RIT Formula Race Team Hosts Public Meet-and-Greet

Event to celebrate successes in California, Michigan and Germany during 2009 season

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The 2009 RIT SAE Formula team will host a presentation/meet-and-greet Dec. 18.

The SAE Formula racecar team representing Rochester Institute of Technology is one of the top racing teams in the country after a successful season that saw the team take its first overall win in June in California. To commemorate the championship season, RIT SAE Formula will be hosting a meet-and-greet presentation at 1 p.m. on Dec. 18 in the James E. Gleason Building, room 2139. Afterward, guests and team members will move to the machine shop in the Gleason Building to view the Formula cars.

“The RIT Formula SAE Team has become world renown for its success in innovative design and competitiveness,” says Kursten O’Neill, member of the RIT Formula team. “We’ll give a brief presentation introducing who we are as a team and how our teamwork has produced such fantastic race cars."

The Formula SAE events are annual student design competitions where college students design and build a small Formula-style racecar. Each student team designs, builds and tests a prototype, and then enters the racecar in national and international events against other college teams.

The RIT Formula team has consistently placed in the top 10 of its competitions throughout its 17 years of competitions. The team enters three competitions yearly, with two in the United States and one overseas.

After several years of top five placements in international competitions, the RIT Formula SAE racecar team took first place overall among 81 teams in the 2009 Collegiate Design Series California event on June 20. This was the first time the RIT team placed first overall on American soil. Earlier in the season, the team placed second at Michigan International Raceway. Later in the summer, it placed in the top 25 in SAE Student Germany, the team’s international competition, then placed third in the Toronto Shoot Out, an invitational meet in Canada.

WHAT: RIT SAE Formula Racecar Team Meet-and-Greet Presentation

WHEN: 1 p.m. Dec. 18

WHERE: James E. Gleason Building, room 2139