Talmage Thomas

February 10, 2011

PHCC Motorsports Faculty - Talmage Thomas

Thomas comes from a family of racers. His father, known to many as “Speedy,” was racing when Thomas was born in 1966. Ever since he was old enough to carry a wrench, he’s been involved in some aspect of the sport.

In the span of 45 years, his family has won over 200 races in NASCAR modified touring races and many local races.

He earned the Mechanic of the Year honor in 1998 for the Smart Modified Tour and assisted in more than 150 wins on the Modified circuit, which was a track record. In 1999, Jon Wood requested Thomas to run his team as crew chief.

Thomas accepted and became a B&H Motorsports team manager and crew chief until 2003 where he helped the team place second on the Hooter’s Pro-cup circuit and earn Wood rookie of the year. He joined the PHCC Motorsports faculty in 2005.

 

Racing – in his words:

“You’ve got to think on your feet about what’s going to happen and what you need to do next. That’s the part of racing I really like – outthinking someone else. Because that’s what it really is. You outwork and outthink them.”

 

The program:

“We’re the best kept secret. We have all the latest equipment, we have great instructors and great resources. We’re a hands-on motorsports program that offers our students a complete understanding of motorsports. We teach welding, some engineering, and we have software to design parts – we do a little bit of everything.”

 

Talmage Thomas
Motorsports Instructor
tthomas@patrickhenry.edu
(276) 638-8777 Ext. 0463

 

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About Patrick Henry Community College

Motorsports Technology at Patrick Henry Community College is the place to go for a full-service, hands-on education in high-performance racing engines and chassis fabrication. PHCC Motorsports students work with state-of-the-art equipment and technology including a Serdi Cylinder head valve seat and guide cutting machine, Mittler Pull Down Rig, 3HP Rohrig Shock Dyno and much more.



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