Red Vector, the leading provider online education and training for a wide range of industries, was the exclusive sponsor for TechStarts Yacht club. This permitted employees, clients and the executive team the prestigious opportunity to watch the St. Pete Grand Prix from a yacht; fully stocked with food and beverages.
More importantly their donation allowed 50 kids from Pierce Middle School to get a backstage tour of the St. Pete Grand Prix. The kids were able to talk with mechanics, engineers, drivers and sponsors to best understand the inner workings and the necessity of STEM to make the race come to life.
For these kids, it opened their eyes into a new world of tech and engineering. They were able to understand how the classes and programs they are involved with today, can severely impact their career of the future. Plus they got the bonus of having a day off of school and sat in an actual race car. It was a glimpse into the incredible fun they will eventually partake in. A glimpse they never would have realized if not for Red Vector.
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The Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, held on March 22-24th, gave 40 students from Northeast High School’s Automotive Technology Education Center a very unique learning experience. Students explored the paddocks, interacted with chief mechanics and crew members, toured team garages and gained perspective on how their knowledge from the classroom transfers directly into racing.
Students interacted with the Firestone mechanic who explained the tires used throughout the weekend. Tires are leased from Firestone and cost the teams roughly $650 per tire. Concerned about the weather for the weekend, students asked about how rain would affect the cars’ grip on the track. Here’s a video to explain:
Team Pelfrey‘s engineer Stefan Dwornik showed students the technology under the “hood” of the ProMazda series car.
The students were able to tour the team’s office.
Mike Morrisey, CFO of Green Savoree Racing Promotions, taught students about the preparation that goes into making the race a success. Safety is extremely important, and many precautions are taken to ensure risk is minimized. For example, each cement block lining the track weighs 4,000 pounds.
Every car must go through tech inspection before being allowed access onto the race track. If a car fails the inspection, the team must return to the paddocks and to work on the car until it meets the standards. The mechanics inspect the top 5 race cars after racing and also perform random inspections to ensure all teams did not alter the car between inspection and the races. If a top car fails, they are disqualified from any winnings. Pressure is high!
The Go Daddy race car going through tech inspection. This team placed 1st in the races on Sunday!
1st place winner James Hinchcliff! Find more pictures at www.motorsport.com
The students gathered around to hear details about the tech inspection and which specifications are needed to meet the standards.