GM Racing news 2006-12-14

Don Nase Jr. Returns to the Classroom to Assist 5th Grade Students ECOtec-Powered Dragster Champion Demonstrates Correlation Between Racing and Science WEST WINDSOR, N.J., Dec. 14, 2006 - Don Nase Jr. took some time away from the race shop and...

Don Nase Jr. Returns to the Classroom to Assist 5th Grade Students

ECOtec-Powered Dragster Champion Demonstrates Correlation Between Racing and Science

WEST WINDSOR, N.J., Dec. 14, 2006 - Don Nase Jr. took some time away from the race shop and his team's pre season preparation of their ECOtec-powered dragster to visit the 5th grade classes of the Village Elementary School in West Windsor, N.J., on Dec. 5. The 2006 NDRA Pro Extreme Dragster champion was invited to speak to the students about their science unit titled "motion and design," and some of the topics discussed during the visit were how force, friction and kinetic energy apply to drag racing.

"We had a blast," said Nase. "I love doing that kind of stuff. The kids thoroughly enjoyed it and it was nice to show them just how much math and science and computers are involved in drag racing, and how friction can work for you and against you. We talk about racing and we apply a lesson that is applicable to the science or math they are learning. In the summer, when the weather gets a little better, we're going to try and get back for their science fair and bring the racecar and the hauler."

After Nase's presentation, the children had an opportunity to answer questions, and the students who answered correctly received model Chevy Cobalt SS cars that were provided by Carmen Smith of GM Racing. The students were then involved in an activity where they built propeller driven Kenex cars. During the activity, students were instructed to design the cars based on the elements discussed by Nase, and the group's car that went the furthest distance were also awarded prizes provided by GM Racing.

"I got over 100 thank-you letters handwritten on construction paper from the different classes," said Nase. "I want to thank the school principal, Brian Stevens, and the teachers, Mrs. Courtney-Quinn and Mrs. Kane, for inviting me to be a part of their science discussion.

"They were nice enough to invite us back and it's something we're going to try and do before the end of the school year. Next spring, when the weather gets a little better, we're going to try and get back for their science fair and bring the racecar and the hauler. In addition, when we get to the Lucas Oil event at Englishtown (N.J.), we're thinking of running a little essay contest where we'll select the top two students and have them and their parents come join us for the weekend as honorary pit crew."

Nase is coming off an incredible year in which he won his first NDRA Pro Extreme championship. At the season's final race at Norwalk (Ohio), his ECOtec-powered dragster posted the quickest and fastest time ever recorded by a four-cylinder car in quarter-mile competition when it stopped the clocks with a run of 6.441 seconds at 211.76 mph. In 2007, Nase will also compete in the NHRA Lucas Oil Sportsman Series where he will enter his ECOtec-powered dragster in a new Competition Eliminator category recently created for four-cylinder, turbocharged engines.

"We'll be onto a new learning curve running this car in an index-bracket category, but I'm sure we'll get a handle on it pretty quickly," said Nase. "The crew is excited about it and I'm pretty excited about the new challenge this is going to create. The NDRA is a great series, but no one pushes their drivers like the NHRA does and we're ready to show what this ECOtec-powered dragster will do."

-credit: gm racing

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