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Lanier Technical College Motorsports Vehicle Technology Program
Looking for an exciting career in the Motorsports Industry in Road Racing (IMSA, Grand-Am, SCCAPRO, NASA), Circle track (NASCAR, ARCA), Drag Racing (NHRA), drifting, or other professional motorsports series? Then, you are in the right place!
Our award winning program is located directly off I-985 at the Lanier Technical College Oakwood Campus just north of Atlanta, Georgia. Our location is at the center of the Southeast’s racing world, with world famous racetracks such as Road Atlanta, Gresham Motorsports Park, Atlanta Motor Speedway, and Atlanta Dragway within minutes of our location. Many of the nation’s top level race teams are located in close proximity to our campus making internship and employment opportunities almost limitless no matter what form of motorsports interests you.
Our unique and innovative motorsports mechanic training program produces skilled and proficient graduates for entry level positions within local, regional and national race teams, race shops, and aftermarket suppliers in the Motorsports Industry.
Our program offers a blend of hands-on, trackside, and classroom training which prepares students to work in the challenging and rewarding fields of the Motorsport Industry. In our shop and classroom students learn all facets of racecar development including suspension set-up, fabrication, welding, machine tool, carbon fiber lay-up, engine builds and tuning, transmission and differential builds, general racecar repairs, testing procedures, racecar electronics, data acquisition, trackside procedures, and many other industry protocols. The MVT Program at Lanier Technical College accepts the HOPE Grant and the HOPE Scholarship plus other forms of financial aid.
Christian Tetzlaff (Head Instructor) holds a Master’s degree in Adult Education (MEd) and a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) from the University of Georgia, is a professional race car driver in the SCCAPRO MX-5 Cup, a NASA Competition License holder and driving instructor, and has worked in various racing series such as American LeMans Series (ALMS), Grand-Am, SCCAPRO, and the National Auto Sports Association (NASA). Christian is an alumnus of the Motorsports Vehicle Technology Program, and specializes in race car suspension set-up, engine tuning, and general race car preparation.
Steve Koen, a graduate of the program, has worked in Grand-Am, SCCA, NASA, HSR, and NHRA building and supporting various types of racecars from historic NASCARs to sub 7 second drag cars. Steve specializes in fabrication techniques, electronics, drivetrain, and general race car preparation.
Jesse Straight, a composite expert, has worked with Elan Technologies and other composite manufacturers producing carbon fiber and composite components for Indy cars, and other race cars, and prototypes.
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