California University Students to Compete in International Formula SAE Competition at Auto Club Speedway

Challenge to design, fabricate and compete formula-style race cars set for June 15-18

Students from the University of California, Davis Formula SAE Team


SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY, Calif. (June 14, 2011) – Auto Club Speedway welcomes back collegiate engineering students who will compete in SAE International’s Formula SAE California competition at Auto Club Speedway, June 15 – 18.    The limitations on the car frame and engine will challenge both undergraduate and graduate students who will conceive, design, fabricate and compete with small formula-style racing vehicles against teams from all over the world.

More than 80 universities will compete in this year’s Formula SAE California event, including local universities:  California Polytechnic State University; California State Polytechnic University, Pomona; California State University, Fresno; California State University, Fullerton; California State University, Los Angeles; California State University, Sacramento; San Diego State University; San Jose State University; University of California, Berkeley; University of California, Davis; University of California, Irvine; University of California, San Diego; University of Southern California and University of California, Merced.

The concept behind Formula SAE is that a fictional manufacturing company has contracted a design team to develop a small formula-style race car. The prototype race car is to be evaluated for its potential as a production item. The target marketing group for the race car is the non-professional weekend autocross racer. Each student team designs, builds and tests a prototype based on a series of rules whose purpose is both to ensure onsite event operations and promote clever problem solving.

The four-day event allows students to work as a team to skillfully prepare a winning race car.  Students will begin the week with tech inspections, moving on to judging and testing, concluding with the coveted award ceremony.  Teams have a chance to take home a trophy in one of 11 different categories ranging from The Engineering Design Award to The Fuel Economy Award.

Formula SAE promotes careers and excellence in engineering as it encompasses all aspects of the automotive industry including research, design, manufacturing, testing, developing, marketing, management and finances. Formula SAE takes students out of the classroom and allows them to apply textbook theories to real work experiences.

Spectators are welcome and admission is free.  For more information about SAE International visit



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Auto Club Speedway, is a two-mile oval and home to a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race each March. The track also hosts Historic Sports Car Festival, NHRA drag racing on the track’s Auto Club Dragway, and community events including Red White & Cruise, the annual Fourth of July celebration. In addition to auto racing and community events, the Speedway is home to numerous movie, television and commercial productions, photo shoots, new car testing, club racing and a variety of racing schools. The track is active for more than 320 days every year.  For more information call 800-944-RACE (7223) or visit

About SAE International
SAE International is a global association of more than 128,000 engineers and related technical experts in the aerospace, automotive and commercial vehicle industries. SAE International’s core competencies are life-long learning and voluntary consensus standards development. SAE International’s charitable arm is the SAE Foundation, which supports many programs, including A World In Motion® and the Collegiate Design Series.  For more information, visit



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