updated: 2/6/2009 1:13:02 PM
Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis is sponsoring IndyCar driver Sarah Fisher for the upcoming 2009 season. IUPUI partnered with Sarah Fisher Racing at last year's Indianapolis 500 to promote the first four-year Motorsports Engineering program in the country. The IU Schools of Liberal Arts, Physical Education & Tourism Management and the Kelley School of Business have all collaborated with the Purdue School of Engineering and Technology on the sponsorship.
Source: Inside INdiana Business
INDIANAPOLIS, IN (February 6, 2009) – Sarah Fisher Racing (SFR) today announced a partnership with Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI), an urban research and academic health sciences campus with 21 schools and academic units, which would sponsor IndyCar Series driver and team owner, Sarah Fisher for the upcoming 2009 IndyCar Series season.
“It’s wonderful to have IUPUI back at SFR and to be a part of the educational platform to inject new engineering blood into open-wheel racing,” said Fisher, who accepted the Spirit of Leadership Award last week from the Women’s Automotive Association International (WAAI). “We are really excited to see all the enthusiasm the students have that want to be a part of the program. As another returning partner of SFR, we are continuing to grow and build in our sophomore year as a business.”
IUPUI returns to SFR after partnering with the first-year team at the 2008 Indianapolis 500, with the announcement of the first four-year Motorsports Engineering program in the nation. To further the partnership, Fisher visited campus on several occasions to talk with undergraduate students about her real-life experience in the field. Early in Fisher’s career, she was a student in the EDDP program, a joint venture between the Purdue School of Engineering and Technology, IUPUI and Butler University.
“We are thrilled to be one of Sarah’s sponsors for this year’s IndyCar Series. We see this sponsorship as an investment in opportunity for our students, and Sarah couldn’t be a better role model as she was once a student here at IUPUI,” said Dr. Yurtseven, Dean of the School of Engineering and Technology, IUPUI. “This sponsorship shows support for motorsports and dedication to advancing our Motorsports Engineering program. Our hope is that this educational partnership will inspire students to be proactive and enable them to connect and engage with the motorsports industry in new and exciting ways.”
The IU Schools of Liberal Arts, Physical Education & Tourism Management, and the Kelley School of Business have all collaborated with the Purdue School of Engineering and Technology on this sponsorship. The successful collaboration with these schools exemplifies IUPUI’s unique cooperative advantage.
Created as a partnership between two world-renowned universities and destined to be the state’s urban research and academic health sciences campus, IUPUI has rapidly grown in size and stature since it was established in 1969. The partnership between the state’s two major public universities – Indiana University and Purdue University – enables IUPUI to bring together a tremendous range of degree programs in 21 schools and academic units for nearly 30,000 students who earn their degrees from Indiana University or Purdue University. Today, IUPUI is the third strong piillar supporting public higher education in Indiana. For more information on IUPUI, go to http://www.iupui.edu.
About the Purdue School of Engineering and Technology at IUPUI:
The mission of the Purdue School of Engineering and Technology at IUPUI is to be one of the best urban university leaders in the disciplines of engineering and technology recognized locally, nationally and internationally. The school’s goal is to provide students an education that will give them the leverage to be leaders in their communities, industry and society. For additional information on the School of Engineering & Technology, go to http://www.engr.iupui.edu.
About the Kelley School of Business at IUPUI:
The IU Kelley School of Business has been a leader in American business education for more than 80 years. With an enrollment of more than 4,800 undergraduate and nearly 2,000 graduate students, it is among the premier business schools in the country. Kelley’s Indianapolis campus, based at IUPUI, is home to the school’s Evening MBA, Master of Science in Accounting, and Master of Science in Taxation programs and a full-time undergraduate program. For additional information on the Kelley School of Business, go to http://www.kelley.iupui.edu.
