Missouri S&T’s Formula SAE team finishes third overall in international competition

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The Missouri S&T Formula Car in action and the Missouri S&T Formula SAE Design Team at Michigan International Super Speedway.

The Formula SAE Design Team at Missouri University of Science and Technology earned third place among 51 university contestants worldwide at Formula SAE Michigan, an international competition of formula-style race cars designed, built and raced by college students.

The competition was held July 7-10 at the Michigan International Super Speedway in Brooklyn, Michigan, and earned trophies in two individual events.

The team took first place in skidpad, an event designed to test the car’s cornering ability on a figure-8 course, and in autocross, a one-lap race that tests the car’s performance on a tight course. Each team’s fastest lap of four attempts determines the winner, as well as the starting order for the final endurance race.

The team took fourth place in acceleration and third in autocross. An acceleration test measures the car’s straight-line speed over a short distance, and the autocross race proves the car’s maneuverability on a tight course and determines the starting order for the final event – an endurance race designed to test the car’s durability. Teams are ranked by time; cars don’t race head-to-head.

The Formula SAE Design Team is one of 19 student design teams associated with Missouri S&T’s Student Design and Experiential Learning Center. The team designs, builds, tests and races an open-wheeled, formula-style race car every year.

The team was founded in 1989 and is one of Missouri S&T’s longest running design teams.

Members of the Missouri S&T Formula SAE Design Team are:

The Missouri S&T Formula Car in action and the Missouri S&T Formula SAE Design Team at Michigan International Super Speedway.
  • Zachary Hoffman of St. Charles, Missouri, a senior in mechanical engineering and team president
  • Jacob Parkhurst of Stewartsville, Missouri, who earned a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering from S&T in 2021
  • Isaiah Morrow of Fenton, Missouri, who earned a bachelor of science degree in aerospace engineering from S&T in 2021
  • Mark Farr of St. Charles, Missouri, a graduate student in mechanical engineering
  •  John Hansen of St. Louis, a sophomore in business and management systems
  • Chase Johnson of St. Louis, a sophomore in mechanical engineering
  • Kyle Kimmel of Kansas City, Missouri, a senior in engineering management
  • Ross Lippencott of Waveland, Indiana, a junior in mechanical engineering
  • Kaleb Tuinstra of Jefferson City, Missouri, a junior in mechanical engineering
  • Logan Chazen of St. Louis, a sophomore in mechanical engineering
  • Zach Freestone of Wildwood, Missouri, a senior in mechanical engineering
  • Raymond Helmig of Jefferson City, Missouri, a junior in aerospace engineering
  • Ian Herling of O’Fallon, Missouri, a sophomore in mechanical engineering
  • Jason Schlaud of Kansas City, Missouri, a senior in mechanical engineering
  • Joe Leonard of Rogersville, Missouri, a junior in mechanical engineering
  • Aidan Greiner of Galena, Illinois, a sophomore in mechanical engineering
  • Derek Edwards of Bentonville, Arkansas, a junior in mechanical engineering
  • Trenton Childress of Festus, Missouri, a sophomore in mechanical engineering
  • Tyler Gastreich of Festus, Missouri, a sophomore in mechanical engineering
  • Tyler Winner of St. Charles, Missouri, a junior in aerospace engineering
  • Rohan Khanolkar or St. Louis, a freshman in mechanical engineering
  • Justin Ingrim of St. Louis, a freshman in mechanical engineering
  • Drew Missler of St. Louis, a freshman in mechanical engineering
  • Tyler Mehl of St. Louis, a freshman in mechanical engineering