Rad Air’s Rising Stars Racing Program Continues to Inspire Northeast Ohio Youth

July 12, 2022

July 12, 2022

Since 2019, Rad Air’s Rising Stars Racing Program has engaged young people ages 12–16 across Northeast Ohio.

Through the program, youth can race on the track in a safe, controlled environment at Painesville Speedway—not only exploring motorsports but also the many career opportunities that exist in the automotive aftermarket.

“Kids learn all about responsibility,” says Randy Maggio, Jr., promoter at Lorain Raceway Park and Painesville Speedway. “They have to work on their car to get it to the track, they have to learn respect, and they really have to grow into themselves.”

As they work on their builds, young racers learn about auto mechanics, welding, finance, business, sales, and marketing, while also practicing essential life skills like teamwork and collaboration.

The program has been supported by Fisher Auto Parts Group, Pull-A-Part Used Auto Parts, and Northern Ohio schools. “We are excited to be involved with the Rad Air Rising Stars program and see the kids succeed on track while developing skills that will help them succeed in life.”, said David Runkle, Area Manager for Fisher Auto Parts. He went on to say, “Fisher Auto Parts and our suppliers have donated prizes and parts to help the racers with their racing efforts. We look forward to seeing this program continue to grow and create interest [in] automotive aftermarket careers.”

“We’re big on community involvement,” says Bill Snow, Vice President of Franchise Development and Operations at Rad Air. “We are connecting youth with motorsports and with local businesses. This program helps them understand where their careers can go and shows them what careers exist in the automotive industry.”

For more information on bringing the Rising Stars Racing Series to your track, please contact Bill Snow at 216.510.3555 or bill@radair.com