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( May 27, 1998)
TRENT STUDENT TRAVELS TO MICHIGAN TO COMPETE WITH SDSM& T TEAM IN NATIONAL MINI- INDY COMPETITION THIS WEEK
Bob Lacey of Trent is a member of the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology student team that traveled to Michigan this week to compete in the 1998 National Mini- Indy competition. Lacey is a freshman electrical engineering major at SDSM& T.
The Mini- Indy competition runs May 27- 31 in the Pontiac Silverdome in Michigan. Teams from 110 universities throughout the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico are registered to compete in this year’s Mini- Indy event.
The annual intercollegiate competition is organized by the Society of Automotive Engineers ( SAE) with major corporate sponsorship by Chrysler, Ford and General Motors. The focus of Mini- Indy is not simply on who can build the fastest car but rather on the use of engineering skills, financial know- how, and creativity. The competition’s primary objectives are to provide students with a “ real- world” project experience in their engineering program, to prepare engineers for the auto industry, and to bring new ideas on safety, economy and performance into automobiles. Vehicles are judged in three categories— static inspection and engineering design, solo performance trials, and high performance track endurance.
This is SDSM& T’s third year of entering a vehicle in the Mini- Indy competition in which students design, fabricate and compete with small formula- style race cars. Last year, SDSM& T had the fastest carbureted car in the endurance- economy event and placed 24th overall out of 96 entries. SDSM& T was one of only 21 teams to be awarded a “ Distinguished Achievement” Achievement for earning points in every competition event.
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