When off-road racing legend Ivan "Ironman" Stewart decided to give a presentation at the Southwest High career fair in El Centro on Friday, there was a message he wanted to make sure he got across to students.
His message didn't have anything to do with winning races or winning championships or with his arcade game, voted the most popular arcade game in 1989, but more about the importance of getting good grades and setting goals.
"I'm just trying to pass on to the kids what I've learned and give them some motivation," said The Ironman, who now runs his own off-road racing series. "I tell them to shoot for their goals and to get good grades in school.
"I really enjoy doing this. Everybody tries to get something out of anything they do and I'm the same. By giving a little back, I'm personally getting something out of this," said the 56-year-old Stewart, who was invited to speak at the career fair by Brenda Scaroni of Heber, whose family is involved in off-road racing. "I'm really not sure how much of what I say soaks in, but I hope that they were at least listening to what I had to say."