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High schoolers learn about the future of "greener" cars with IZOD IndyCar drivers, experts
Dozens of high schoolers from Birmingham city schools will converge at Barber Motorsports Park tomorrow for the third annual "Alabama Power: Automobiles for a Cleaner Tomorrow" education event to be hosted at the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama.

The Thursday event brings together high school juniors and seniors from Birmingham schools who are interested in math, science and engineering with experts from Alabama Power's Electric Transportation group, the IZOD IndyCar Series and Honda Motor Manufacturing of Alabama.

It will also include a visit from IndyCar driver Josef Newgarden, driver of the #67 Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing entry. Newgarden, a Tennessee native and 2011 Firestone Indy Lights champion, is competing in the IZOD IndyCar Series race on Sunday.

The experts expose the students to some of the latest in automotive technology, including close-up looks at an emission-free, all-electric sports car, high-performance IndyCar and the latest energy-efficient automobiles from Honda. Students will also learn about Alabama's growing prominence in the world of automobile manufacturing and related businesses.

"We are excited to have Alabama Power return as a partner of the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama," Rick Humphrey, vice president of ZOOM Motorsports, said. "Their dedication to investing in the lives of future employees through the Alabama Power: Automobiles for a Cleaner Tomorrow education event is remarkable. The past two years have made a positive impact and we look forward to this year being even better."

The participating students will also learn about the growing interest and industry related to "greener" vehicles that produce fewer emissions and reduce the nation's dependence on foreign oil.

"The Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama is a wonderful showcase, not just for our area, but for the skills and vocations that lead to successful careers," said Bobbie Knight, vice president of Alabama Power's Birmingham Division. "Math, science and engineering are at the heart of innovation. When we get children to think bigger, and to be excited about careers in these important fields, it makes a profound impact on their lives. And when we have job openings, those are exactly the candidates we seek."

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