Kettering's Formula racing team does well across the pond

Jul 19, 2002

The Formula SAE Bulldogs finished seventh overall out of 40 cars at the recent Formula SAE international competition in England.

The Formula SAE Bulldogs finished seventh overall out of 40 cars at the recent Formula SAE international competition in England. The seventh-place position is the best finish so far in the international competition. High points for the team included a fourth place finish in the Design event and third place in the Sprint event. The event was hosted in late June and early July in Leicester, England.

Faculty adviser Dr. Craig Hoff, associate professor of Mechanical Engineering, said the team had a legitimate chance for a fourth place finish overall, but the Endurance event was run on a wet track (it was, afterall, in England). "Our drivers didn't have experience on a wet track and tried to push it too hard," said Hoff. "Their off-track excursions pushed them down the list a bit. Still it was a great performance," he said. The team's goal for this year was a top 10 finish and to 'run with the big boys.' "We accomplished both and I'm optimistic that we will be able to do even better next year," Hoff said.

The students on the Formula SAE travel team were:
Steven Baluch, Renton, Wash.
Tim Booher, Bowling Green, Ky.
Phil Cinq-Mars, Flint, Mich.
Alan Lo, Downey, Calif.
Chris Kleinfeld, Bay Port, Mich.
Luke Sagur, Bowmonville, Ontario, Canada
Travis Slagle, Berwyn, Neb.
Steve Suitor, Youngstown, N.Y.
Adam Wandel, Grandview, Ind.

The Kettering Formula car was shipped to England by UPS and the team's trip was made possible by generous donations from sponsors including: UPS, PI Research, Ford Racing, Nevada Automotive Test Center, SAE Detroit Section, R.J.S. Racing Equipment Inc., Mid-Michigan Section SAE, INTIER Automotive, Jim and Judy Taylor, A+ Graphics Inc., Zeller Electronics, and American Axle and Manufacturing.

In addition to competing, the Formula Bulldogs toured British-American Racing (Formula 1 race team) and Lotus, and attended a Kettering alumni event for former General Motors Overseas Operations (GMOOs) students with Kettering President Dr. James E.A. John.