GIRA readies for July 4 races

PUHI — The Garden Island Racing Association supports students and racers.

GIRA officials presented Kauai Community College graduate Luther Yam with a $500 automotive scholarship to continue to automotive education.

“The Garden Island Racing Association has always supported Kauai Community College,” said Glenn Montemayor, a KCC automotive instructor and GIRA director. “GIRA gives scholarships every year to students and has been doing so for at least three years.”

The organization reinforces this by encouraging young people to drag race at the Kauai Raceway Park instead of creating danger on Kauai’s roads by hosting National Hot Rod Association-sanctioned drag racing in Mana. GIRA races include classes for street-legal cars, imports, Junior Dragsters and professional race cars.

Mary Kealoha, GIRA treasurer, said the $500 GIRA scholarship award is presented annually to a KCC student to pursue an education within the automotive field.

Meanwhile, the Kauai Raceway Park in Mana is set to reopen for the season July 4. It has been under construction since July forcing the GIRA to cancel the season.

Kealoha said volunteers are needed for the remaining work.

Info: GIRA president Tony Ricci, 652-7140.

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