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SAE International Asks: "Can Racing Partnerships Change to Accelerate Innovation?"

WARRENDALE, Pa., March 6, 2006 - Sports-car racing offers manufacturers perhaps  the greatest opportunity to compete with production-based products through a variety of engines, vehicles and configurations competing on road courses. The benefits are easily demonstrated: 

  • Participating manufacturers receive marketing value. 
  • From an engineering and technical standpoint, there is potential impact on current and future products. (Some manufacturers race the production cars they build.)

Join the experts as they discuss this topic at SAE 2006 World Congress, April 3, 2006, at the FEV Powertrain Innovation Forum, Cobo Convention Center in Detroit. Participating in two panels will be: 


(Sanctioning Bodies)

  • Scott Atherton, President and CEO, American Le Mans Series (ALMS)
  • Roger Edmondson, President, Grand American Road Racing (Grand-Am)
  • Harry Turner, Technical Director, Sports Car Club of America (SCCA)
  • Stephane Ratel, Chairman of SRO Motorsports Group, Federation Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA GT)


  • Steve Wesoloski, Group Manager Road Racing, General Motors
  • Giorgio Ascanelli, Technical Director, Maserati Corse
  • Robert Davis, Vice President Marketing and Product Development, Mazda
  • Frank-Steffen Walliser, General Manager Motorsports Strategy, Porsche
  • David Wilson, Group VP-Strategic Planning, Finance and Operations, Toyota Racing Development (TRD)

The SAE World Congress annually brings together original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), suppliers, government officials and academic professionals from around the world to create an international forum providing value-added opportunities to exchange business and technical knowledge for advancing the passenger-car and light-truck industry. In 2005, the four-day SAE World Congress attracted delegates from 47 nations globally; U.S. attendees represented 48 states. For more information go to

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