IUPUI Full Speed Ahead at Indy 500: Sponsorship with Sarah Fisher Racing, Interns at Work with Sam Schmidt, Panther Racing and Others
May 27, 2011
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As Sarah Fisher Racing (SFR) proudly debuts its new driver Ed Carpenter at the famed 100th Anniversary of the Indianapolis 500, there’s another relationship the team is happy to continue developing—namely, a partnership with Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI).
"We so appreciate the support IUPUI has shown throughout our team’s history,” said Sarah Fisher, team owner. “IUPUI has been a loyal sponsor of our team since I started as driver/owner in 2008, and I’m thrilled to have them backing us as Ed takes the wheel this season.”
Beyond a traditional sponsorship, this relationship is truly something special.
Once a student herself in the Engineering Dual Degree Program through the Purdue School of Engineering & Technology at IUPUI and Butler University, Fisher has continued to give back to the school by visiting campus to talk with undergraduate students about her experiences in the motorsports industry. And students in IUPUI’s Motorsports Engineering Program – the only program in the nation to offer a Bachelor’s of Science in Motorsports Engineering – continue to sharpen their engineering skills and motorsports savvy through internships with the team each year.
“It’s been great having these students around the shop,” affirmed Carpenter. “They’ve been working right alongside us, putting in some long hours, and have really started to feel like part of the family. It’s pretty neat to see what they can do, thanks to the incredible training and preparation they’ve gone through.”
“This is a productive partnership,” commented David Russomanno, dean of the Purdue School of Engineering and Technology at IUPUI. “It’s a privilege to support a team that not only excels in the racing business, but that is innovative and reputable off the track as well. Our relationship has developed into an incredible win-win scenario for both groups as we work together to champion the cause of education and further the development of the motorsports industry.”
And, as SFR both sharpens and benefits from the enthusiasm and fresh ideas of these students, both IUPUI and SFR are also investing in development driver Kyle O’Gara as he competes full-time in the United States Auto Club (USAC) Mopar Pavement Midget Series for the 2011 racing season.
The IU Schools of Liberal Arts, Physical Education & Tourism Management, Office of Marketing & Communications and the Kelley School of Business have all collaborated with the Purdue School of Engineering and Technology on this sponsorship. The successful collaboration with these schools exemplifies IUPUI’s unique cooperative advantage.
IUPUI at Indy 500: In addition to Sarah Fisher Racing, a number of other racing teams will have IUPUI interns at work during the 2011 Indy 500. Those sharpening their skills on the job include IUPUI student and Sam Schmidt Motorsports intern Chris Weyer; Panther Racing intern Chase Kaufman; and students working as part of the Indycar tech inspection crew.
To read more, go to:http://auto-racing.speedtv.com/article/indycar-iupui-grads-find-home-on-indys-pit-lane/ .
IUPUI Wins Purdue Grand Prix Events: IUPUI students continued their domination of the Purdue go-kart grand prix events, by winning the first ever Purdue Electric Vehicle Grand Prix (EVGP) at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on May 7, 2011, just three weeks after Justin Penix drove an IUPUI Motorsports go-kart to his second consecutive Purdue Grand Prix championship.
To read more, go to: http://www.engr.iupui.edu/current/EVGP2011.shtml .