RIT Mini-Baja Team Captures Two Top-10 Berths in Midwest Contest
June 5, 2001
by Michael Saffran
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Mini-Baja cars built and driven by Rochester Institute of Technology students captured ninth and 10th places overall in competition against nearly 100 others at the Midwest Mini Baja, June 1–3, in Troy, Ohio.
In specific categories, RIT garnered second place for acceleration and hill climbing, tied for third place for structure and earned eighth place for maneuverability.
For earning the highest total number of points for three spring mini-Baja competitions combined, RIT was recognized with the Michael Schmidt Award, named in honor of an RIT student and mini-Baja team member who died in a car accident last year.
The Midwest Mini Baja was the third of three spring contests for RIT’s mini-Baja team, one of only eight teams—and the only one from New York state—to enter all three events.
In April, RIT captured fourth and eighth places in Mini Baja West competition. And, last month, RIT finished seventh and 10th at Mini Baja East competition. Also in April, RIT was the only team from the United States to compete in the Mini Baja Brazil. It was RIT’s first-ever participation in the South American contest.
Mini-Baja competitions are sponsored by the Society of Automotive Engineers.