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Jay Howard: Carmel’s Own IndyCar Driver On Developing the Next Generation of Drivers Having enjoyed the return of the deeply rooted traditions that encompass the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the Indianapolis 500 throughout the month of May, Carmel Monthly is pleased to feature IndyCar driver and Carmel resident Jay Howard on this month’s cover. Many of us have coached kids in Little League and Pop Warner football and we thought it would be interesting to see how people like Howard work to develop the next generation of IndyCar drivers. Cover Story Writer // Janelle Morrison • Photo // Staff
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Local Chef Supporting Local Farmers and Producers at Carmel Farmers Market Writer // Janelle Morrison • Photography // CFM, Jennifer Hershberger and Janelle Morrison
The Carmel Farmers Market (CFM) opened its annual summer market on May 1 with outstanding success and about double the attendance of opening day last year. For me personally, returning to the market marked my physical return to my Carmel community and provided a sense of pre-pandemic “normal.”
at Feinstein’s [club]. We use Tulip Tree Creamery’s Trillium, Nettle [cheeses] and a couple of other different products from them. And as the season progresses, the selection of products [at the market] will continue to grow.”
walked the market with Vivante French Eatery’s Executive Head Chef Joseph Hsu who was eager to return to his Saturday morning shopping routine. Chef Hsu believes in supporting local farmers and producers and shared his appreciation for having fresh and reliable sources just a few yards from his kitchen.
A Local Restaurant Supporting Carmel’s Local Farmers Market As we walked through the market, Chef Hsu was greeted by practically every vendor we passed. One of our stops was to pick up fresh honeycombs from Eagle Creek Apiary. Chef Hsu shared that if he’s planning something special for the menu, he can walk right over to the market and hand select his ingredients. He has established relationships with several of CFM’s vendors who supply Vivante with some of their kitchen’s food staples. For example,
vendors like Becker Farms provide Chef Hsu with eggs, bacon and sausage that the restaurant uses every day. “It’s not [just] about the products,” Chef Hsu shared. “You get to meet the producers and learn about their back stories—like I just learned a little bit more about the honey and what else [Eagle Creek Apiary] does. You can feel the passion that [the vendors] put into their work.” Both Vivante French Eatery and Hotel Carmichael believe in building partnerships with local farmers and producers and have been working with CFM vendors since opening their doors. “We find reliable products and sources like Indie Coffee Roasters,” Chef Hsu said. “We use their coffee at the restaurant and the hotel. We use Groomsville Popcorn [relatives of the My Dad’s Sweet Corn family] as garnish, and we’ll be using their popcorn as one of the snacks over CARMEL MONTHLY
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A Return to a Prepandemic Market Vibe CFM President Ron Carter shared that they had 3,400—up from last year’s 1,700— visitors on opening day, complete with perfect weather and an impressive flyover to kick off the start of the season. “It was wonderful,” Carter expressed. “Everything worked out really well, and I think both the vendors and guests were pleased. From our point of view, it was a really exciting and fulfilling start to the season. We’re pleased that so many people in the community have been responding so positively and have come back to the market. There’s a sense of electricity in the air, and people are glad to be able to [safely] become reacquainted with their neighbors and friends. And of the most gratifying things for us [the volunteers] is to be able to interact with so many of the people that come to the markets on a regular basis. We’re very
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From Indiana To Hollywood And Back To Indiana
Carmel Resident and Film Director Works To Bring Angelo Pizzo’s
“500” To The Big Screen
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Amid all of the excitement for the return of the “greatest spectacle in racing”—the Indianapolis 500— this May, I am thrilled to share a brief history of the Hoosier who is responsible for the very first Indy 500—Mr. Carl Fisher. His extraordinary contributions to the world of racing and automotive ingenuity have been portrayed by Bloomington native and awardwinning screenwriter and film producer Angelo Pizzo. Carmel resident Justin Escue has been working on bringing this epic screenplay “500” to the big screen. Escue is founder, director and producer at My First Bike Productions.
