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Sports Car Club of America creates new class for Formula SAE® racers

Warrendale, PA,, Sept. 5, 2003 - The Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) has formed a provisional competition class that will allow cars designed by teams from the Society of Automotive Engineers' (SAE) popular Formula SAEĀ® collegiate design competition to compete in SCCA Tire RackĀ® Solo II Nationals in Topeka, KS on September 9-12. This national championship event will be held at Forbes Field airfield outside the city of Topeka, and it will pit winners of SCCA regional autocross events against each others in order to crown a national champion.

The class, called FSAETM, is designed to attract cars that are built to Formula SAE competition rules. This will mark the first time Formula SAE cars and their teams have been able to compete in a sanctioned event outside of the annual Formula SAE and its affiliated sister events in Australasia and the United Kingdom.

SAE Manager of Education Relations Bob Sechler is happy to work with the SCCA. "Our (SAE) interests are threefold. We want the students to learn and apply real-world engineering in order to have an edge in the job market when they graduate, and to have fun while they're gaining valuable experience. But we also want them to test their cars and abilities while surrounded by qualified racing organizations and their safety teams, and we know the SCCA does a super job of providing the environment they need. The SCCA provides most of the track personnel for our Formula SAE event each May, so we know they put on a good show with safety in mind."

SCCA Vice President of Operations Howard Duncan also likes the relationship. "The young engineers coming through the Formula SAE program are going to be some of racing's best future drivers and car builders. These kids work hard to produce some very fine racing machinery, and we're delighted to provide an appropriate venue for them to test it out competitively. The SCCA hopes they enjoy their experience in our events and will go racing with us in the future."

Dr. Robert Woods, professor of Mechanical Engineering at University of Texas - Arlington, was a pioneer of Formula SAE and brings his teams to the event each year. Dr. Woods has been instrumental in advocating a place in Solo II competition for the FSAE category and encouraging other collegiate teams to participate. Entries at the inaugural FSAE class national championships are expected from The University of Texas - Arlington, Texas A&M University, University of Missouri-Rolla, South Dakota School of Mines, University of Akron, and University of Washington.

For more information on the Tire Rack® Solo II Nationals, visit the SCCA web page . For more information on the Formula SAE collegiate design competition (May 19 - 23, 2004) visit www.sae.org/students/formulaseries.htm.