How Auto Racing Fuels Innovation in Road Cars
Tuesday, March 15
12:30PM - 1:30PM
Westin Austin Downtown
310 E 5th ST
In recent years, more and more attention has been focused on how technology companies are playing a larger role in re-inventing the overall automotive experience. But this focus forgets how much innovation in the transportation sector continues to be fueled by auto racing. Attend this session to learn about how the racetrack is a test-bed for many of the technologies that have dramatically improved the safety, efficiency and performance of cars that general consumers drive.
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Catherine Crawford is an aeronautical engineer for Crawford Composites, LLC, specializing in aerospace, automotive and military applications. Throughout her 15-year career, Crawford is also conside...Show the rest
Catherine Crawford is an aeronautical engineer for Crawford Composites, LLC, specializing in aerospace, automotive and military applications. Throughout her 15-year career, Crawford is also considered a leader in the motorsports industry. She is the principal of Crawford Race Technology, LLC, where she currently contracts to DeltaWing Racing.
Her engineering expertise includes aerodynamics, vehicle dynamics and race strategy.
Crawford began her career in the U.K. as a Formula 1 racing specialist, where she focused on design and wind tunnel testing. Ten years later, she returned to the U.S. to hone her skills, becoming part – including crew chief – of many winning organizations from NASCAR to Rolex Sportscar Series. Crawford’s involvement in racing ensures that Crawford Composites and its customers remain at the forefront of the industry in development and creative solutions. Recent introductions include the Crawford Composites PaddleShift System (CCPS), a fully configurable pneumatic sequential paddle-shift system, and the Formula Lites Crawford (FL15) chassis.
Additionally, Crawford serves as an integral member of the Crawford High-Performance Composites network of companies, which include General Composites, Inc., a contract manufacturer of high-end composite components for virtually all markets, and Resolute™ Racing Shells, an international leader in carbon fiber rowing shells.
Working in racing has kept Crawford at the forefront of innovations in the aerospace materials currently used in motorsports and allowed her to use that knowledge in the other industries Crawford High Performance Group services.
Featured in publications such as motorsports.com and Today’s Charlotte Woman, and multiple interviews on Speed TV, Crawford is passionate about bringing her clients’ visions to life.Hide the rest
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Jon is one of the founders and President of Speed City Broadcasting in Austin Texas. Speed City Broadcasting is a motorsports focused broadcasting company broadcasting series including Formula One...Show the rest
Jon is one of the founders and President of Speed City Broadcasting in Austin Texas. Speed City Broadcasting is a motorsports focused broadcasting company broadcasting series including Formula One, MotoGP, The FIA World Endurance Championship and more. Jon is also the COO and co-founder of Upstream Communications, a nationally recognized digital communications firm specializing in political and non-profit organizations with clients across the United States.Hide the rest