Mooresville-based Red Bull Racing has donated a Sprint Cup Series Toyota from its fleet to Rowan-Cabarrus Community College's Motorsports Management Technology program.
The NASCAR team fields cars for drivers Brian Vickers and Scott Speed.
The car will serve as a laboratory for students, allowing them to see how Sprint Cup Series cars are designed and manufactured, said RCCC Motorsports Management program head Richmond Gage.
The program plans to build an engine and transmission for the car and also show it at college and community events, Gage said.
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RCCC's 13-year-old program was the nation's first accredited motorsports degree program, combining the business and technical ends of the industry, according to the college.
Course work includes instruction in general studies, motorsports, fundamentals, principles of management, computer applications, accounting, business mathematics, marketing, advertising and sales promotion, and human relations.
Graduates qualify for employment in jobs related to the management of motorsports teams, events and activities, and production and distribution of motorsports products and services.
More than 100 alumni work in various jobs in the industry, according to the college.