I spy: A Cummins-powered scavenger hunt at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway

Cummins powered applications at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Cumnins is everywhere: If you find yourself at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, keep your eyes open for some of these Cummins-powered applications.

See how many Cummins-powered vehicles and applications you can spot during your next trip to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway

In terms of sheer size, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway - affectionately known to race fans and locals as simply "IMS" - is massive. 

How massive? 

We’re talking massive enough that Churchill Downs, the Roman Colosseum, Vatican City, Liberty Island and the White House can simultaneously fit comfortably within the famed racetrack’s 253-acre infield. 

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As the largest sports venue in the world, when you spend a day at IMS it's like visiting a city within a city. And because the track's size makes its infrastructure a microcosm of...well, simply insert the name of your town here...there are few vehicle types or other applications requiring either a primary or auxiliary power source that you won't find while visiting the grounds of the world's most famous two-and-a-half mile oval. 

Going on a Cummins-powered scavenger hunt

Whether they're within plain sight or not, Cummins-powered applications - from data centers to trains (and everything in-between) - are everywhere.

The same can be said for just about any trip you and your family make to IMS. Whether you're attending the Indianapolis 500, the Brickyard 400 or any of the track's countless annual events and activities, you'll likely find yourself surrounded by Cummins technology. 

Spotting a Cummins-powered application at IMS is easy once you know what you're looking for. So to give you a bit of an assist - or a "boost" if we're using racing terms - we've compiled a list of Cummins-powered vehicles and other applications you might come across while roaming the grounds of the world's most famous racetrack. 

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The next time you're at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, see how many Cummins-powered applications you and your family can spot while visiting the world's largest sporting venue. Click the image to open a hi-res version in a new window or tab. 

 

Cummins-powered RAM pickup truck

Fans that have attended any number of IMS’ signature racing events throughout the track’s 100-plus year history know there are few traditions that can top the thrill and excitement of enjoying a race from its massive infield. 

On race day, it can appear that there are just as many cars and trucks parked in the infield as there are fans sitting atop IMS’ famous viewing mounds. Keep your eyes peeled as you scan the infield, because you’re sure to spot a Cummins-powered RAM or two parked somewhere in that sea of racing fandom. 

Cummins and RAM have a history that has lasted for more than three decades. In 2019, the two companies celebrated a 30-year partnership that first started with the Cummins 5.9L Turbo Diesel in model year 1989. 

Know where to look: Turn your attention towards the infield near turn 3. Bonus points if you spot fans watching the race from the bed of their Cummins-powered RAM as race cars whiz past them at speeds in excess of 230 mph. 

Class A motorhome

There are few forms of travel as luxurious as your typical Class A motorhome. Take your house, put wheels on it…and voila! You get the idea. 

Perhaps that’s why Class A motorhomes are often the primary mode of transportation and temporary residence of choice for most major touring musicians and race car drivers. After all, a life on the road can be grueling, and a Class A motorhome gives you that sense of “home away from home.” 

If you happen to be at IMS during one of its signature races, or even attending one of the many concerts the facility hosts through the year, you don’t have to search hard to find a Class A motorhome that’s powered by Cummins. 

Pro tip: During race weekends, take a trip towards IMS’ famed “Gasoline Alley” and you’ll likely see row after row of Class A motorhomes powered by Cummins engines and generators

Race team hauler

We covered this extensively in a previous article, but many race teams count on Cummins to power the team haulers that are so crucial to helping them transport their equipment – cars included – to and from the racetrack. 

Cummins - Class 8 Semi Truck - IMS scavenger hunt
Class 8 heavy duty trucks, not unlike those pictured here, are a common site at most race tracks, including the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. 

Hauler drivers are typically the first to arrive at the track and often the last to leave. Some even say they have the toughest job on the race circuit. That’s a point we certainly won’t argue, as the team haulers for Stewart-Haas Racing are usually on the road for more than 220 days a year, each covering about 70,000 miles annually. 

