Technician.Academy is thrilled to announce the winner of the 2018 Respect is Learned© In The Pits contest has been selected. Four finalists were asked to submit short videos that highlighted their interests in motorsports, any possible interactions with the sport, and/or why they deserved to win. In order to narrow the finalists down to one, these videos were viewed by the Technician.Academy team as well as Randy and Megan Meyer. Joe Martino was selected as the winner based on his involvement with and passion for the automotive repair industry as well as his dedication to training.

Joe Martino just graduated from McHenry County College in Crystal Lake, IL, with an Associates in Automotive Technology. He started working in the shop with his dad at a very young age, working on 350 Chevy small blocks and muscle cars. The drag strip was always a summer hangout for Joe, where he spent his weekends with family and friends, even taking days off work to be there.

“Learning more about the sport of drag racing from the professionals would be the highest honor,” Joe wrote in his submission essay. “Learning how you work together and how your mind-boggling machine operates would truly be a dream come true.”

Joe Martino will spend a weekend at the Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis, IN, for the 2018 Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals, September 1–3. He will work in the pits with the Randy Meyer Racing team handling Megan Meyer’s Top Alcohol dragster and working with the pit crew.

“We’re very pleased with the amount and quality of results we received this year for the 2018 In The Pits contest,” said Megan Meyer. “It was hard to choose our finalists from the applications, but we believe that our winner had the best résumé and video submission. Joe states in his application that you can never have enough training and to always try to learn something new. This quality stood out the most and is one that we look for in all members of our team. We are just as excited as he is to have the chance to work with Joe!”

Stay tuned for race updates and news. For more information about this contest or to get involved, contact Technician.Academy at [email protected] or call 812-760-1811.



Technician.Academy offers personalized online courses as well as blogs, how-to tips, and industry insights to automotive technicians. EXTEND PERFORMANCE, a solutions-based automotive marketing agency in Evansville, IN, introduced Technician.Academy in 2016 to provide a single location for accurate training and content that is valuable to the automotive technician of today and tomorrow. For more information, please contact Technician.Academy and EXTEND PERFORMANCE at 855.306.8818 or by email [email protected].