From the Tampa Tribune News Paper on their TBO 7-11-11
Racing school offers fast summer camp
Students at the Ambassador Racing School in Wimauma speed around the track.
Children with a need for speed ? but who don’t have their driver’s license or learner’s permit ? will have a chance to rev their engines this summer.
The Ambassador Racing School will host its second summer camp. Starting today, children ages 5 to 17 can attend one of six week-long sessions and learn how to drive go-karts and quarter midget race cars.
“We’re going to teach them everything there is to learn about race car driving, from beginning to end,” said Ray Garcia, co-owner of the Ambassador Racing School along with his wife, Debi. “We’re going to have them on the track every day, so they’re going to learn how to get into a car and how to drive.”
“They’re going to learn about working with sponsors and how to deal with the media.”
Students also will learn how to assemble and disassemble a car and engine.
This year, Bobby Diehl, a former race car driver and promoter who teaches technology at Burns Middle School in Brandon, worked with the racing school to offer STEM ? Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics ? class.
“This combines my two passions: education and racing,” Diehl said. “It’s about teaching kids the science behind their karts and helping them understand why what happens, happens.”
Two former racers at the track are now in NASCAR. Paddy Rodenbeck and Chris Fontaine, who started in go-karts, are competing in the Camping World Truck Series.
The Garcias hope the summer camp encapsulates what being a professional driver is like and what the Ambassador Racing School has to offer.
“We hope people come out because everyone here is very passionate about racing and introducing kids to racing,” Debi said.
The camp is $299 for the week, but area businesses have flyers that are good for $50 off the price.
For people who can’t make it to the camp, the track is open on Tuesday evenings for some racing. For $30, older racers get to drive the go-karts five times around the track, and race the staff.
For more information or a flyer, call (813) 634-1076.
This was in the Tampa Tribune. The phones are ringing of the hook at Ambassador. Thanks for all those who have helped.:huepfen024::huepfen024::sport009: