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Speed Week 2011 Underway at Bonneville Salt Flats

Speed Week 2011Speed Week 2011 is currently underway at the Bonneville Salt Flats just northeast of Wendover, Utah, bringing together more than 15,000 racers, crews and spectators in a celebration of speed and power. Started in 1949, Speed Week is organized by the Southern California Timing Association and Bonneville Nationals, Inc., which holds competitions in a range of categories.

For the first time in its history, Speed Week is running four courses simultaneously to reduce the time drivers and crews must wait between competitions. These include one long course for the fastest vehicles, one combination course for long and short runs, a short course and a mini course that will be used for the smallest, slower vehicles, including 50cc motorcycles.

More than 500 racers are competing in this year’s event, including teams from Canada, France, Australia, Sweden, Italy and New Zealand.

Speed is calculated on an initial run and must be “backed up,” or repeated, soon thereafter. Drivers who achieve a record on their first run must then back it up with a second run at 7 a.m. the next day.

Speed Week 2011 began Sunday, August 14 and is scheduled to conclude Friday, August 19.

High Performance Power Trains Education at WyoTech

If you’d like a career working on high performance cars like those at Speed Week, one place to start is the Automotive Technology career training program at WyoTech. WyoTech’s Automotive Technology program offers a High Performance Power Trains concentration that provides hands-on education in the diagnosis, maintenance and repair of today’s high performance engines and transmissions.

Taught by industry professionals, the High Performance Power Trains concentration provides students with a background in:

  • Engine block design
  • Rotating and reciprocating assemblies
  • Performance camshaft and valve train variations
  • Fuel injection management systems
  • Ignition control systems
  • Systems upgrades
  • Electronic engine management system
  • Computer reprogramming and calibration for outcome parameters
  • Modifications and power train tuning for improved performance
  • Chassis dynamometer verification of performance outcomes

Upon graduation, WyoTech’s Career Services team helps students connect with local employers, including car customizers, repair facilities and high-performance service specialists.

Available at These Campuses

WyoTech’s Automotive Technology program and High Performance Power Trains concentration are available at the school’s Blairsville campus.

For more information on program schedules, tuition and admissions requirements, contact WyoTech today!

Financial aid is available for those who qualify.

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