MOORESVILLE, N.C., March 16, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- NASCAR Technical Institute (NTI) is powering, most literally, the 2012 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East, placing NASCAR spec engines built and maintained by NTI students into Revolution Racing (Rev Racing), Hattori Racing Enterprises (HRE) and X-Team Racing cars. The alliance includes an NTI sponsorship of one of Rev Racing's car for the entire 2012 K&N season, and one HRE car at the first race of the season, on March 17, at Bristol Motor Speedway. (Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20120316/LA71920) In total, three teams and eight cars in each K&N race will house an NTI-built and maintained engine, giving NTI students the opportunity to see their hard work and dedication play out right before their eyes on the race track. "Our relationships with Rev Racing, HRE and X-Team showcase the talent of our students," says John Dodson, community and NASCAR team relations director. "After a successful 2011 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East season, where our engines went to victory lane in seven out of 12 races, we're looking forward to seeing how the engines perform this year." Only the most highly-qualified NTI students are tapped to work on the engines, and must maintain a 3.8 GPA to be considered. The ability to maintain an active race team's engine is highly sought after by NTI's ambitious student base, given the doors it can open to potential employment after graduation. For more information about NASCAR Technical Institute and its NASCAR and automotive training programs, visit www.uti.edu. About Universal Technical Institute, Inc.:Headquartered in Scottsdale, Arizona, Universal Technical Institute, Inc. (NYSE: UTI) is the leading provider of post-secondary education for students seeking careers as professional automotive, diesel, collision repair, motorcycle and marine technicians. With more than 160,000 graduates in its 47-year history, UTI offers undergraduate degree, diploma and certificate programs at 11 campuses across the United States, as well as manufacturer-specific training programs at dedicated training centers. Through its campus-based school system, UTI provides specialized post-secondary education programs under the banner of several well-known brands, including Universal Technical Institute (UTI), Motorcycle Mechanics Institute and Marine Mechanics Institute (MMI) and NASCAR Technical Institute (NTI). To learn more about UTI and its training services, log on to www.uti.edu. About NASCAR Technical Institute (NASCAR Tech)NASCAR Tech is the only school of its kind that combines automotive training and a NASCAR-approved technologies curriculum into one program. Students learn the basics of engine construction, lubrication systems, chassis fabrication, dyno testing, racing theory principles, NASCAR rules and regulations, as well as the teamwork needed in today's automotive and racing industries. SOURCE NASCAR Technical Institute; Universal Technical Institute, Inc.