Don Schumacher Racing (DSR) and IUPUI recently announced a renewed partnership that is aimed at using students from the school’s motorsports engineering program to help enhance the safety in drag racing, as well as create more durable parts.
The program has already shown the ability to have success, debuting a new Top Fuel Dragster chassis that ran with the fastest time in history in 2010. The program went on hiatus for awhile before this recent commitment to revitalizing it and having it running at full capacity in 2013 with a goal of working on a new funny car chassis.
“We’re extremely excited,” said Pete Hylton, director of the motorsports engineering program at IUPUI. “DSR is one of the premier race teams in this country. If you were to take all of the IndyCar, NASCAR, or drag race teams and throw them in a pot and say you can pick the ones you want to work with, DSR would certainly be one of the first ones we’d pick because of their long standing success and the caliber of people who work with them.
“It’s also exciting because the last time we worked with them we set a world record with a chassis that was designed by some of our students and the results were awesome. To reactivate that partnership is a tremendous opportunity.”
Jeff Wold of DSR said they are also looking forward to renewing the partnership.
“They (IUPUI students) were instrumental in building a Top Fuel dragster chassis, and they were able to be hands on in seeing it come to fruition,” Wold said. “We’re now going to work with making upgrades to the funny car chassis as well as trying to enhance the reliability of certain engine parts, which will lead to greater safety.”
Hylton said the real challenge is how to take something that is already successful and make it better.