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REAL TIME WITH... IPC APEX EXPO 2020 SHOW & TELL MAGAZINE I I-CONNECT007 151 ple who don't want to necessarily put you up on a pedestal but are there to lift you back up because some days I'm not the best. Some days, I'm only good, and I need other people to pick up the slack and help me become great; at other times, those same people are at their best, so it's more up to you. Growing up in a loving community with people always looking out for each other is what has brought me to where I am today. I'm not out here to be better than anyone else; I'm just out here to be my personal best. There's always going to be someone who's going to be better than me, calling me out for a race and trying to beat me, and that's okay. As long as I'm out there doing what I love to do and help- ing empower young people to be able to do what they want to do, then I win. Johnson: Terrific. Thank you, Elaine. Larsen: Thank you. S&T Elaine Larsen is the 2014 and 2015 IHRA Jet Dragster World Champion and driver of the Florida Institute of Technology Florida's Space Coast Jet Dragster. With more than 20 years of drag racing experience, she has never let being a female in the male-dominated racing indus- try affect her. In addition to racing, Elaine also focuses on mentoring the next generation of high-performance vehicle specialists. In 2014, Larsen Motor Sports (LMS) launched its STEM initiative. Elaine and her team work with students who have their eyes on the finish line. LMS has full fabrication capabilities, from composites, engines, and fabrication to the day-to-day operation of a multi-car, turbine-pow- ered race team; this is where students get the opportu- nity to jump right in and learn what it takes to put the dragsters down the racetrack. The company's affilia- tion with the Florida Institute of Technology has opened the door for internships, which led the LMS team to research many different avenues from biofuels to human- centered design. We'd like to thank our good friends at MacDermid Alpha for letting us set up our camera in their booth. CLICK IMAGE TO VIEW. IPC APEX EXPO 2020 Show Week Time-Lapse Video

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