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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 12, 2000
SDSM& T’S MINI- INDY CAR DEPARTS MAY 16 FOR NATIONAL COMPETITION
A student team from the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology will be departing Tuesday morning, May 16 for the Formula SAE Competition in Pontiac, Michigan. The event will take place Wednesday, May 17 – Sunday, May 21.
This will be SDSM& T’s fiftth year of entering a vehicle in the Mini- Indy competition in which students design, fabricate and compete with small formula- style race cars. Restrictions are placed on the car frame and engine so the students’ knowledge, creativity, and imagination are tested. Four- cycle engines up to 610cc can be turbocharged or supercharged to add a new dimension to the challenge of engine design. Vehicles are judged in three categories: static inspection and engineering design, solo performance trails, and high- performance track endurance.
The focus of the 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 meaningful 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.
This year’s Mini- Indy team members who are traveling to Pontiac including their majors and hometowns are: Ben Short, mechanical engineering, Sturgis; Kim Lucero, industrial engineering/ interdisciplinary studies, Rapid City; Edvin Kvalvik, mechanical engineering, Norway; Travis Ernst, mechanical engineering, Rapid City; Seth Elkins, mechanical engineering, Taylor, ND; Marcus Leggate, mechanical engineering, Dickinson, ND; Eric Swanson, metallurgical engineering, Gillette, WY; Jason Hornecker, MS mechanical engineering, Lander, WY; Jared Holzwarth, mechanical engineering, Grand Prairie, TX; Chenoa Jensen, MS mechanical engineering, Piedmont; Jake Anderson, mechanical engineering, Buffalo, WY; Roy Reiss, mechanical engineering, Java; Adam McMahon, mechanical engineering, Pierre; Forrest Foster, mechanical engineering, Oral; Todd Jacobs, mechanical engineering, Rapid City; Amber Schmidt, engineering, Aberdeen; Ben Rhode, mechanical engineering, Yankton; and Austin Falkingham, mechanical engineering, Browns Valley, MN. Dan Dolan, Professor of Mechanical Engineering, is the faculty advisor.
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