KVSH Racing have confirmed that they have entered into an innovation partnership with California Baptist University for the 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series starting from this weekend’s Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach.

The new partnership will see engineering students from CBU join the team this weekend for a money can’t buy behind the scenes look at the race team operation.

The university will act as the primary sponsor to Sebastien Bourdais’ No.11 Chevrolet for this weekend’s race on the streets of Long Beach while for the remainder of the season they will be an associate partner.

For the month of May and the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil, engineering students from the university will get the opportunity to work alongside the race engineers from KVSH Racing with problem solving. KVSH Racing co-owner James Sulli Sullivan commented on the new partnership by saying:

The time has come for us to focus intently on the next wave of engineering talent for the IndyCar Series, This program gives California Baptist University an opportunity to give its engineering students a hands-on education into the world of high-performance vehicles and what makes them tick. These CBU students are some of the brightest we have seen and we’re all looking forward to having them as part of the KVSH Racing Team.

Dr Anthony Donaldson, Dean of Gordan and Jill Bourns College of Engineering at CBU commented on the partnership by saying:

This partnership will provide our students with access to top engineers in a sport that pushes the edge of performance, and I’m excited to see what engineering feats our students can accomplish under their guidance, I’m also thrilled to receive their consultation for our new master’s in mechanical engineering degree offered this fall and for our vehicle technology lab planned to open with our new engineering building in 2018.

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