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Collegiate Racers Gather for 6th Annual Texas Autocross Weekend

July 7, 2006

Student auto racing teams from across the U.S. will gather on the campus of The University of Texas at Arlington Saturday, July 22, to test their skills in a challenging autocross competition. Approximately 20 cars from 10 universities will be speeding around a twisting course set up on a parking lot on the south side of the campus, beginning at 9:00am.

The cars are designed, built and driven by students following Formula SAE guidelines. Formula SAE is a national program for university-based racing teams. Teams from UT Arlington have won national collegiate competitions eight times, plus international competitions in Great Britain, Australia and Japan.

University teams participating in the event are from UT Arlington, UT Austin, UT San Antonio, Texas A&M, the University of Cincinnati, the University of Kansas, the University of New Mexico and the University of Oklahoma. Possible additions include teams from Texas Tech, Ohio State, the University of Akron, San Diego State, Mississippi State, Le Tourneau, Louisiana State and Oklahoma State.

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 in Mineral Wells on Sunday. The Texas Autocross teams will also take part in this event and should make up the largest Formula SAE class group in the SCCA’s history.

In 2004, the SCCA created the Dr. Bob Woods Cup, honoring the faculty advisor of UT Arlington’s Formula SAE racing team. The Cup is presented to the highest-placing student driver in the Formula SAE class of the SCCA Solo National Championships.