It isn't taking long for IUPUI's fledgling Motorsports program (featured in the Winter 2007 issue of IUPUI Magazine) to get up to speed.
The program already has become a significant part of Indiana's drive to build a motorsports industry from the ground up, using a strong education component as part of an economic development project. IUPUI and other Hoosier universities (including Indiana State and Marian College) made the first INgear (Indiana Growing Education & Racing) event a big success this May at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, part of this year's Indianapolis 500 celebration.
On the track, Motorsports executive director Peter Hylton's racing team won its first race under Sports Car Club of America sanction, winning an event at O'Reilly Raceway Park (formerly Indianapolis Raceway Park) this spring. The team also ran an autocross event in May at Mt. Comfort Airport east of Indianapolis, and is scheduled to compete in at least two more events this summer.
The team also qualified second and finished eighth in the 2007 Purdue Grand Prix go-cart race. The IUPUI team had to overcome significant engine problems that put them several laps behind the leaders. The Jaguar cart was the fastest car on the course throughout the last part of the race, and managed to crack the top 10 before the checkered flag fell.