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SAE Motorsports Engineering Conference Recognizes Achievement With Awards - NASCAR R&D Center, John Force and Low-Cost HANS Device Honored

CONCORD, N.C., Dec. 3, 2008 - The eighth SAE Motorports Engineering Conference (MSEC) presented a trio of awards recognizing strides in the sport’s safety aspects.

  • Legendary NHRA drag racer John Force received the MSEC Motorsports Achievement Award for his work in helping to establish The Eric Medlen Project. Named for the late racer; the goal of the project is to design a safer race car and to create a safer competitive environment. This award is presented to an individual who has shown outstanding leadership or contribution to motorsports over an extended period of time.
  • The Low-Cost HANS Device HANS Sport Series took the SAE Award. The SAE Award recognizes organizations that have developed a product or process that is considered to be “the outstanding contribution to state-of-the-art motorsports engineering.”

Both awards were presented at the Dec. 3 banquet at the Embassy Suites Charlotte-Concord Golf Resort and Spa, where motorsports broadcast journalist Bob Varsha was the guest speaker.


Kicking off the conference on Tuesday, the SAE Motorsport Engineering Conference Award was given to the NASCAR Research and Development Center . The award highlights significant contributions to the racing community through research and engineering by an organization. Peter G. Wright, FIA Technical Consultant and the conference’s Keynote Address Speaker as well as an SAE Fellow, presented the award to Michael Edward Fisher, NASCAR’s Managing Director of Research and Development.

The 2008 SAE Motorsports Engineering Conference, with Michael Royce as its General Chair, continues through Dec. 4.

For more information on the 2008 SAE Motorsports Engineering Conference, please visit http://www.sae.org/events/mec/ . Reporters and editors may request media credentials by emailing pr@sae.org .

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