Indianapolis Motor Circuit
Renowned doctor Trammell wins Louis Schwitzer award for driver safety INDYCAR
The 55e The annual Louis Schwitzer Award was presented on Friday May 21 to Terry Trammell, MD, for his work on biomedical engineering for INDYCAR driver safety.
Trammell’s many contributions have advanced motorsport safety and prevented driver injuries. Using a data-driven approach, engineering principles and medical expertise, his efforts have been recognized in several motorsport safety organizations around the world.
“We are proud to once again sponsor the Louis Schwitzer Prize – a program that goes beyond honoring the runners behind the wheels and instead highlights the innovation and technical excellence behind the scenes of this sporting event. world-class automotive industry, ”said Frédéric Lissalde, President and CEO, BorgWarner Inc.“ Like INDYCAR, BorgWarner is committed to maintaining and continually improving our safety culture, and Dr. Trammell has made impressive progress in the ‘optimization of vehicle safety for these drivers.
In addition to Trammell’s renowned orthopedic abilities, his undergraduate degree is in chemical engineering with a specialization in biomedical engineering. Since the early 1990s he has worked to develop definitive data on racing accidents using the latest technology. From the first crash data loggers to newer units like the new ADR4, Trammell has been an integral part of their development. The resulting G-force database has been used to continuously develop improved materials and design for racing cars.
“I am very honored to have received this,” said Trammell. “I would like to thank the Louis Schwitzer Prize committee for conferring this honor on me. It was unexpected to say the least. I would like to thank Borg-Warner for his sponsorship.
“The early days of my engineering education and what I intended to do to pursue a path in biomechanical engineering was actually do a senior research project for the industry when my advisor suggested that if I was going to pursue this, I should go to medical school.
“I took his advice; I went to medical school. The closest thing to biomechanical engineering in medical school was orthopedic surgery. When you really think about it, a lot of orthopedic surgeons have an engineering background. The principles throughout an orthopedic residency is regular training in biomechanics. When installing hardware in people, it is good to know the weight of the hardware, the number of screws, the length of a plate, the type of material, etc. And so on. Without really knowing what we are doing, it is what we do every day.
Awarded by engineers to engineers, this annual award commemorates the innovative spirit of Louis Schwitzer, an automotive engineer and pioneer who won the first car race at IMS in 1909. Each year, the award is given to innovative engineers who have developed cutting edge concepts that enhance competitive potential and focus on advancements that increase the safety, performance or efficiency of Indy 500 racing cars. Winners receive $ 10,000 and their names are added to the Louis Schwitzer Prize Trophy , which can be found at the IMS Museum.
Beyond sponsoring this engineer-focused award, BorgWarner contributes to the excitement of the Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge in a variety of other ways. Each year, the winner of the Indy 500 receives the honor of being presented with the iconic Borg-Warner Trophy and having the likeness of his face sculpted and permanently affixed to the trophy. Likewise, the winner will receive a BorgWarner Championship Driver Trophy or “Baby Borg” – a miniature version of the Borg-Warner Trophy – as a personal keepsake.
The global leader in providing innovative and sustainable mobility solutions to the vehicle market is also the official partner of the NTT INDYCAR series turbochargers, supplying its EFR ™ (Engineered for Racing) turbochargers to boost the engines of participating race cars. at the Indianapolis 500. BorgWarner also adds $ 20,000 each year to a rolling jackpot for the next consecutive winner of the Indy 500. This year, Takuma Sato has his chance to take home the cash prize, which stands at 380 $ 000.