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'KEY' MISTAKE COSTLY FOR MACOMB TEAM IN TROUBLE SHOOTING CONTEST

 DEARBORN, Mich., June 14 /PRNewswire/ -- If they hadn't accidentally locked the keys in the car, two 18-year-old Armada High School seniors would be national automotive technician winners today (June 14) in the Chrysler/AAA Trouble Shooting Contest.
 As it turned out, Zak Sova and Michael Halas took second place honors for their Macomb County school against 52 teams from 50 states, Canada and Mexico at The Mall in Washington, D.C. Along with trophies, the two each take home a $2,000 scholarship to a school of their choice and $1,000 worth of tools.
 "We are extremely pleased and happy with the quality of the young men's skills and their character," said Jerry Basch, AAA Michigan Community Safety Services manager. "This is our best showing ever."
 The pair had the contest won with a perfect score for repairing a "bugged" Chrysler Concord when they accidentally locked the keys in the car and left a fender cover locked between the hood and fender.
 By the time an extra set of keys was found, the car opened and the hood released, 18 minutes had elapsed. As a result, they lost first place to a team from California by 10 minutes.
 The official time for the Macomb team to complete a written test and close the hood of their repaired car -- after the key mishap -- was 58 minutes and 51 second. The California team won with a time of 48 minutes and 51 seconds.
 Locking the keys in the car probably would not have happened in past years because usually the windows are down on the contest cars. Unfortunately for the Michigan duo, one of today's "bugs" was in the power source to the electric windows.
 While both Zak and Michael "wished" the outcome were different both graciously accepted their second place finish.
 "This is just great," Michael said and Zak was all smiles.
 Chrysler Corp. and AAA Michigan sponsored the state Trouble Shooting contest which the duo won in May. The contest helps young people understand the need for a lifetime of continuing education and underscores the importance of and opportunities for improved quality of automotive service.
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 /CONTACT: Tom Freel of AAA, 313-336-1511/
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