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Kids make pit stop at AWANA Grand Prix PDF Print E-mail
Written by Holyoke Enterprise   

Around 20 cars competed at the annual AWANA Grand Prix racing event Sunday, April 7 at First Baptist Church.

Kids, parents, family and friends all had fun cheering on their cars and eating their car-themed treats.

AWANA Grand Prix winners are pictured from left, front row, Addie Goldenstein, Tristen Ferguson, Ashton Robles, Caden Sporhase and Kinley Sporhase; and back row, Caiden Vowell, Jesse Vasa, Debbie Tomky, Darrell Tomky, Cade Killin and Cooper Goldenstein.  
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Earning trophies in the Sparks category for grades K-2 were Caden Sporhase in first, Cooper Goldenstein second and Caiden Vowell third.

Top honors in the T & T group for kids in grades 3-6 were Jesse Vasa in first, Tristen Ferguson second and Cade Killin third.

Bringing home the championship in the open class was Kinley Sporhase, followed by Darrell Tomky and Debbie Tomky.

Shane Gerhartz, Sandy Ferguson, Tristen Ferguson, Pam Gibbs and Gillian Vowell cheer on a close finish at the AWANA Grand Prix race last Sunday. 
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Cars came in all shapes, sizes and colors, but earning recognition for their car designs were Addie Goldenstein with Addie’s Ark and Ashton Robles with Blue Lightning.

Besides the high-speed racing on a computerized track, a highlight of the day was hearing from Luke Goldenstein. This race engineer talked about his time in the racing industry and what kids could expect if they ever wanted a career in racing. He also had on display pictures and memorabilia he’s collected during his time at the racetrack.

While in college at CSU, Goldenstein was involved in Formula SAE, his team that built a racecar. After that he started as a machinist, then a mechanic to get his foot in the door with a team racing a Corvette and then a ChampCar. Since he had his mechanical engineering degree, he got into the engineering department doing data acquisition.

Race engineer Luke Goldenstein dons his racing attire and explains to the AWANA kids about careers at the race track.
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Goldenstein said he worked his way up through the ranks and is now a race engineer. He’s worked out of Denver, Fort Collins, Chicago, Ill., Indianapolis, Ind. and now Loveland. SCCA World Challenge, ChampCar, Nascar, INDYCar and American Le Mans Series have all been part of Goldenstein’s career.


Holyoke Enterprise April 11, 2013