Meet Micro Sprint Racer Mike Austin on February 6

The Strong News Release
One Manhattan Square Rochester, NY 14607 585-263-2700

January 13, 2016

For Immediate Release

Shane Rhinewald, 585-410-6365,

Meet Micro Sprint Racer Mike Austin
at the Hot Wheels: Race to Win Exhibit Opening
February 6 at The Strong Museum

Get ready for the ride of your life at the opening of the new Hot Wheels: Race to Win exhibit at The Strong museum on Saturday, February 6. From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. only, meet local Micro Sprint race car driver Mike Austin; check out one of his real-life cars; and design a racing tunnel, car wash, or parking garage for a Hot Wheels car.

Micro Sprint racing involves an open-wheel racing vehicle that can reach upwards of 100 miles per hour. Austin has been racing for more than six years and grew up around the racetrack with his father. Now, Austin shares his passion for “building, driving, and going” with his 14-year-old son, Cameron. The two often appear at the Paradise Speedway in Geneva, New York.

Be sure to also explore all that goes into the sport of racing behind-the-scenes—including the design, development, and testing of cutting-edge car technology—at the Hot Wheels: Race to Win exhibit. Become part of the race team and burn up the track in four immersive environments that simulate a racing garage and a trackside pit.

Blue Zone: what makes one car faster than another? Cruise into the Blue Zone to learn why race engineers need to choose the right car body and tires for maximum speed. Yellow Zone: what makes a car go? Get revved up in the Yellow Zone as you examine the moving parts of a real engine to learn how it provides power to turn the crankshaft and gears which cause the wheels to spin. Green Zone: zip into the Green Zone to satisfy your need for speed. Put five cars on the starting line, and see which zips to victory with the help of a digital timer and scoreboard. Red Zone: round the corner and head into the Red Zone to learn about the most important aspect of racing—safety. Rely on your reflexes and instincts on the “Timing Track” table and try to avoid other cars in your path.

All opening day activities included with general museum admission fees. Hot Wheels: Race to Win remains on view through April 24, 2016. The exhibit is produced by The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis and Mattel. HOT WHEELS and associated trademarks and trade dress are owned by, and used under license from Mattel. ©2016 Mattel. All Rights Reserved.


Museum Hours: Monday–Thursday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.

General Admission Fees (does not include admission to Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden®): age 2 and older $14, under age 2 free, members free.

Admission to Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden: General Admission fee plus $3 for members, $4 for nonmembers, under age 2 free. Entry is by timed ticket only.

Parking: Free parking is available at the museum for all guests on a first-come, first-served basis during regular museum hours. Please note that, on high visitation days, the museum lot may reach capacity early in the day. If space is not available on site at the time of your visit, additional parking is available at neighboring municipal garages for a fee. The Strong is not responsible for fees incurred at off-site locations.