IMS, IRL Contribute To New 'Speed' Exhibit At Indiana State Museum

Friday, October 12, 2007

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The Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Indy Racing League are supporting the Indiana State Museum as a contributing sponsor in the presentation of its latest exhibit, "SPEED," which opens Saturday, Oct. 13 and runs through Monday, Jan. 21, 2008.

The interactive exhibit, geared toward children from 9 to 14 years old, promotes science and math by introducing the properties of speed using animated graphics and media, drawing from the worlds of entertainment, sports and groundbreaking research.

Indianapolis 500 winners Buddy Rice and Dan Wheldon join fellow IndyCar Series drivers Ed Carpenter, A.J. Foyt IV, Tomas Scheckter and Vitor Meira to explain the properties of speed via a video presentation at the entrance of the exhibit. The drivers explain the five different areas encompassing 21 hands-on activities to test various concepts in acceleration, horsepower and friction:

·        Drag! - Visitors can find out why things slow down by trying to move a vehicle across a slippery surface in the shortest amount of time or use a turbulence tank to see how different shapes move through the air.

·        Zoom! - Test how quickly sound waves move and what a sonic boom is. Find out by using mirrors, a 564-foot tube, flashing green lights and other hands-on components.

·        Stop! - Insert a penny into a stream of high-velocity air and then watch it smash against a wall. This shows why the most dangerous speed of all is 0 mph. Visitors may examine video footage of crashes to figure out where things went wrong and also hear race car drivers talk about how it feels to hit a wall.

·        Push! - This explores the sources of speed. Find out how snow skiers accelerate with the help of gravity. A roller coaster reveals the relationship between height, acceleration and velocity, and pedaling a stationary bicycle lets visitors measure their own ability to produce horsepower.

·        Go! - This area explores the mathematical principles that govern motion and some physical features that increase or decrease speed. Activities include tracing the evolution of IndyCar designs, building a car from LEGO® parts and testing its performance. Visitors also may try to create the fastest vehicle ever by using a computer to design from various engines, wheels and body types.

Admission to "SPEED" is $7 for adults, $6.50 for seniors, $4 for children ages 3-12 and free for museum members. Additional information can be found at www.indianamuseum.org/speed or by calling (317) 232-1637.