Chavez High School Students Build Race Car to Compete in The Texas Mile

NASCAR Driver Donnie Neuenberger will drive the car in the competition

What: For the past six weeks, a group of students from Chavez High School have been engineering a race car that will be driven by NASCAR driver Donnie Neuenberger in The Texas Mile competition in Goliad County on March 22 – 24.  Chavez Motor Sports Engineering is unlike any other pro team in racing in that the crew chief, car chief, and team specialists are all students. The team is lead by science and engineering teacher and professional racer Greg Ditch.  The students have been working in the school’s engineering lab after school and on Saturdays to transform a stock 2006 Pontiac GTO into a 700 horsepower land speed race car.  Through the process of engineering an actual competitive car, the students in the program have learned how math and science apply to the world of high performance motor sports.

Students will continue to work on the race car on Tuesday and Wednesday after school and Neuenberger will arrive at Chavez High School on Thursday to meet the team and drive the car to compete in Goliad.

The entire project has been made possible by generous donations from JC Whitney, The Drive Shaft Shop, Nitrous Express, Edelbrock, Be Cool Radiators, Canton Racing, MSD, and Grainger Industrial Tools.

Who: Chavez High School students, teacher and professional racer Greg Ditch and NASCAR driver Donnie Neuenberger

When: Students working on race car – Tuesday, March 19 and Wednesday, March 20 from 3:30p.m. – 5p.m.

Donnie Neuenberger arrives at school – Thursday, March 21 at 9a.m.

Where: Chavez High School, 8501 Howard, Houston, TX 77017