MELBOURNE, FLA. — Florida Institute of Technology’s College of Engineering has announced the Florida Tech 2400, the world’s first 24-hour go-kart grand prix
to take place on a college campus. In January 2009, the college’s showpiece event in celebration of the university’s 50th anniversary will erupt on the
Melbourne campus with the support of corporate racing teams and sponsors, which are now being sought.
“We’re extremely excited about the Florida Tech 2400 and the events surrounding it,” said Thomas Waite, Ph.D., dean of the College of Engineering.
“We’ll see student-designed ‘green’ racers compete alongside traditional gas-powered karts. Faculty from the College of Business and School of Psychology
will add another facet by implementing teambuilding strategies for corporate participants.”
Corporate teams of 16 to 20 members will coordinate driving, pit duties, logistics and support services. They’ll work together to complete the most laps
possible during a 24 hour period. Mini-villages will sprout on campus creating a festival of entertainment, a hub of children’s activities and areas for
corporate and media use. There will be concerts, international food to enjoy and a career and trade expo running parallel to the 24-hour racing activity.
Proceeds from the mega-event will benefit the College of Engineering. For more information about participating as a sponsor or corporate team, contact
Kevin Abergel at (321) 674-6220, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Florida Tech was founded in 1958 to train professionals working in the space program at what is now Kennedy Space Center. Time magazine then called it a
“night school for missile men.” Today the university enrolls more than 5,000 students at the Melbourne campus and at 10 extended study sites located in