Kentucky Speedway's RPM Reading Program is being made available to Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky elementary schools.

Official speedway mascot "Horsepower" plays host during the program visits and helps energize reading efforts by furnishing individual RPMs (Reading Program Manuals) to help track books students read throughout the school year. Other program materials include a classroom "Winner's Circle" poster, color-in bookmarks and personalized cutout racecars that display readers' names.

Once schools enroll in the program, teachers work with students to set a reading goal from a list of available, approved texts. When students complete a text, they enter the title in their RPM and complete a short test related to the subject matter.

Students receive their bookmark when they cross the midway point to their goal and will have a racecar bearing their name posted on the classroom "Winner's Circle" poster upon reaching their goal. Schools also will receive surprise visits from Horsepower throughout the program.

Readers' ultimate reward will be an end-of-the-year field trip to Kentucky Speedway. Students will pack a lunch, tour the speedway and be treated to several laps around the racetrack in their school busses or vans.

Participating school principals also will be rewarded with a free driving class session from the Richard Petty Driving Experience. Students will root principals on as they race around the 1.5-mile Kentucky Speedway tri-oval track in NASCAR NEXTEL Cup style cars at speeds up to 170 mph. Schools interested in participating in the program can contact Kentucky Speedway Director of Human Resources Debby Shipp by e-mail at or by phone at 859-647-4309.

All program materials are donated and printed by Dave Hines of Custom Color Service in Covington, Ky.