Littelfuse Sponsored Behind-the-Scenes Race Activities at the GoPro Indy Grand Prix at Sonoma
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Press release date: September 4, 2012
CHICAGO - Littelfuse, Inc., the global leader in circuit protection, co-sponsored the No. 11 MOUSER ELECTRONICS/GEICO/KV Racing Technology Chevrolet Dallara driven by Indy Racing League champion Tony Kanaan at the GoPro Indy Grand Prix at Sonoma, CA. Unlike oval tracks, the scenic setting in the foothills of Sonoma wine country provides a unique, natural-terrain course that challenged the drivers at every turn with elevation changes, a carousel turn that requires downshifting and a tight right-hand turn leading onto the front stretch. A winner at Sonoma in 2005, Kanaan started in 16th position and finished 10th earning 20 points on the 85-lap course.
With two races remaining, Kanaan is sixth place in the overall standings with 327 points. He is one of eight drivers still mathematically eligible to win the 2012 IZOD IndyCar Series championship. The Sonoma race also represented a milestone for Kanaan: It was his 194th consecutive Indy car start, dating to the 2001 CART race in Portland. Kanaan is second only to Jimmy Vasser, who holds the record with 211 consecutive starts.
Throughout the weekend of the GoPro Indy Grand Prix at Sonoma, Littelfuse participated as part of its co-sponsorship of the No. 11 KV Racing car through its "Speed2Design" contest. "Speed2Design" creates a behind-the-scenes weekend experience for engineers that involved spending time with the team engineers and pit crew behind the Littelfuse co-sponsored race car. Since engineers value and understand the technology-related challenges, demands and reliability requirements involved with these high-speed racing machines, "Speed2Design" provides a unique opportunity for them to explore this advanced engineering technology in a personal, accessible setting.
During several of this year's IndyCar races, Littelfuse is hosting a series of design engineer-focused events. Along with attending the race, "Speed2Design" participants will enjoy pit access, hospitality and exclusive conversations with the team engineers and crew members-all courtesy of Littelfuse.
At the GoPro Indy Grand Prix, the five "Speed2Design" participants included a senior principal semiconductor engineer involved with global defense, a program manager for a medical technology company, as well as electrical engineers from across the country. "Speed2Design" participants stood side-by-side with members of the pit crew throughout the weekend, and during TechTalk conversations learned how Littelfuse circuit protection is embedded in racing electronics. Littelfuse profiled its TMOV, SP1003, LC03 and other products that are used for protection against surge, ESD and lightning events in the crew's high speed broadband communications, in monitors used by the crew and in power supplies and other devices throughout the pit's electronics support infrastructure. Go behind the ropes with the GoPro Indy Grand Prix "Speed2Design" participants by viewing the weekend's videos.
The final "Speed2Design" winners will attend the MAVTV American Real 500 under the lights on September 15, 2012 at the Auto Club Speedway two-mile oval in Fontana, CA. To see videos and photo galleries of previous "Speed2Design" events and learn more, visit www.speed2design.com.
Littelfuse Speed2Design provides support and solutions for time-pressured electronic engineers around the world who are seeking answers and information about proper circuit protection technology, selection and best practices in design. The Speed2Design "rapid-response center" website provides design-related content that includes tutorials, selector guides, design kits, webcasts, sample circuits and FAQs. Interactive elements enable engineers to share their experiences or consult with others to solve their design problems including a Q&A forum, blogs and live chat.
For more information on Littelfuse Speed2Design, please visit www.speed2design.com.
Founded in 1927, Littelfuse, Inc., the worldwide leader in circuit protection, offers the industry's broadest and deepest portfolio of circuit protection products and solutions. Littelfuse devices protect products in virtually every market that uses electrical energy, from consumer electronics to automobiles to industrial equipment. In addition to its Chicago, Illinois, world headquarters, Littelfuse has more than 30 sales, distribution, manufacturing and engineering facilities in the Americas, Europe and Asia. Technologies offered by Littelfuse include Fuses; Gas Discharge Tubes (GDTs); Positive Temperature Coefficient Devices (PTCs); Protection Relays; PulseGuardŽ ESD Suppressors; SIDACtorŽ Devices; Silicon Protection Arrays (SPA(TM)); Switching Thyristors; TVS Diodes and Varistors. The company also offers a comprehensive line of highly reliable Electromechanical and Electronic Switch and Control Devices for commercial and specialty vehicles, as well as Protection Relays and underground Power Distribution Centers for safe control and distribution of electricity in mining operations.
For more information on Littelfuse, please visit www.littelfuse.com
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