m very thankful for the opportunity to work with the Randy Meyer race team. I’m excited to work side-by-side with some of the best people in racing,” said Connor.

The two Respect is Learned© In The Pits interns will work on Megan Meyer’s and Rachel Meyer’s Top Alcohol Dragsters at the U.S. Nationals, gaining hands-on experience behind the scenes at one of the largest drag racing events in the world. Randy Meyer Racing is especially excited for this year’s event because the team will be bringing three racers to Indianapolis, where they hope to once again clinch the top spots and take home another Wally.

The Respect is Learned© In The Pits contest is made possible by the support of MotoRad, an industry leader in engine and thermal management. Learn more about MotoRad’s involvement in Technician.Academy initiatives and gain more insights into the Respect is Learned© In The Pits contest by visiting the Technician.Academy website or contacting the team at [email protected].


Technician.Academy offers personalized online courses as well as blogs, how-to tips, and industry insights to automotive technicians. EXTEND GROUP, a solutions-based automotive marketing agency in Evansville, IN, introduced Technician.Academy in 2016 to provide a single location for accurate training and content that is valuable to the automotive technician of today and tomorrow. For more information, please contact Technician.Academy and EXTEND GROUP at 855.306.8818 or by email [email protected].