Champ Car Rookie Katherine Legge slated to speak at IUPUI's Motorsports Day INDIANAPOLIS (October 4, 2006) - Every career in motorsports starts with a dream and Katherine Legge ( ...
Champ Car Rookie Katherine Legge slated to speak at IUPUI's Motorsports Day
INDIANAPOLIS (October 4, 2006) - Every career in motorsports starts with a dream and Katherine Legge (#20 Bell-Micro Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone) was no different. Since starting to drive go-karts as a hobby in 1990, Katherine has risen through the ranks to become the first woman to win a major open-wheel race, the first female to ever lead a Champ Car race, and she also holds the status of having the best finish for a female in the Bridgestone Presents the Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford. This Friday Katherine will be taking time out of her busy schedule to share her story with students during IUPUI's (Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis) Motorsports Day on Friday October 6th.
Champ Car will have a large presence during the event as there will be a display with show cars and several people from the Champ Car community taking time out of their work days to share their experiences in motorsports with students. Scot Elkins, Champ Car Technology Director will be speaking during The Technology of Motorsports Session from 10:30-11:00. During the Women of Motorsports session from 12:30 to 1:00 Vicki O'Connor director of the Champ Car Atlantic Series will be talking about her experiences along with Cathie Lyon, Director of the Fast Lap Pace Car Program. All will be on hand after their sessions for student questions.
This will be the second year that Motorsports Day has been held on the Campus of IUPUI. Anticipated growth in Indiana's motorsports industry prompted the establishment of IUPUI's Motorsports Engineering Technology Certificate program, which has opened the doors for students to gain experience in the field of motorsports. Last year's exhibition was held primarily for current IUPUI students to build awareness for the program. This year's event is open to prospective students who have an interest in pursuing a career in motorsports.
Currently IUPUI is the only program in the state of Indiana with an emphasis on Motorsports Engineering. The 26 hour certificate program allows students to obtain the certificate as a stand alone or as part of a bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology. Champ Car has supported the program since its introduction by offering internships to three students who have spent the 2006 Champ Car season working under the tutelage of Champ Car Technology Director, Scot Elkins. During Motorsports Day students can learn about the intern's experiences by attending The Internship Experience session from 2:00 to 3:00 PM.
IUPUI is an urban research campus, with 22 schools and academic units which grant degrees in more than 200 programs from both Indiana University and Purdue University. The school was created in 1969 as a partnership between Indiana and Purdue universities, with IU as the managing partner. With more than 29,000 students, IUPUI is the second-largest campus in the Indiana University statewide system.
For more information on attending Motorsports Day, visit www.engr.iupui.edu/racing/motorsports_day.pdf. For additional information about the IUPUI Motorsports Certificate, visit www.engr.iupui.edu/met/fmotorsports.shtml.