Sandvik Coromant Opens Project & Training Site at Don Schumacher Racing
Don Schumacher Racing (DSR) and Sandvik Coromant, a member of Partners in THINC, recently announced the opening of a unique project and training site in Brownsburg, Indiana. The site will be a collaborative hub with a focus on automotive engineering projects and customized training for Sandvik Coromant customers.
Major Hub for Customer Engineering Projects
Located inside NHRA’s DSR headquarters, the new site will be one of three major U.S. sites of Sandvik Coromant, a leading provider of manufacturing tools, machining solutions and metalworking know-how. With a full-time project engineer specializing in automotive process engineering and dedicated machines, the site will serve as a major hub for customer engineering projects as well as basic and advanced training. Similar to the company’s other major sites in Fair Lawn, New Jersey and Schaumburg, Illinois, the new site will host general metalcutting knowledge classes, and will also focus on specialized and customized automotive training. The opening of the new site is a considerable expansion of the long-standing partnership between Don Schumacher Racing and Sandvik Coromant. Starting out as a technical sponsorship, the relationship has evolved into a partnership focusing on improving parts and overall performance for Don Schumacher’s eight Top Fuel and Funny Car NHRA racing teams. Most recently, Sandvik Coromant and DSR engineers worked on process and performance improvements for parts such as connecting rods, cylinder heads and clutches.
“Sandvik Coromant has been a strategic partner of DSR in developing our machining operations,” says Don Schumacher. “We use Sandvik Coromant tooling on all of our machines but we also rely on their process and productivity engineering to help our programmers and machinists make hundreds of different parts with precision and efficiency. Our championships on the race track are a direct reflection of the collaboration between Sandvik Coromant and DSR in our machining center.”
“We are thrilled to partner with the premier brand in drag racing at this new site,‘” says Sean Holt, Sandvik Coromant’s president for the Americas. “This will enable us to work even closer to our customers, in the heart of one of the centers of the U.S. automotive industry. We are confident that the location is not only a draw, but a true asset for collaborative projects with the DSR technical team, machine tool partners and our customers.”
A Winning Sponsorship
As part of the relationship, Sandvik Coromant will be the primary sponsor of Matt Hagan’s Mopar funny car for three races in 2017: Phoenix (February 24-26), Bristol (June 16-18) and St. Louis (September 29-October 1). This will be the fourth world championship-winning car that Sandvik Coromant has wrapped as a primary sponsor with Don Schumacher Racing.
About Sandvik Coromant
Part of global industrial engineering group Sandvik, Sandvik Coromant is at the forefront of manufacturing tools, machining solutions and knowledge that drive industry standards and innovations demanded by the metalworking industry now and into the next industrial era. Educational support, extensive R&D investment and strong customer partnerships ensure the development of machining technologies that change, lead and drive the future of manufacturing. Sandvik Coromant owns over 3,100 patents worldwide, employs over 8,500 staff, and is represented in 150 countries. For more information visit www.sandvik.coromant.com.
About Don Schumacher Racing
Don Schumacher Racing, headquartered near Indianapolis in Brownsburg, Indiana, fields eight professional NHRA teams in the Mello Yello Drag Racing Series. In Top Fuel, the U.S. Army dragster driven by 8-time world champion Tony Schumacher, the reigning and 3-time world champion Matco Tools/U.S. Army dragster driven by Antron Brown, the Papa John’s dragster with driver Leah Pritchett and 2013 world champion Shawn Langdon. In Funny Car, two-time world champion Matt Hagan in the Sandvik Coromant/Mopar Express Lane 2017 Dodge Charger R/T, reigning world champion Ron Capps’ NAPA AUTO PARTS Dodge, 2012 NHRA world champion Jack Beckman in the Infinite Hero Foundation Dodge and the Make-A-Wish Dodge driven by Tommy Johnson Jr. DSR has won 295 NHRA national event titles and 16 world championships. Follow Don Schumacher Racing at ShoeRacing.com, on Twitter at @shoeracing and Facebook.com/shoeracing