The purpose of this blog is to inform those who are interested about my journey as one of three students from around the world who earned placements at Infiniti-Red Bull Racing as a result of the Infiniti Performance Engineering Academy. Family, friends, colleagues, aspiring engineers, and any other followers are welcome to visit this page and, if desired, give me feedback or ask questions. It is an effort to streamline documenting the next 12 months for all of these varying audiences, some of which do not participate in social media.

I have never written a journal, never written a blog. This is a first for me. This being the most meaningful and fantastic opportunity I could ever dream of, I would like to share best I can the details of what goes on in my day-to-day during the academy. I am incredibly honored to have won a placement at Infiniti-Red Bull Racing, and I seek to make this opportunity worth everything it possibly can be.

I will write once or twice a week, depending on the accumulation of events and catching up on the previous few days. If you'd like, you can sign up for email notifications for when I create a new post! See the link toward the bottom of this page. I hope you all enjoy, and thank you so much for visiting!

Saturday, 23 May 2015

The Academy in Monaco

Ahead of one of the most prestigious races on the calendar, I thought I'd send out a quick post!  It's been a while, and I've been working hard on a long post about my recommendations for becoming a successful engineer in motorsport.  Look for that to publish tomorrow!  For now, be on the lookout for some cool things coming out of Monaco.

First, the Infiniti Performance Engineering Academy branding is on the car in Monaco!  Check it out, pretty neat.

Fellow IPEA winner Jason Zide is also trackside in Monaco to talk about some of his experiences with the Academy.  It's safe to say he's probably enjoying the experience.  See if you can catch a glimpse of him at the Energy Station!

Don't forget the academy applications close this coming Wednesday, May 27!

See more and apply here: http://academy.infiniti.com/

Also, we've had a few new videos come out!

A Day in the Life of an IPEA Winner:

The Opportunity of a Lifetime:

Daniel Ricciardo Talks Engineering Academy:

Monaco is one of the most anticipated and prestigious races on the calendar.  Set on the backdrop of the spectacular Côte d'Azur (French Riviera) and immense wealth, the beauty of the principality of
Monaco is genuinely staggering.  The flavor and vibe of this place is unique, as is the street circuit for the race.  Here is wildly different from other circuits due to its low speed corners and short straights, not to mention the narrowness.  Not to be forgotten, the history is something legendary, dating back to 1929.  It all adds up to something brilliantly special, beyond what is tangible.

Off track, the lifestyle is extraordinary, and the wealth is ever-present in the form of incredible yachts, cars, and superstars and magnates galavanting.  For the race weekend, the Energy Station is the place to be.  This is present at all of the European grands prix, but for Monaco, we set it on a barge.

With a swimming pool.

Yeah, I'm sure Jason is doing okay.

Though I'm not there for the race, I had the fortune of going to Monaco with my good friend Cam back in 2010 when I studied abroad in Italy.  It is a spectacular sight, whether it's race weekend or not.  Figured I'd share some of my own experience, too!

Much of the kerbing is permanent

Despite being typical students short on cash, we tried the "look the part, be the part" routine.

Right before we went into the casino

Simply put, Monaco is a breathtaking place and a beautiful venue for a race.  If you have the chance, go visit!

One of the harbors

I will go back one day!

For now, you can catch the race on your respective local broadcasts.  After a good qualifying, we've crept up into the second row of the grid with Ricciardo in 4th and Kvyat in 5th, sandwiched by the Ferraris.  We're looking forward to an epic show!

Tomorrow, May 24
2pm (Race Local)     1pm (UK GMT)     8am (US EST)

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