Good News: Late NASCAR champ gives big to education

By Kristen Hampton - bio l email    

CONCORD, NC (WBTV) - UNC Charlotte announced Thursday, one of the largest gifts ever made to their motor sports engineering program.

The family of the late Alan Kulwicki created a trust to donate $1.9 million to the UNCC program designed to teach college students the craft of motor sports engineering.

Kulwicki died in 1993 after his plane crashed in Bristol, Tennessee. Just a few months before the crash, Kulwicki drove the #7 Hooters car to his first Winston Cup Championship.

At a news conference Thursday morning, longtime friend Felix Sebates told of Kulwicki's determination to be one of the greats. Kulwicki moved from Wisconsin in 1985 with nothing more than a borrowed pickup truck and some tools. He was determined to drive to the Winston Cup's highest prize.

The trust provided by the Kulwicki family will help build a new motor sports facility at UNCC, as well as fund a scholarship to enable young students to enter the program.

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