Written by Phil Cerroni
Universal Technical Institute (UTI) Dallas recently welcomed two-time National Hot Rod Association full throttle drag racing series funny car champion Cruz Pedregon to its campus. Cruz celebrated his birthday with students and staff by signing autographs, sharing highlights of his racing career and giving students a chance to look under the hood of his race car.
“We were thrilled to have a visit to our campus from a high-profile driver,” said Jesus Miranda, Director of Education at UTI. “It is great for our students to meet someone who has achieved great success in his chosen career and learn more about the technology of race cars.”
Cruz started his NHRA career in 1987 and after racing for years became a color analyst for ESPN’s drag racing coverage in 2001. In 2002, after taking a year off from racing, he assembled a team that qualified for 18 national events. He has since earned his second career NHRA Full Throttle Series world championship title and raced to a win last year in Dallas where he achieved his career best for time and speed.
Source: Universal Technical Institute Dallas