The Daily Express

Owens Community College Hosts "Lincoln Motorsports Welding Night"

Owens Community College will host the sixth annual "Lincoln Motorsports Welding Night" Tuesday, April 9 where area residents can meet race car drivers and check out competition race cars, including Ron Hemelgarn's Indy car.

The event, which is free and open to the public, will be from 6-9 p.m. at the Transportation Technologies Center on the Owens Toledo-area Campus, Oregon Road.

At 7:30 p.m., there will be a presentation by Dennis Klingman of Lincoln Electric Co., director of the Technical Training, Welding and Cutting Technology Center, who supervises the weld shop at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in May. Other welding demonstrations will occur throughout the evening.

Among the vehicles featured is a Pep Boys Indy Racing League (IRL) race car, owned by Ron Hemelgarn of Toledo. Race cars owned by Hemelgarn have claimed many racing victories, including the 1996 Indianapolis 500 driven by Buddy Lazier. Also on display will be a 410 Sprint Car, International Hot Rod Association (IHRA) Dragster, United States Auto Club (USAC) Midget race car, Super-Modified Four Wheel Drive (SMFWD) Pulling Truck, Pro Oval Go Cart and more.

"Lincoln Motorsports Welding Night is a great opportunity for individuals interested in careers within the welding or automotive industry to talk to professionals to see how they chose their career path," said Mark Durivage, Owens Chair of Manufacturing Technologies. "More than 20 car owners and drivers from Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan are expected to attend this event."

Co-sponsored by the Northwest Ohio Chapter of the American Welding Society, more than 300 people attended last year's Lincoln Motorsports Welding Night. For more information, call (567) 661-7455 or 1-800-GO-OWENS, Ext. 7455.

On the Toledo-area and Findlay campuses, Owens serves more than 36,000 credit and non-credit students. Owens Community College is committed to providing small classes, personal attention and the lowest tuition in Northwest Ohio. Owens offers over 100 career-oriented programs and majors in Agriculture, Business, Health, Public Service, Skilled Trades, Industrial and Engineering Technologies. Owens students also can earn the first two years of a bachelor's degree with a smooth transfer to any area four-year college or university.

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