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Local students gather for 1st annual R/C car racing event

The event was created to get kids using their imagination along with getting them interested in potential careers in the auto industry - 13 On Your Side's Luis Lopez reporting

YUMA, Ariz. (KYMA, KECY) - Local students got their engines started today. However, they weren’t taking to the streets of Yuma.

Earlier today the first annual ABEC drive was held over at Crane Middle School. Over 40 teams with over 200 students participated in radio control (R/C) car races.

The event was created to get kids interested in potential careers within the auto industry.

Among the event's main sponsors was Alexander Auto Center. The dealership's President Ryan Hancock says they may have some future employees in the racers.

“We’re always looking for people in the automotive industry, and I think it’s a great thing to start these kids at a young age,” Hancock said.

The winning teams from Saturday were given a trophy, along with gift cards worth up to $100 dollars.

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