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Richard Shinall | Don Schumacher Racing Technician

I was laid off from my job and I didn't have many options for a good paying job, so I decided to go back to school. I wasn't sure if I could do it and I didn't even know exactly what I wanted to do.

I love the sport of drag racing and always wanted to work for a racing team, so I wrote a letter to Don Schumacher Racing Team asking what I would need to know to work on their crew. They wrote back and told me, so I went to SCC and earned degrees in welding and drafting. By a stroke of luck, I landed a position with Don Schumacher Racing pretty quickly after I graduated. I had to start at the bottom but I'm working way up the ladder.

I want to give a shout out to my instructors. They were very patient and when I needed a little help with the material, they stuck with me until I understood it. 

All I can say is to don't doubt yourself. If you set a goal, you can achieve it. You just have to be willing to put some work into it. You can do it. I'm proof.