Larsen Motorsports, owners and operators of the Embry-Riddle Jet Racing Teams, announced today that the award-winning race car originally driven by Elaine Larsen and currently driven by rookie Marisha Falk will be displayed at Daytona Beach International Airport for a year, starting in January 2013.
The nationally recognized car will have a highly visible position in the airline ticketing lobby, where Embry-Riddle’s weather-information kiosk can also be found.
“We want to continue to share this beautiful vehicle with everyone who visits Daytona Beach,” said Elaine Larsen, co-owner of Larsen Motorsports. “As the world center of motorsports, Daytona is known for its NASCAR heritage, the speed-record racing held decades ago on the ocean shore and now the organized road races at our famous speedway.”
The car to be displayed will be retired as a display/backup car by Larsen Motorsports after its final race in the Snowbird Nationals in Bradenton, Fla., on Saturday, Dec. 1. It will return to Larsen Motorsports for a month-long major overhaul before heading to its new location at the Daytona Beach airport.
“We’re retiring the car because we’re debuting a new car for Embry-Riddle on Thanksgiving weekend,” said Chris Larsen, co-owner of Larsen Motorsports. “The car on display at the airport will not be disabled, except for removing the fluids and disconnecting the battery. Its design and technology are still the state-of-the art in our sport, so we could put the car back into service in a day.”
“Our partnership with Larsen Motorsports demonstrates clear value to our students and faculty,” said Dr. Rod Casto, Embry-Riddle’s Associate Vice President for Research Development and Innovation. “From internships for aerospace engineering students to shared research resources with our Jet Propulsion Lab, Larsen Motorsports is a model for the type of industry/university partnerships that will flourish as we continue to develop the Research Park.”
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