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Lanier Tech students get experience with high-performance race cars in motorsports program
Nicolas Long, right, and Vince Hardy, both students in the motorsports vehicle technology program, work on a welding final in the motorsports vehicle technology lab at Lanier Technical College in Oakwood on Tuesday. - photo by David Barnes
It’s no secret most men would rather hang out around fast cars than sit in a classroom. Derek Kennedy, a second-year student at Lanier Technical College, gets to do both. In fact, fast high-performance cars — along with engines, transmissions and a variety of automotive parts and tools — are his classroom. There’s an Indy-style car in this classroom, an older version of those in the Indianapolis 500 and other races. It could still probably top 200 mph — with some work. A tube-chassis stock car that would run in a lower-level stock race is also here along with a Mazda Miata adapted for club racing in pro events such as ones at Road Atlanta. There’s even a Ford Mustang the classroom received as a donation four years ago that’s now being restored for either road or drag racing.