Purdue University students who are interested in pursuing a career in motorsports have a new opportunity to get hands-on experience. The university has announced a partnership with Indianapolis-based Juncos Hollinger Racing to expand educational opportunities for students who want to explore careers in the motorsports, auto and mobility industries.
The three-year partnership calls for Purdue to be Juncos Hollinger Racing’s engineering and technology academic partner. It will establish a variety of internships through the College of Engineering, Purdue Polytechnic Institute and Krannert School of Management.
Juncos Hollinger Racing runs cars in the IndyCar, Indy Lights, Indy Pro 2000 and IMSA series.
“This is a great opportunity to meet more students who can be the next great designer or engineer or mechanic,” said Ricardo Juncos, president of Juncos Hollinger Racing. “Our overall goal is to keep teaching the students so they can continue to advance.”
Juncos Hollinger Racing is also involved with the Indy Autonomous Challenge, a competition among colleges and universities to develop and compete in the driverless race. It’s set for next month at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
“With many students now learning and designing autonomous systems, this partnership continues to build on Purdue’s reputation and strengthens the economic opportunities across Indiana,” said Danny White, manager of Purdue Motorsports and managing director of the evGrand Prix.
While much of the focus is on the development of a STEM-focused education, Juncos says the partnership is broader than that.
“This will open the doors for everyone,” Juncos said. “Racing teams need graphic designers, safety experts, dietitians, accountants, lawyers and more. We need to have everything for a racing team.”
The partnership between Purdue and Juncos Hollinger Racing began last weekend at the Grand Prix of Portland (Oregon). The racing circuit is in Laguna Seca, California, this weekend for the Firestone Grand Prix of Monterey.