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The KSU Formula SAE team also participates in Solo events (Berrington photo) The KSU Formula SAE team also participates in Solo events (Berrington photo) View Full Size

 

TOPEKA, Kan. (April 10, 2012) – The Sports Car Club of America has extended its involvement with the SAE International for the 2012 Formula SAE competition in Lincoln, Neb., June 20-23, offering not only operational support for the event but complimentary SCCA Memberships for the more than 1,200 participants at the event.

Eighty FSAE teams have registered for the event, hitting the entry cap only hours after online registration opened and leaving many other teams on a waiting list. Approximately 1,500 students will be onsite at the Lincoln Airpark, home of the Tire Rack SCCA Solo National Championship event each year. The event is moving from Fontana, Calif. for the first time in 2012, taking advantage of both the central location and the facilities at the Lincoln Airpark.

The SCCA is providing operational support and staff, while Roger Johnson, from the Houston Region, has designed the course layouts for the competitions. The SCCA Foundation is recruiting and coordinating the SCCA event volunteers, with Linda Duncan and Clancy Schmidt leading that effort.

Formula SAE is the most established globally educational motorsport competition organized by SAE International. Backed by industry and academia, the competition aims to provide real-world experience to young engineers bridging the gap as they enter the workforce. Universities from across the globe accept the challenge to conceive, design, fabricate and compete with small formula-style race cars. The cars are built with a team effort over a period of eight to twelve months before reaching competitions where students are judged on knowledge and vehicle judged on performance.

SAE International’s Collegiate Design Series goes beyond textbook theory by designing, building and testing the performance of a real vehicle. Competitions include Aero Design, Clean Snowmobile Challenge, Formula SAE, Baja SAE and Supermileage.

SAE International is a global association of more than 128,000 engineers and related technical experts in the aerospace, automotive and commercial-vehicle industries. SAE International’s core competencies are life-long learning and consensus standards development. SAE International’s charitable arm is the SAE Foundation which supports many programs including A World in Motion and the Collegiate Design Series.

To learn more about volunteering or to obtain more general information please contact SCCA Project Leader Clancy Schmidt via email at clancy@sunflower.com, or assistant Linda Duncan at lduncan65@hotmail.com.

Those set to volunteer can contact Formula SAE’s Kaley Zundel directly at kzundel@sae.org or 724-772-8533. More information is also available online at http://students.sae.org/competitions/formulaseries/west/.

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