Engineering Student Atop USAR Pro Cup Leaderboard

September 30, 2009
By Chris Richter

We posted recently about alumnus Daniel Herrington ’09, who’s racing in the Indy Lights series, which is sanctioned by the Indy Racing League (he’s No. 6 in the points race right now). Today, a press release about Drew Herring came across my desk. A junior mechanical engineering major, he’s the points leader in the USAR Pro Cup Series, a stock car series that has produced NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers such as Brian Vickers and Matt Kenseth. A transfer student from Johnston Community College, he’s trying to balance studying and racing:

“I do probably three to four hours, at least, a minimum of homework at night,” Herring explained. “It’s tough, but I get all that done during the week and then I try not to have any on the weekend, during race weekend.”

Even though Herring may not want to bring his homework to the track, the engineering concepts he’s learning are invaluable.

“I definitely feel like once I really get into the heart of it and start learning some of those things, that I can apply them to the racing and help me out,” Herring remarked.


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