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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
( May 12, 1997)
SDSM& T TO COMPETE IN “ MINI- INDY” COMPETITION THIS WEEK
SDSM& T will be competing this week in the national “ Mini- Indy” competition which will be held May 14- 18 in the Pontiac Silverdome in Auburn Hills, Michigan. 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.
93 teams from universities throughout the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico are registered to compete in this year’s Mini- Indy event. Students design, fabricate and compete with small formula style race cars. 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. Given certain car frame and engine restrictions, the students’ knowledge, creativity and imagination are tested. Vehicles are judged in three categories: 1) static inspection and engineering design; 2) solo performance trials; and 3) high performance track endurance.
Student members of the SDSM& T Hardrocker Racing Team are as follows: Travis Gorsuch, Canistota; 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. Faculty advisor for the SDSM& T Mini- Indy team is Dr. Dan Dolan, Professor of Mechanical Engineering.
This is the second year that SDSM& T will be entering a car in the Mini- Indy competition. The team tested their Mini- Indy vehicle this past weekend by competing in the Black Hills Sports Car Club’s Autocross event in Rapid City.
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