Motorsports is a complex sport and varies based on venue (including air and water), level, vehicle, fuel, sponsorships and modifications. The Motorsports curriculum is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to perform mid-management level functions in motorsports related companies. The program is based on CBTC Annex in Cabarrus County, complete with a motorsports lab that essentially serves as a small, functioning race shop. The lab has everything from current NASCAR-style chassis to computer software and fabrication equipment that allow students to build fenders and take engines apart.
Course work includes instruction in general studies, motorsports fundamentals, principles of management, computer applications, accounting, business mathematics, marketing, advertising and sales promotion, and human relations.
Graduates should qualify for employment or advancement in jobs related to management of motorsports teams, events and activities, as well as production and distribution of motorsports products and services.
Motorsports is a $6 billion dollar industry in North Carolina and Charlotte is its center.
Legend Cars are manufactured in Cabarrus County.
Ninety percent of all NASCAR teams headquartered within 50 miles of Charlotte.
Average salary: $73,216 (2012)
Partnerships are an important part of the motorsports program. We couldn’t do this on our own. Our students use components donated by Penske Racing and Hendrick Motorsports. The main NASCAR-style chassis that we work on was donated by Red Bull Racing.Randy Cox
I’m proud to be a graduate of the Rowan-Cabarrus motorsports program. People don’t realize how much the industry is a part of our economy. The experience I had at the college has definitely impacted my career and contributed to my success.
While in the Rowan-Cabarrus motorsports program, Doug was a co-op student with the speedway. He is now the Executive Director of Events for Charlotte Motor Speedway.Doug Cremer