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University Autocross Teams Motoring to UT Arlington July 26-27

July 14, 2008

Collegiate racing teams will gather July 26 and 27 at The University of Texas at Arlington for the 8th Annual Texas Autocross Weekend, testing their skills in a challenging autocross competition. Approximately 20 cars from 10 universities will be speeding through a twisting path, each driver trying to achieve the lowest time around the course.

The Texas Autocross Weekend has grown in both size and stature since it was started eight years ago by UT Arlington Mechanical Engineering Professor Bob Woods as an event for collegiate racing teams in Texas and Oklahoma. The cars are designed, built and driven by college students as participants in the Society of Automotive Engineers’ Formula SAE program. Formula SAE competitions are held annually in Detroit and in other locations around the world. Teams from UT Arlington have won the Detroit event eight times and they have also won international competitions in Great Britain, Australia and Japan.

On Saturday, July 26, teams from not only the Southwest but also the nation will be competing on the south parking lot – South Cooper at Mitchell – at UT Arlington and will be timed by local autocross club Equipe Rapide. Competitions will begin around 10:00am.

On Sunday afternoon, the competitors move to the parking lot of Pennington Field in Bedford to participate in Equipe Rapide’s monthly autocross.

Events on both days are open to the public with no admission fee. It’s a great opportunity to see unique cars and interesting students. Questions about activities surrounding the Texas Autocross Weekend should be addressed to woods@uta.edu.

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