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District U-46 recognizes Storm tear down team
By Seth Hancock
The engine teardown team from South Elgin High School, competing in the Hot Rodders of Tomorrow, was recognized by the Board of Education in School District U-46 at its meeting on Monday, Feb. 10.
As reported last month, the team took 10th in the nation at the Performance Racing Industry trade show in Indianapolis in December with an average teardown time of 23 minutes, 37 seconds. The team dropped its time from an average of 26 minutes at the National Speed Equipment Manufacturing tradeshow in Las Vegas to advance to nationals.
The finish was the best in the program’s history with its previous best being 16th (25:37) in 2017.
This year’s team, sponsored by Jegs Performance Auto Parts, was led by teacher Steve Schertz and coached by 2016 South Elgin graduate LeeAnne Driscoll with team members being seniors Andrew Clark, Casey Gebala, Dan Godinez and Jared Pena as well as juniors Omar Quiroz and Hayden Shaw. The students will receive $5,000 scholarships for technical colleges.
“It started in May of the last school year where they competed in one of 13 regional events,” Schertz said. “Theirs was the 13th fastest qualifying out of 120 teams and 3,000 separate runs. That qualified them for the top 40, they went to a dual championship and took fifth in Las Vegas and ultimately placed 10th in the country.”
Schertz added: “We’re very proud of their accomplishments. They made great sacrifices of not being able to go out with friends and some of them even skipped prom for our regional competition. They worked for this position, and I’m very proud. This is one of our most successful teams in U-46 and South Elgin High School.”