About the IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI:
Through the creative work of faculty, staff and students, the IU School of Liberal Arts helps Indiana’s economy grow and prepares its citizens to understand and work with people from all parts of the world. Through the study of human cultures, differing economic structures, geo-political systems, historical, and sociological structures, Liberal Arts graduates are uniquely equipped to function in a changing world. They gain important insights into the human condition through literature, religion, language and cultural studies, and they develop critical thinking and effective communication skills. Our graduates are positioned to serve our state’s needs in all areas: the life sciences, advanced manufacturing, computing environments, non-profit management and arts and culture. Indeed, the interdisciplinary nature of the IU School of Liberal Arts contributes to our graduates’ ability to work in virtually any realm, locally and internationally. For more information on the IU School of Liberal Arts, go to http://www.liberalarts.iupui.edu.
About the IU School of Physical Education and Tourism Management at IUPUI:
The mission of the School of Physical Education and Tourism Management at IUPUI is to prepare students for entry level positions and advanced study, to contribute to the body of knowledge through creative and scholarly activities and to serve the profession and the community. Through collaboration and interdisciplinary work with diverse populations, the School of Physical Education and Tourism Management strives to enhance wellness, to improve quality of life, and to encourage leisurely pursuits. For additional information on the school, visit http://www.petm.iupui.edu.
About Sarah Fisher Racing (SFR)
Indianapolis-based Sarah Fisher Racing, LLC (SFR) was founded in January 2008 and began competing in the IndyCar Series beginning with the 92nd Indianapolis 500 in May 2008. When her team rolled to the grid, they became the first female driver/owner race team in IndyCar Series history. The team returns in 2009 at four events, Kansas, Indy, Kentucky and Chicago. Fisher currently is the youngest team owner at age 28. For more information, please visit Sarah Fisher Racing on the World Wide Web at www.sarahfisherracing.com.
About Sarah Fisher:
At just 28 years old, Sarah Fisher has already competed in seven Indianapolis 500 races, tying Lyn St. James for the most number of starts for a woman at seven a piece. She’s been voted the Most Popular Driver four times in two separate series (IndyCar and NASCAR). The youngest person in history to pass the IndyCar Series Rookie test at that time, Fisher debuted in the IndyCar Series in 1999 for Derrick Walker. In 2000, she became the third woman and one of the youngest drivers in history to compete in the Indianapolis 500. Fisher continued to make history in the IndyCar Series as the youngest person to lead laps in an IndyCar Series race and the youngest woman to stand on a podium with a third-place finish. The following year, Fisher claimed second-place at Homestead Miami Speedway, her best career result at the professional level. In 2002, Fisher became the first woman to qualify fastest for a major North American open-wheel event, setting a new track record at Kentucky Speedway. In 2003, Fisher became the fastest woman to qualify for the Indianapolis 500 with a four-lap average of 229.439 mph. In 2004, Fisher made a one-off start for Kelly Racing in the Indianapolis 500 then shifted to NASCAR racing. In 2005, Fisher piloted a stockcar for Bill McAnally Racing/Richard Childress Racing Development Program in the NASCAR Grand National Division, West Series, and captured four top-ten finishes in 13 starts and was awarded the Most Popular Driver for the fourth time in her career. In 2006, Fisher returned to IndyCar Series, with a best start and finish of 12th at Kentucky Speedway. Fisher returned full-time to the IndyCar Series in 2007 for Dreyer & Reinbold Racing with a best start of eighth at Homestead-Miami Speedway and a best finish of seventh at Iowa Speedway. In 2008, she formed her own race team, Sarah Fisher Racing (SFR), and made her first start under her own umbrella in the 92nd Indianapolis 500 and rounded out the season with two additional starts. On January 13 2009, she announced she would return to the IndyCar Series at at least four events (Kansas, Indy, Kentucky and Chicago) with backing from Dollar General stores. For more information, please visit Sarah Fisher on the World Wide Web at www.sarahfisher.com.
Source: Sarah Fisher Racing