Aggie Engineers Gain New Knowledge at NASCAR Race

COLLEGE STATION, Texas A week after finishing second in the Aggie maroon car, Jeff Gordon is back on the race track this weekend

He's in South Carolina for the Bojangle's Southern 500.

Number 24 hopes to capitalize on last week's near win at Texas Motor Speedway.

28 lucky Texas A&M Engineering students took an unforgettable field trip to Fort Worth to see Jeff Gordon and the Aggie Race Car compete in the Duck Commander 500.

After a rain delay Sunday, John Mayo, a Mechanical Engineering Senior, and a handful of students made a return trip Monday.

"I hope future Aggies get to experience this. It's a great thing especially as a senior to sort of like look forward to especially if you start early on oh maybe I can apply to this and possibly get that to work towards that it was a great way to wrap up my senior year at A&M," said Mayo.

The trip was sponsored by Axalta Coating Systems. Their CEO, Charles Shaver is an Aggie.

The company also sponsored the Aggie branding on the car

Prior to the race Jeff Gordon made a special stop in Aggieland. He talked about how important engineering is for the sport.

"I think a lot of people they don't have a full appreciation for what goes into taking a race car to the racetrack at a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Race every single weekend," said Gordon.

A&M Senior Ben Powell got a behind the scenes look at that engineering in action on race day.

"The engineers are kind of behind the scenes up in their trailer with the six screens in front of them doing all the analysis and simulations, so it was cool to ask them about that and a little bit about what they do to prepare for the race," said Powell.

While Aggie Engineers would love to have seen Jeff Gordon get first place on Monday, getting second place was still pretty exciting.

Mechanical Engineering Sophomore Spencer Weaver grew up in Gordon's home state of Indiana

"I mean that's really where it all started," Weaver said.

He wants to use the knowledge he's learning now to make a career in the sport.

"Was great to talk to Hendrick Motor Sports and hopefully I can get myself in with a internship or something but I'm looking at maybe trying to get on a pit crew or get in with some small time racing just to get started," he said.

A fast and furious look at engineering in action.

That paint job is gone now so you won't see it when Jeff Gordon races this Saturday, but you can see a time-lapse look back at the maroon and white paint scheme in the related links section of this story.

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