International Race Teams Compete at Baja SAE Rochester World Challenge

Collegiate off–road vehicles challenge terrain and water in events June 11-13

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Marty Gordon

The Baja SAE Rochester World Challenge takes place June 11–13 with 89 national and international collegiate teams competing.

After the excitement of its recent first place overall win at Baja SAE Washington, the Rochester Institute of Technology Baja team will host some of those same competitors in its hometown event. For the third time, Rochester will be home to the Rochester World Challenge, June 11-13 at RIT’s Gordon Field House and at Hogback MX in Palmyra, Wayne County.

There are 89 teams with nearly 700 participants from across the United States, Canada, India, France, South Korea and Venezuela expected for the event. In addition to RIT, local teams include Monroe Community College and the University of Rochester. Statewide representatives registered are from Cornell, Clarkson and Syracuse universities. Teams participate in static and dynamic events over the course of the three days.

Technical inspections, design judging and dynamic brake inspections begin at 8:30 a.m. on Friday, June 11, at the Gordon Field House at RIT. The events continue throughout the day, with design finals at 5 p.m.

Beginning at 8 a.m. on Saturday, June 12, events taking place at Hogback Hill Motorcross include the hill climb, acceleration, suspension and traction competitions, as well as the land and water maneuverability challenges. The event concludes with the four-hour endurance race at 8:30 a.m.

“It is very interesting to see how well—or not well—the teams work together,” says Marty Gordon, associate professor in the College of Applied Science and Technology, and team advisor. “This is a high energy, intense activity taken very seriously by the participants. I get a kick out of watching the excitement of the participants and I also enjoy seeing many former RIT Baja members and alumni come back to RIT to help run the event.”

The event is free and open to the public at RIT and at the Hogback Hill Motorcross site. The full schedule is available for the event.

WHAT: 2010 Baja SAE Rochester World Challenge

WHEN: June 11-13

WHERE: RIT Gordon Field House and Hogback Motorcross (Palmyra, N.Y.)

COST: Free