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SAE Offers Course on Racecar Setup, Handling

Warrendale, PA, June 24, 2004 - In the competitive world of racing, a tenth of a second can mean the difference between winning and losing. It is critical, therefore, to make every moment behind the wheel count with an appropriate setup that will turn a standard racecar into a consistent winner.

Recognizing the importance of this thin margin that sets a runner-up apart from a champion, The Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) International is offering a new course in partnership with the Panoz Racing School on hands-on suspension techniques required to move your car ahead of the competition. The course is set to begin on September 20-21 at the Road Atlanta race course in Braselton, Ga.

While many drivers and mechanics understand the basic adjustable parameters of racecar suspension, few have mastered the ability to optimize those variables for specific vehicles and racing conditions. This course is therefore designed to provide participants with a sound understanding of suspension adjustment theory along with supervised hands-on experience in performing proven procedures.

By attending this beneficial seminar, participants will be able to explain the purpose and effect of each adjustable parameter, describe the requirements of effective racecar setup and confidently complete a full geometrical adjustment to a racecar. Drivers, mechanics, crew chiefs and race engineers with a basic familiarization of adjustable parameters related to racecar suspension are encouraged to attend.

All necessary tools and equipment will be provided, including demonstration cars for setup. Participants will also receive a copy of Hands-On Racecar Engineer, authored by the course instructor John Glimmerveen, who has over 35 years of experience in the motorsports industry. The book was released in March and published by SAE International.

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