Merchandise trucks and trailers

No visit to your favorite racetrack is complete without a stop at one of the merchandise trucks and trailers located throughout the facility on race weekends. 

Often located both inside and outside of the main track, the next time you stop at the merch truck of your favorite driver or team ask yourself, “could this merch truck be powered by Cummins?” 

Speaking of race merch, have you purchased your Cummins race gear yet?

Sorry, we couldn't resist. 

Fire truck

You're bound to spot a firefighter or first responder sitting at the ready by their Cummins-powered vehicle at just about any major event held at IMS. 

The current population of Speedway, Indiana – the official home of IMS – is approximately 13,000 residents. With the town’s population increasing by approximately 400,000 people during the month of May, first responders play an important role by keeping spectators and drivers safe. Cummins is proud to have earned their trust over the course of our 101-plus year history.  

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Fire trucks and other vehicles serving emergency first responders are frequently powered by Cummins.

Fact: More firefighting and EMS professionals depend on Cummins than any other clean diesel engine

Food truck

Foodies of the world, rejoice! The next time you sink your teeth into a breaded pork tenderloin sandwich or enjoy a sip of a refreshing lemon shakeup, the food truck you’re standing in front might be powered by a Cummins commercial mobile generator

IMS is almost as famous for its plethora of race-day food options as it is a certain race it hosts the last Sunday in May. Okay, perhaps that's a bit hyperbolic, but the world of food trucks is expansive and no trip to IMS is complete without grabbing a bite to eat at one of the many trucks that take up shop both inside and outside the track on race weekends. 

Corn dog, anyone? 

Recreational Vehicle (RV)

Is there a tradition as well-known and beloved to your average sports fan as tailgating? 

As the "Racing Capital of the World," the Indianapolis Motor Speedway attracts fans from all corners. With the record growth of the RV industry in recent years, it’s little surprise that IMS has found a way to cater to, and indeed embrace, visitors who enjoy tailgating from the comfort of their RV.   

Cummins and Onan have a rich history providing reliable stationary and mobile power around the world, including engines and generators for RVs. If you find yourself at IMS on race day, direct your attention to the parking lots surrounding the track. We bet you’ll see dozens of RVs equipped with Cummins power.  

Portable generator

Portable generators are small, convenient and designed to go wherever you do. In other words, they’re the perfect source of power for camping, tailgating and outdoor events. They’re also popular with motorsports teams and operators of food trucks. That's what we call versatility! 

Cummins offers three different portable generator models, each perfect for a day at the track depending on your power needs.

If you want to potentially spot a Cummins portable generator at IMS, just listen to your ears and follow the music. 

Indianapolis Motor Speedway Pagoda

No trip to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway is complete without stopping for a photo-op in front of the track’s famed Pagoda. 

There have been several different Pagoda’s throughout the track’s 112-year history, each iconic and revered in their own right. The current Pagoda was built between 1998-2000, replacing the previous Pagoda that stood in its spot since 1957. 

Cummins Diesel Special - Indianapolis Motor Speedway
The No. 28 Cummins Diesel Special, which qualified for the pole position at the 1952 Indianapolis 500, sits near the famed Yard of Bricks. Pictured in the background is the base of IMS' Pagoda. 

Today, Cummins provides the primary source of backup power to the structure that towers approximately 153 feet – ground to roof – over the track’s famed Yard of Bricks.

When in Rome: After taking your photo in front of the Pagoda, don't forget to kiss those bricks! We promise you won't get in trouble. 

Racing Forward - For A World That's Always On

So the next time you and your family find yourselves "oohing and aahing" at the history and sheer magnitude of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, take yourselves on a scavenger hunt by seeing how many of the above Cummins-powered applications you can spot.

Once you know what to look for, you'll start noticing Cummins technology just about everywhere. 

