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Firestone Industrial Products’ Hot Rodders of Tomorrow Team to Compete in 8th Annual Engine Challenge at PRI 2016


INDIANAPOLIS (USA) (November 28, 2016)—
Five students from Sequoyah
High School in Soddy Daisy, Tennessee, are raring to rev their engines at the national Hot Rodders of Tomorrow™ Engine Challenge. Their team sponsor –
Firestone Industrial Products (FSIP) – will be cheering the young auto
enthusiasts on as they battle it out at PRI 2016 in Indianapolis this December 8–10. At stake? Millions in scholarship money.
Firestone Industrial Products (Booth #3260) is a proud sponsor of Hot Rodders of Tomorrow, a non-­profit organization that helps prepare high school students for careers in automotive technology. The organization hosts a series of competitions each year that culminates when the top four teams competing at the SEMA Show and the top four from PRI meet for a final showdown. The teams will race to see who can tear apart and rebuild an engine the fastest. This year the students stand to win more than $4.8 million in cumulative scholarships to four colleges, including Ohio Technical College in Cleveland, Ohio;School of Automotive Machinists in Houston, Texas; Universal Technical Institute of Scottsdale, Arizona, which has campuses nationwide; and the University of Northwest Ohio in Lima, Ohio.
“Hot Rodders of Tomorrow is changing lives by giving opportunities to students
who have a passion for working with their hands and have an aptitude for fixing
cars. They are the future of the after-­market industry, and we are thrilled to be
part of this exceptional program,” said Mary Kay Bryja, division marketing
manager, FSIP.
This year 42 high schools are participating in the popular Engine Challenge, up
from five teams in 2008 when the competition first commenced. Mel Newby,
automotive instructor at Sequoyah High School, has been a Hot Rodders of
Tomorrow coach for six of those years. This year he is coaching the FSIP group,
which is set to compete at PRI this December.
Newby says the competition has been a tremendous project for his students.
“Not only does the program give these kids a place to showcase their skills, they
also get to meet people from the industry and talk with future employers. It opens
up so many opportunities – not to mention scholarship money – they may not
have had otherwise. Plus, the team-­style competition is good for them. It forces
them to work together to solve problems,” Newby said.
For more information about the Hot Rodders of Tomorrow organization and its
Engine Challenge, visit Be sure to watch the
FSIP team duke it out along with others at PRI this December.

About Firestone Industrial Products Company, LLC:

Firestone Industrial Products Company, LLC, specializes in air spring manufacturing and technology with a history of more than 75 years of research and development on technologically advanced air springs for the global marketplace. Headquartered in Indianapolis, Ind., Firestone Industrial Products manufactures air springs and related products for commercial trucks and trailers, cars, sport utility vehicles, light trucks, mini vans, motor homes, buses, agricultural equipment, rail and industrial applications. The company has quality-certified manufacturing/assembly plants and technical centers in North America, Latin America, Europe and Asia. For more information, visit

Firestone offers a line of Complete Suspension Solutions that includes Ride-Rite™, Sport-Rite™, Coil-Rite™, and Level-Rite™ Air Helper Springs;, and Work-Rite™ Load Assist Springs. These products have become synonymous with quality, durability and outstanding customer support. For more information, visit