FORT WORTH, Texas (May 21, 2012) - The Firestone 550 is more than two weeks away but that didn't stop high schoolers from packing Texas Motor Speedway's frontstretch grandstands on Monday. More than 5,000 Northwest ISD students filled the stands in hopes of walking away the winner of a new 2012 Chevrolet Camaro as part of the district's academic achievement incentive program.
Northwest High School freshman Matt Boyd left Texas Motor Speedway the big man on campus as he successfully unlocked the drivers side door to the red Chevy Camaro. Winning the car was just part of the fun for Boyd, as IZOD Indy Car Series driver James Hinchcliffe helped him break in his new ride. Hinchcliffe and Boyd jumped into the car for a ceremonial Victory Lap around the 1.5-mile Texas Motor Speedway.
"I didn't think my key would be the one to unlock the door, so I didn't think I was going to win," Boyd said. "This is a very nice car and I'm really excited. The first thing I want to do is take it for a ride around the track. After that I'm not sure. I still can't believe I won."
Boyd was one of 25 winners as part of the district's program, which consists of Northwest High School, Byron Nelson High School and Steele Accelerated High School. Twenty-five students names were randomly selected out of the 3,936 students that were eligible. Each student selected a key to unlock the door of the Camaro courtesy of Mortiz Chevrolet, but those that did not unlock the vehicle did not walk away empty handed. The other 24 students received a new Dell laptop.
"Man, has high school changed since I was a kid," Hinchcliffe said. "I guarantee you if there was a Chevrolet Camaro on the line when I was in school, I'd have perfect grades and perfect attendance. This is a great program put on by the school district and I had a lot of fun being a part of the event today. When Matt turned that key and realized he had won, he was in total shock. I think he's going to be the coolest kid in school now."