Students get NASCAR engineering lesson

October 8, 2013 

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Kasey Kahne, driver of the Hendrick Motorsports No.5 Chevrolet poses for photos after speaking to students from Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School , Tuesday October 08, 2013. Students from Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School had a unique opportunity to learn about the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) behind Motorsports from true professionals in the field. The day began with a STEM lesson from Crew Chief Kenny Francis, then students met Kasey Kahne, driver of the No.5 Chevrolet who spoke and signed autographs. Students then enjoyed lunch and a tour of the Hendrick Motorsports campus before returning to school. Davie Hinshaw - dhinshaw@charlotteobserver.com

PHOTOS BY DAVIE HINSHAW — THE CHARLOTTE OBSERVER

About 25 Charlotte middle school students got a hands-on lesson in engineering – NASCAR style – when they visited the headquarters of racing giant Hendrick Motorsports on Tuesday.

The students, from Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School, were guests of the racing operation as part of Time Warner Cable’s STEM in Sports campaign, designed to increase interest by young people in science, technology, mathematics and engineering. NFL player Victor Cruz, professional golfer Ian Poulter and NASCAR drivers Kasey Kahne and Jeff Gordon are teaming with Time Warner in promoting the program.

The students’ visit to Hendrick Motorsports started with a lesson from NASCAR crew chief Kenny Francis, which included a chance for students to ask questions about the science and math of racing.

Then came a half-hour meeting with Kahne, a Sprint Cup driver with the Hendrick team.

Students also were treated to lunch and got a tour of the Hendrick racing operation before returning to school.

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