ow do you sum up the creative genius and talent into a short article without omitting so many of the successes realized by both Pizzo and Escue? I shall begin with Pizzo’s outstanding works “Hoosiers” (1986), “Rudy” (1993) and “My All-American” (2015). These films are more than “sports” stories. These films, along with Pizzo’s other screenplays, depict a person’s journey that often touches on relationships, redemption, fortitude, perseverance and the human experience. After spending some time in Hollywood, Pizzo moved back to his hometown of Bloomington in early 2004, where he continues to write and produce. He is currently working on two new scripts that he wrote during the pandemic. Fellow Hoosier and creative type, Escue was raised in New Palestine, Indiana, and got his start in the performing arts as a musician. He explored the world of filmmaking and acting while at Ball State University, where he began producing and directing feature-length and short independent films. After graduation, Escue moved to Austin, Texas, where he worked on big budget films. His path led him to L.A., where he continued to work as a writer, producer and director before moving back to his Hoosier stomping grounds where he is currently working on multiple projects, including the “500” film. A few of Escue’s production and directing credits in both film and television include “Cypher” (2021) (TV series), “#2WheelzNHeelz” (2017) (TV series), “To Do List” (2007) (short), “Open Mic’rs” (2006) and “Saving Star Wars” (2004).
A Story A Hundred Years In The Making Any devout fans of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS) and the Indianapolis 500 may know who Carl Fisher was, but as a self-professed fan, I learned from Pizzo and Escue that this man—born in Greensburg, Indiana—was so much more than the guy who was the driving force behind the creation of IMS and advocate
for the development of automobiles, aviation and transportation. Fisher led the Lincoln Highway Commission, and as a real estate mogul, Fisher transformed Miami Beach from undesirable swamplands to the vacation mecca and vibrant city that it is today. Escue shared with me that Fisher Island, Florida, was in fact named after Fisher. Just a few of Fisher’s other ventures include the Dixie Highway and the PrestO-Lite Company that produced carbide-gas-fired headlights. Pizzo’s screenplay depicts Fisher’s life in and around the development of IMS and the Indianapolis 500. Pizzo also touched on several aspects of Fishers life that made him both a hero and a heretic, depending on the viewers’ perspectives, including his marriage to Jane Watts, who was 15 when they married. When asked what about Fisher’s life and Escue’s idea to bring Fisher’s story to the big screen compelled him to write the screenplay dubbed “500,” Pizzo replied, “It was a combination of factors. I’ve been a passionate IndyCar fan all of my life. So, when Justin brought up this idea of the ‘origin story’ about how it all started, it was kind of in my wheelhouse.” Pizzo emphasized that “500” is not a “racing” story but is the story of Carl Fisher and the journey he went on throughout his life. “I have two different parts of the audience that I serve,” Pizzo explained. “There are those [in the audience] who are aficionados and have a passion for the particular sport [featured in the film], and then I also have to serve those [in the audience] who could care less. For example, the ideal compliment on a movie like ‘Rudy’ is someone saying, ‘I laughed. I cried. I love that movie, but you know, I don’t like sports. I don’t like football. And I don’t like Notre Dame.’ That’s my target audience. So, in terms of the character of Carl Fisher—he was an extraordinary and complicated figure. I could write 10 movies about him. He was one the great salesmen, entrepreneurs and visionaries of the 20th century.” In the script, Pizzo touches on the fact that after the first Indy 500, due to the
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controversy surrounding the multiple fatalities involving both drivers and spectators and the declared winner of the first race—some still debate whether Ray Harroun was indeed the first winner—there was almost never another Indy 500. “Carl was relentless,” Pizzo shared. “A characteristic that we all hope that we have in ourselves because that’s the way things get done and dreams are realized. The first race was a disaster, so it’s definitely a part of the story and how Carl Fisher recovers from that.”
A Director’s Dream To Create “500” in Indy and Carmel, Indiana Escue’s vision is to film this historic and exhilarating script in Indiana using local crews and talent. “Angelo has found a way to capture the spirit of [Fisher] who didn’t have kids, so he had no legacy and is mostly forgotten,” Escue stated. “When we started to research who Carl Fisher was as a man and all the things that he did, it’s insane to me that the story hasn’t already been told— especially here! And to have someone
like Angelo with his pedigree be the guy telling Carl’s story is amazing.” Escue continued, “After graduate school at Ball State, I went to Austin [Texas] and started working for Robert Rodriguez and Richard Linklater. It was 2000, and they had started building their first studio out there. I was sort of on the ground floor of this. They took a city that had relatively not a lot of [film] production, and I watched it grow into this huge, booming community of film production. And right now, Austin is like No. 2 behind Los Angeles.”
