Reigning NHRA Division 3 Top Alcohol Dragster champion Troy Coughlin Jr. shared his passion for drag racing recently at Inspire Elementary School’s Career Day in downtown Columbus.
Just before leaving his hometown of Delaware, Ohio to head south to the Mopar Express Lane NHRA SpringNationals, Coughlin spoke about the commitment and hard work it takes to become a drag racing champion. The reaction he got from the kids to his job as well as his bright yellow and black dragster has given him extra motivation for this weekend and the season ahead.
“I was meant to go there and inspire the kids to chase their dreams and passions but I think I got more out of it than they did,” Coughlin said. “Seeing the 'awe-factor' in their eyes and the excitement in their voices for our racing program reminded me how lucky I am to live my dream every day. It's reinvigorated me to always remember to enjoy the opportunities we have.”
Career Day is one of numerous “Inspiration Days” the Inspire Elementary staff plans at the school in an effort to engage the students in hands-on learning and enrichment opportunities.
“This was our students’ first exposure to the world of motorsports and the types of careers the industry has,” said Bruce Hoover, Principal of Inspire Elementary School. “We are beyond grateful for Troy Jr. and Team JEGS coming out and showcasing real-life applications for topics our students are learning about in STEM-related classes.”