Due to Embry Riddle’s close proximity to the Daytona International Speedway, the school’s EcoCAR team has worked hard to develop a positive relationship with the International Speedway Corporation. Eventually, the EcoEagles were offered a private two-hour session on the Daytona “Superstretch.”
The main objective of the day was to test aerodynamic modifications on the EcoCAR. As the engineers sped around the track, a safety truck followed the EcoCAR and both vehicles had video cameras to document the team’s first day on the famous speedway.
Much of the team’s time at Daytona was dedicated to taking photos at the finish line, on victory lane, and at various other points of the track. One of the major surprises from this event was that the Daytona International Speedway published an article on their website about Embry Riddle’s track day and the EcoCAR competition in general.
Overall the event was the first major step towards building a strong future with the Daytona International Speedway. Hopefully this will become a multiyear relationship that carries through to EcoCAR 2!