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INDIANAPOLIS, May 19, 2000 - Pi Research, world's leading manufacturer of data acquisition and performance electronics used at all levels of motorsports, currently has a display car exhibited at the Indianapolis Hall of Fame Museum located on the...

INDIANAPOLIS, May 19, 2000 - Pi Research, world's leading manufacturer of data acquisition and performance electronics used at all levels of motorsports, currently has a display car exhibited at the Indianapolis Hall of Fame Museum located on the grounds of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

The Pi Research display car is a 1997 Reynard chassis which has had one side of the car cutaway for display purposes. This car was driven by Arie Luyendyk at the Fontana race. The car was obtained after he had an accident with the car. It was a perfect solution for the car so that Pi could display the high tech components that normally are not in clear visibility.

The datalogger, sensor and looms can be compared to the nervous system of a human body. The sensors all gather information from the various portions of the racecar (like the nerve endings on a human). The looms then transmit the information back to the data logger. This would be similar to that which occurs when the nerves and spinal cord which transmit the information back to the brain. The datalogger (in conjunction with the telemetry) send this information to the pits. Essentially, the pits act as the "brains" of the operation because this information is then analyzed by the engineers. Information gathered allows the engineers to develop a better race strategy. This knowledge is transferred to the driver allowing maximum performance.

The display car is currently outfitted with the latest data acquisition system presented by Pi Research, Pi Sigma. Included in the Pi Sigma system is the MCU (datalogger), various sensors and the steering wheel display. This system is currently used by Treadway Racing, Tri Star Motorsports and Panther Racing within the Indy Racing League.

Visit the display car in the front lobby at the Indianapolis Hall of Fame Museum. If interested in a demonstration of any Pi products, please contact Melissa Martin.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Arie Luyendyk
Teams Panther Racing