RIT Mini-Baja Team Begins the 2006 Season in Auburn, Ala.




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Armed with the slogan “A little bit of mud never hurt anyone,” members of Rochester Institute of Technology’s mini-Baja team head to the dirt track April 12-15 in Auburn, Ala. to test their Baja cars at Mini Baja East, which kicks off the mini-Baja season.

Consistently ranked in the top 10 internationally, the RIT mini-Baja team will also test its two newly built cars at Mini Baja West, May 11-13 in Portland, Ore., and Midwest Mini Baja, May 24-27 in Milwaukee, Wis.

The national Mini-Baja competition circuit, sponsored by the Society of Automotive Engineers and Briggs & Stratton, is comprised of Baja East, West and Midwest. RIT has also competed internationally at Baja Brazil and Baja South Africa.

Typically, about 40 students contribute each year to the various phases of production and competition of two mini-Baja cars. “RIT has a national and international reputation for Baja,” says Marty Gordon, faculty advisor of the mini-Baja team. “This year at the new-student orientation, 12 students said they came to RIT because we offer Baja”

In addition to competing against cars from other schools, the mini-Baja events also serve as recruiting tools for automotive companies looking to find motivated, innovative-thinking students who are interested in careers within the automotive industry.

For more information about RIT’s mini-Baja team or upcoming events, visit www.rit.edu/baja, or contact Marty Gordon at (585) 475-5102.