Local stock-car race team H-Town Racing has announced the kickoff of its Race to Success reading program with full support from Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

The Race to Success reading program is designed to encourage students to set and accomplish goals by reading a number of various books. The program was initiated by local driver and car owner Jim Petrie, a weekly competitor at the Bullring at LVMS, who utilizes the color and excitement of auto racing to encourage students to read.

Students who successfully complete the program will be rewarded with Bullring tickets and a special Race to Success event at LVMS during a weekly Bullring event in the spring of 2008. The program focuses on fifth grade students and is implemented in schools in connection with Elaine Wynn’s After School All Stars. After participating in Nevada Reading Week at various schools for several years, H-Town Racing opted to expand the program from one week each year to the entire school year.

The participating schools for the 2007-2008 school year include: Dr. C. Owen Roundy Elementary and C.T. Sewell Elementary. The team will select a third participant soon.

“The goal of the program is to challenge and mentor students through reading, using the race team as the subject of interest to set goals and accept and achieve challenges. We hope to guide the students during the critical transition year before graduating to middle school,” explained Jim Petrie, owner of H-Town Racing and driver of the No. 1 Super Late Model.

H-Town Racing will make a $500 donation to the participating schools’ libraries and LVMS will donate tickets to future racing events. The race team’s members expect to donate approximately 150 hours of their time.