EVANSVILLE, IN, OCTOBER 3, 2018 – Joe Martino, the winner of Technician.Academy’s 2018 Respect is Learned© In The Pits contest, worked alongside the Randy Meyer Racing pit crew at the Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals in Indianapolis, IN, over the Labor Day weekend. This was the second year that Technician.Academy and Randy Meyer Racing provided the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to a talented college student.

“The future of the automotive and racing industry is rich with opportunity. This continued partnership is a win-win for all of the individuals involved,” said Shawn Collins, CEO of Technician.Academy. “We cannot thank MotoRad, Randy Meyer Racing, and everyone else who made this once-in-a-lifetime experience a reality enough. The program was a nitro-breathing example of our mission at Technician.Academy of providing automotive training fueled by passion, delivered by experts, to those who keep the automotive industry moving forward.”

2018 In The Pits Winner Joe MartinoJoe Martino, a recent graduate of McHenry County College in Crystal Lake, IL, joined Technician.Academy and Randy Meyer Racing early Saturday morning, September 1st, and was immediately immersed into the nitro experience. Martino soaked in valuable knowledge from the pit crew, gained hands-on experience with the Megan Meyer dragster, and got to experience the drag racing event in a way that no outsider ever can. Martino also received a clutch plate signed by the RMR team in appreciation for his hard work in the pits.

“It was definitely the experience of a lifetime,” said Joe Martino. “I hope I left the program better than when I found it.”

“The second In The Pits experience this year at the U.S. Nationals with Technician.Academy went better than we expected,” said Megan Meyer of Randy Meyer Racing. “Shawn and the group made sure every detail was covered and that Joe’s transition into a Nitro-Injected Dragster was smooth and welcoming. We were very happy with the number and quality of applications we received for the contest, and it was a hard decision to pick our finalist. We went with Joe because of his eagerness to learn something new and his attention to detail. He was the right fit for our team and we greatly appreciate the opportunity from Technician.Academy and MotoRad to have the chance to meet someone new and bring them into the drag racing world.”

MotoRad enhanced the 2018 Respect is Learned© In The Pits experience and helped make the opportunity possible by sponsoring the initiative. Shane Neuman, the Quality/Technical Manager at MotoRad, was able to join RMR and Technician.Academy in the pits and soak in the one-of-a-kind experience.

“This is a great way to introduce future techs into the automotive world,” said Neuman. “With a current shortage of technicians, it is important to show these techs, as well as other young people considering getting into the automotive industry, the opportunities that it can provide for them. Joe was able to gain real-world racing experience by working on the Megan Meyer top alcohol dragster at the U.S. Nationals at Indianapolis. This will fuel his love for the automotive world for years to come.”

Technician.Academy is thrilled that the 2018 Respect is Learned© In The Pits contest winner was able to experience the world’s largest drag racing event and work alongside the winning drag team. Stay tuned for additional contest updates and other forthcoming Technician.Academy initiatives. To learn more or to get involved with the 2019 contest or any other Technician.Academy initiative, contact Technician.Academy today at [email protected] or call 812-760-1811.


Technician.Academy offers personalized online courses as well as blogs, how-to tips, and industry insights to automotive technicians. EXTEND PERFORMANCE, 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 PERFORMANCE at 855.306.8818 or by email [email protected]


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