Jet Edge Inc. (St. Michael, Minn.) announced Feb. 11 a renewal of its technical partnership with Cornelius, N.C.-based Michael Waltrip Racing (MWR). A second Jet Edge waterjet cutting system will be installed at MWR's fabrication shop in Cornelius. The pair also announced that Brian Vickers will drive the #55 Jet Edge Toyota Camry in the Virginia 500 on April 7 at Martinsville Speedway (Ridgeway, Va.).
MWR uses waterjet technology to cut more than 1,000 parts for each of its NASCAR Sprint Cup cars. It builds about 56 cars per year, including the #55 Aaron’s Dream Machine Toyota Camry driven by Michael Waltrip, Mark Martin and Brian Vickers, the #56 NAPA AUTO PARTS Toyota Camry driven by Martin Truex Jr., and the #15 5-hour ENERGY Toyota Camry driven by Clint Bowyer.
For its second waterjet machine, MWR has selected a Mid Rail Gantry system equipped with Jet Edge’s latest and trademarked Permalign EDGE taper-control and bevel-cutting technology. The system features IGEMS CAD/CAM/NESTING software and is powered by a 60,000-psi, 100-hp Jet Edge intensifier pump. This new multi-axis waterjet will complement MWR’s existing 3-axis 90,000-psi, 100-hp High Rail Gantry system, which was installed in 2008.
“Our business is all about speed,” said Michael Waltrip. “We have to get design improvements to the racetrack as fast as possible to be competitive, and that’s going to be more important than ever this year with NASCAR’s mass-rule changes. Our first Jet Edge helped us get new parts to the racetrack two weeks faster and made us a force to be reckoned with."
Jet Edge President Jude Lague said that Jet Edge is thrilled to continue its relationship with MWR. “Our partnership with MWR has exceeded our wildest expectations,” he noted. “They have been a powerful endorsement of our capabilities and we’re proud to be associated with such a first-class organization. We’re really excited that Brian Vickers is racing for us again this year. He had a great run at Loudon and we’re looking forward to Martinsville.”
Established in 1984, Jet Edge is a global designer and manufacturer of U.S.-made waterjet systems for precision cutting, surface preparation and coating removal. Jet Edge systems are used around the world in a broad range of industries, from the world's leading airlines to automotive, aerospace, industrial manufacturers, machine and job shops.
For more information about Michael Waltrip Racing, visit the Web site www.michaelwaltrip.com.