Papis and Wieringa
Autosport’s Max Papis and Tom Wieringa were given an “A” from
the students at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT),
where Papis and Wieringa were the featured guest speakers
Monday. The two spoke during the course, “The Art and Science
of Car Racing.”
took place during MIT’s Independent Activities Period (IAP),
which allows MIT students to take a break from regular studies
and enjoy a non-graded class of their interest.
to the lecture from Papis and Wieringa, the IAP course also
included the goals of racing, tire fundamentals, data
acquisition, Champ Car design and development, and a hand-on
course on go-karting at a local indoor kart facility.
“This was a
great opportunity to talk racing with several fans,” said
Wieringa. “Not only was it a learning experience, but it was a
lot of fun as well. The students really do know their racing.”
to the students about driving techniques, the driver’s role in
setting up a car, his relationship with the race engineer, and
beginning a racing career, while Wieringa spoke about racing
costs and the role of a race owner.
“Racing to me
is much more than just competing and trying to win races,”
Papis told the capacity audience. “I sense something special
about the relationship I have with racing that allows me to
reach my dreams.”
finished off his lecture with the glory of winning. He
emphasized that finishing second is never remembered and
winning should be an ultimate goal not only in racing, but
also in life.
“I can assure
you that nothing pays off as much as when you finally reach
your goal,” said Papis.
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