Science, Speed and World-Class Winning

On June 7, two Dow™ partners in the world of sport, Richard Childress Racing and the USA Luge Team, visited Midland to celebrate their accomplishments with employees and the community. Austin Dillon of Richard Childress Racing (RCR) is this year’s Daytona 500 winner. Erin Hamlin is the first American to medal in a singles luge event at the Olympic Games with her bronze medal at Sochi 2014, and Chris Mazdzer won Team USA’s first men’s singles medal in luge at PyeongChang 2018. Dow is the Official Partner of Richard Childress Racing and the Official Technical Partner of the USA Luge Team.

“When these incredible athletes stepped up onto their respective winner’s platforms to claim their well-deserved applause, no one could have been any prouder than we were here at Dow. We are thrilled to have contributed to their success and continue to be ‘all in’ as we look to help these teams continue to push the limits of speed safely,” said Jim Fitterling, Dow CEO.

The day was filled with exhibits of Dow’s collaboration in each sport’s technology, autograph opportunities and the unveiling of the No. 3 Dow Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Race Car.

The Science of Speed
Dow scientists at the Materials Engineering Center work hand-in-hand with engineers from Richard Childress Racing (RCR) and USA Luge on an ongoing basis. Dow improves their equipment’s performance and identifies and addresses the effects an extreme operating environment can have on materials and component performance. This partnership between Dow engineers and the athletes’ teams enables these changes to be evaluated, tested and refined with immediate feedback from athletes and coaches.

“Dow’s ongoing partnerships with both Richard Childress Racing and the USA Luge Team has enabled us to develop and test technologies that improve both high-speed performance and safety – technologies that will have value for other applications as well,” said Fitterling. “This is an exciting opportunity to celebrate the results of our combined efforts and to further strengthen our ongoing partnerships.”

The USA Luge Team competed with Olympians from around the world this past February using sleds designed by Dow engineers. The two organizations have been working together since 2007 to combine science, engineering and technology for superior sled performance on the track.


Jim Fitterling, Dow CEO, (second from left)
with Erin Hamlin, Chris Mazdzer and Austin Dillon at
the Science of Speed eventin Midland.

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