The Autosportradio.com 2016 Show presented by Honda HPD will stream live on Tuesday February 16th, live from McGilvery’s Speedway.. 3009 North High School Road, beginning at 7PM ET.

The program can be seen/heard by logging onto www.autosportradio.com and the program streamed live on YouTube will be on the home page.

When the program concludes you will find the archive available on Don Kay’s YouTube channel. 

Scheduled Guests are:

Will Phillips

“It is a continual goal to improve safety for all the participants, fans and drivers alike,” said Will Phillips, INDYCAR Vice President of Technology. “We also need to do this in a fashion that does not create more yellow-flag racing and try to prevent as much debris as possible. We have great support from our partners to improve safety and wish to thank Chevrolet, Honda and Dallara for their participation and efforts in working together to implement change.”

Other changes for the 2016 season as part of INDYCAR’s ongoing research and development to improve the on-track product and safety include:

  • A domed skid plate on the underside of the chassis, which improves its yaw/spin characteristics, will complement rear wing flaps that deploy at 90 degrees if a car spins and travels backward on a superspeedway. The package will minimize the incidence of the car becoming airborne. The rear wing flaps have been tested in wind tunnels at General Motors and Texas A&M University. Components are scheduled to be available for the April 6 test on the 2.5-mile Indianapolis Motor Speedway oval.
  • An update to the Engine Control Unit (ECU) prevents a car from moving forward during a pit stop if the gearbox is not in neutral while the fuel hose is attached. Through the ECU, the fuel probe activation sensor can stop the car from moving forward by returning the engine to idle and engaging the clutch if the car is not in neutral when the fuel probe is plugged in.
  • Another ECU update puts the engine in idle faster if too much pressure is applied to the throttle or brake pedal. The throttle pedal failsafe will engage and idle the engine when pressure applied to either the throttle or brake pedal exceeds a calibrated threshold.

The 2016 season of the Verizon IndyCar Series is bound to be an unforgettable one. We are extending the length of the season, returning to fan-favorite tracks and hitting a huge milestone with the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500. Safety is an ongoing process and the hope is for all the racing memories we make to be positive and happy. These enhancements are a big part of that goal reaching fruition.

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Tino Belli

xperienced race engineer Tino Belli has joined IndyCar’s technical group in the new role of director of aerodynamic development.

Belli will oversee the implementation of the aero kits being supplied by Honda and Chevrolet for the 2015 season, as well as helping to determine track-specific aero configurations, direct future regulations and support all aspects of aero development and testing.

“It’s a brave, new era that IndyCar is moving into,” said Belli.

“My original background in racing was aeronautical engineering so aerodynamics is my love in life.

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Danny White

Motorsports is big business in Indiana — $4 billion big. Teams increasingly need highly skilled technicians to engineer cars both for speed and safety.

At Purdue, we take a different approach to motorsports education. Students choose their own specific discipline — whether it’s engineering, technology or another area that suits their interests — and then combine that curriculum with motorsports courses that offer in-depth knowledge about the industry.

Why do we take this innovative approach? It’s simple — that’s the approach our industry partners tell us they prefer. And we’ve seen the results. Our students secure jobs with top companies. Andretti Autosport. Pratt & Miller. Dreyer Motorsports. Dallara. That’s just to name a few. Walk down pit lane at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and you will find Purdue alums. We provide the industry with students who have exposure to the latest motorsports technology, along with a strong knowledge of STEM disciplines.

Our students also have opportunities on campus to develop their skills outside the classroom. Purdue is one of the only Big Ten universities with a permanent Grand Prix Go-Kart track on campus. Plus, we have student organizations that provide hands-on projects, such as Motorsports at Purdue.

Ready to find out more about motorsports education at Purdue? Check out the MSTEM-3 website, the photo gallery below,explore the links on this page or contact us.

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Jake Parsons

Jake turned more than a few heads at the Chris Griffis Memorial Test in November at Circuit of the Americas in Texas. Parsons, who signed with reigning champions Juncos Racing for his first Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires season, finished in the top five in each of the six test sessions.

The 21-year-old Australian comes to the U.S. fresh off a second-place finish in the 2015 Formula Masters China series where he earned three wins and seven podiums in 10 starts. Parsons began his racing career in the Australia karting ranks, earning multiple state and national podiums from 2010 to 2012. Netting Rookie of the Year honors in the New South Wales Formula Ford championship in 2013, he won the FIA Formula BMW Championship (AsiaCup) with Team Meritus in the following year, which earned him a test in the team’s GP2 car. He also contested partial seasons in Formula Masters China and Formula Ford Australia.

Parsons talks about growing up in a family of racers, his love of martial arts and why going from summer in Australia to winter in Indianapolis will be no big deal

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Chuck Shuman

Also joining us will be the current promoters of Bench Racing Weekend, Charles “Chuck” Shuman and his wife Anne, to fill us in on all that is in store for the weekend, March 18.19 and 20th, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel by the Airport. Complete retails are available at www.indybrw.com. This an event that true race fans will not want to miss.

See you Tuesday evening at McGilvery’s Speedway…