This program is still under construction

The Armed Forces Motorsports Academy is an educational program of AFM. The academies course of study is developed, administered and accredited through Patrick Henry Community College (PHCC).

Program Overview

Motorsports is a rapidly evolving field. The industry requires a workforce that is flexible and up to date on current and future technology. AFMA, through PHCC, offers two levels of education and training: Career Studies Certificates for entry level employment and an associate degree for higher level opportunities. Veterans and qualified family members can use their G.I. Bill to pay for the college tuition. 

Motorsports Technology at AFMA is the place to go for a full-service, hands-on education in high-performance racing engines and chassis fabrication.

AFMA students get to build the racecars and they get the experience of seeing how they do on the race circuit. The Armed Forces Motorsports Race Team includes Jonathan Findley, who drives the No. 23 AFM Late Model car, and motorsports students who built it from the ground up serving as his pit crew. Findley is from the Northern Virginia area and has more than 5 years of racing experience under his belt. He enjoys working with students and sharing his experience on the track.



Armed Forces Motorsports Academy students have the opportunity to build skills for the motorsports industry through what is called "stackable credentials." Because several levels of training are offered, students can choose to enroll in one of four options, and work through the program to the level desired. 

The academy offers three career studies certificates, which generally take one year or less to complete: Motorsports Engines Technology, Motorsports Fabrication and Set Up Technology, and Motorsports Management. 

See below for descriptions.

Students can apply credits earned or enter directly into the Associate in Applied Science in Motorsports Technology program. In just four semesters, they can earn a credential that will set them apart from the competition!

Students who successfully complete the associate degree may transfer their credits into a baccalaureate level program to earn a bachelor’s degree in engineering technology. In fact, skills and knowledge acquired in the motorsports program can be applied in any advanced manufacturing setting!

Patrick_Henry.jpgThe Campus

While the main campus of Patrick Henry Community College is located in the Martinsville, VA area, the Armed Forces Motorsports Academy will be located in Thornburg, VA about 50 miles south of Washington, DC. The AFMA facilities will be located at the new Dominion Raceway Motorsports Park. The park will have an oval track, a drag strip, a road course and a cart course…giving AFMA students an opportunity to experience various types of racing.

The AFMA Course of Study

Motorsports Technology:

Associate Degree

This program prepares students for employment in a variety of positions, including chassis technician, set-up assistant, crew member, block assembly assistant, engine builder, or engine machine technician. 

  • Knowledge about auto racing and race vehicles, current technology and testing methods 
  • Components, systems, configuration, classification, terminology 
  • Principles of functioning of high performance engines 
  • Assemble, test and apply corrective methods to resolve issues related to maximum power performance 
  • Aerodynamics, stability and control of race vehicles
  • Design, model and fabricate structures of vehicles
  • Knowledge of engineering materials, processes and testing techniques
  • Fabricate and/or assemble suspension, traction, steering and braking


Motorsports Engine Technology: 

Career Studies Certificate

To provide advanced skills and knowledge in the production of high performance engines to meet workforce needs of race teams and engine manufacturers. Students must score 80 points on the PHCC Fundamental Automotive Technology Skills assessment to enter this program. Students determined to have deficiencies in Fundamental Automotive Skills will complete additional course work. Students must maintain a 2.5 Curriculum Grade Point Average to stay in the program. Tools for program are required.

  • Fundamental skills for race car component installation and repair
  • Proficiency in tear-down
  • Component assessment
  • Parts selection
  • Reassembly of a race engine

Motorsports Fabrication and Set Up Technology:

Career Studies Certificate

To provide advanced skills and knowledge in the production of round track race cars to meet workforce needs of race teams. Students must maintain a 2.5 Curriculum Grade Point Average to stay in the program.

  • Fundamental skills for race car component installation and repair
  • Vehicle set up for prescribed environments
  • Ability to adjust race car to track conditions


Motorsports Management:

Career Studies Certificate

This program is designed to give specialized skills related to the management of a motorsports-related business. Students must maintain a 2.5 Curriculum Grade Point Average to stay in the program. 

  • Understanding the business of motorsports
  • Marketing, management and customer service
  • Computer skills
  • Special projects in motorsports marketing


Accreditation & Recognition

Patrick Henry Community College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia, 30033- 4097, Telephone number 404-679-4501) to award the associate degree.

As a member of the Virginia Community College System, Patrick Henry Community College is approved by the State Board for Community Colleges; the associate degree curricula offered in the college have also been approved by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia. The college is a member of the American Association of Community Colleges.


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We are proud members of the Veteran Owned Business Project. The CEO of Armed Forces Motorsports is a retired Marine with twenty-two years of service.

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