CHAMPCAR/CART: Microsoft features Champ Car racing

Microsoft's college tour showcases the fusion of science and speed featuring Champ Car World Series. INDIANAPOLIS (April 7, 2003) -- The high-tech racing machines of the Champ Car World Series have long been admired for their use of cutting-edge...

Microsoft's college tour showcases the fusion of science and speed featuring Champ Car World Series.

INDIANAPOLIS (April 7, 2003) -- The high-tech racing machines of the Champ Car World Series have long been admired for their use of cutting-edge technology, infusing science and speed to propel drivers around race circuits at well over 200mph.

But the witches' brew that gets these cars from start to finish in the blink of eye needs to be stirred by accomplished engineers, as advances in aerodynamics, power, weight and space-age materials have made the people behind the computers some of the most important people in the paddock.

The Microsoft Corporation has been long driven by its passion to deliver cutting-edge technology, enabling success not only for racing, but also for businesses and homes across the globe.

Therefore it was only natural that Microsoft feature Champ Car racing in its rolling college exhibit, showcasing how .NET technologies are empowering the next generation of race engineers to push the limits of speed. The students will get this glimpse at the new technologies with the formation of the Microsoft No Limits Tour, which will cover more than 25 West Coast universities during April and May.

"We are pleased to be able to play a role in the Microsoft 'No Limits' Tour," said Champ Car Vice-President of Marketing Steve Fusek. "Champ Car fans have long been among the early adopters of the latest technologies and Microsoft has always been leading the way in providing the latest innovations to the world, so the chance to have Champ Car and Microsoft together is something that we are excited about."

The traveling display will highlight the latest Microsoft technology, and illustrate how those innovations are used in the world of Champ Car racing. The display will feature the cars and drivers of American Spirit Team Johansson, one of the rookie teams on the circuit with drivers Jimmy Vasser and Ryan Hunter-Reay.

The exhibit features a race replay of the season-opening event from St. Petersburg, with Microsoft applications showing the entire wealth of telemetry available to team engineers. The new Microsoft applications are synched up with the race replay to show the data stream in real time, enabling students to study how the data is used to help the performance of the car. Newly-developed Microsoft code will be also used in a leaderboard display that is also synched with the race replay.

A Driving Tester will give students an overhead view from the rear wing of Vasser's car, and let them turn a couple of laps along with the 1996 series champion, with the Microsoft application showing how the student's driving compared to the American Sprit driver. There will be hands-on displays for the students that will include Tablet and Pocket PCs, Smartphones, Pi Research sensors, Sigma steering wheels and driver suits from Hunter-Reay and Toyota Atlantic driver Danica Patrick.

Students can enter a programming competition based on a data stream from the car's telemetry with the winning entries earning a trip to the August 31 Grand Prix of Denver. There will also be daily giveaways for the new Microsoft Xbox gaming console. The tour begins at the University of Arizona on April 7 before moving to this week's Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach. The tour covers the West Coast during April and May, ending May 29 in the Los Angeles area.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Ryan Hunter-Reay , Danica Patrick