Just as every team needs its “glue guy”
(see Ron Helzer), there’s equal value in
having a little brother to pick on. Welcome
to sports car newbie Matt Cummings’ world...
“He’s a new kid from IndyCar, and we just
take turns taking digs at him,” says engineer
MATT CUMMINGS / DATA/ANALYSIS
“He fitted in from the get-go.
If we’re not making fun of
you, we don’t like you. We
make fun of Matt quite a lot”
number of data channels and their
associated sensors, Cummings feeds
Corvette Racing’s voracious appetite for
information as it pours off the C7.Rs.
“He’s populating a lot of that information
to make sure it’s accurate,” says Ben
Johnson, “because you can have a lot of
signals that are just being populated, but
aren’t necessarily correct. We have very
high expectations for the quality of data,
and that’s a tough challenge. With hundreds
of channels on the car, making sure that
all of them are not just reading, but
reading correctly is a big ask for sure.”
Cummings – Corvette Racing’s personal
hub and router – is definitely a keeper.
“Our core engineering group is just
four guys, and he fitted right in from the
get-go,” Millay adds. “And if we’re not
making fun of you, we don’t like you.
We make fun of Matt quite a bit...”
Kyle Millay with a knowing smile. “He gets
that and plays along. He knows that, as
soon as there’s another new guy, he’ll move
up the food chain a little, do some poking,
too. But right now, he’s the new guy.”
On top of managing a ridiculous