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Students get offers of jobs, internships at racing industry event

December 17, 2007

Several students in Indiana State University's motorsports program returned from a recent trip to Florida with more than memories. During the Performance Racing Industry (PRI) trade show in Orlando Dec. 6-8, senior Neysa Peters of Rockville was offered a job in the motorsports industry while seniors Kael Fritz of St. Henry and Brad Ada of Michigan City along with junior Kyle Niesen of Evansville each received leads on internships with racing businesses.

Those personal success stories are further evidence Indiana State is able to produce the kinds of workers the motorsports industry needs, said Randy Peters, professor and coordinator of the automotive technology management program.

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Motorsports program to be represented at world's largest racing industry trade show

December 5, 2007

Indiana will be well represented this week at the world's largest racing industry trade show in Orlando, Fla. More than 80 Hoosier businesses and organizations, including Indiana State University and the Indiana Motorsports Association, will have exhibits at the 20th annual Performance Racing Industry trade show at the Orange County Convention Center.

Approximately 150 individuals from around Indiana have registered to attend the event Thursday through Saturday (Dec. 6-8). With more than 4,200 booths and more than 1,500 exhibitors, the show is expected to attract visitors from 45 countries.

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Students gain insight into motorsports industry at Las Vegas trade show

November 29, 2007

Las Vegas 2007Four Indiana State University students recently served as interns at the 2007 Specialty Equipment Market Association Show in Las Vegas and gained valuable insight and a behind-the-scenes look into the motorsports industry. The SEMA internship program not only provides students with a valuable learning tool, but also offers member companies and exhibitors an opportunity to observe potential employees.

Senior Stephen Castor of Sheridan, graduate student Brad Heiny of Noblesville, and senior Ryan Prosch of Shelbyville joined sophomore Chris Maurer of Marshall, Ill., and at the four-day event that showcased more than 2,000 new products and attracted more than 100,000 industry experts.

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Motorsports program to co-sponsor exhibit at Indiana State Museum

September 24, 2007

Visitors to the Indiana State Museum in Indianapolis will get a chance to explore the "World of Speed," Oct. 13 through Jan. 21, an exhibit co-sponsored by Indiana State University's motorsports studies program.

Packed with hands-on components, interactive media and graphics inspired by Japanese anime, "World of Speed," draws inspiration from the worlds of sports, entertainment and cutting-edge research. It's packed with amazing true stories of people who have dared to test the limits of speed; visitors will find out why the shape of a race car, or any vehicle, matters. They will also learn who is known as the fastest human and follow a U.S. parachuting champion's plans to break the speed of sound during a free-fall from 24 miles above the Earth.

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Event at governor's residence boosts motorsports industry, ISU program

May 24, 2007

Governor's Residence MeetingRacing executives from the United Kingdom and other countries learned more about business opportunities in Indiana as well as the industry-oriented education provided by Indiana State University during an event Wednesday (May 23) at the Indiana governor's residence.

"There is no place where people know and love racing more than Indiana,"Gov. Mitch Daniels told dozens of business leaders.

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Hot Rod Magazine publisher to speak to ISU students, others about careers in motorsports

April 12, 2007

Representing Hot Rod Magazine, the world's largest automotive enthusiast magazine reaching more than 7.5 million readers per month, and in advance of the HOT ROD Magazine Power Tour, Publisher Jerry Pitt will address students at Indiana State University Thursday, April 19th from Noon - 3pm in the College of Technology Room #105. The event at Indiana State will include a keynote address from Pitt followed by a panel discussion about education and career paths in motorsports and automotive fields.

The discussion will focus on marketing, journalism and publishing, as well as public relations in regard to the motorsports industry. In addition to Pitt, other panelists will include: Guy Faulkner (moderator), Director of Motorsports Initiatives and Assistant Professor of Motorsports Studies at Indiana State University; Jane Barnes, Special Projects Director, Panther Racing; Tom Weisenbach, Executive Director, Indiana Motorsport Association; and Charles Williams, Principal, Williams-Randall Marketing.

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Summer Honors takes new direction for 2007

April 3, 2007

Indiana State University has put a new spin on Summer Honors 2007 with the addition of new motorsports-themed seminars. This year's program will run from July 15-27 on the ISU campus. Summer Honors is a two-week academic program for talented high school students that gives participants an opportunity to sample university life while earning college credit. More than 14,000 students have completed a seminar, earned credit and jump-started their college careers during the program's 38-year history.

Those enrolled in the 2007 program will be able to select from a variety of motorsports-focused sessions as well as many of the traditional sessions of years past, including topics such as graphic design, athletic training, insurance and risk management, engineering physics, elementary education, photography and pre-medicine, among others.

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Youth motorsports camp to spark young minds

March 30, 2007

Do your children have an interest in cars, racing or anything with engines or wheels? If so, the College of Business' first-ever Summer Youth Motorsports Camp might be right up their alley! The camp, the first of its kind to be designed with a multi-disciplinary approach to motorsports, is specifically for youth ages 9 to 14.

It's set to take place on Indiana State University's campus July 15-21. During the week-long residential camp, youth will not only be exposed to the sport of racing but to all aspects of the motorsports business, including sponsorships, marketing, technology and all while having FUN!

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DRIVING AMBITION: Guy Faulkner signs on for two-year stint with ISU motorsports studies effort

January 9, 2007

Guy Faulkner, a senior lecturer in individual and organizational development for the Harrow Business School at the University of Westminster, England, spent several months at Indiana State University last summer and fall as a visiting fellow for motorsports to lay the groundwork for a variety of related initiatives. Now, he is embarking on a two-year appointment at ISU as director of motorsports initiatives to help get many of those projects off the ground.

"I am most excited that Mr. Faulkner has agreed to join us for this important work," said C. Jack Maynard, provost and vice president for academic affairs at ISU. "His leadership and advice have been critical, and I'm confident that he will be able to position Indiana State University at the forefront of motorsports studies. ISU and the state of Indiana will benefit from his leadership."

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O'Reilly Raceway Park - video

Motorsports Minor video

Motorsports drag car on display photos

Motorsports Studies Highlights - Leaders in all aspects of the industry comment on the quality of ISU's multidisciplinary motorsports studies program and its real-world applications. Video

Action Track sponsorship audio

IRL, Champ Car merger audio

Motorsports Youth Camp