Ohio State Motorsports honored by Ohio General Assembly

Ohio Senator Jim Hughes talks with CAR director Giorgio Rizzoni about the Ohio State EcoCAR vehicle.On April 17, Ohio State’s Center for Automotive Research and Office of Energy and Environment hosted Ohio State Motorsports Day at the Ohio Statehouse. The event recognized the groundbreaking technologies in transportation and the hands-on education of students undertaken by CAR for more than 25 years. CAR paves the way for students to actively participate in research, design, and development of alternative fuel vehicles that enhance current technology and create the discoveries for future cars, trucks and motorcycles.

Kate Bartter, interim director of the Office of Energy and Environment, kicked the event off by highlighting the importance that CAR has on our nation’s automobile industry and our future automotive workforce. Giorgio Rizzoni, director of CAR, emphasized the value of the motorsports teams for student education. Sarah Jadwin, Ohio State senior and member of the EcoCAR team, followed by conveying the impact that participation in motorsports teams has for students. All Ohio State student vehicle teams, including Baja Buckeyes, Buckeye Current, EcoCAR, Formula Buckeyes and Venturi Buckeye Bullet, were on display.

Members of the Ohio General Assembly as well as the public were invited to take an up-close look at the vehicles and meet the talented students who design and build them. The day culminated with State Representative Michael Stinziano and State Representative Stephanie Kunze joining State Senator Jim Hughes in proclaiming April 17 as Ohio State Motorsports Day.