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Mechanics learn ropes of racing at 'NASCAR Tech'

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NASCAR Tech graduate Jonathan Sickler helped Rev Racing capture the 2012 K&N Pro Series East crown. Universal Technical Institute
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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.

But 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."

Since 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

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