Graduate Wins Big in Fast-Paced Career

Posted on Thursday, March 25, 2021


Written by Communications Specialist Georgia Beard

Jared Callihan ended 2020 receiving the Champion Tire and Wheel “Consistently Smooth” award with Team Penske. The team and Jared started the 2021 season off strong with an Xfinity win at Daytona with #22 Austin Cindric. Exactly the way the team wanted to open the season.

From Alum Bank, Pennsylvania, Jared found his way to UNOH to study automotive and high performance motorsports technology. It’s no surprise Jared is successful in his career after working hard during college. He landed himself on the Motorsports Team, working a job, and juggling double-classes during his time at UNOH.

Jared was used to a fast-paced lifestyle, which lead him to a fast-paced career. “I use what I learned at UNOH every day,” he stated. “From fabricating a part for the racecar or using excel to sort tires. Every class I took had valuable information that I use to this day.”

Not only does Jared utilize the knowledge he gained from his classes, but he is also thankful for the connections and experience the race team opened for him. His first job in NASCAR was offered to him after a former race team member reached out to Motorsports Team head coach, Mr. Paul Higgins, to see what he thought of Jared. Those connections turned into friendships in the workforce. Jared currently works with a few other UNOH graduates that were on the race team as well.

3-25-21-Jared-MAIN.jpgJared’s career was built off of UNOH and the experience and connections he made while studying. Now he is turning the corner into success with a great team, and a hope for another championship this season. But his goals don’t end there.  Jared wants to work his way up to championships in the Cup Series in the coming years.

“Winning at Daytona was a great way to start the new year coming off our championship last year,” Jared exclaimed. “It shows we’re working just as hard this year to get a second one.” Jared was honored to be part of Penske’s first Daytona International Speedway win in the Xfinity Series. While Jared says this could be the highlight of his career, it could be just the starting line.

Category: Applied Technologies

Keywords: Team Penkse, High Performance

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Last updated: 04/01/2021