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.

"Indiana State University's participation in the world's largest motorsports trade show helps Governor Daniels' motorsports initiative make an even stronger impression upon the hundreds of motorsports companies from around the world we will be talking to at this year's Performance Racing Industry show,” said Matt Steward, director of motorsports development with the Indiana Economic Development Corp. “Having leading Indiana colleges and universities showing an unparalleled commitment to strengthening America's motorsports workforce adds tremendous value to the IEDC's motorsports attraction efforts."

Those efforts will include a reception for more than 300 companies attending the event, Steward said.

"I am excited to work with ISU at this reception and other networking opportunities hosted by the Indiana Motorsports Association and the UK Motorsports Industry Association in an effort to bring more companies to our great state," he said.

Students and faculty from Indiana State, including five members of Team Sycamore Racing, will be on hand to promote the university’s motorsports program and showcase the team’s NHRA dragster.

“We are going to be represented by our product, and our product is our students who will be showing the world what Indiana State University can produce for the motorsports industry, and that is people who have the knowledge, skills and attributes to be successful in the 21st century,” said Guy Faulkner, director of motorsports initiatives and assistant professor of motorsports studies at Indiana State.

Team Sycamore Racing is made up of students who are pursuing a multi-disciplinary minor in motorsports management. Team members who will be represented in Orlando are Brad Ada, a senior communication major from Michigan City; Kael Fritz, a senior industrial mechanical technology major from Huntingburg; Kayla Koch, a junior industrial mechanical technology major from Sedalia, Mo.; Kyle Neisen, a junior industrial mechanical technology major from Evansville; and Neysa Peters, a senior family and consumer sciences major from Rockville.

2007 marks Indiana State’s second year of participation in the Performance Racing Industry trade show.

“Our exhibit has expanded this year. Part of the reason for that has been the success that we had in placing interns as a result of last year’s show. We have alumni who are placed at Lowe’s Motor Speedway and Don Schumacher Racing,” Faulkner said.

Indiana State continues to expand its motorsports curriculum that was launched in 2006, Faulkner noted. New courses available for offering starting in spring 2008 include an undergraduate class in information systems for motorsports and a post-graduate class in marketing for motorsports.

More than 30 students are currently pursuing a minor in motorsports management at Indiana State, while dozens more are taking various courses within the motorsports program. The program covers a variety of areas, including automotive technology management, sport management, marketing, and insurance and risk management. It involves faculty and curriculum from the ISU College of Business; College of Nursing, Health and Human Services; and College of Technology.

Indiana State University has designated motorsports studies as a Program of Promise as part of "Fulfilling the Promise - The Path to Pre-eminence," a plan to raise Indiana State to a high level of prominence in the state, Midwest region and nation. The plan is partially funded by a gift from the Lilly Endowment Initiative to Recruit and Retain Intellectual Capital for Indiana Higher Education Institutions.

Photo: Dragster Team Sycamore Racing’s dragster, seen here on the ISU campus in April 2007, will be on display at the Performance Racing Industry trade show in Orlando, Fla., Dec. 6-8.

Contact: Guy Faulkner, director of motorsports initiatives and assistant professor of motorsports studies, Indiana State University, 812-237-2000 or motorsports@indstate.edu

Writer: Dave Taylor, media relations director, Indiana State University, 812- 237-3743 or dave.taylor@indstate.edu

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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 Dec. 6-8. The event is expected to attract visitors from 45 countries.

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