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Alumnus Wilson Yang

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Wilson Yang loves cars. His interest in cars is what brought him to NTC after graduating from Wausau East and attending UWSP, to study Computer Information Systems and Web and Digital Media. Yang decided to pursue his love of cars by enrolling in the Automotive Technology program at NTC. For him, the program was second nature and he graduated in 2008, already hired by Brickner's of Wausau before graduation from NTC.

Yang especially loves driving fast cars. After his first time participating in an autocross event he was hooked on racing. Autocross events are typically held in large parking lots on a timed course marked by large cones. Cars are sorted by class and race one at a time, with the best time taking first. Yang said he did "okay" his first time, leading him to work on his car during classes at NTC, adding modifications and set ups that took valuable seconds off his time.

Following his love of racing led Yang to enroll in the Skip Barber IndyCar Academy. Skip Barber is a racing program for people who didn't necessarily grow up in racing. Yang attended a three-day racing class in Sebring, FL, learning how to drive Skip Barber Formula cars, similar to the open wheel Formula One cars but with less power and not as many aerodynamics. From there he took the advanced class in Monterey, CA. 100 people attended the class, but only 33 were called to compete in the Skip Barber IndyCar Academy shootout. Yang was chosen to compete for a place in the Skip Barber Racing School Mazda 2013-2014 winter season, a potential gateway to a professional driving career.

While Yang didn't win the top prize, he continues to pursue his love of cars and his passion for driving. He hopes someday to become the first South East Asian professional race car driver. His wife and family members support and encourage his dream, through fundraising efforts, to help him continue to attend valuable racing programs that will advance his skills, abilities, and notoriety in the racing world.

Yang credits his time at NTC with aiding him in his racing career. He believes his time in the Automotive Technology program gave him an advantage in knowing how the car works and being able to diagnosis issues without a computer. 

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