FMA sponsors 16-year-old racecar driver
According to the association, the sponsorship is part of outreach efforts to reach out to students and encourage young people to consider careers in manufacturing.
Palmiter, of Ormond Beach, Fla., will compete in the 2008 racing season. He will play a key role in the FMA Foundation’s scholarship program, which offers scholarships to young people attending trade schools or colleges and universities to prepare for metal-forming careers in manufacturing. He also will speak to students about welding and fabrication and appear at two FMA events.
As Palmiter’s primary sponsor, FMA’s logo will be emblazoned on the hood of the racecar and appear on his uniform. The logo for Practical Welding Today, a bimonthly magazine, will appear on the car’s rear fender.
“Brennan Palmiter is a remarkable young man who possesses passions for both welding and racing,” said Gerald Shankel, FMA president. “We were impressed with Brennan’s racing record as well as his drive and determination to succeed both on the track and in his studies.
“Our organization is dedicated to engaging youth about the many career opportunities in sheet metal fabrication and welding, so this partnership makes perfect sense for us,” Shankel added. “Brennan will be instrumental in promoting our young professionals program and in other student outreach efforts, and we’re proud to have him on our team.”
Palmiter is enrolled in an accelerated-graduation program at Seabreeze High School in Daytona Beach, Fla., that allows him to graduate high school in just three years. He also takes night classes in welding technology at Daytona Beach Community College. In May 2009, Palmiter is expected to graduate from both high school and junior college with a high school diploma and a vocational certificate in welding technology with four specialized welding certifications.
Palmiter regularly speaks to youth groups about racing and because of his involvement in welding, discusses vocational programs and careers in the trades.
“I’m thrilled to have FMA’s support and to have a lead sponsor that can really be a part of the team and help contribute to victory,” said Palmiter. “I look forward to helping FMA reach people my age about my other love - the many exciting career opportunities in welding and fabrication.”
Palmiter began racing go-carts when he was 7 years old and later raced in the novice class at a local track near his home. From there he branched out to compete at dirt tracks in Florida, eventually racing in the World Kart Association state and national Dirt Series. From 2001 to 2004, in just over 175 starts, he scored 85 top 5 finishes and 17 state and national wins.
In what was to be his first FMA event, Palmiter and his car were scheduled to appear at the Metal Matters 2008 executive summit. The three-day conference, sponsored by FMA and the Tube & Pipe Association International, began March 12 at Walt Disney World’s Contemporary Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.