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Shopping for Racing Parts Online?

November 20th, 2012

Now that it’s the off-season for many of us, you might be thinking about shopping online for your racing parts needs instead of making trips to your local speed shop. You can save a lot of money and effort by ordering online now that you have time to price shop and wait for the order to arrive.

As we all know, most speed shops have online stores. But have you thought about purchasing racing parts from some of the mainstream sites? Sites like Amazon.com and Ebay are coming into their own as a racing parts shopping destination. And the best part about it is price competition – every store wants to have the lowest price, so the sites push the prices down and down. It’s great for the racer!!

You can also order harder to find parts that might not be in your local speed shop or may cost a pretty penny to ship normally. With competition so steep online, you’ll find shipping to be next to nothing on items like seats and even Hoosier tires!

Here are some of the many things you can find on Amazon or Ebay:

Brad Penn Racing Oil – this is one of the best racing oils you can buy, but it’s hard to find in many areas of the country. You can find it on Amazon, though, for under retail, even with shipping!

Apparel and safety equipment – You can find lots of racing apparel on Ebay in a variety of stores. That includes Hoosier, Weld, and Simpson gear in addition to many other brands.

Hoosier Tires – one tire ships for $9.95 in this Amazon store, and the most you’ll pay for shipping for multiple tire orders is $19..95 total!

Another thing to keep in mind when shopping online is the growing number of stores that offer cash back through sites like Ebates. For example, you can earn 4.0% cash back on Amazon purchases through the shopping site, and you can earn a $10 gift card just for making your first Ebates purchase over $25.

Happy shopping, and remember to watch out for Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals as more and more race shops are offering specials around this popular shopping holiday. Start getting prepared for 2013 at reduced prices – you won’t regret it!

Racing Video of the Week: Rider Racing Engines Shop Tour

December 15th, 2010

If you’re interested in learning about how engines work for your motorsports education, this is a great video walk-through of the Rider Racing Engines shop with Tom Rider. Tom shows us the entire process of rebuilding a sprint car engine, from when the motor arrives at the shop to putting the finished engine on a dyno.

Some of the things Tom talks about are the processes for inspecting the crankshaft and other engine parts for cracks, cleaning the parts, the machines where the engine block has its cylinders honed to get the proper ring seal, final assembly,  preparation for the dyno, and the dyno process itself.

If you’re interested in sprint car engines specifically, you’ll notice that Tom mentions one of the major differences between 360 engines and 410 engines (besides the cubic inches): the block and head material. 360 engines have a cast iron block and aluminum cylinder heads while 410 engines have an aluminum block and aluminum heads, significantly reducing the weight of the engine in a 410 sprint car.

This is a great video for those pursuing a degree in motorsports engineering or mechanical engineering and has interest in motorsports jobs, specifically motorsports engineering jobs, and careers in racing.

IUPUI teams up with USAC for Motorsports Engineering Program

December 11th, 2010

USAC Racing Motorsports EducationIUPUI and the United States Auto Club (USAC) have announced a partnership that will offer IUPUI Motorsports Engineering students the opportunity to assist in managing and promoting nine USAC Midget Series events at the Speedrome in Indianapolis in 2011.

Students from the Motorsports Engineering Program in the School of Engineering and Technology at IUPUI will work alongside USAC staff and officials in USAC Regional and National Midgets Series events. Some learning opportunities include areas such as journalism/public relations, marketing/promotions, graphic design and media, in addition to performing technical inspection and timing and scoring duties on race days.

Internships credits will be offered for Motorsports Engineering students who participate in the USAC events. Students will be prepared for motorsports careers and careers in racing by seeing the ins and outs of running an established sanctioning body and executing race events.

Because practical experience is extremely important to a well-rounded motorsports education, IUPUI and other programs are offering more opportunities for students to get involved in racing beyond traditional experiences.

Learn more about motorsports engineering and auto racing schools in our Schools section.

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