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Michigan International Speedway hosts Formula SAE® Competition

BROOKLYN, Mich. (May 14, 2014) — SAE International will hold its annual Formula SAE® competition at Michigan International Speedway on May 14-17. The competition has been held at MIS since 2008.

The Formula SAE® Series competitions challenge teams of university undergraduate and graduate students to conceive, design, fabricate and compete with small, formula style, autocross vehicles. Teams typically spend eight to 12 months designing, building, testing and preparing their vehicles before a competition. The competitions themselves give teams the chance to demonstrate and prove both their creation and their engineering skills in comparison to teams from other universities around the world.

“We continue to find ways to aid in education of students interested in science, technology, engineering and mathematics,” MIS President Roger Curtis said. “It is always interesting to see all the innovations the students in the Formula SAE have developed throughout the year. The students compete against the best in the world in the three-day event and it allows us to continue to show off the Irish Hills while providing an economic impact to the local community.”

Over the course of three days, the vehicles are judged in a series of static and dynamic events including: technical inspection, cost, presentation and engineering design, solo performance trials and high performance track endurance. The events are scored to determine how well the car performs. In each event, the manufacturing firm has specified minimum acceptable performance levels that are reflected in the scoring equations.

More than 100 teams from countries around the world, including Austria, Canada, Germany, South Korea and the United States are registered for this year’s competition.

For more information about the 2014 Formula SAE Michigan competition, including a full schedule of events, visit

Journalists and other members of the media interested in attending the event next year should call 724-772-8522 or email

SAE International is a global association committed to being the ultimate knowledge source for the engineering profession. By uniting over 145,000 engineers and technical experts, we drive knowledge and expertise across a broad spectrum of industries. We act on two priorities: encouraging a lifetime of learning for mobility engineering professionals and setting the standards for industry engineering. We strive for a better world through the work of our philanthropic SAE Foundation, including programs like A World in Motion® and the Collegiate Design Series™.

Nestled in the lush Irish Hills of Southeastern Michigan, Michigan International Speedway is the Great Escape, a venerable NASCAR national park where fans can get away and enjoy the very best in racing and camaraderie. It’s the love of racing and the thrill of a great time for race fans and drivers alike.

Tickets for the NASCAR races at Michigan International Speedway are on sale at or by phone at 800-354-1010.

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PHOTO: Students from Rutgers University prepare their car for the Formula SAE® competition at Michigan International Speedway on May 14-17.

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2014 Michigan International Speedway Schedule

Friday, June 13                  ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards and Sprint Cup Qualifying

Saturday, June 14            NASCAR Nationwide Series

Sunday, June 15               NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Quicken Loans 400


July 18-20                            Faster Horses Festival

Friday, Aug. 15                  NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Practice and Qualifying

Saturday, Aug. 16             NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Careers for Veterans 200 presented by Cooper Standard Foundation & Brad Keselowski’s Checkered Flag Foundation

Sunday, Aug. 17                NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Pure Michigan 400

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