NAPA Auto Parts, Australia’s newest name in Automotive Aftermarket parts, has revealed a new initiative for future racing stars and grassroots motorsport competitors.
NAPA Auto Parts has a formidable pedigree in global motorsport, with its sponsorship of Alexander Rossi in the IndyCar Series and Chase Elliott in the NASCAR Cup. Locally, the brand supports Walkinshaw Andretti United and is leveraging this global and local knowledge to provide the grass roots motorsport community with access to the best Know How available.
The NAPA Know How Motorsport Academy is an online portal designed to offer tuition, tools, resources and monthly prizes to any motorsport entrant that is striving to be the best they can be – on and off the track.
Led by Walkinshaw Andretti United Supercars driver Bryce Fullwood as the mentor for the program, the NAPA Know How Motorsport Academy is free to all racers aged 13 and up.
Bryce believes the NAPA Know How Motorsport Academy is an awesome initiative and one that “I’m really proud to be a mentor for.”
“Motorsport can be a really tricky game to succeed in, and the aim of the academy is help drivers and teams navigate their way through some of the hazards and get the most out of their careers,” he said.
The criteria for drivers looking to join the academy is simple. They must have a strong desire to succeed in the sport, whether they are a teenaged karter with eyes on racing in Formula 1 or the Repco Supercars Championship, or they could be a national or State-based circuit racer, rally, speedway or drag racing driver or team owner who takes their motorsport seriously and is looking for an edge over their rivals.
The Academy will offer insights into the world of driving, race craft and analysis, plus detailed information on health and nutrition, commercial and sponsorship, plus the media.
Mitchell Wiley, Head of Sponsorship NAPA Auto Parts, is extremely proud to bring this initiative to life and encourages racers of all competition levels to sign up. “There are already some great resources in the portal, and we will be adding plenty more over the coming months. We will be encouraging all portal users to provide feedback and ask questions each month so we can provide even more practical support based on what Academy members want to know,” he said.
A lucky selection of drivers across Australia and New Zealand will be hand selected by the mentors who run the program and receive a $1,000 kick start when they join the Academy.
On top of this, one Academy member will win an all-expenses paid trip to the season-ending Gold Coast Supercars street race, where they will be embedded into the WAU race team and allowed unrivalled access to the team including track walk, debriefs and race day privileges.
To register your interest in NAPA Know How Motorsport Academy and for more information, visit www.napaparts.com.au/academy (Australia residents) and www.napa.co.nz/academy (New Zealand residents). You can also speak with the team at your local NAPA Auto Parts branch, see the website for locations.