Though Escue knows that there won’t be any issues finding qualified and talented crews in the local area and region, the issues of funding for the film and support from local municipalities are his greatest obstacles right now. Escue is seeking individuals and corporations who want to be a part of something big and quite possibly iconic that will complete Pizzo’s trilogy of Hoosier stories made into films. “My biggest hurdle is finding a group of people who are alternative-minded, who want to do something different and see the vision of something that’s artistic,” Escue shared. “Carmel is a very artistic community, but we’re trying to find people who want to help bring [film] production to this city like Austin did. I’m trying to create jobs and sustain a business model that’s working in other cities. If I can bring this film and any subsequent series to Carmel and to Indiana, that would change everything.” For more information on My First Bike Productions and Justin Escue, and for anyone interested in learning how they can contribute to making “500” come to fruition, visit myfirstbike.net.
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Joshua Thompson Writer // Janelle Morrison • Photography // Submitted
From scientists and philosophers to poets and playwrights, some of the greatest minds in history were inspired by classical music. In that spirit, The Center for the Performing Arts is pleased to stream live from the Palladium one of Indiana’s own, Joshua Thomspon, a classically trained pianist and music sociologist! The Mission Behind the Musician Thompson’s mission is to program and perform classical masterworks by composers of African descent. He is increasingly recognized on a national scale for his expertise on classical composers of African descent and the inherent cultural connectivity in the broader aesthetic of Black Arts movements. As the 2020 Beckman Emerging Artist Fellow of the
Arts Council of Indianapolis, he successfully completed his residency at the Africana Studies Center for Music and Society at the Berklee School of Music in Boston and currently serves as the first Musicologist in Residence for Classical Music Indy. His first major artistic production, “Village Voices: Notes from the Griot,” made its world premiere in 2018 at New-
fields. In 2019, Thompson was named Performer in Residence for Eskenazi Health’s Marianne Tobias Music Program and was a featured artist for the Arts Council of Indianapolis’ annual Art & Soul Celebration. He has worked with artists including Whoopi Goldberg and bassist John Clayton, and he co-hosts a podcast—“Melanated Moments in Classical Music”—with operatic soprano Angela Brown. Thompson’s zest for pushing boundaries, his inquisitive nature and his passion for classical music has steered him along his journey that began as a young trumpet player. Thompson obtained a Bachelor of Arts in sociology from DePauw University, Greencastle, Indiana. His music and advocacy paths often merge as he continues to work with an expanding range of Central Indiana cultural arts organizations and social agencies to facilitate access to educational resources. “I was never a rule breaker, but I was definitely a boundary or envelope pusher,” Thompson shared, “And in my house, that did not go over so well. What I found with music—classical music, in particular—was when my mouth would get me into trouble, I was able to effectively articulate how I was feeling. I would literally play through a laundry list of emotions, and it helped me to become a much better verbal and nonverbal communicator within and outside of own household. And I’ve never lost sight of that.” Though his original dream was to become an orchestral trumpet player, Thompson shared that no one is more surprised than he that he became a concert pianist. “I went to DePauw [University] as an English literature and trumpet performance double major and came out with a sociology degree,” Thompson said. “It makes perfect sense—or it does in my head. My brain has always had a very sociological way of thinking. My parents would say that it’s one thing to be unsatisfied with something and ask ‘why?’ but you have to find out ‘why’ and if
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you’re still feeling raw about it, develop and devise interventions to correct the things that you see are amiss.” A Universal Translator After college, Thompson went to work in the social services field and took a two-and-a-half-year hiatus from music. But the universe had other plans for him, and he was pulled back into the world of performing and programming classical music. “I started doing my own research on classical composers of African descent, and that breathed new life and reinvigorated my passion,” Thompson shared. “I once thought that nobody cared about classical music until I gave a concert and I was proven so wrong. There is something about witnessing the application, dedication, discipline, skill and passion that is translatable and understandable to everyone, regardless of their age, race and social status. It is a universal translator.”
