Academic Programs

“While [the Read to Race] program was great fun while in progress, the real successes have come after the program’s completion. ... When our school participates in standardized state testing this spring, I am confident that our reading and writing scores will soar.”  PDF file
–Adam Gaunt, Ivy Bound Academy

“According to the 2009 TCAP results, 87% of the students scored at proficient and advanced on Reading, as opposed to 80% who scored at proficient and advanced on the 2008 TCAP Reading. We think that the independent variable (the Read to Race program) had a great deal to do with the 7% increase in reading.”
–Larry Glover, Testing Coordinator, Smithson Craighead Academy

The following schools have signed up to participate in the Motorsports Institute’s set of scholastic enrichment programs:

These links connect to event schedules at sponsor race tracks:

  • Ivy Bound Academy’s middle school Read to Race winners ‘ride’ with Julien Penaruiz in NASCAR’s Toyota All-Star Showdown. more

Julien Penaruiz Born in Paris in 1977, Julien Peneruiz started racing when he was 17 in Corsica, France, by participating in the Famous Formula Campus and Formula Renault promoted by ELF. At the age of 21, Julien moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in acting and stunt driving, and soon realized that the only thing he wanted to do was pursue his passion for race car driving.

“I love speed, I guess it’s an addiction. I pretty much practice every sport with an engine. During my time off I love to skydive, play tennis, snowboard, off-road ATV, motorcycles, and have fun going out with my friends.”

In January 2010 Julien and his racing team joined with Ivy Bound Academy Charter Middle School in Sherman Oaks, California, to promote the Read to Race program in the 2010 NASCAR Toyota All-Star Showdown race at the Toyota Speedway at Irwindale, who sponsored the reading contest. A 6th grade class of 30 students was the winner, reading over 40,000 pages. Each of the children that competed in the contest autographed their name on the hood of Julien’s #16 Chevrolet that displayed a giant Read to Race logo, and thereby ‘rode’ with him at the Showdown for the the 100-lap NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Super Late Model feature.

Visit Julien's website.

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