John McCaully is the owner of Industrial Automation and Control, a consulting outfit with customers in the air and water treatment industries. In his other life, he is owner of Our Gang Racing, which runs a Pontiac Firebird on the International Hot Rod Association's drag-racing circuit.
The car boasts a 1,380 hp, 700 cubic-inch engine, which allows it to reach over 200 mph on its quarter-mile runs. The team competes in the Top Sportsman class, which in drag racing circles is regarded as the last true "no rules" category—fewer limitations regarding body styles and engine components, and no limits on engine displacement. Thus cars in this class possess some of the most radical chassis designs and mechanical innovations. Regulations permit electronic driving aids and other leading-edge technologies not typical in other racing classes.
A new federally sponsored manufacturing innovation center to strengthen US manufacturing abilities in fiber-reinforced composites has formed, bringing together materials suppliers, OEMs, university R&D labs, and national labs.
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