Next Race Honors Military with Free Admission
Indianapolis, June 22, 2011 — The United States Auto Club Elite 8 Midget Series presented by IUPUI saw a very eventful second night of racing on June 22 at the Bryant Heating and Cooling Systems Indianapolis Speedrome. The D1 Midget feature race saw a new record set, as race winner Taylor Ferns became the winningest female racer in USAC history. The D1 race got off to a tough start with a multi-car pileup in the third corner with the Dave Fuhrman ending up upside-down. The incident also involved Kyle O’Gara, the race winner from the first night of the series. Fuhrman climbed out ok and even climbed back into the car after track marshals got it back on all four tires and turned a number of laps in the race before retiring. After lengthy cleanup the racing resumed with some great racing, and a multi-car battle for the lead, with Ferns coming out ahead of Ali Jackson. O’Gara made his way back up to fourth.
The Ford Focus Young-Guns feature race, got off to a rocky start with two separate single-car accidents ending up in with cars in the wall on the first two starts. The race ended with a great comeback run by Sam McGhee from about a half a lap back after a midrace hiccup costing him a lot of time. McGhee caught Cooper Clouse for the lead with two laps to go.
Practice saw a number of single car spins, which culminated with Jarett Andretti losing a wheel during the second round of practice for the Focus Midgets. The last race of the evening, featuring the Ford Focus Midgets, saw a lot of tight racing, with a lot of good old fashioned rubbing. After a few cautions early, including a pair of two car tangles involving Andretti. There was a good battle for the lead for several laps between the Jessica Bean and Nick Drake, with Drake taking the lead and pulling away for the win ahead of Ross Rankine, Austin Prock, Nick Hamilton, and a surprising Jarett Andretti who recovered from everything to race his way to fifth.
The next event on of the USAC Elite 8 Midget Series presented by IUPUI is Wednesday June 29. This will be Military Night to honor active and retired members of the US armed forces. With proof of active or retired service, spectators will be admitted free and their family members for only $5.
Fans will be able to walk the pit area and meet the drivers and view the cars from 4:30-5:30 pm. Practice begins at 6:00 and racing at 7:00. The Bryant Heating and Cooling Systems Indianapolis Speedrome is located at 802 South Kitley Avenue on Indianapolis’ east side.
School of Liberal Arts Introduces Motorsports Studies Certificate
The Certificate in Motorsports is for people interested in topics like the history of motorsports, women in motorsports, race and ethnicity and motorsports, and the economics of motorsports. The Certificate is interdisciplinary and draws on the expertise of the School of Engineering and Technology and their BS in Motorsports Engineering, and, depending upon a student's interests, may include courses taught in the Schools of Business, Journalism, and Physical Education and Tourism Management. (Read more)
Legendary racer car driver Lyn St. James, along with Charlotte Lucas, co-chaired the ninth annual Women in the Winner's Circle Foundation award celebration in Brownsburg, Ind., on Sept. 1. The Women in the Winner’s Circle Foundation was founded by St. James, who has dedicated much of her life after retiring from racing to help women achieve their goals and aspirations in the motorsports field.(Read More)
When Cory McClenathan, better known as Cory Mac, hit the throttle on his 8,000-plus horsepower Don Schumacher Racing Top Fuel Dragster at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park on June 11 at the NHRA Super Nationals in Englishtown, NJ., the run had the fingerprints of IUPUI all over the chassis. (read more)
Indiana Universities and Partners have created an Alliance to the Advance Motorsports Industry, and promote the state as a training and education hub. (read more and watch the video)
Lyn St. James and the Women in the Winner’s Circle Foundation hosted an awards ceremony on July 23, to celebrate the diversity and successes of women in motorsports at the 7th Annual Women in the Winner’s Circle Luncheon. At the ceremony Lynsey Tilton, a recent graduate of IUPUI’s School of Engineering and Technology, was presented with the USAC Kara Hendrick Spirit Award. (read more)
The Purdue School of Engineering and Technology at IUPUI has just announced an exciting new addition to its motorsports engineering faculty. Andrew Borme comes from Germany to teach at IUPUI after working for over 20 years in the motorsports industry. (read more)