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Michael Nagel

Michael Nagel is the Leader - Global Brand at Cummins Inc. As a member of the external communications team at Cummins, he has more than 15 years of digital communications and traditional public relations experience, with a focus on digital communications, corporate brand and content marketing. Michael earned his B.A. from the Indiana University School of Journalism - Indianapolis and currently resides in Indianapolis. 

Cummins named a 2022 “Best Place to Work for Disability Inclusion"

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Cummins Inc. is invigorated by its deep history of commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. The company’s Global Disability Inclusion Initiative aims to create accessible, inclusive workplaces where people with disabilities are enabled to fulfill their potential. This commitment is celebrated as Cummins earns the distinction of “Best Place to Work for Disability Inclusion” this year.

Cummins has earned this distinction by achieving a top score of 100 on the Disability Equality Index (DEI), a comprehensive benchmarking tool that helps companies build a roadmap of measurable, tangible actions that can be taken to achieve disability inclusion and equality.

"We use this opportunity to help inform our disability inclusion strategy, to measure our progress against a globally recognized standard and to more effectively attract and retain valuable talent from a historically underutilized workforce," says Dennis Heathfield, Executive Director, Inclusion, People with Disabilities and Veterans, and also serves as Disability Inclusion Initiative Leader. “Through education, strategic partnerships, and financial investment toward improving the accessibility of our technology and facilities, Cummins strives to become an employer of choice for people with disabilities and to work in our communities to reduce barriers to employment for people with disabilities.”

The DEI is a joint initiative of the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD), the nation’s largest disability rights organization, and Disability:IN, the global business disability inclusion network, to collectively advance the inclusion of people with disabilities. The organizations are complementary and bring unique strengths that make the project relevant and credible to corporations and the disability community.

Globally, people with disabilities represent over one billion people. Disability is a natural part of the human experience, and it crosses lines of age, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, race, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status and religion. Cummins leaders and employees enable positive change by breaking down barriers, responding with empathy, and creating equity of opportunity for all. Cummins’ desire is to see a more prosperous world where all people are embraced for who they are and what they aspire to achieve.

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Cummins Inc.

Cummins, a global power technology leader, is a corporation of complementary business segments that design, manufacture, distribute and service a broad portfolio of power solutions. The company’s products range from internal combustion, electric and hybrid integrated power solutions and components including filtration, aftertreatment, turbochargers, fuel systems, controls systems, air handling systems, automated transmissions, electric power generation systems, microgrid controls, batteries, electrolyzers and fuel cell products.

Mario Andretti to drive legendary Cummins race car

Mario Andretti driving the historic Cummins race car

Racing legend and champion, Mario Andretti, is gearing up to drive the 1952 No. 28 Cummins Diesel Special car during prerace activities hosted by the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum at this year’s 106th running of the Indianapolis 500 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS).

With Andretti at the wheel, the only diesel-powered car to set pole at the Indianapolis 500 will once again make history around the track.

Cummins has a rich history of "firsts" - from land-speed records to great accomplishments at the “Greatest Spectacle in Racing.” Those innovations haven’t always been developed in the laboratory. In fact, the company’s founder, Clessie Cummins, used motor racing to develop many of the core technologies of current Cummins products.

A technology wonder of its day, a team of engineers built the modified 400 cubic-inch, six-cylinder, turbocharged Cummins diesel engine, becoming the first turbocharged engine to run the Indianapolis 500. The car set a one-lap track record of 139 miles per hour in qualifying for the pole position in the 1952 race. 

Taking advantage of rules allowing for larger diesel engines, a crew of Cummins’ engineers and technicians used a modified truck engine in the No. 28 car, with the first turbocharger ever used at the track. The historic 1952 No. 28 car not only featured advances in diesel engine technology, but also Cummins’ innovations in race car chassis design. In 2019, Cummins engineers used 3D printing to recreate a water pump, bringing the car back to running condition. 

