CHAMPCAR/CART: Sigma goes to Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Max Papis has been invited by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) to participate in a special lecture series hosted by the Boston based university. Papis, along with Sigma Autosport team owner Tom Wieringa, will attend the lecture ...

Max Papis has been invited by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) to participate in a special lecture series hosted by the Boston based university.

Papis, along with Sigma Autosport team owner Tom Wieringa, will attend the lecture February 28 at 4:30 p.m. as part of the "Art and Science of Car Racing" class. Papis will deliver a speech on the "Racing Spirit" and will be followed by Wieringa who will give MIT students the perspective from a team owner standpoint.

Both speeches will emphasize the importance of technology and passion as the fundamental make up of motor racing as we see it.

The MIT class surveys the basic aspects and engineering principles behind car racing. It investigates the role and operation of the tires, the general dynamics of car behavior (understeer,oversteer and neutral steer) and the different mechanisms that make up the chassis (frame, suspension) and powertrain (engine, transmission) of the car. During class sessions, time is also devoted to racing from the driver's prospective as opposed to the designer's perspective. The last lecture will take the students to a local go-kart facility; interesting how these are the venues where professional drivers make their first attempts. Papis himself started his career driving go-karts at the age of 13.

"I am honored to be taking an active part in these lectures," said Papis. "I feel as it is my way of giving back to the younger generation that is interested in auto racing. I'm therefore happy to share a passion and a commitment with students that, in a few years, could even be a member of my engineering team."

As part of his speech on the "Racing Spirit" he will talk about what has lead him to be a driver and how car racing is a perfect blend of both the art of driving and the science behind it.

"This is certainly an honor and a wonderful opportunity for Max and myself," added Wieringa. "To have MIT college students interested in racing, specifically the CART FedEx Championship, says a lot for our series. This is something we are looking forward to doing."

MIT is one of the most prestigious universities in the U.S. It is an independent, coeducational and privately endowed university, organized into five schools that contain 26 academic departments as well as many interdepartmental programs and laboratories. Its mission statement supports a commitment "to advance knowledge and educate students in science, technology and other areas of scholarship that will best serve the nation and the world in the 21st century." They have been serving this mission fully since 1865, delivering some of the best students in all technical areas.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Max Papis , Tom Wieringa