Chase Wilderman: I've learned more in and out of the classroom than I ever thought possible -- both theoretical and practical. Most importantly, I've begun to develop the ability to think critically and problem-solve.
Q: What is the single most memorable moment of your IUPUI career?
CW: I'll never forget the week when I participated in competing with a Formula SAE (FSAE) car in Brooklyn, Michigan, that numerous other students and I designed and built from the ground up. Many of us had invested hundreds of hours over the course of two years, which made competing gratifying.
Q: What about the most memorable moment of your motorsports career?
CW: The most memorable moment in my motorsports career was racing at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, competing for a Sports Car Club of America National Championship with our F-production Mazda Miata. After overcoming several rounds of adversity, we brought home a second-place trophy against the best in the nation.
Q: What advice do you have for others coming through the motorsports program behind you?
CW: I would advise any future students to become involved outside of the classroom as early as possible. There's no replacement for experience.
Q: Did you come to IUPUI thinking you would accomplish what you have?
CW: Attending IUPUI has provided more opportunities than I ever thought possible -- from participating on the school's race teams to interning with IndyCar, Cummins and Allison Transmission to touring multiple Formula One shops in England.
Q: What are your long-term career goals?
CW: After graduation, I'm interested in working for a motorsports or automotive company that specializes in powertrain components.
Q: Time to put you on the hot seat for a rapid-fire round of questions. Winter or Summer Olympics?
Q: What's your favorite Winter Olympics event?
CW: I always enjoy watching ski jumping.
Q: If you could compete in a Winter Olympics event, which one would it be, and why?
CW: I would choose speed skating because of the high-paced atmosphere.
Q: What Olympic event do you think is most like motorsports?
CW: The bobsleigh event is the closest to motorsports due to its relationship between man and machine, or sled. In both events, the competitors work to gain fractions of a second.
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