NASA Speed News - Volume 7, Issue 5, June

LEARNING BY DOING

Story by Gregg Mansfield Photos by Brett Becker

I n the shadows of two-story scaffolding and mega haulers on pit row, there is an old teacher’s desk and a canopy with timeworn car covers to form the walls. Standing behind the desk is Alvin Angulo reminding the teenage crew about an upcoming driver change. As the Mazda Miata pulled into the pits at Thunderhill Raceway Park, the young men jumped over the wall to tend to the new driver’s safety equipment and connect the radio. Other crew members finished fueling and inspected the tires before sending the new driver on track. The pit stop looked like any routine stop spectators would see during the 25 Hours of Thunderhill. But this group crewing on the Miata crew was led by teenage volunteers under the watchful eye of Angulo, who is

Placer Union High School District auto shop teacher Alvin Angulo (center) has led his teams of high- school students to two podium finishes at the 25 Hours of Thunderhill.

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