By SEMA Editors
Team ThermoTec from Calabasas High School qualified for the National Dual Championship Playoffs last weekend at the Edelbrock Car Show in Torrance, California, with a third-place time of 25:52.
After eight Hot Rodders of Tomorrow events so far this season, teams continue to challenge and compete to score under the 34-minute mark to qualify for the National Dual Championship Playoffs at the SEMA Show and PRI Trade Show later this year. To date, 36 teams have qualified; the most recent being team ThermoTec from Calabasas High School in Calabasas, California, last weekend at the Edelbrock Car Show in Torrance, California, with a third-place time of 25:52.
“The Hot Rodders of Tomorrow Engine Challenge is an amazing program for students,” said Calabasas High School Coach Josh Landerer. “Students get to meet vice presidents and CEOs of manufacturers. Hot Rodders is an inexpensive program that students get to participate in and earn scholarship money once they qualify for the Dual Championship. My program has grown from 26 to 37 students this year, and that’s not including freshmen. You can say it’s STEM [science, technology, engineering, math] at its best.”
Team Meziere from Katella High School earned first place with an enhanced time of 23:03. Coming in second was Team MagnaFlow from Rancho Alamitos High School with an improved time of 25:06. These two teams from California had qualified in previous events earlier this season. Once qualified, teams may continue to compete to improve their time and move up in the ranks for the Dual National Championship Playoffs at the SEMA Show and PRI Trade Show.
On May 28, teams will meet in Watervliet, Michigan, to compete at the Lane Automotive Car Show.