2001 Louis Schwitzer Award Candidates Announced

The Indiana Section of the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) has announced the candidates for this year's Louis Schwitzer Award.

Now in its 35th year, the prestigious award honors early racing pioneer Louis Schwitzer and recognizes innovative engineering excellence in race car design and development.

The 2001 slate of candidates includes engineers from five prominent racing organizations, who are responsible for the following technologies:

  • Dallara 2001 Chassis Update Kit
  • G Force 2001 Chassis Update Kit
  • Hubbard/Downing Inc. Head and Neck Support (HANS) Device
  • Infiniti Indy 35A Engine
  • Indy Racing League Electronic Timing and Scoring System

    Each May, SAE members interview candidates and select the winner, who receives a $5,000 check from BorgWarner, as well as a plaque and garage sign. All winners' names are listed on the Louis Schwitzer Award pedestal in the Hall of Fame Museum.

    Paul Burgess, chief designer for the Indy Racing G Force GF05 chassis, won the Louis Schwitzer Award last year.

    Other past winners of the award have included Bruce McLaren, Smokey Yunick, A.J. Foyt, Parnelli Jones and Gian Paolo Dallara.

    The 35th Louis Schwitzer Award winner will be announced at a press conference at 10 a.m. (EST) May 18 in the Trackside Conference Room in the WorldComplex at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
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