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Subaru Apprentice gets the chance of a Lifetime

Last week our sister store Budds’ Kia hosted the Kia Race Team in preparation for their race during the Toronto Indy. Fresh from their last race in Lime Rock Connecticut, they made their way to Budds’ Kia to prepare for their next race. The plan was to use the Kia shop to get the cars ready for the next race, however they had one small request left, they were short a mechanic for the #36 Budds’ Kia Optima driven by Nic Jonsson who has several international championships under his belt and multiple starts in the 24 Hours of Le Mans including 3 podium finishes. Nic and his Optima race in the Pirelli World Challenge Series featuring production cars ranging from a Mercedes SLS to the Kia Optima.

Jody BarrettFortunately, we were able to help the team out with a young Apprentice from Budds’ Subaru, Jody Barrett started with Budds’ early in 2013 and while most of his time has been here at Subaru he has assisted in our Kia shop for a few weeks as well. Jody has been a great asset and worked very hard in his short time here, he learns very quickly and was an easy choice for this great opportunity.

The initial role was just to help the lead mechanic on the race car and do some small jobs, but by the end of the first day Jody was turning wrenches plus; removing and replacing parts. By the second day, what was only to be 3 days of helping out, turned into a full week job and an invitation to join the team at the race and work in the pits over the weekend.

As a huge racing fan himself, Jody relished an opportunity and put in long hours and lots of hard work throughout the weekend. While the vehicle did not do so well in the race, the opportunity and learning experience is something that he will never forget, whether working on an Impreza to be driven on the roads or a Race car driven on the track hard work and attention to detail play a huge role in success.

After working for Budds’ for almost 10 years now one thing is clear, you get out what you put in and I try to instill that in all my staff right from their first interview. There may not always be opportunities like this, but we try to find ways to reward employees for their hard work. 

- Kyle Rutty, Fixed Operations Manager


Stop by Budds’ Subaru today and let Jody make sure your car is ready for the road.

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