- Associated Press - Thursday, March 31, 2016

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) - A partnership involving the University of Michigan will allow students to explore the world of professional racing.

The Ann Arbor News (https://bit.ly/1V8tHf6 ) reports the partnership announced Wednesday by the university, Hendrick Motorsports and Axalta Coating Systems will bring research and development of coating technology to the university’s campus. Retired NASCAR driver Jeff Gordon was on hand as part of the announcement.

The five-year partnership will allow students to research challenges for the coating industry while also giving opportunities to explore racing. Brian Noble with the university’s College of Engineering said students will get a chance to be up close with professional driving teams at Michigan International Speedway in August.

The partnership will officially launch during the “Pure Michigan” race weekend at the speedway in August.

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Information from: The Ann Arbor News, https://www.mlive.com/ann-arbor

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