Kentucky Speedway announces its RPM Club formed last year to encourage grade-school students to reach their reading goals will begin a second year in September.

The RPM Club teams local elementary schools with the speedway in a unique initiative to help students get excited about reaching their reading goals.

Students participating in the program receive a Reading Program Manual (RPM) to help them track progress toward goals set by their teachers. The program begins in each school with a fall "reading pep rally" during which administrators energize their students about the RPM Club. The rally is complete with a visit from Horsepower, the official Kentucky Speedway mascot.

Students who meet their reading goals will be rewarded with a spring field trip to Kentucky Speedway. The outing includes a tour of the state-of-the art facility, a lap around the apron of the 1.5-mile track in a school bus, and, weather and schedule permitting, an opportunity to watch popular race teams test on the track.

"Our objective is to do whatever it takes to get children revved up about reading," said Debby Shipp, Human Resources Director and founder of the Kentucky Speedway RPM Club. "Whether it's seeing their principals in a race car, watching famous teams testing on the track or taking a lap on the track in their school bus, we want to get the kids excited about reaching their reading goals".

The RPM Club will be available to a limited number of Greater Cincinnati and Kentucky schools. Requests will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis. Schools interested in participating in the RPM Club program can contact Kentucky Speedway Communications Coordinator Ashley Brennaman by at or by phone at (859) 647-4309.

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