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SAE International F1 in Schools U.S. National Champion Announced

WARRENDALE, Pa., May 15, 2013 - SAE International hosted the F1 in Schools U.S. Finals competition on May 9-11. The multi-disciplinary competition challenged middle and high school student teams to design a model Formula One Car, giving them hands-on experience with the engineering process.  

More than 80 students on 16 teams, 11 from the United States and 5 from Canada, travelled to the famed Michigan International Speedway (MIS) in Brooklyn, Michigan for the three days of competition.

Student teams designed their model Formula One Cars using 3D CAD software then manufactured their model using CAM software and a CNC router and finally raced their vehicles in regional competitions across the country to earn a spot in the U.S. Finals. At the finals, student teams were judged on racing their cars, verbal presentation and an engineering interview of the team.

Phoenix Racing, the 2013 U.S. National Champion, was comprised of students from Manatee County High Schools, in Florida. Team members included: freshman team manager, Aly Cote of Lakewood Ranch High School; Graphic Designer Joseph Komor, sophomore at Southeast High School; Design Engineer Sheel Patel, freshman at Southeast High School; and eighth-grader, Merritt Kendzior, design and manufacturing engineer of Johnson Middle School. Together, the team developed a scale model Formula One car of the future which proved to be one of the best designed and fastest on the track. Their efforts earned them the opportunity to represent the U.S. in the 2013 F1 in Schools World Finals in which they will compete against teams from around the globe.

“F1 in Schools and SAE International have provided Phoenix Racing with an educational experience that reaches well beyond the classroom,” said Phoenix Racing coach Margi Nanney. “Through the application of engineering, technology and design skills, these students have experienced the power of teamwork.  These are lessons they will carry throughout their lives.”

The rest of the competition results were as follows:

Best Team Sponsorship & Marketing     

Team Winner: Rush International (Sinking Spring, PA)

Best Verbal Presentation

Team Winner: Talon Racing (Austin, TX)

Best Portfolio

Team Winner: Imperia (Lancaster, PA)

Best Team Identity                                                                                                                    

Team Winner: Axium (Granbury, TX)

Fastest Car

Team Winner: Imperia (Lancaster, PA)

Best Engineered Car

Team Winner: Phoenix Racing (Bradenton, FL)

USA Senior Third Place 2013

Team Winner: Screaming Eagles (South Park, PA)

                USA Senior Second Place 2013            

Team Winner: Imperia (Lancaster, PA)

USA Senior Champions 2013                

Team Winner: Phoenix Racing (Bradenton, FL)

“I enjoyed seeing the enthusiasm of the students throughout the competition,” said Lori Gatmaitan, Director, SAE Foundation. “Competitions like F1 in Schools inspire young students who are the future of our industry to work together in a creative and inventive environment.”

“We would like to thank SAE International for hosting another successful National Finals and for welcoming the teams to Michigan International Speedway,” said Andrew Denford, Founder and Chairman of F1 in Schools, based in the UK. “Their continuous support of the F1 in Schools program has helped the program grow each year, and we look forward to seeing continued growth for years to come.”

About the SAE Foundation
The SAE Foundation is the charitable arm of SAE International that strives to encourage and increase student participation and achievement in science, technology, engineering and math through educational programs, including A World In Motion® and the Collegiate Design Series™. SAE International is a global association of more than 133,000 engineers and related technical experts in the aerospace, automotive and commercial-vehicle industries. SAE International's core competencies are life-long learning and voluntary consensus standards development.

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Editor’s Note additional photos and of the event are available upon request.