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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
( May 20, 1997)
SDSM& T “ MINI- INDY” TEAM HAD TOP- PLACING CARBURETED CAR IN ENDURANCE- ECONOMY EVENT / TECH FINISHES 24TH OVERALL OUT OF 96 ENTRIES
SDSM& T’s “ Mini- Indy” team had the fastest carbureted car in the endurance- economy portion of the Formula SAE, or Mini- Indy, competition. The competition was held May 14- 18 in the Pontiac Silverdome in Michigan.
Tech’s team placed 24th overall out of 96 entries and was one of only 21 teams to be awarded a “ Distinguished Achievement” Certificate for earning points in every competition event. Cornell University won the Formula SAE title, upending the University of Texas at Arlington, which had won the event the past two years. Entering a car for only the second year, SDSM& T finished ahead of many larger universities with substantially bigger Mini- Indy budgets and more years of experience in the 17- year- old competition.
Mini- Indy is an annual intercollegiate competition organized by the Society of Automotive Engineers ( SAE) with major corporate sponsorship by Chrysler, Ford and General Motors. Teams from 96 universities throughout the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom were registered to compete in this year’s Mini- Indy event.
Engineering students conceive, design, fabricate and compete with small formula- style racing cars. The objectives of the competition are primarily to give students 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. The focus is not simply on who can build the fastest car but rather on the use of engineering skills, financial know- how, and creativity based on certain car frame and engine specifications.
The teams are scored in the following categories: 1) cost; 2) presentation; 3) design; 4) acceleration; 5) skid pad; 6) autocross; and 7) endurance- economy. The endurance- economy competition is the key event and is the most heavily weighted category for scoring. SDSM& T started that event in 35th place and finished in 15th, which was achieved by Tech having the fastest carbureted car in the event and by the excellent driving skills of team members Travis Gorsuch and Scott Moos.
Student members of the SDSM& T Hardrocker Racing Team are as follows: Travis Gorsuch, Gillette, WY; Chad Magstadt, Tripp; Brian Bickett, Upton, WY; Jamey Backus, Wentworth; Jose Iguaz, Spain; Scott Moos, Rapid City; Ed Seaver, Rapid City; Brad Stewart, Rapid City; Landon Hamby, Parker, CO; Roy Reiss, Java; Ben Short, Sturgis; Ryan Howard, Rapid City; Tory Snetsinger, Sioux Falls; and Tony Merkel, Yankton. Local sponsors of the Tech Mini- Indy team are Aurora Bearing Co., Backus Family, Black Hills Yamaha/ Harley Davidson, Bob’s Muffler and Brake, Brady Family, Carl’s Trailor Sales, Carrera Shocks, Dakota Pump Inc., Dakota Steel, Gillette Radiator, Goodwell Inc., Gorsuch Performance, Hamby Family, Industrial Products, Johnson Machine, Kawasaki, Rapid Import, Rapid Radiator Service, RP Enterprises, Sam’s Chassis, SD School of Mines and Technology Alumni Association, Team Electronics, Tilton, Verba’s Hilltop Machine, Wayne’s Repair, Western Dakota Technical Institute, and Williams Distributing Co. Inc.
The Tech team will be running the Mini- Indy car in some of the autocross events sponsored by the Black Hills Sports Car Club this summer and by the Tech SAE student chapter this fall. For additional information, contact Professor Dan Dolan, faculty advisor for the SDSM& T Mini- Indy team, at 394- 1273.
[ Editor: Photo available upon request.]
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