Motard writes: For much of my career, I've worked in organizations subject to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act. Among other things, HIPAA prescribes government-mandated regulations regarding the security surrounding Protected Health Information, or PHI.
In smaller companies, where I've been able to talk directly to the equivalent of a General Counsel, it has been interpreted as a requirement to employ reasonable measures to protect the information. In larger corporations — especially those that had found themselves entertaining representatives of The Office of The Inspector General — there are generally dedicated Risk Management or Security officers dedicated to eliminating risk — often without regard to practicality (since that isn't their charge).
So I ask this question: When it is demonstrated that a government contractor can flee to Hong Kong with classified secrets from the NSA (of all things), what chance does 'The Main Street Clinic' have of meeting the requisite data security requirements? At what point to we have to throw up our hands exclaiming "If the freaking NSA can't do it, how can we?"
Motard writes: The Garage 56 program was created by Le Mans organizers to showcase new technology at the 24 Hours fo Le Mans by allowing one additional entry to run unclassified (no trophies, no points). Last year's entry, the Deltawing, which goes just as fast as other Le Mans prototypes while using half the fuel, is already preparing to make the transition to a fully classified entry against the formidable Audi e-Tron Quattro hybrids at this month's 12 Hours of Sebring. This year's Garage 56 entry, the GreenGT H2 is slated to become the first hydrogen fuel cell vehicle to compete in a top-flight motorport event at next month's 24 Hours of Le Mans. Meanwhile, Nissan, the sponsor and engine-maker for the Deltawing's Le Mans effort has announced plans for 2014 for an all electric racer for the 2014 Garage 56 slot.
Motard writes: A group of IndyCar team owners have banded together to create DeltaWing Racing, aimed at producing a radical new concept IndyCar for 2012. "Focusing on safety, efficiency, innovation and cost control, the DeltaWing IndyCar is capable of 235 mph laps using half the horsepower and improving fuel economy 100% over the current generation of IndyCar." A mockup was unveiled on Wednesday at the Chicago Auto Show.
The controversial concept is meant to be produced, in whole or part, by licensed constructors. However, the company will be posting all of the designs on their website so that anyone can submit new design tweaks for approval. Quoted in this analysis, "This is a culture change," said Panther Racing co-owner, John Barnes, "we cannot allow a single manufacturer to dictate how we spend our money. We have to have some connection to that. And our sport has to be relevant to the people of today. With the open source way of doing things, it opens the sport back up."