SBRS: Pi Research, Inc. rolls over contingency award

Last year, Pi Research, Inc. announced it was sweetening the $300,000 pot for the Barber Dodge Pro Series champion by forming the Pi Research Performance Enhancement Award, valued at $5000. Good fortunes continue to flow between the respected data...

Last year, Pi Research, Inc. announced it was sweetening the $300,000 pot for the Barber Dodge Pro Series champion by forming the Pi Research Performance Enhancement Award, valued at $5000. Good fortunes continue to flow between the respected data acquisition maker and the Barber Dodge Pro Series as Pi Research recently announced that it will continue to support the award that bears its name and goes to the series champion.

The mechanics who service the Reynard Dodge 98E race cars will benefit as well. Each race, a Pi Data Technician of the Race will be selected. He or she will receive $100 in addition to another $100 donated in his or her name toward the year-end mechanics fund.

Pi Research, Inc. are leaders in the manufacture of LCD instrumentation and data acquisition for a variety of motorsports applications. Pi Data Instruments are on board every Barber Dodge Reynard as well as on a majority of Champ Cars, F1 cars and other series types raced around the world.

Driver coaches download and analyze data culled from each machine following every on-track performance. The Pi Data tracks car speed, engine speed and temperatures, in addition to throttle position. Drivers and coaches can then graphically and objectively analyze their performance to find weak points and verify strong points.

In order to be eligible for the prize, drivers must run a Pi Research decal on their race car for the entire season. Should the champion graduate to the CART Dayton Indy Lights Series -- as did first-time award winner Nilton Rossoni and Jon Fogarty last year -- the credit is still redeemable.

- Andrew Torres

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Series Automotive , Other open wheel
Drivers Jon Fogarty , Nilton Rossoni