STATE OF THE ART RACE AND DEVELOPMENT SHOPS HIGHLIGHT CARA CHARITIES' TEAM AND TECHNOLOGY TOUR 3 High-Tech Headquarters Featured On Thursday, June 16 SPEEDWAY, Ind. (May 12, 2005) -- CARA Charities' annual Indianapolis Race Team...
STATE OF THE ART RACE AND DEVELOPMENT SHOPS HIGHLIGHT CARA CHARITIES' TEAM AND TECHNOLOGY TOUR
3 High-Tech Headquarters Featured On Thursday, June 16
SPEEDWAY, Ind. (May 12, 2005) -- CARA Charities' annual Indianapolis Race Team and Technology Tour on Thursday, June 16, will feature three of the sports' "state of the art" facilities in the Indianapolis area.
The popular and very exclusive racing tour will include IRL IndyCar® Series' Fernandez Racing, located in the northwest side of Indianapolis, NHRA's championship drag racing's Don Schumacher Racing, in Brownsburg, Ind., and North America's premier aerodynamic and vehicle dynamic testing facility, the Auto Research Center, also on the northwest end of the Indy metropolitan area.
"We believe that the three shops being visited in this year's tour will give our guest a tremendous insight in the variety of racing facilities in the Indianapolis area," stated Barbara Butz, president of CARA Charities. "The racing fan will get to see a 'behind the scenes' view of some of the most technological advances racing facilities in the nation. We are very excited about the tour and the speakers this year."
Headline the speakers for this year's tour is Peter Windsor, the commentator for the Formula One telecasts on the Speed Channel. Windsor will join several racing experts following the dinner portion of the tour at Rick's Boatyard Cafe, located on Eagle Creek Reservoir.
Fernandez Racing headquarters, which broke ground on its new race shop in late autumn of 2003, measures 27,000 sq. ft. in total with just over 4,500 sq. ft. of office space.
The workshop houses dedicated areas for fabrication, electronics, sub- assembly and gearbox departments, along with car bays for up to eight cars and access for four full-size truck/trailer transporters. Rooms and offices for management, logistics, engineering, accounting, public relations and conference are all adjacent and accessible via the workshop area. Approximately 50 people currently work within the building.
The Schumacher Racing headquarters, one of drag racing's most technologically advanced facilities at a cost of $5 million, was completed in February of 2005 and the "L-shaped" building occupies 70,000 square feet. The shop, encompassing approximately 15.5 acres, is located in Brownsburg, Ind., just three miles west of Indianapolis Raceway Park, the host of drag racing's U.S. Nationals.
The building has room for fourteen 18-wheel transporters, engine shops for Top Fuel, Funny Car, Pro Stock and Pro Stock Bike teams, a full fabrication shop, machine shop as well as Schumacher Racing administration offices and fitness center.
The Auto Research Center, also know as ARC, fields an extensive variety of technical equipment including a wind tunnel, a 7-Post Rig, custom model design, reverse engineering, rapid prototyping and vehicle/system simulation.
The wind tunnel at ARC is an open jet, rolling road design that has correlation between "laboratory" and "field" test results. All of the tunnel components, from the fan blades to the complex nozzle shape, have been researched and developed using a "science in motorsport philosophy."
The Seven Post Vehicle Dynamics Rig at ARC is the first commercially available test equipment of its type in the United States. It consists of four-wheel rams and three aerodynamics actuators as well as an instrumentation system that supports 44 vehicle and system channels for data acquisition.
Buses will depart Rick's Boatyard Cafe promptly at 3:30 p.m. EST on June 16 for private tours, returning to the waterfront restaurant for cocktails, live music, dinner and the presentation.
The Indianapolis Race Team and Technology Tour is one of CARA Charities' annual fund-raising events. Founded in 1981, CARA Charities has distributed more than $3.5 million to racing and community organizations, promoting the friendships of all those involved in motor sports. In partnership with the International Center of Indianapolis, a not-for-profit organization founded in 1973 to help Indy welcome the world, this unique event will be promoted to the F1 fans among our growing international community.
Tickets for the event are now available by calling CARA Charities at (317) 299-2277 or emailing CARAchar@aol.com. Information on the tour is available on www.caracharities.org. The price of $150 per person includes custom coach transportation to the shops, cocktails, dinner and the presentation by Peter Windsor and other guests, with a special Question and Answer period.