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(USA TODAY) -- It's one thing to go to school to learn the basics of auto mechanics. And it's quite another to learn to fix NASCAR racing cars.
that's what's happening at the NASCAR Technical Institute in
Mooresville, N.C. It's celebrating its 10th anniversary. It is billed as
"the country's first technical training school to combine a complete
automotive technology program and a NASCAR-specific motorsports program,
and is the exclusive educational partner of NASCAR."
opening in 2002, the school has gone on to graduate 5,000, it says. Four
out of five find jobs in their field, including those who go on to
become NASCAR stars.
The $12 million, 146,000 square-foot facility
sits on 19 acres in Mooresville, known as "Race City, USA" because of
its proximity to Charlotte, home to the famous raceway.
About 1,800 students are being taught by a staff and faculty of 120.
Chris Woodyard, USA TODAY