Machine tool builder Mazak recently welcomed Penske NASCAR Sprint Cup Racing Team drivers Kurt Busch and Brad Keselowski to its Florence, Kentucky production plant. The drivers gathered in the Technology Center of the manufacturing campus, where they shook hands with Mazak employees and signed autographs. Local media were also on-hand to cover the event.
The drivers also toured the company’s manufacturing area, where many of the machine models used in Penske’s machine shops are built from the ground up. These include the 800/30 SR VMC, the Nexus 510 C VMC, the Quick Turn Nexus 250 MSY turning center and the Nexus 410 B VMC, which the team uses for simpler components. Other machines in the team’s engine shop are used for more complex components. These include the Integrex e-410 and Integrex 300 turn-mills, the Nexus 510 C VMC, the Nexus 410 B VMC, the Quick Turn Nexus 250 M turning center, and a vertical turning center 200 B.
The drivers were in the Kentucky area for the July 9 NASCAR Sprint Cup Quaker State 400 race at the Kentucky Speedway in Sparta when they decided to stop by the Technology Center and meet the Mazak employees who have contributed to their success.