Ahead of the New England 200 on July 13 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, NASCAR Nationwide Series drivers Alex Bowman and Parker Kligerman visited students in Portland, Maine on Tuesday.
NASCAR Nationwide drivers Parker Kligerman and Alex Bowman sign autographs for students at the Glickman Academy-Spurwink in Portland, Maine. (New Hampshire Motor Speedway)
At Glickman Academy-Spurwink, a school that provides behavioral health, educational and residential services for children, adolescents, adults and families, Bowman and Kligerman met and answered questions, posed for pictures, signed autographs and handed out tickets.
"That was a pretty cool opportunity," said Bowman, driver of the No. 99 Toyota for RAB Racing. "To be able to meet not only the students but the great people that help in situations like those, that's a really great thing for us to be a part of."
NASCAR Nationwide drivers Parker Kligerman and Alex Bowman visit the Automotive Technical Class at Portland Arts and Technical High School in Portland, Maine. (New Hampshire Motor Speedway)
At Portland Arts and Technical High School (PATHS), the drivers spoke to students in the Automotive Technical Class about their NASCAR cars. The students gave the drivers a guided tour of the large-scale shop.
"I wish I had something like this when I was that age," said Kligerman, 22, who currently sits sixth in points (two top-fives, three top-10s) in the NASCAR Nationwide Series standings. "This is really a great environment to learn the craft, and if they go that direction, can one day be a part of a pit crew and make their way up the ladder."