Linux in… IndyCar and the Indianapolis 500?

Indycar

We have already commented on Linux and its presence in some systems and servers used in Formula 1. Both in the electronic control unit of the single-seaters and the use made during the development of supercomputers for the CFD. However, you might be wondering if Tux has done a few laps in the banked oval of the Indianapolis 500 in an IndyCar.

And the truth is that yes, Linux has been around in the IndyCar, in the car with the number 77, during this legendary motorsport test. And it is also in other systems that are used for the development of these Dallara chassis, and other components, and not only as a sponsor.

Indianapolis 500

Undoubtedly an interesting fact, that an IndyCar has had direct Linux advertising. Putting a logo on this type of car is really expensive, and it is not the style of many foundations and development communities. But this was achieved thanks to bob moore, who put the necessary money.

It is a blue car called Linux Car, and the Chastain Motorsport team. He raced in the 91st edition of the Indianapolis 500. Unfortunately, it was the first vehicle to have an accident on race Sunday, which was a serious blow to the geek fans who followed this event. And many were the jokes geeks, which made the car like the BSoD of Windows, etc.

Will we see him again? The truth is that there is already advertising for systems that use Linux as a base, such as AWS, Azure, etc., but it will be difficult to see a direct sponsorship of an open source project, since to capture the logo or the brand they are usually paid from € 10.000 to € 500.000 or more, depending on size and visibility. Too much money for many developers or communities that do not need that publicity ...


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