As a teaching artist, Thompson uses classical music to illustrate the correlations of music, science and history, as well as to demonstrate the connections of [classical] music to social and emotional learning. “The music that’s been written [throughout our history] are physical blueprints that give soundtracks to where humanity has been in any given place and time,” Thompson expressed. “I’m a musical storyteller in my presentations. And in fact, the show that I’m giving at the Palladium is called ‘The Black Keys—The Evolution of the Black Classical Arts,’ and it starts at the very beginning before there were even people. It starts from absolutely nothing, and the opening piece is called ‘Out of the Silence.’” When asked what Thompson believes is the future of classical music in the 21st century, he thoughtfully replied, “The genre is not going to evolve if we do not make it a high priority like other
genres did. Pop sounds different about every 20 years, where classical music is classical. What I think many traditionalists are really going to have to wrestle with is this working definition of what we consider ‘classical music’ and whether [this definition] is more of a benefit or detriment well into the 21st century. We’re all asking that question, and there is no definitive answer. Whatever positive ideas we come up with we will put into our work so we can hear what sticks and let this whole conversation just happen. It is a journey that we’re all taking to get closer to an answer.” Join us for The Center’s livestream concert featuring Thompson on Wednesday, June 2, at 7:30 p.m. You can enjoy a front-row perspective with stereo sound and multi-camera HD video for FREE on The Center’s website at thecenterpresents.org. Be sure to register and also check out Thompsons website at joshuaathompson.net and his podcast: “Melanated Moments in Classical Music” at classicalmusicindy.org/podcasts/ melanated-moments/.
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Last year may have put the breaks on the best exhibition of collector cars and recognized artists in the Midwest, but this year the organizers and sponsors of Artomobilia Weekend are revving up for their best event weekend since the inception of Artomobilia in 2008!
WHAT’S NEW FOR 2021?
spoke with Artomobilia Event Director John Leonard about what’s new this year and what automotive enthusiasts can expect at all of the remarkable events throughout Artomobilia Weekend. Leonard also shared the details about a brand-new event that will kick off the Artomobilia season, if you will, this coming June—GO LIKE HELL! 10000 Rally, presented by Gator Motorsport. The GO LIKE HELL! 10000 Rally is
inspired by Carroll Shelby and his distinct and charismatic approach to his road and race cars. As characterized in the movie “Ford v Ferrari,” Shelby defies Ford management in signaling to Ken Miles to exceed the 7,000 rpm limit and “Go Like Hell!” This rally is a rain-or-shine, untimed, noncompetitive road rally through the nicest, windiest backroads in Hamilton and surrounding counties. The Artomobilia team has managed to find the most interesting 90-minute drive, starting at the impressive St. Vincent fa-
cility in Carmel and ending at the unique First Wing Jet Center in Zionsville. The GO LIKE HELL! 10000 will give folks the opportunity to enjoy one another’s cars, and company, from what is widely considered a safe outdoor environment. “This is an evening event on Saturday, June 5,” Leonard said. “There will be three run groups: 6:30, 7 and 7:30 p.m. Like our previous rallies, 100% of the entry fees will go to a charity. If we get 500 cars [registered], it will be a crisp $20,000 check that will go to our friends at the Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital at Ascension St. Vincent. This event will really kick off our summer.”
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EXPANDING THE FOOTPRINT AND ECONOMIC IMPACT Those familiar with Artomobilia Weekend will be excited to learn that SHIFT, Fuelicious and Artomobilia are coming back and will be better than ever, while adhering to the county’s and city’s health protocols. Like the rallies, each of the Artomobilia events support local charities and also provide an economic boost to local businesses. Artomobilia alone brings in upward of 20,000 people into the Arts & Design District. “This year’s Fuelicious will benefit Meals on Wheels of Central Indiana,” Leonard shared. “We’ll be doing some
promotional things to make some hay this August. Meals on Wheels serves north of 500 clients, two meals every day, five days a week. It is certainly a deserving charity that does some remarkable work, and our hope is to put on a great event and provide [Meals on Wheels] an economic opportunity that will support their continued work.” This year’s Artomobilia will be held on Saturday, August 28, at 11:00 am in the Carmel Arts & Design District. Gator Motorsport is the title sponsor, and the featured marque is Lotus. “We will have a bunch of Lotuses on display,” Leonard stated. “And we will have a footprint that is commensurate with the health stipulations of the county and city. We will have the 26 corrals and classes that we’ve always had. With the success and popularity of Porsche-Palooza, we’ve extended the opportunity to BMW and Lotus, so this year we will have dedicated areas further extending our footprint on North Range Line Road for Porsche-Palooza, BMW-Palooza and Lotus-Palooza. I’m super excited about that.” Leonard mentioned that if he and his team secure sponsors for these “Paloozas,” 100% of the entry fees will go to the respective clubs’ charities of their choice.
