RAHAL LETTERMAN RACING TEAM DONATES RACE CAR TO COLUMBUS CHILDREN'S MUSEUM HILLIARD, Ohio (December 3, 2007) -- Ripping up a ribbon of asphalt at 230 mph, an open-wheel race car is not only a blur of speed, it is a marvel of science and ...
RAHAL LETTERMAN RACING TEAM DONATES RACE CAR TO COLUMBUS CHILDREN'S MUSEUM
HILLIARD, Ohio (December 3, 2007) -- Ripping up a ribbon of asphalt at 230 mph, an open-wheel race car is not only a blur of speed, it is a marvel of science and technology.
Built to exacting specifications and so finely tuned that an adjustment of an inch can make the difference between going fast and finishing last, open-wheel race cars are very nearly more airplane than they are race machine.
So it was only fitting that Hilliard, Ohio-based Rahal Letterman Racing use one of its race-tested open-wheel machines to educate thousands of youngsters about the science of speed. Thanks to a new partnership between RLR and COSI Columbus, children and their families can discover first-hand how science builds speed in today's racing world.
The team announced Monday that is has donated one of its open-wheel race cars to COSI for use in its many exhibits, including the popular COSI Camp-In series where children will participate in an interactive program with the car that emphasizes teamwork as well as science.
"We are very pleased to be able to participate in the education of children from around the state of Ohio and are proud to partner with COSI for this unique learning experience," said team co-owner and three-time IndyCar champion Bobby Rahal. "Our hope is that this exhibit will foster more interest in science, education and of course, racing -- but the teamwork aspect of the exhibit may be the most important lesson of all."
The car, which was driven to top-five finishes at Rio de Janeiro and Elkhart Lake by Max Papis, has been repainted since its racing days and features facts about the car and the team to illustrate some of what it takes to field a competitive race team for COSI visitors.
The car is currently on display on the first floor of COSI at 333 West Broad Street in Columbus, and will be one of the focal points for the popular COSI Camp-In, which takes place on various dates from January through May. Camp-In is the ultimate indoor camping experience for girls and boys at COSI Columbus. COSI Camp-In 2008 dates can be viewed by visiting www.cosi.org.
"We are thrilled to engage in a new partnership with Rahal Letterman Racing that will bring to life for thousands of COSI campers and visitors the technology, teamwork and science behind auto racing." COSI Spokesperson Kelli Nowinsky said. "We are so excited to receive the donation of the car which will be the focal point in our Pit Stop Challenge which is the signature piece in our Science of Sports camp."
COSI's Camp-In is also supported by Firestone, which is the exclusive tire supplier to the IndyCar Series. The donation of the Rahal Letterman Racing car was also supported by Ethanol, Bobby Rahal Automotive Group, Physiotherapy Associates, Worldwide Pants, Ohio Orthopedic Center of Excellence and the Bobby Rahal Foundation.