That would be Dr. John Force, if you please. John Force, legendary NHRA Funny Car driver with 16 Funny Car championships to his credit, accepted an honorary doctorate on Wednesday at the University of Northwestern Ohio. Force received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree for his historic motorsports career and his dedication to racing safety. Force became the first drag racer recognized for the honorary doctorates from UNOH, joining NASCAR greats Richard Petty and Richard Childress “I never had this kind of opportunity. I learned on the racetracks and in the boardrooms. I got an education at truck stops across the country,” Force told students and faculty during the special ceremony. “I am honored to receive this doctorate mainly because I saw the passion these UNOH students have for motorsports as well as their other programs. They are really turning their passions into careers here. I could not be more impressed with what I saw … [Read more...] about Dr. John Force: NHRA legend awarded honorary doctorate at University of Northwestern Ohio
Rooted deep in America’s heartland, in Lima, Ohio, is an educational institution that is uniquely positioned to provide our young people with the skills needed to excel in the workforce. We are referring to the University of Northwestern Ohio (UNOH), an organization that is familiar to our regular readers as the host of the annual AMSOIL Engine Masters Challenge. Founded in 1920, UNOH is a private, not-for-profit institution with an enrollment of approximately 4,500 students, and authorized by the Ohio Board of Regents to grant master’s degrees, baccalaureate degrees, associate degrees, and diplomas. The university offers programs through three separate schools: the College of Technologies, College of Business, and College of Distance Learning. Of particular interest to us is the College of Technologies, which represents roughly two thirds of the student body, and presents educational opportunities in six distinct fields. The truth is that vocational and technical … [Read more...] about University Of Northwestern Ohio – Welcome To Your Future!
It is generally recognized that what one does to earn a living is intrinsically linked to happiness and contentment. Financial reward alone is not the key. If you can find a career that pays well, has opportunity, and is something you have a passion for, then you have won life’s lottery. Regardless of your age or experience, if you are a Pontiac hobbyist, the thought of making a career out of working with engines is inviting. To accomplish this dream, however, the proper training is required, which cannot be found everywhere. HPP was excited to find out about the University of Northwestern Ohio (UNOH) and the school’s dedicated high-performance department and wanted to tell our readers who are contemplating their future career path all about it. Located in Lima, Ohio, on a 120-acre campus, the University was founded in 1920 and is a private, not-for-profit institution. UNOH is a co-educational institution authorized by the Ohio Board of Regents and accredited by the Higher … [Read more...] about University of Northwestern Ohio Hot Rodding School – How To “Get Into The Business”
The man in the orange hat points a gloved finger down the track. I slide the stubby gear selector gently into drive and grip the wheel, ready to write racing history. But the digital display flashes "N," and that means the car's in neutral. I hit the shifter again, and again, this time a hard slap. N, N, N. I wave frantically at Jim Leininger, Toyota Team Greensport's crew chief. He scrambles through the passenger door, barking commands. "Press the brake once!" Brake pressed. "Floor the gas three times!" Once, twice, a third time. "Press the brake again and try it!" Nothing but N. A frown spreads across the weathered face under the orange hat as it scans the half-mile line looking for another car to wave forward. Leininger punches the big dashboard button marked "Power." The digital screen goes blank. "Damn computers," he mutters as the Toyota Prius hums and clicks and reboots itself. Nobody ever had to reboot a Holley … [Read more...] about Got Hybrid?