INTRODUCING REVOLANTÉ Wrapping up Artomobilia Weekend, Leonard and his team will debut their newest event: Revolanté. This event will take place at the beautiful Bridgewater Club in Westfield on Sunday, August 29, from noon until 5 p.m. “We are going to start with a comparatively small number of significant cars—80 to 100—that will come from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum and from collectors in the Indianapolis and surrounding markets,” Leonard explained. “We will have the Jim Clark car that ran in the Indianapolis 500. And in keeping with this year’s theme, there will be Lotuses on display. This will be our first event on grass [on a 23-acre driving range], and we will start selling tickets to Revolanté in June. The tickets will be $33 per person—12 and under are free. And 100% of the ticket sales will go to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum.” The Bridgewater Club’s catering team will offer food and beverages that will be available for purchase throughout the event.
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Leonard concluded, “The [Artomobilia] team is very excited and is looking forward to a great summer. My hope is that Artomobilia Weekend will end the summer on a high note. We are committed to doing these events safely and to doing the same great job that the team has done over the last 13 years.” For more information on all of these events, including ticket and registration information, visit artomobilia.org
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Carmel’s Own IndyCar Driver On Developing the Next Generation of Drivers Writer // Janelle Morrison • Photography // Staff and submitted
Having enjoyed the return of the deeply rooted traditions that encompass the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the Indianapolis 500 throughout the month of May, Carmel Monthly is pleased to feature IndyCar driver and Carmel resident Jay Howard on this month’s cover. FROM ACROSS THE POND TO BECOMING AN ADOPTED HOOSIER
for his first Indianapolis 500, Howard won the seventh annual karting event: RoboPong 200 at New Castle Motorsports Park. Howard has finished first or second every year he has entered the annual Red Bull PRI Show All-Stars karting event. Additionally, Howard is on a short list of people that have won the USF2000 championship as a driver and a team owner. When not in his workshop or at a track, Howard resides in Carmel along with his wife, Courtney, and their 5-year-old son, Hudson. He is also a One Cure ambassador—a project led by the Flint Animal Cancer Center at Colorado State University. “I came [to the U.S.] from the U.K. pursing a career in IndyCar,” Howard shared. “I bounced around a little bit from Atlanta, Florida, Dallas and a few different places and quickly realized that if I were to have
orn in the United Kingdom, Howard moved to the U.S. in 2005. He achieved immediate success upon winning the USF2000 Championship and Rookie of the Year honors. With nine wins that season, Howard broke the win record of eventual Indy 500 winner Dan Wheldon. In 2006, Howard won the Indy Pro Series (Indy Lights) Championship and Rookie of the Year honors while driving for Sam Schmidt Motorsports. His success quickly advanced his career to the top level of open-wheel racing. Howard began his IndyCar career in 2008 and still makes annual attempts to compete in the series. Prior to qualifying
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a career in IndyCar, I needed to be in the Indianapolis area. I fell in love with Carmel and love everything about Carmel—it’s got roundabouts, which is great, and is more like home.”
DEVELOPING CONFIDENT FUTURE INDYCAR DRIVERS Howard shared that while he appreciates the path he has taken to reach his career goals, he recognized there was a void in the racing program in terms of driver development. With an intrinsic passion for coaching, Howard saw an opportunity to create a racing team whose core mission is to develop their own drivers internally by educating and passing down all of their knowledge to help the drivers perform to the very best of their ability. In 2017, Howard introduced the Jay Howard Driver Development team—based in Westfield, Indiana just north of 146th street. The Jay Howard Driver Development team has accelerated its success since its first racing season in 2017 in the following races: F4 U.S., FR AMERICAS, USF2000, INDY PRO 2000, INDY LIGHTS. “Even before I got into a race car and I was still karting, I have always loved coaching,” Howard expressed. “I saw a big void in the ‘system.’ There wasn’t anything [programs] specifically focused on driver development, and I wanted to take coach-
ing to another level. I’ve been extremely fortunate to have had a lot of people help me, and I was able to make my way, but when I made the big jump to IndyCar, there were so many aspects [of racing] that were completely different, and it caught me off guard. From the business side of things, the fitness and nutrition, to what’s expected of you on a day-today basis, I look back and wish that I had had someone educating me along the way so that I could’ve been better prepared and ready for IndyCar.” Additionally, Howard expressed that he wants to help not only the young drivers but their parents as well so that they fully understand what needs to be done and what to expect as the young drivers progress in their careers. “From an enjoyment aspect, there is nothing better than seeing the kids reach
their goals, win races and championships,” Howard said. “I relive some of those really great memories, living vicariously through them, and it’s a lot of fun. We’ve got some really great sponsors on board and some great parents, drivers and crew. Some of things that I really enjoy and find rewarding is seeing the kids change and become completely transformed.” Howard continued, “The best thing my dad did for me was support me in the way that was needed. He stood back and let the crew do their job and let me have my career. There’s enough pressure for any athlete, no matter what sport it is. I never felt any pressure from my dad. He just taught me to go and give it 110% every time, and as long as you do that, that’s all that matters. What will be, will be. Some days it’s tough, and all the parents handle it a little differently, but fortunately, we’ve been pretty lucky and work with some really good parents. And that makes it easier on all of us.” When asked what he will say to his 5-year-old son if he expresses a desire to race one day, Howard shared, “It’s already happening. When he was 3, he asked when he was going to go karting, and I just pulled a number out and said, ‘I don’t know, when you’re 5.’ So, a few weeks ago, he asked my wife, ‘Why doesn’t dad have my kart ready?’ So now, I’m negotiating with my 5-year-old. And we’ll see how he does.”
