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Collegiate Racers Gather at UTA for Texas Autocross Weekend

July 8, 2005

Student auto racing teams from across the U.S. will gather on the campus of The University of Texas at Arlington Saturday, July 16, to test their skills in a challenging autocross competition. Approximately 23 cars from 10 universities will be speeding around a twisting course set up on a parking lot on the south side of the campus.

The cars are designed, built and driven by students following Formula SAE guidelines. Formula SAE is a national program for university-based racing teams who compete annually in Detroit. Teams from UTA have won this competition eight times and they have also won international competitions in Great Britain, Australia and Japan.

Universities participating in the July 16 event are UTA, UT-Austin, Texas A&M, the University of Alabama, the University of Cincinnati, the University of Kansas, the University of New Mexico, the University of Oklahoma, Oklahoma State University and Ohio State University. Representatives from other university teams plan to attend to watch the activities in preparation for a future event.

In the afternoon, the cars will run through a more open course typically used by the Sports Car Club of America. The SCCA is holding its Solo II regional autocross Sunday at Pennington Field in Bedford. The collegiate teams will also take part in that event and should make up the largest AM class group in the SCCA’s history.

Last year, the SCCA created the Dr. Bob Woods Cup, honoring the faculty advisor of the University of Texas at Arlington’s Formula SAE racing team. The Cup is presented to the highest-placing student driver in the Formula SAE (FSAE) class of the SCCA Solo National Championships.