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NHRA Youth and Education Program Celebrates 30th Season by Increasing Focus on S.T.E.M.
Courtesy of NHRA Communications

YES Program to Return at Select NHRA Events for 2018

GLENDORA, Calif. -- Education Education

The NHRA Youth and Education Services (YES) Program, presented by the U.S. Army, will feature a stronger focus on S.T.E.M education in 2018 as it enters into its 30th season. Next year will also see an expansion in the YES Program schedule with a presence at 16 out of the 24 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series national events.

Since beginning the YES Program in 1989, NHRA has reached hundreds of thousands of students across the nation to provide quality educational programming onsite at its national drag racing events. As the only full-time educational program in motorsports, participants in the YES Program explore various career opportunities within the world of drag racing while gaining an understanding of the important role that Science, Technology, Engineering and Math play in almost every aspect of the sport. Through demonstrating first hand experiences related to S.T.E.M. education, students are made aware of the myriad of career opportunities that drag racing offers in these fields.

"Thanks to the generous support of the U.S. Army, NHRA's YES Program continues to flourish, reaching tens of thousands of students each year," said Glen Cromwell, NHRA senior vice president, media and marketing. "We want to continue that momentum with a stronger focus on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. These fields are fundamental for the future and NHRA drag racing offers a myriad of career paths related to S.T.E.M. education."

"The U.S. Army is proud to partner with the NHRA on the YES program, which allows thousands of students to explore highly sought-after career opportunities in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math," said Elizabeth Wilson, deputy assistant secretary of the Army for marketing. "The program aligns with our mission to promote S.T.E.M. education amongst today's youth and demonstrates how that education can be applied in the real world like in the racing industry or in the Army."

The full schedule of YES Program events is listed below. To arrange a press visit to an event, please contact To learn more about NHRA Youth and Education Services, visit

NHRA YES Program, Presented by U.S. Army 2018 Schedule

Feb. 6   Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals presented by  Pomona, Calif.
Feb. 23  NHRA Arizona Nationals                                             Phoenix, Ariz.
March 16 Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals                               Gainesville, Fla.
April 6  DENSO Auto Parts NHRA Four-Wide Nationals                          Las Vegas
April 20 NHRA SpringNationals                                               Houston
April 27 NHRA Four-Wide Nationals                                           Charlotte, N.C.
May 4    NHRA Southern Nationals                                            Atlanta
May 18   Menards NHRA Heartland Nationals presented by Minties              Topeka, Kan.
June 1   Fallen Patriots NHRA Route 66 Nationals presented by K&N Filters   Chicago
June 8   NHRA Summernationals                                               Englishtown, N.J.
Aug. 31  Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals                               Indianapolis
Sep. 14  Dodge NHRA Nationals                                               Reading, Pa.
Sep. 21  AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals                               St. Louis
Oct. 5   AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals                                       Dallas
Oct. 12  NHRA Carolina Nationals                                            Charlotte, N.C.
Nov. 8   Auto Club NHRA Finals                                              Pomona, Calif.

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