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Jeffrey Mark Motorsport Partners with Purdue University
The Purdue University logo is prominent on the wing of the Jeffrey Mark Motorsports Indy Lights car. Mark, a Purdue alumnus, and Purdue have joined in a partnership that will give students and faculty an opportunity to work with the team while the team will gain engineering and technology help.
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Purdue University has reached an agreement with Firestone Indy Lights racing team Jeffrey Mark Motorsport that will provide opportunities for students and faculty to participate in motorsports while offering the team help with engineering and technology.

It follows the announcement earlier this month that Purdue has partnered with three INDYCAR racing teams, Dreyer & Reinbold Racing, Bryan Herta Autosport and HVM Racing.

Firestone Indy Lights is a stepping stone for drivers and teams that want to compete in the IZOD IndyCar Series and the Indianapolis 500. The teams will race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway May 25 during Carburetion Day.

The partnership between Jeffrey Mark Motorsport and Purdue means that the Indy Lights feeder series will prepare not only the next generation of drivers for INDYCAR but engineers and technicians also.

Jeffrey Mark earned a Purdue degree in sports medicine in 1995 and has been involved in the Purdue motorsports program. "I am thrilled to partner with my great alma mater," he said. "After graduating, I knew I wanted to stay connected to the university, and this is the perfect opportunity. This partnership is a great way for students to experience the world of racing hands-on. I am honored to be able to support both Purdue University and the future of motorsports engineering."

The Purdue logo will be featured on the back wing of the No. 76 Jeffrey Mark Motorsport car.

"Numerous internships were arranged this year through Motorsports-at-Purdue, a student club for those interested in a career in the motorsports industry," said Danny White, an INDYCAR veteran who heads up motorsports efforts at Purdue. "Our program is now passing the second anniversary mark, and we have made great progress. We have excellent relationships with many different teams and series in the motorsports industry. And we have launched our first motorsports aerodynamics online course.

"In Indiana, it just doesn't get much better than this" he said.

Any student interested in motorsports can join the organization. More information is available at http://www.motorsports-at-purdue.org/

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