Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis will host its 12th annual Motorsports Day tomorrow September 10th. Held in conjunction with the school’s Motorsports Club, the event presents students and fans a first-hand glimpse into the world of racing., with team representatives from all forms of racing on hand to offer “an insider’s view,” as well as displays of vehicles, including an Extract slot car; a funny car from John Force Racing; and USAC’s Silver Crown, sprint and midget racers, as well as equipment and lots more. In addition, IUPUI will feature its new Miata racer and its Kart car as well as its Formula SAE car, part of a student design competition organized by SAE International, formerly known as the Society of Automotive Engineers. Dave Broyles will have his drag bike on display, and race car designer and manufacturer Dallara will also have a display.
“IUPUI’s Motorsports Day is a great opportunity for motorsports engineering faculty and students to showcase the program to fellow Jaguars, industry partners and prospective students,” stated associate professor and director of motorsports engineering. Pete Hylton, “The program is unique in that we have direct access to the motorsports industry right here in our backyard. Our goal is to work with industry partners to develop a pipeline of highly qualified workers with real experience. Thanks to these partnerships, Motorsports Day has evolved over the years into an incredible experience for both students and race fans.”
Approximately, 100 students from more than 12 states as well as Canada, Mexico, Vnezuela, Taiwan, Hong Kong, China, Ukraine, India, Bolivia, Italy, Japan, Colombia, Taiwan, and Greece have enrolled in the school’s racing program this year, each seeking to “experience a variety of racetrack opportunities and internship placements,” with many hoping to obtain jobs with racing and automotive companies include Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing, Cummins, Toyota, Penske South and Schmidt Peterson upon graduation.
Tours of the school’s Motorsports Lab will be offered throughout the event, and a tour of the IUPUI campus is set for 2 p.m. Engineering students will be featured in a panel discussion from 10 to 11 a.m., and alumni who work in various aspects of racing will be featured in a panel discussion. The event takes place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 10 in front of Taylor Hall, 815 W. Michigan St., on the IUPUI campus. Attendees will also have the chance to ride in a. street-legal, 2-seater IndyCar for $10 (cash only) a person this year.