Technicians Roadtrip


Technicians Roadtrip

We’re not just showing auto and diesel technicians what’s on the road ahead—we’re putting them in the driver’s seat.

Our cars and trucks are high-powered and high-tech—and they need an elite workforce to keep them running. That’s why we’re sending three aspiring auto and diesel technicians on a road trip that will give them an exclusive look at what’s happening under the hood of their industry. They’ll meet with professional technicians, hear candid stories of struggle and success, and of course, check out a ton of cool cars along the way. Ride along with the crew as they explore this rapidly accelerating field—and see if this turns out to be the spark that ignites their future.


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  • ALEXANDRA

  • MICHAEL

  • DYLAN

ALEXANDRA

Age 18
From Marysville, WA

Alexandra has loved vehicles her whole life: growing up, her summer vacations revolved around taking off-road adventures on her family’s Jeeps and quads. But it wasn’t until she took a small engine repair class in high school that she realized she could get serious about a career as a technician. While she waits to start her technical training, she’s working at her dad’s accounting firm, where she often faces pressure to follow in his footsteps. But whenever she’s stuck sitting in the office, she’s dreaming about when she can next visit the local speedway, or take her Honda 300ex ATV out for a spin. Entering a male-dominated field, she knows she faces some rough terrain ahead; she hopes this trip will introduce her to trailblazing women who can give her the reassurance she needs to continue down her path.

Alexandra

MICHAEL

Age 18
From Clatskanie, OR

Michael was six years old when his dad finished his passion project: outfitting his 1988 Dodge Ramcharger with a 440 engine he’d built. Even at that young age, the feeling of looking in the rearview mirror and seeing burnout smoke made its impression—it transformed Michael into a gearhead for life. But growing up in a small town with a population of just 1,700 people, Michael has struggled to find a community of fellow car-lovers. That’s why whenever he gets the chance, he heads to Portland, where he’s active in the city’s autocross scene. About to graduate from high school, and heading to school in Sacramento in the fall, Michael’s excited to finally be surrounded by peers who share his passions. But first, he’s ready to hit the road and see the opportunities that exist for technicians nationwide.

Michael

DYLAN

Age 19
From Huntersville, NC

Both his father and grandfather work as mechanics, so it’s no stretch to say that working on cars is in Dylan’s blood. But while his mentors were able to enter the field without degrees, Dylan knows that the industry has since become highly technical and crazy competitive—which is why he was the first in his family to leave Wyoming and pursue a higher education. Dylan is currently completing technician training in Mooresville, North Carolina (a motorsports industry hub that’s been nicknamed “Race City, USA”) but he’s unsure of where his road will go next. His dream is to use his specialty in interiors and engines to “restore old cars and give them the life that they deserve,” but first, he needs to see all the ways in which he can turn that vision into a reality.

Dylan

HOME SWEET HOME

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QUICK STATS

DOB............................2004

# OF ROADTRIPS..............3

MILES.......................35,982

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STOPS & INTERVIEWS

STOPS
INTERVIEWS
Las Vegas, NV
4/17/2017

Walt Logan

Operations Manager, Dig This Las Vegas

Rod Fuller

Vice President of Operations, Exotics Racing

Diamond Bar, CA
4/19/2017

Stephanie Martinez

Senior Coordinator, OEM & Product Development, SEMA Garage

Mike Spagnola

Vice President, OEM & Product Development, SEMA Garage

Arturo Herrera

Emissions Lab Technician, SEMA Garage

Sara Morosan

LGE*CTS Motorsports

Los Angeles, CA
4/19/2017

Magnus Walker

Founder, Urban Outlaw Shop

Long Beach, CA
4/20/2017

Brian Darnall

Hoonigan

Rancho Cucamonga, CA
4/20/2017

Joe Ray

Lowrider

Sun Valley, CA
4/21/2017

Dennis McCarthy

Picture Car Coordinator, Vehicle Effects

Burbank, CA
4/21/2017

Henrik Hairapetian

World Famous 4x4

Houston, TX
4/25/2017

John Hennessey

Founder, Hennessey Performance Engineering

Darron Craddieth

Ryder

Rashad Thomas

Ryder

Phoenix, AZ
4/29/2017

Heather Opp

Ryder

Roger Penske

Chairman, Penske Corporation

Keola Santiago

Master Guild Technician

Bogi Lateiner

Founder, 180° Automotive/Bogi's Garage

STOPS & INTERVIEWS

Las Vegas, NV
4/17/2017

Walt Logan

Operations Manager, Dig This Las Vegas

Rod Fuller

Vice President of Operations, Exotics Racing


Diamond Bar, CA
4/19/2017

Stephanie Martinez

Senior Coordinator, OEM & Product Development, SEMA Garage

Mike Spagnola

Vice President, OEM & Product Development, SEMA Garage

Arturo Herrera

Emissions Lab Technician, SEMA Garage

Sara Morosan

LGE*CTS Motorsports


Los Angeles, CA
4/19/2017

Magnus Walker

Founder, Urban Outlaw Shop


Long Beach, CA
4/20/2017

Brian Darnall

Hoonigan


Rancho Cucamonga, CA
4/20/2017

Joe Ray

Lowrider


Sun Valley, CA
4/21/2017

Dennis McCarthy

Picture Car Coordinator, Vehicle Effects


Burbank, CA
4/21/2017

Henrik Hairapetian

World Famous 4x4


Houston, TX
4/25/2017

John Hennessey

Founder, Hennessey Performance Engineering

Darron Craddieth

Ryder

Rashad Thomas

Ryder


Phoenix, AZ
4/29/2017

Heather Opp

Ryder

Roger Penske

Chairman, Penske Corporation

Keola Santiago

Master Guild Technician

Bogi Lateiner

Founder, 180° Automotive/Bogi's Garage

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