Tesla Motors, Inc. released its first quarter financial results yesterday, which featured a number of milestones for the auto maker. Among them, Tesla’s revenue rose 83% from the last quarter to $562 million, a record high for the company.Tesla also posted the first ever profitable quarter in its history, with a net income of $11 million, or $0.10 on a per share basis. This large growth in revenue was largely aided by the fact that Tesla was able to recognize revenue on 4,900 out of the 5,000 Model S vehicles it managed to produce in the quarter. It is worth noting that $68 million, or 12% of Tesla’s revenue was earned through the sale of Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) credits to other automakers. Tesla notes in its letter to shareholders that they expect the sale of ZEV credits to decline in the future, and expect the amount to reach $0 by Q4 2013. Tesla’s move away from the sale these credits and towards growing the sale of their automobiles demonstrates their … [Read more...] about Analysis: Tesla Q1 2013 Results
With fall foliage peaking, it’s time for my third annual Appalachian Road Trip. Last year my friend and his father couldn’t make it, so it was just the old man and me. With fewer time constraints, I planned a route from West Virginia to “The Dragon” and back. Lessons were learned, among them the insanity of planning 360 miles of back roads driving in a day that also includes a few hours of hiking (my new max: 250) and, the subject of this piece, the inability of navigation systems to replace good old paper maps.To give credit where it’s due, navigation systems can be extremely helpful when pushing a car hard along an unfamiliar twisty byway. Zoom way in, and you can tell a lot about that approaching curve (especially if a navigator calls out key info while you keep your eyes on the road).Does it wind through 60 degrees, or 160? How tightly is it wound? Does another curve closely follow it? With these questions answered, the 318 curves in Tail of the Dragon … [Read more...] about Dead Tree Maps Aren’t Dead Yet
The injustice of the Porsche lineup is that the most powerful engine available in the sweet-handling Cayman is a 295-hp, 3.4-liter flat-six and the 911’s least powerful mill is a 325-hp, 3.6-liter version of that same engine. Of course, the 911 is the company’s flagship sports car and as such enjoys rank and privileges, but the Cayman is about 150 pounds lighter than the 911 and has a mid-engine layout that is theoretically superior in terms of chassis balance, not to mention a body that’s more responsive, we’re told, to aerodynamic aids. If Porsche would greenlight a big-engine Cayman, the company might just have a Corvette beater that wouldn’t cost 120 grand. And although Porsche has no plans for an über-Cayman, a recently formed company in Connecticut called Farnbacher Loles sent us a Cayman that looked on paper like the answer to our dreams. Dubbed the Cayman GTR, it is powered by the 3.8-liter engine from the 911 Carrera S, and with a few … [Read more...] about Farnbacher Loles Cayman GTR
Ward originally came on with AoA in 2007 as its launch strategy general manager after spending time in the marketing department of Ford — including managing marketing efforts for the then-new Edge — as well as a nine-year stint at General Motors in its powertrain engineering division. In between, she took a two-year break between 1999 and 2001 to obtain her master’s in engineering and business at Northwestern University, as well as interning at General Electric.During Johan de Nysschen’s time at the helm of AoA, Ward became a member of the automaker’s executive management team in November 2011, where she was tasked with bettering the customer experience from every point of ownership, including development of Audi’s presence in the digital and social media spaces. The results led to a climb from 13th place to the customer experience podium as determined by J.D. Power and Associates’ CSI ranking system.In her new role as CCO, Ward is set to lead … [Read more...] about Jeri Ward Appointed To Vacated CCO Role At Audi Of America
Brandon writes:Sajeev,I wrote to you a few years ago about my dilemma with a boring Cobalt. Now I’m writing because I have the opposite problem. I held onto the Cobalt for a wonderful year with no car payment before trading it in on a 2013 FR-S in April 2013. At the time, no one could talk sense into me. I wanted THAT car. While I still love it and by no means want to let it go, there are some issues with the practicality of sports car ownership. Those issues as follows:The future Mrs. isn’t comfortable driving stick so we usually take her ’07 Camry with 210k on the clock wherever we go out in case she needs to drive.Since buying the car we’ve added a 100 pound fur baby to the mix and he can’t get in my car.Future Mrs. ships off to Northwestern in 9 month for prosthetic school and can’t take the dog with her.Student debt is going to be a big issue for us upon her graduation in 2017. I’d like to have a reliable 4 door paid off before we … [Read more...] about Piston Slap: Feelin’ Blue, FR-S?
If you thought I got lost somewhere in southern Alaska, you thought wrong.We are now hitting Seattle, WA for the remaining part of this U.S. North to South series. I have the privilege of driving a 2015 Ram 2500 Tradesman Crew Cab 4×4 Turbo Diesel.I baptised last year’s Ram 1500 as Albert. This year, I will follow the letters of the alphabet as they do for hurricanes. Say hello to Bob. Bob, say hello to TTAC.My first impressions are below along with an explanation on Ford Seattle license plates 2,000 miles up north in Barrow, Alaska…But first, you may ask, “Why a male nickname for the truck?”Here’s the thing: in France, where I’m originally from, everything is sexualised (nothing new here) and everything has a gender. Trucks, including pickups, are male, while passenger cars are female. So even though I’ve called Australia home for thirteen years now, naming my truck Barbara would … [Read more...] about U.S. North to South 2015: Seattle to Portland