Bishop Steering wins IMS' Schwitzer Award

BISHOP VARIABLE RATIO STEERING SYSTEM WINS SCHWITZER AWARD INDIANAPOLIS, Friday, May 16, 2008 -- Bishop Steering Technology's variable ratio rack-and-pinion steering, new to the 92nd Indianapolis 500, received the 42nd annual BorgWarner Louis ...

BISHOP VARIABLE RATIO STEERING SYSTEM WINS SCHWITZER AWARD

INDIANAPOLIS, Friday, May 16, 2008 -- Bishop Steering Technology's variable ratio rack-and-pinion steering, new to the 92nd Indianapolis 500, received the 42nd annual BorgWarner Louis Schwitzer Award on May 16 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

The variable ratio rack-and-pinion steering technology developed by Bishop offers a number of driver performance benefits, including reduced fatigue through improved ease in steering, more efficient pit entry and exit, and improved maneuverability for hazard avoidance.

Engineers Andrew Heathershaw, Soungjin Wou and Nick Belonogoff of Bishop Steering Technology and Andrea Toso from Dallara Automobili were honored for their work in the development and implementation of this technology for the IndyCar Series. Bishop's North American facility is based in Indianapolis, while vehicle dynamics work on the system was performed in Sydney, Australia.

"This is another great tool to tune the cars," Wou said. "It's very exciting."

The award, presented to engineers by engineers, honors early racing pioneer Louis Schwitzer, and acknowledges individuals with the courage and passion to explore and develop new concepts in racing technology. BorgWarner sponsors this prestigious $10,000 award, which is presented by the Indiana Section of the Society of Automotive Engineers.

SAE International also supports the Louis Schwitzer Award by providing a $2,000 scholarship to the engineering school of the winner's choice, which this year is Purdue University in W. Lafayette, Ind. The winner's names will be added to a permanent trophy on display at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame Museum.

The variable ratio rack-and-pinion steering system combines a range of steering rack teeth into one compact, efficient system that is manufactured with a high-tech machining process that creates gear tolerances of 1 to 2 microns. In the past, teams had to select one steering-rack tooth size for an event.

"With a variable rack, when drivers go into a high-speed corner, it's a six-tooth rack," said Andretti Green Racing General Manager Kyle Moyer. "When they go through a chicane, it's a 10-tooth rack. This system covers all of our bases."

Development of the variable ratio rack-and-pinion steering system for the IndyCar Series started in 2007 with Panther Racing, and Andretti Green Racing also joined in development with Panther and the Indy Racing League last year. The technology became available to all IndyCar Series teams this season.

Variable ratio rack-and-pinion steering is ideal for the road course events in the IndyCar Series, but Moyer said 2004 series champion Tony Kanaan uses it at all races, including the 92nd Indianapolis 500.

"He will drive it everywhere he goes," Moyer said of Kanaan. "He loves it."

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Indy 500 tickets on sale: Tickets are on sale for the 2008 Indianapolis 500 on Sunday, May 25, the 92nd running of "The Greatest Spectacle in Racing."

Fans can order tickets online at www.indianapolismotorspeedway.com, by calling the IMS ticket office at (317) 492-6700 or (800) 822-INDY outside the Indianapolis area, or at the ticket office at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Parking and camping information also can be obtained through the ticket office.

Hours for phone orders and the ticket office are 8 a.m.-6 p.m. (ET) Monday-Sunday during May, with special hours of 6 a.m.-1 p.m. on Race Day, Sunday, May 25. Online orders can be made at any time. Race Day ticket prices start at just $20.

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Series Automotive , IndyCar
Drivers Tony Kanaan
Teams Panther Racing