University of Alabama College of Engineering Students on the Fast Track in New Sports Car Racing Internship Program with John Allen Racing

University of Alabama College of Engineering Students on the Fast Track in New Sports Car Racing Internship Program with John Allen Racing

11.07.2020: - UA College of Engineering Internship Program Partners with John Allen Racing's Campaign in the Pirelli GT4 America Series - Team Principal and Driver John Allen a 1979 UA College of Engineering Graduate and 2018 Distinguished Engineering Fellows Ho

- UA College of Engineering Internship Program Partners with John Allen Racing's Campaign in the Pirelli GT4 America Series


- Team Principal and Driver John Allen a 1979 UA College of Engineering Graduate and 2018 Distinguished Engineering Fellows Honoree

 



Students enrolled in the University of Alabama College of Engineering will have the opportunity to truly fast track their curriculum in a new sports car racing internship program partnering with John Allen Racing in the Pirelli GT4 America SprintX series in 2020 and racing seasons in the years to come.



John Allen Racing is owned by team principal and driver John Allen, a 1979 UA College of Engineering graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering.



In 2018, Allen was named a UA Distinguished Engineering Fellow in acknowledgement of his vast professional, military and philanthropic achievements. It was at that year's Distinguished Engineering Fellows induction celebration that Allen shared his vision for an engineering-based internship program in the high-tech world of modern-day sports car racing.



Active in the sport since 2013, Allen quickly saw the connection between sports car racing and the educational programs offered in the UA College of Engineering.



"Sports car racing today is about so much more than just driving fast and flat out," Allen said. "Along with driver ability, engineering is the most important aspect of success in today's high-tech world of sports car racing. Students focusing on University of Alabama College of Engineering degrees in mechanical, electrical and even aerospace engineering can learn a great deal interning in sports car racing. At the same time, I am confident we will in turn learn from these bright young minds as they apply their modern thinking and emerging expertise to our sport."

 


One of the first five institutions in the United States to teach engineering, the UA College of Engineering today offers standard academic programs like Mechanical, Civil, Electrical, Aerospace, and Chemical Engineering, but the college also offers specialized degrees such as Cyber Security, Metallurgical and Music Audio Engineering.



The internship program with John Allen Racing began in a pilot program with up to three interns at several races lasts year, but the full committment to Pirelli GT4 America SprintX this season and in the coming years is the ideal arena for the growth of the program.



Home to race-prepared production-based sports cars and coupes from the world's top manufacturers, Pirelli GT4 America SprintX requires two drivers to share each competing car in a doubleheader 60-minute race format. A driver change in each race is a key part of the competition.



Allen co-drives this year the No. 16 John Allen Racing Mercedes-AMG GT4, prepared by Rearden Racing, with veteran competitor Kris Wilson in the "Am" - short for Amateur - class. The duo earned runner-up honors in the Am class in the 2019 Pirelli GT4 America SprintX championship.



Racing for more than 30 years, Wilson won a 2016 Pirelli World Challenge driver championship and has competed on every major racetrack in North America over the past few decades.



Pirelli GT4 America returns to action this weekend at VIRginia International Raceway (VIR) for the first time in more than four months after an industry-wide pause in support of the fight against the novel coronavirus and COVID-19.
 


The VIR race weekend is not open to race fans, and all competitors and support personnel authorized to attend will comply with social distancing and personal protective equipment requirements and guidelines.



"We are looking forward to a successful and, most importantly, safe race weekend at VIR where we are proud to have an intern with us representing the UA College of Engineering," Allen said. "With fans not in attendance and team personnel limited, we believe the best approach is to support the event organizers in doing our part for a safe race, both on and off the track. Once we have collectively achieved that, we will open the door for even more of our interns join us in full at races later this season and in 2021. We miss the full crew at the VIR return to racing, but the safety of all - particularly our students - is of the utmost importance."



The remaining 2020 rounds of the Pirelli GT4 America SprintX series take place at Sonoma Raceway in California, Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, Watkins Glen International in upstate New York and Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indiana.



This weekend's VIR Pirelli GT4 America SprintX races will be streamed live at https://www.gt4-america.com/live. Racing action starts today, Friday, July 10th at 4:35 pm EDT for Race 1 with Race 2 going green on Saturday, July 11th at 3:35 pm EDT. Additionally, a Sunday bonus race, making up for an event cancelled during the shutdown, takes place on Sunday, July 12th at 10:00 am EDT.




 

Adam Saal- photos John Allen Racing


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