Andrew McDougall

Andrew McDougall of Xtrac was named May 17 at the recipient of the 2024 Louis Schwitzer Award for his Xtrac Electric Servo Actuator, which has been adopted by the NTT INDYCAR SERIES.

McDougall received a $10,000 prize from the Indiana Section of the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) International and award sponsors Cummins, Valvoline Global during a ceremony at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

The innovative Xtrac Electric Servo Actuator (ESA) is a new gear change system for sequential shift transmissions. The benefits of this system include faster shifts, reduced weight, fewer components and increased efficiency. The ESA incorporates direct actuation that provides increased accuracy and repeatability while reducing electrical demand on the race car.

This award is a prestigious accolade in the automotive engineering industry, celebrating and recognizing groundbreaking innovations that push the boundaries of automotive technology. Named after Louis Schwitzer, an accomplished engineer and race car driver, this award has a rich history of honoring individuals and teams behind the innovative concepts introduced to the motorsport industry that increase competitive potential, meet NTT INDYCAR SERIES specifications and are related to the vehicle's engine, powertrain, profile, chassis or safety.

“The Louis Schwitzer Award is a testament to the innovative spirit driving the automotive industry," said Roger England, head of R&D at Valvoline Global Operations, emphasizing the collaboration with Cummins. "Together, Valvoline Global and Cummins are honored to recognize the exceptional work of these innovators reshaping transportation and inspiring future engineers."

Said Aaron Quinton, Cummins Engine Business Unit Product Line architect: "Co-sponsoring the LSA with our partner Valvoline means a lot, presenting a valuable opportunity to celebrate the enduring 30th anniversary partnership between Cummins and Valvoline."