Penske Racing Hosts 2nd Manufacturing Summit
TEAM PENSKE welcomed visitors to its race shop and headquarters facility in Mooresville, NC, for the second annual Manufacturing Technology Summit last month.
Technical partners including BIG KAISER and MAZAK support TEAM PENSKE in the NASCAR Series by providing machines, tooling and expertise to increase productivity and machining precision while reducing time and material waste.
“Manufacturing and motor sports go together,” explained Jonathan Gibson, VP Marketing & Communications at Team Penske. “These technical partners add a competitive advantage. They are thought leaders, and they make our engineering and manufacturing better when we can tap into those assets.”
About 40 manufacturing professionals – and NASCAR enthusiasts – signed up to learn about new technology for metal cutting and get behind the scenes at this fast-paced manufacturing facility. The tour included an exciting pit stop demonstration as well as machining demonstrations showing how the team applies technology to build approximately 100 stock cars for each race season.
“It was a wonderful learning experience and great hospitality… Hopefully in the near future we will be able to implement some of the things we learned during our visit to Penske,” said Blaine Young, Tooling Coordinator at SPX Flow.
NASCAR Cup Series Champion Brad Keselowski, driver of the No. 2 Ford Fusion, made a surprise appearance to share his passion for manufacturing with the group. He talked about the business of racing and importance of technical partnerships. “Manufacturing is becoming more and more critical for us. We rely on partnerships to make a difference to the performance on the race track. We always need to make our parts lighter and stronger, and make them faster and more efficiently,” he said.
Austin Cindric, driver of the No. 22 Ford Mustang in the NASCAR XFINITY Series, also joined the guests for lunch, fan photos and autographs.
BIG KAISER is proud to have a role in improving the team’s capabilities and performance. “We’ve been able to improve several challenging processes by applying our knowledge of tool holding, precision boring and tool presetting,” said Jack Burley, VP Engineering at BIG KAISER. “The tools achieve accuracies otherwise not possible, and the tool presetter dramatically reduced set up times.”