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THE MOST IMPORTANT CHARACTERISTIC OF A RACE CAR DRIVER When asked what the most important characteristic is that he looks for in a young driver, Howard replied, “One hundred percent, it’s determination. They’ve got to be hungry. I say to all the kids that it doesn’t matter whether they win or finish fifth—the result is irrelevant. We always want more, and that applies to me and to my business and employees as well. I don’t want to let any of the kids down, and so it’s push, push, push, all day, every day.” Howard also coaches his young drivers on the importance of balancing their lives and staying humble. He puts a strong focus on preparing the young drivers for handling the limelight, both on and off the track, and how the optics on social media can be a blessing and a curse to one’s career. “I always use Peyton Manning as a good example,” Howard shared. “He worked hard at his profession and is a humble
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THE FUTURE OF INDYCAR FROM HIS PERSPECTIVE With the most recent changes and growing pains within IndyCar and IMS, Howard believes that the future of IndyCar is in the best hands. “I think we have the best man for the job, Roger Penske,” Howard stated. “I think that’s all we need to say. If anyone knows how to make something work and be successful, it’s him. And for me, what makes the Indianapolis 500 so special is the people. It’s not the actual race itself. In terms of driving the car, it’s a fun race, and that’s all good, but having all those fans on race day and the building up to it—there’s just so much energy in that place, and there’s nothing like it. And if Jay Howard Driver Development can play any small part in that, then that’s great.”
MOST RECENT CAREER HIGHLIGHTS • 2018 - Competed in the 102nd running of the Indianapolis 500 with Schmidt Peterson Motorsports (SPM) • 2018 - Started USF2000 team • 2017–2018 - Named One Cure Ambassador • 2017 - Started F4 United States Championship team • 2017 - Competed in the 101st Running of the Indianapolis 500 for Schmidt Peterson Motorsports (SPM)
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Beyond her academic achievements, Edwards consistently demonstrates a commitment to her community through service work and volunteering. She maintains leadership roles in diverse groups such as the Carmel Mayor’s Youth Council, Science for Caring, Teen Library Council, Model United Nations and, as previously mentioned, the mock trial championship. “There’s so many great things about the Carmel Mayor’s Youth Council,” Edwards shared. “One of my favorite things has been our ability to meet with different city officials from the Street and Parks Departments and with City Council members, learning about the roles that they
play in making Carmel such a great community.” As part of the youth council’s community give-back efforts, Edwards has served as the bike manager of the Carmel Farmers Market Bike Parking Program. “I’ll be passing the torch to the new manager, but this [experience] has been great for me,” Edwards expressed. “[The program] is a tangible effect that the council has had on the community and making the city more bike accessible, [and it] is making it easier for people to shop local, making Carmel a stronger community.” Next fall, Edwards shared that she plans on attending The Queen’s College, a constituent college of the University of Oxford, England. Edwards’ father is from the U.K., and she has family across the pond. She was able to tour the campus in 2019 while on Thanksgiving break. “My most immediate plans are to go to prom and have fun with my friends,” Edwards enthused. “Next year, I’m going to be at the University of Oxford in the U.K. and will study philosophy, politics and economics at The Queen’s college. I am very excited. Once I set foot on campus, I felt really comfortable there, and I knew it was the right place for me. I think it will be a wonderful experience.” Edwards shared that she would like to work for the U.S. government in the State Department or perhaps go into law. She isn’t quite sure yet. Regardless, we congratulate Edwards on her achievements and wish her all the best in her future endeavors. A complete list of 2021 U.S. Presidential Scholars follows and is also available at www.ed.gov/psp.
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