Team Sycamore Racing announces industry partners

May 22 2008

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. -- A well-known California-based performance part manufacturer is one of four partners of Indiana State University’s student-run race team.

Racing executives from the United Kingdom and beyond learned more about the industry-oriented education provided by Indiana State University and the hands-on opportunities experienced by students through Team Sycamore Racing during an event Wednesday (May 21) at the Indiana governor’s residence.

Torrance, Calif. -based Edelbrock Corp., recognized as one of the nation's premier designers, manufacturers and distributors of performance replacement parts for the automotive and motorcycle after markets, is keeping the team in more than just parts.

Edelbrock, who is celebrating its 70th anniversary this year, is donating engine component cutaways and educational resources to Indiana State’s automotive technology management program in addition to providing motorsports students mentoring and internship opportunities.

“We are very excited about what Indiana State is doing in the field of motorsports,” said Christi Edelbrock, vice president of purchasing. “The experiences, both in the classroom and out in the field, will give the industry solid professionals and a bright future. We are thrilled to be a part of the program, now and in the future. ISU rocks!”

In addition to being a parts supplier, the company has a collection of street rods and classic cars, as well as an extensive collection of historic photos and archives.

“We are delighted that Edelbrock is partnering with us to educate the students who will carry motorsports into the future,” said Guy Faulkner, director of Indiana State’s motorsports initiative.

“Edelbrock’s historic philosophy of pushing the boundaries of performance and made in the USA complement what we are trying to accomplish at Indiana State,” he added.

Team Sycamore Racing will utilize state-of-the-art protective clothing and safety gear, courtesy of Impact Racing, headquartered in Brownsburg, Ind. Impact’s founder, Bill Simpson, is credited with saving the lives of many race car drivers with his line of safety gear. Simpson, a retired race driver, has strong ties to racing and Indianapolis • he created the first fire suit in the racing industry, which was utilized by 30 drivers participating in the 1967 Indianapolis 500 and he raced in the 1974 Indianapolis 500.

The team is being environmentally-friendly, thanks to a parts cleaning station provided by Safety-Kleen, a leading provider of cleaning, environmental and re-refining solutions. The company provides a host of cleaning and environmental services for companies of all sizes • from Fortune 500 companies to the corner repair shop.

Safety-Kleen, which serves customers throughout the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico, holds 150 trademarks and 40 active patents pertaining to cleaning and treatment procedures and technologies.

Team Sycamore racing students assisted in coming up for the design for the dragster’s trailer, which was brought to life by Square One Design, Inc., a leader in motorsport graphics for more than15 years. Founded in 1989 primarily as a vinyl graphics producer for the racing industry, it has evolved into a full-service creative resource. Clients include the IRL's Andretti Green Racing, Red Bull Cheever Racing, NHRA's Top Fuel Champion Larry Dixon, Funny Car Champion Tony Pedregon, and Pro Stock Bike Champion Geno Scali.

Its Indianapolis facility is located only a few miles from two of the world's premier motorsports facilities -- the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway and O’Reilly Raceway Park.

Team Sycamore Racing began in 2007 at Indiana State. Students, together with guidance from faculty members, devised and implemented a plan to operate a drag racing business to compete in the NHRA Super Comp Division 3 Lucas Oil Series. Students are active in all areas of the team including engineering components, acquiring sponsorships, marketing, creating graphics, event planning, and driving.

In addition to the hands-on learning by students involved in Team Sycamore Racing, students are also learning about the business end of the industry thanks to an innovative collaboration between Indiana State’s colleges of business, technology and nursing, health and human services.

The collaboration resulted in a motorsports minor being offered. Central to the minor is Indiana State’s four-year automotive technology management program, which provides the theory, laboratory, and practical experiences needed for careers in automotive and related industries.

Motorsports has been designated as Programs of Promise as part of the university’s Distinctive Programs Initiative. Funded in part by a gift from the Lilly Endowment, the initiative is intended to strengthen programs with national or regional reputations for quality, and build programs that have the potential to achieve that status.

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Contact: Guy Faulkner, director, motorsports initiative, Indiana State University, (812) 237-2026 or gfaulkner1@isugw.indstate.edu

Writer: Paula Meyer, ISU Communications & Marketing, (812) 237-3783 or pmeyer4@isugw.indstate.edu

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