Cummins and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway have enjoyed a long and storied history together since 1911 at the very first Indianapolis 500. In 2019, Cummins, IMS and the IMS Museum announced a multi-year partnership to recognize a history of innovation, and in April of the same year the No. 28 Cummins Diesel Special ran test laps at the world’s most famous racetrack. 

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Morgan Donnelly

Morgan Donnelly is a Digital Brand Reputation Senior Specialist. She joined the company in 2018 after earning her Bachelor of Art degrees in Strategic Communication and Professional Writing from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. 

Cummins named best employer for diversity 2022

Employees engaging in friendly discussion outside

Cummins Inc. has long demonstrated a commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion (DE&I). Company founder J. Irwin Miller marched with Martin Luther King, Jr. and contributed to the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Cummins severed business with South Africa in a stance against apartheid in the 1980s and has a history of opposing state constitutions banning gay marriage. Today, this legacy is honored with Cummins’ robust commitment to DE&I in all facets of its business, a strategy designed to not only give the company a competitive advantage, but also guide its actions and contributions to communities around the world.

This deep commitment was recently honored by Forbes, ranking Cummins in the No. 4 spot on its prestigious “The Best Employers for Diversity 2022” list, elected by a vast sample of more than 60,000 employees working in all industry sectors. 

"Enabling a diverse, inclusive and accessible environment is integral to who we are,” said Carolyn Butler-Lee, Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion at Cummins Inc.

“Our unwavering commitment is demonstrated through our history and core values, and we embrace our legacy and responsibility to be a values-driven, positive force in society. This recognition reflects our employees’ and leaders’ hard work and dedication to making room for everyone to succeed.” 

The Forbes evaluation was based on four different criteria: direct recommendations from employees for their own employers; indirect recommendations for employers not their own; diversity among top executives/board; and indicators of diversity such as the existence of a management position responsible for diversity, proactive communication of diverse company culture, or a published diversity report. 

“At Cummins, we firmly believe that because today’s societal and environmental challenges impact all of us, we must all have a role in addressing them,” said Jennifer Rumsey, Cummins President and Chief Operating Officer. “Creating inclusive environments where employees can bring their full selves to work is key to ensuring we have the best, most diverse solutions to these problems. This recognition is a wonderful acknowledgment of the intentionality we put into this effort and how it impacts our company, teams and communities.” 

Last year, amidst the pandemic, supply chain delays and other global headwinds, Cummins strengthened its commitment to DE&I with a refreshed strategy, further promoting a set of forward-thinking initiatives, including: 

  • Cummins Powers Women: a multi-million-dollar investment designed to create large-scale change in the lives of women and girls globally through partnerships with respected, global nonprofit organizations that focus on gender equality. 
  • Cummins Advocating for Racial Equity (CARE): an initiative in the United States aiming to dismantle institutional racism while creating systemic equity. The initiative advocates for racial equity for Black people in police reform, criminal justice, social justice and economic empowerment. 
  • The Global Disability Inclusion Strategy: aims to create accessible, inclusive workplaces and communities where people with disabilities are enabled to fulfill their potential. 
  • LGBTQ+ Safe Leader Training: a global skill-building program available to Cummins employees and shared with external organizations that include a nuanced overview of how to effectively address topics related to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and other identities that can manifest conscious or unconscious bias in the workplace. 
  • Cummins’ Veterans Strategy: a program designed to build strong partnerships and invest its people, energy and financial resources to shape military recruiting and retention programs, and to advance initiatives that focus on improving the lives and well-being of veterans and their families. 
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Cummins Inc.

Cummins, a global power technology leader, is a corporation of complementary business segments that design, manufacture, distribute and service a broad portfolio of power solutions. The company’s products range from internal combustion, electric and hybrid integrated power solutions and components including filtration, aftertreatment, turbochargers, fuel systems, controls systems, air handling systems, automated transmissions, electric power generation systems, microgrid controls, batteries, electrolyzers and fuel cell products.

