Mitchell Borge and Lawrence Paet of Maui High School will be at Ford World Headquarters in Dearborn Mich. Tuesday to compete in the 2013 Ford/AAA Student Auto Skills National Finals.
Borge and Paet, students of instructor Shannon Rowe, will be competing for a share of $11 million in scholarships and prizes; the first-place student auto skills title, and the chance to “job shadow” Wood Brothers Racing’s 21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Fusion team and 2011 Daytona 500 Winner Trevor Bayne, leading up to and during the Coke Zero 400 in Daytona Beach, Fla. in July.
The pair was named Hawaii’s state champion in April, and will again be challenged to perfectly repair a “bugged” vehicle in the fastest time, as well as to turn in the best score on a written test. They are among 100 students competing at the national level from states across America.
Maui High students have been to the nationals at least 17 times, have placed in the top-10 for the past decade and won national titles in 1995 and 2000.