DMACC Partners with Chip Ganassi Racing and Iowa Speedway to Offer Exclusive Internship for DMACC Automotive Students
Students will complete 8-10 week internship at Chip Ganassi Racing HQ in Indianapolis
NEWTON, Iowa (June 24, 2019) – Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC), the largest undergraduate college in Iowa, is partnering with Chip Ganassi Racing (CGR) and Iowa Speedway on a new internship program available exclusively to DMACC Automotive students.
DMACC students who are selected for the internship will spend 8-10 weeks at CGR Headquarters in Indianapolis, Ind., where they will have the opportunity to work on current NTT IndyCar Series and IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship racecars alongside professional racing industry technicians. The application deadline is June 28.
"This internship is an incredible opportunity for DMACC Automotive students who are passionate about racing and driven to work in the industry," said Jerry Burns, DMACC Automotive Service Education Program (ASEP) and Automotive Technology Chairperson and Professor. "Careers in professional auto racing are very competitive, whether you’re a driver or an auto technician, and experience is key.
"Students selected for this internship will strengthen their industry qualifications and differentiate themselves by gaining invaluable, hands-on experience in a professional race shop."
How DMACC Automotive Program students can qualify.
To qualify for internship consideration, students must meet the following criteria when submitting their application:
- Be a current DMACC Automotive Program student.
- Have completed a minimum of 30 credits in the following programs: Automotive Technology, GM ASEP, Mopar CAP, Ford ASSET, Diesel Technology, Caterpillar and/or Auto Collision seeking an AAS degree.
- Have a cumulative program GPA of at least 2.50 or higher.
- Have fully completed the Chip Ganassi Racing internship application.
DMACC Automotive students must submit all completed application materials by 4 p.m. CT on Friday, June 28, to be considered for the internship. Application information and materials can be found online at www.dmacc.edu/programs/automotive.
"Chip Ganassi Racing is very excited to partner with DMACC for internships that can lead to potential full-time employment of young mechanical talent," said Mike Hull, Managing Director for CGR. "After a visit to the DMACC campus, it was easy to sense the passionate desire of the students to work within a mentoring system.
"The Chip Ganassi Racing Indianapolis workforce of over 100 is composed of long-term employees who learn with advancement through process. We’re about a long-term career in motorsports. CGR with its INDYCAR and IMSA programs provides vocational advancement unlike many race teams, so we’re multi-purposed. The depth of match will be a significant two-sided opportunity for both DMACC and CGR. The next generation is vital to our future growth."
The internship selection committee will review applications in early July, and finalists will be invited to attend the NTT IndyCar Series Iowa 300 race on Saturday, July 20, at Iowa Speedway.
"We are thrilled to help support this unprecedented new internship program year-round with our partners at Chip Ganassi Racing and DMACC, especially as we see the passionate INDYCAR fan base continue to grow in the Midwest," said Iowa Speedway President David Hyatt. "The DMACC Automotive Program is known for its excellence in training automotive technicians, while Ganassi is known for its excellence on the track in multiple forms of racing. The opportunity to align with both organizations is a win-win for everyone involved."
For more information, contact: Jerry Burns, 515-964-6504
Des Moines Area Community College, a public institution serving the educational and career training needs of Iowans, is committed to the lifelong success of its students. Situated in one of America’s most vibrant regions, DMACC offers 200 programs, certificates and transfer degrees, annually serving more than 70,000 credit and noncredit students on six campuses and six learning centers. Thanks to college-wide innovation including Continuous Process Improvement (CPI), new programs and affordable tuition, DMACC continues to experience solid growth. For more information, please visit www.dmacc.edu.
About Chip Ganassi Racing
Chip Ganassi has been a fixture in the auto racing industry for over 30 years and is considered one of the most successful as well as innovative owners the sport has anywhere in the world. Today his teams include two cars in the NTT IndyCar Series, two cars in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, two factory Ford GT’s in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, and two factory Ford GT’s in the FIA World Endurance Championship. Overall his teams have 19 championships and more than 200 victories, including four Indianapolis 500s, a Daytona 500, a Brickyard 400, eight Rolex 24 At Daytona, the 12 Hours of Sebring and the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Ganassi boasts state-of-the-art race shop facilities in Indianapolis and Concord, N.C., with a corporate office in Pittsburgh. For more information log onto www.chipganassiracing.com
About Iowa Speedway
Iowa Speedway, The Fastest Short Track on the Planet, is a state-of-the-art 7/8-mile asphalt paved tri-oval racetrack and motorsports facility located in Newton, Iowa. Our 2019 schedule includes three exciting race weekends: June 15-16 (NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series M&M’S 200 presented by Casey’s General Store and NASCAR Xfinity Series CircuitCity.com 250 presented by Tamron), July 19-20 (ARCA Menards Series Fans With Benefits 150 and NTT IndyCar Series Iowa 300) and July 26-27 (NASCAR K&N Pro Series Casey’s General Store 150 and NASCAR Xfinity Series U.S. Cellular 250). For tickets, call 1.866.787.8946. To learn more, visit www.IowaSpeedway.com, "like" us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter and Instagram.