Sandvik Coromant Opens Project/Training Site at Don Schumacher Racing

Along with Don Schumacher Racing, Sandvik Coromant has announced the opening of a project and training site—a collaborative hub with a focus on automotive engineering projects and customized training—in Brownsburg, Indiana.

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Along with Don Schumacher Racing (DSR), Sandvik Coromant has announced the opening of a project and training site in Brownsburg, Indiana. The site will be a collaborative hub with a focus on automotive engineering projects and customized training for Sandvik Coromant customers.

Located inside NHRA’s DSR headquarters, the site is one of three major U.S. sites of Sandvik Coromant, provider of manufacturing tools, machining solutions and metalworking know-how. With a full-time project engineer specializing in automotive process engineering and dedicated machines, the site will serve as a major hub for customer engineering projects as well as basic and advanced training. Like the other major sites in Fair Lawn, New Jersey, and Schaumburg, Illinois, the new site will host general metalcutting knowledge classes, but will also focus on specialized and customized automotive training.

The opening of the site is a considerable expansion of the long-standing partnership between DSR and Sandvik Coromant. Starting out as a technical sponsorship, the relationship has evolved into a partnership focusing on improving parts and overall performance for Don Schumacher’s 8 Top Fuel and Funny Car NHRA racing teams. Most recently, Sandvik Coromant and DSR engineers worked on process and performance improvements for parts such as connecting rods, cylinder heads and clutches.

“Sandvik Coromant has been a strategic partner of DSR in developing our machining operations,” says Don Schumacher. “We use Sandvik Coromant tooling on all of our machines, but we also rely on their process and productivity engineering to help our programmers and machinists make hundreds of different parts with precision and efficiency. Our championships on the race track are a direct reflection of the collaboration between Sandvik Coromant and DSR in our machining center.”

“We are thrilled to partner with the premier brand in drag racing at this new site,” says Sean Holt, Sandvik Coromant’s president for the Americas. “This will enable us to work even closer to our customers, in the heart of one of the centers of the U.S. automotive industry. We are confident that the location is not only a draw, but a true asset for collaborative projects with the DSR technical team, machine tool partners and our customers.”

As part of the relationship, Sandvik Coromant will be the primary sponsor of Matt Hagan’s Mopar funny car for three races in 2017: Phoenix (February 24th-26th), Bristol (June 16th-18th) and St. Louis (September 29th-October 1st). This will be the fourth world championship-winning car that Sandvik Coromant has wrapped as a primary sponsor with DSR.