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State-of-the-art Dallara D3 driving simulator comes to Speedway

May 22, 2014

Dallara D3 driving simulator

Dallara D3 driving simulator

Speedway, Ind. — The new Dallara D3 driving simulator arrived with much fanfare at the Dallara IndyCar Factory in Speedway. Gian Paolo Dallara, owner of Dallara, Mark Miles, chief executive officer of Hulman & Company, and Gov. Mike Pence were on hand for the ribbon cutting, accompanied by hundreds of people, among them the myth of the Indianapolis 500, AJ Foyt and Mario Andretti, who even made a simulator driving session.

“Hoosiers live in a state of racing, with the sport’s worldwide growth placing Indiana squarely in the starting position,” said Governor Pence. “This simulator will take motorsports to new levels, speeding past challenges to spark innovation in developing the world’s best race cars. With Indiana’s storied legacy in racing, it is only appropriate that the racing capital of the world will be engineering the future of motorsports.”

The Dallara IndyCar Factory simulator is commercially available to race teams, particularly engineers and drivers, providing training in an environment very similar to that of an actual track. It is equipped with 180-degree video screens that depict the laser-scanned racetracks and has real-time driver-in-the-loop controls and a Dolby Surround 5.1 audio system. These features allow participants to become completely engaged in the simulation.

“We’re thrilled about the latest addition to the Dallara IndyCar Factory,” said Scott Harris, executive director of the Speedway Redevelopment Commission. “Speedway has a unique motorsports ancestry and, with the addition of the new simulator at Dallara, that tradition will continue. Motorsports teams can now experience the simulator right here on Main Street. That’s exciting for us.”

The simulator offers race teams opportunities for creativity, innovation and test development, and it reduces costs associated with road and track testing. Teams are able to test driving techniques while learning new tracks and racing circuit layouts, and they also can perform vehicle setup development and data analysis.

“Normally teams would need to travel to Italy to use such an advanced tool,” said Stefano de Ponti, Dallara USA CEO and general manager. “Dallara providing this state-of-the-art simulator will contribute to the research and development of motorsports, an industry that employs more than 23,000 Indiana residents.”

The Dallara simulator also will enhance partnerships with Indiana’s academic communities. For example, the Purdue School of Engineering and Technology at Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis, home of the nation’s only motorsports engineering Bachelor of Science program, received a $1.15 million grant from the Indiana Economic Development Corporation to support the completion and operation of the Dallara simulator. The school plans to partner with Dallara to conduct research designed to advance motorsports engineering and motorsports-related economic development in Indiana.

"It has been really exciting to be a part of making access to this simulator possible and having the opportunity to elevate our partnership with Dallara,” said David Russomanno, dean of the School of Engineering and Technology. “Having the simulator at Dallara in Speedway gives our faculty and students the opportunity to translate research into practice, enabling rapid prototyping and innovation that will not only impact motorsports but the entire automotive industry.”