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HOOSIER REIGNS AT 23RD FSAE COMPETITION

5-21-03

The 2003 Formula SAE Champions from the University of Wollongong in Australia (Photo courtesy of www.sae.org.)PONTIAC, MI (May 14-18) -- This past week, over 100 universities from across the globe gathered in the parking lot outside the Pontiac Silverdome in Pontiac, MI for the annual Formula SAE competition. The competition included more than just racing. Students were challenged to design, fabricate, and compete with small formula-style race cars. Restrictions are placed on the car frame and engine so the students' knowledge, creativity, and imagination are also tested. Four cycle engines up to 610cc are used in the competition and can be turbocharged or supercharged to further challenge the students with respect to engine design. The vehicles are judged in three different categories: static inspection and engineering design, solo performance trials, and high-performance track endurance. The FSAE board sets the parameters for each event and give team points according to their performance and design. At the end of the event, the team with the most points wins the overall competition.

Hoosier Racing Tire Corp. has been participating in the annual event since the early 90's. Hoosier started its participation as a product sponsor by offering price discounts to all participating FSAE students. Since 1995, Hoosier has been a Gold Sponsor offering trackside support for the yearly event. Hoosier Dealer, Mid-Atlantic Motorsports (www.midatlanticmotorsport.com), has been the official event support offering sales and service for many years. Tom Reichel, of Mid-Atlantic Motorsports, has been a tremendous help to students by offering technical assistance for wheels and tire setups. Hoosier Tire also sponsors the Autocross event by giving free tires to the first, second and third quickest teams.

Ironically, the overall winner at the 2003 FSAE competition actually came the greatest distance--Australia. Congratulations goes to the University of Wollongong who tallied the most points in the multi-day competition to earn overall champion status. Interestingly, the Wollongong team just recently purchased a set of Hoosier tires for the impending competition. The tires were purchased through Hoosier's corporate headquarters which offers a 20% discount to all Formula SAE teams both domestically and internationally. 

Following the University of Wollongong in total points was the University of Missouri-Columbia with Michigan State University claiming third place honors. For more information about the 2003 Formula SAE competition you can visit their website at www.sae.org. Hoosier Racing Tire Corp. wishes to congratulate all the FSAE teams competing in this year's competition particularly those who chose to compete using Hoosier's "Tires Designed for Champions." 

Special thanks to Hoosier Product Manager Jeff Speer who attended the competition and provided the details for this report.

      

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