Automotive Professor Honored by Mini-Indy Racing Team

Published 10.09.2006


John J. Macko admires certificate of appreciation from students During a School of Transportation Technology meeting Tuesday, an assistant professor of automotive technology was presented with a certificate of appreciation on behalf of the Mini-Indy racing team of aviation students. The document recognizedJohn J. Macko for his invaluable contributions to the team and thanked him for his help. The certificate, which contained driver signatures and a group photo, ended with a quote from former Chrysler chairman Lee Iacocca: "Motivation is everything. You can do the work of two people, but you can't be two people. Instead, you have to inspire the next guy down the line and get him to inspire his people." Macko had retired from building Mini-Indy go-karts, but, this year, was called back to rebuild a kart that was damaged severely during practice. Not only did he rebuild the Modified kart, but he assisted in the preparation of the Stock entry. In addition, he spent Sept. 30-Oct. 1 at the Brandon Park track to make sure the karts stayed in top condition throughout the weekend charity event.( Photo by Alfred M. Thomas, associate professor of collision repair)