Hello! My name is Nick Martakis and I'm from Valporaiso, Indiana. I'm currently a student at IUPUI in Indianapolis where I'm studying mechanical engineering and motorsports engineering. This fall I will be a sophomore. I was lucky enough to find a summer internship here in Indy at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Musuem as a restoriation intern. My first day was May 7, 2018, which just happened to be the start of the busiest month in racing because it includes the Indianapolis Grand Prix, the 500 Festival Parade, Carb Day, Legend's Day, and of course, the world-famous Indianapolis 500 race. And I was lucky enough to be involved with all of them, in addition to some special projects that happened later in the summer.
IMS Museum Restoration Internship - Summer 2018
The Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum was pleased to welcome Nick as our summer automotive restoration intern. With generous support from RPM Foundation, Nick worked with our collection of more than 350 race cars, pace cars, passenger cars, and motorcycles under the tutelage of our expert maintenance and restoration staff. Nick learned about and participated in vintage race car and passenger car maintenance and interacted with a wide variety of race car mechanics and car owners. He also learned from established professionals about the preparation and maintenance work required in a museum setting, including detailing and preparing cars for museum display.
The mission of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum is to celebrate more than a century of the innovation, thrill, and adventure of motor racing at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. This reflects our vision that motor racing will continue to be a revered aspect of our American heritage and a valued part of family culture for generations to come. Visit us online at www.indyracingmuseum.org.
RPM Foundation (RPM) is an educational grant-making program of American's Automotive Trust (AAT). RPM is funded by collector vehicle and classic boat enthusiasts to serve youth and young adults on their pathways to careers in automotive/marine restoration and preservation along with the long-term interests of the collector vehicle and classic boat communities. Visit www.rpm.foundation for more information.