Sale of mask operation advances Cummins’ goal of creating sustainable Black-owned businesses

Mask producing operation inside Cummins Engine Plant

Global power leader Cummins Inc. is using its U.S.- based mask-making operation, created to guard against the spread of COVID-19 in company facilities, to partner with a minority-owned business that wants to expand.

The equipment used to make masks at the Columbus Engine Plant in Columbus, Indiana (U.S.), has been sold to a Black businessman in nearby Indianapolis, who plans on creating a disability-friendly employer producing masks beyond the immediate response to the pandemic.

“This sale created a new Black American manufacturer,” said Helena Hutton, Senior Director of Cummins’ Center of Excellence for Supplier Inclusion in Strategic Purchasing. “It illustrates Cummins’ commitment to partner with diverse-owned companies and contribute to generational wealth-building with business leaders of color. I am proud to be part of a company that makes deals like this one happen.”

Christopher Barney, the owner of Team Cruiser, a logistics and supply company that has worked with Cummins in the past, hopes to offer masks for sale to the public later this year. 

“We were very interested, for two specific reasons,” Barney said. “The first reason is the ability to learn and grow from a manufacturing perspective with a global manufacturing company like Cummins. The second reason is that it provides us the opportunity to impact and serve the communities that we live in by providing jobs and supplying a quality American-made personal protective equipment mask.”

THINKING OUT OF THE BOX

In 2020, Cummins established mask-making operations in the United States, Mexico, and India to provide some 10 million masks to its employees worldwide. With the pandemic seeming to wind down in the United States as more people get vaccinated, and with a healthy surplus of masks at the ready if needed in the U.S., the time was right for the company to think about selling the operations in Columbus, said Cummins Partnership Strategy Manager Tarek Elharis. 

Mask production at Cummins

The company never intended to produce masks beyond the pandemic, said Elharis, who has been active in the mask-making operation. Since the sale, the Cummins employees who had been making masks have been redeployed to areas of the company experiencing heavy demand as the U.S. economy recovers.

When selling the mask operation became a possibility, the company’s Supply Chain organization and Strategy function began looking for ways to accomplish something more than simply getting the equipment out of the engine plant.

They found that opportunity in Barney and Team Cruiser.

LOOKING TO EXPAND

The Team Cruiser Conversion Company was established in 1983, providing heavy-duty automotive and industrial equipment customization and up-fitting solutions to meet commercial and municipal specifications. Over the past 30 years, Barney’s business has worked with companies like Navistar, Arvin Meritor, Cummins and others.

Barney said he is always looking for new challenges and the chance to develop a new line of business for Team Cruiser was an opportunity he couldn’t pass up.

“We have been blessed to have a unique relationship with Cummins in the fact that we sold millions of dollars of engine products to our customer base and are familiar with their culture and desire to be first in class in their industry,” Barney said. “We feel that this played a very important role in understanding the importance of the quality of the product that we produce. We are now able to be both a customer, dealer, partner and a vendor.”

Barney’s team is now working to establish a web-presence for its new line of products. It’s also working with several veterans’ groups and organizations serving people with blindness and other disabilities to create a workspace that can safely employ people with disabilities in its manufacturing operations.

Priscila Mendes, Vice President of Purchasing, Supply Chain Management said, “This is a chance for Cummins to help build stronger communities where it does business and live the company’s value of diversity and inclusion for all business owners.”

Learn more in the podcast, the “Making of an American Manufacturer” as Barney and Elharis discuss this alongside Dr. Ken Harris, the President/ECO of the National Business League.

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Cummins Inc.

Cummins, a global power technology leader, is a corporation of complementary business segments that design, manufacture, distribute and service a broad portfolio of power solutions. The company’s products range from internal combustion, electric and hybrid integrated power solutions and components including filtration, aftertreatment, turbochargers, fuel systems, controls systems, air handling systems, automated transmissions, electric power generation systems, microgrid controls, batteries, electrolyzers and fuel cell products.

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