MI (May 15-17, 2014) - Global Formula Racing (GFR), which is a
cooperative effort between Oregon State
University and Duale Hochschule Baden-Wurrttemberg-Ravensburg in Germany, once again
captured the top spot in this year's Formula SAE
competition at Michigan International Speedway.
It was the fourth overall win in the last five
years for Global Formula Racing which competes on Hoosier tires.
The event had 120 entries with 96 teams having working vehicles for the competition.
Nine different countries were represented at
this year's event including; Austria, Brazil, Canada, Germany, Mexico,
Singapore, South Korea, the United States and Venezuela.
The Hoosier brand has
dominated FSAE competition around the globe for many years. The purple tire brand has
now been the choice of the past six winners and 13 of the past 15 champions at
Michigan International Speedway.
It also marked the second consecutive time that the top ten
overall finishing teams rode on Hoosier tires.
The Hoosier brand finished one-two in the autocross event. Oregon State
University (GFR) took the top spot followed by Technical University of Munich
from Germany earning each team free Hoosier tires for future events.
For the fourth year in a row, Hoosier was also the only
tire manufacturer on hand to provide mounting and balancing service for the event. Trackside sales and
service was provided by Carter Schrader of Hoosier Tire Midwest-Plymouth
Formula SAE is an international student design
contest organized by the Society of Automotive Engineers with more than 1,000
engineering students participating.
The Formula SAE competition challenges students
to conceive, design, fabricate, and compete with small formula-style race cars.
Restrictions on the car frame and engine are limited so the knowledge,
creativity, and imagination of the students are challenged.
The cars are built with a team effort over a
period of about one year and are taken to the annual competition for judging
and comparison with other vehicles from colleges and universities throughout
The end result is a great experience for young
engineers in a meaningful engineering project as well as the opportunity of
working in a dedicated team effort.
The vehicles are judged and receive points in
eight different categories including; cost, presentation, design, acceleration,
skid pad, autocross, endurance and economy.
The Formula SAE board sets the parameters
for each category and gives team points according to their performance and design.
At the end of the event, the team with the most points wins the overall
The competition has become so popular that, in
addition to the two Formula SAE events in the United States, competitions are
now being held all over the globe.
After graduation, many of the participants will
go on to work in the automotive field in various capacities using many of the
skills acquired through their involvement with Formula SAE.
event has also become a valuable recruiting tool of many top companies seeking
out the world's best engineers who, through their Formula SAE participation,
possess real-world skills.
Hoosier Racing Tire Corp. has
been participating in the annual event since the early 90's.
Hoosier offers price discounts
to all FSAE participants on any approved Formula SAE tires.
In addition to price
discounts, the top three finishing teams in the Autocross competition were also
awarded free tires.
Hoosier's Jeff Speer stated, "Hoosier
has been involved with Formula SAE competition for more than 20 years and we realize
the importance of supporting the FSAE program and all of its participants
around the world."
Hoosier Racing Tire Corp. congratulates
the Global Formula Racing on their latest win.
We also wish to thank all the teams
participating in this year's event who competed on Hoosier's "Tires Designed for Champions."
For more information about
Hoosier Racing Tire Corp. and Hoosier products visit www.hoosiertire.com.
You can learn more about the
annual competition by visiting http://students.sae.org/competitions/formulaseries/.