If you don’t believe that Indiana takes racing technology to an entirely new level, then you probably didn’t know that IUPUI (Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis) is the only state university in the nation that offers a degree in motorsports engineering.
On its own, that fact is an interesting detail about why Indiana is the motorsports capital of the world. But if you take a closer look at the public and private-sector collaboration required to bring racing equipment and technology to the classroom, an even more significant story begins to reveal itself about Indiana’s uncanny ability to bring innovation to the marketplace ahead of the competition.
By working together with Indiana University, Purdue University and the Indiana Economic Development Corporation, this new project brought the first American installation of the futuristic Dallara simulator to Indiana, launching an unprecedented collaborative effort involving university professors, students, race teams and racing manufacturers all working together to test, study and refine the next breakthroughs in racing technology. According to Andrea Pontremoli, Dallara’s general manger and executive director, “The simulator will not only increase the technological level of motorsports competitions, but it also aims to go beyond the motorsports industry by promoting the use of these innovative concepts in other hi-tech sectors.”
Leveraging state-of-the-art resources to elevate not only the sport of racing, but the strength of the Hoosier economy, and the career options of its university students is a stunning example of Indiana’s commitment to bring together public and private-sector interests to create new opportunities for business, racing and education.
It’s one of the reasons an Italian company like Dallara chose Indiana as the first American site to build its simulator. When you hear stories about Indiana taking racing technology to an entirely new level, this is what people are talking about.