Mario Mirabal thought he was in trouble when his high school chemistry teacher caught him reading an automobile magazine in class and had him step into the hall with him.
“I’m like, I’m going to get it now,’’ Mirabal recalled.
But his teacher told him about the automotive course his friend taught at Gaither High School, and soon Mirabal found himself having a lot more fun than he did in chemistry class. By his junior year, he was working part-time at a Toyota dealership in New Port Richey.
Mirabal, 39, born in Puerto Rico and raised in Tampa,