Purdue Motorsports

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NEW! Motorsports Engineering degree in Indianapolis!

The only accredited motorsports engineering degree in the country, Purdue University in Indianapolis teaches engineering with a focus on racing. Students get hands-on experience and direct connections to the industry, in the "Racing Capital of the World."

HOW DO I APPLY? To apply to Motorsports Engineering at Purdue University in Indianapolis, please use the Common App:

  • For "College, School, or Program," choose College of Engineering
  • For "Location," choose Purdue University in Indianapolis
  • For "Major," choose Motorsports Engineering

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"The biggest thing I learned at Purdue is how to think, and how to problem-solve. That’s what makes a good engineer, whether it’s here in IndyCar, or in any other field."
Angela Ashmore (BSME ‘10, MSME ‘13), Chip Ganassi Racing


Purdue University students have always been interested in speed: from steam locomotives in the 1800s, to the supersonic rockets of the space age. Motorsports is a natural proving ground for the engineering knowledge and experience Purdue is famous for worldwide. It’s no surprise that there are Boilermaker alumni all over the motorsports world:

Beyond the thrill of victory, motorsports teaches teamwork, innovation, and other skills that are prized by companies – both automotive and otherwise! Many of our students end up at SpaceX, Boeing, John Deere, Polaris, and other companies that value the skills taught to them by Purdue Motorsports.

If you love motorsports, Purdue has options for you! From the fun of go-karting, to a dedicated career in motorsports, Purdue can help you achieve your goals.


FUN EVENTS

Since 1958, the annual Purdue Grand Prix hosts the "Greatest Spectacle in College Racing." Any Purdue student group can build a go-kart and compete. The EV Grand Prix offers a separate racing series: a unique challenge for battery-powered electric karts.

BEST FOR: Students who love teamwork, dabbling in racing, and having fun!


STUDENT GROUPS

These student-led groups spend all year designing, building, testing, and racing custom vehicles, competing against other universities. Their cars are judged on design and engineering as much as speed and performance.

BEST FOR: Students interested in the full design process, and enhancing their resumé


ACCREDITED DEGREE

The only accredited motorsports engineering degree in the country, Purdue University in Indianapolis teaches engineering with a focus on racing. Students get hands-on experience and direct connections to the industry, in the "Racing Capital of the World."

BEST FOR: Students serious about working in motorsports, in a big-city environment

HOW DO I APPLY? To apply to Motorsports Engineering at Purdue University in Indianapolis, please use the Common App:

  • For "College, School, or Program," choose College of Engineering
  • For "Location," choose Purdue University in Indianapolis
  • For "Major," choose Motorsports Engineering

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Purdue Motorsports program to be housed in Dallara IndyCar headquarters

May 24, 2024
Purdue University’s nationally renowned motorsports engineering program has a new home. Dallara, the largest multinational Italian race car manufacturer, will house Purdue's motorsports program at their U.S. headquarters in Speedway, Indiana, just down the street from the iconic Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

These Purdue grads help the 'Greatest Spectacle in Racing' happen

May 20, 2024
These three Boilermakers work behind the scenes at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway to execute “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing” — the Indianapolis 500. David Letherman, senior manager of event personnel; Meredith Walker, senior manager of VIP and talent experience; and Louis Kissinger, senior manager of events and administration, share how the problem-solving skills they learned during their time at Purdue prepared them to host hundreds of thousands of people at the iconic IMS.

Mentorship helps Lizzie Todd live out her dream as a racing engineer

May 8, 2024
Lizzie Todd fell in love with IndyCar racing as an 8-year-old attending the Carb Day practice session ahead of the 2006 Indianapolis 500. The motorsports engineering alumna turned that childhood passion into a career, as she now works as a systems engineer for driver Pato O’Ward and the Arrow McLaren IndyCar Team.

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