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2010 Big Ten Shootout

Posted by Alex Piku On November - 11 - 2010

The MSU Formula Racing Team competed this past weekend on Saturday, November 6th, at the 2010 Big Ten Shootout. The shootout took place at Grissom Air Force Base and was hosted by Purdue University and the University of Wisconsin. A number of teams from the Big 10 were in attendance for a fun filled day of racing and testing. Autocross and Endurance rounds were held, with MSU taking 3rd place overall. Despite dealing with cold temperatures and even snow, the team had a successful day at the track. The team would like thank Purdue and Wisconsin for hosting the tournament, and looks forward to another Big Ten Shootout next season.

MIS Testing

Posted by Alex Piku On November - 8 - 2010

The MSU Formula Racing Team completed very successful testing sessions at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, MI on September 25-26 and October 23-24. The team was able to run Car 71 on skidpad, acceleration and autocross courses very similar to what will be seen at the 2011 FSAE Michigan Competition, which will also be at MIS. Valuable data was collected that will help team members improve the design of the team’s newest vehicle, Car 51. The team would like to thank Michigan International Speedway for generously providing the use of their facilities and granting the team an outstanding learning opportunity to prepare for next year’s race season.

Fall Recruitment 2010-2011

Posted by David Caples On August - 31 - 2010

As our summer vacations come to an end and classes resume, fall recruitment has begun for students interested in joining! As always, no previous knowledge is required. The only requirements are a positive attitude and the willingness to put forth hard work to produce a winning car. Also, every major is needed on the team. The Formula Team is essentially a student run company which handles the design, manufacturing, procurement, marketing and testing of a racing program. All disciplines are needed! Design has already begun on the 2010-2011 Car and the team is very excited for the upcoming year and would love to get some new people to help out.

Please feel free to email Josh Frontiera ( to be put on the list to receive fall recruitment meeting times and locations.

2010 Traverse City Cherry Festival Parade

Posted by Dan Riggs On July - 12 - 2010

The MSU Formula Racing Team traveled to Traverse City this past weekend for the annual Cherry Festival Parade, which featured our newest car, Car 71. The team cruised through the downtown streets of Traverse City with the MSU Alumni Association, the MSU Cheer Leading Team, and Sparty. The parade was a huge success as the team received support and cheers from the thousands of spectators and enthusiastic Michigan State fans. Thanks to a lot of hard work and preparation, the car survived more than just a couple crowd pleasing burnouts!

We would like to extend a special thank you to the MSU Alumni Association and Hagerty Classic Car Insurance for letting us participate again this year, and we look forward to another perfect weekend in Traverse City next year!

MSU FSAE Michigan 2010

Posted by David Caples On May - 21 - 2010

The team traveled to Michigan International Speedway last week to compete in the 2010 FSAE Competition. Overall the team did very well taking home a 24th overall finish. Highlights of the competition included a 12th place finish in acceleration, 7th place finish in Presentation and the completion of the endurance event; an event which nearly 50% of the FSAE teams cannot finish. The energy that rushed through the team as Car 71 completed it’s last lap in endurance was unbelievably satisfying. The team had intermittent technical problems following the acceleration event including a broken turnbuckle on the driveline and a worn brake over travel switch which ended up shutting the car off on our last lap of skidpad. With the combined efforts of members on the team, we were able to fix the problems promptly and effectively to get Car 71 back out and racing within 45 minutes.

Thank you to everyone who has supported us and allowed us to make it this far. We aim to bring home a top 10 overall finish at FSAE California starting June 16th. Keep tabs on the website as more pictures get posted as well as updates.

Thanks again!

Car 71 Unveiling!

Posted by David Caples On May - 1 - 2010

Car 71

After a hard year of work, the MSU Formula Racing Team is finally ready to unveil their newest vehicle, Car 71, to the public. The unveiling will be held in the courtyard of the Engineering Building on campus at 4 PM on Sunday, May 2nd. Rain Location: Inside the engineering building lobby next to Sparty’s Cafe. Come take a look at the car before the team begins their racing season at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Michigan on May 12th and at the Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California on June 16th.

We appreciate everyone’s support over the past few years as the team worked extremely hard to create its first ever carbon fiber monocoque FSAE race car. We look forward to the upcoming races and hope you will all stop by this Sunday and share the experience of unveiling the car with us!

Race for the Cure

Posted by David Caples On April - 19 - 2010

The MSU Formula Racing Team will be attending the Susan G. Komen Mid-Michigan Race for the Cure at the Capitol in Lansing, Michigan! Come join us in the fight against breast cancer and follow us through our entire Race for a Cause Campaign!

(from the Susan G. Komen Mid-Michigan Website)

Join us for the 2010 Komen Mid-Michigan Race for the Cure on April 25, 2010 at the State Capitol in Lansing.

The Susan G. Komen Race for the CureĀ® Series, the largest series of 5K runs/fitness walks in the world, raises significant funds and awareness for the fight against breast cancer, celebrates breast cancer survivorship and honors those who have lost their battle with the disease. Since its inception in 1983, the Komen Race for the Cure series has grown from one local Race with 800 participants to a global series of more than 120 Races with more than 1 million people expected to participate in 2009.

The Komen Race for the Cure is a unique event, designed and implemented to promote positive awareness, education and early detection of breast cancer. It has proved to be an enormously effective way to reach many women and men with the message that breast cancer is not necessarily fatal if mammography and breast self-awareness become routine. As well as being a road race for runners, the Komen Race for the Cure is an emotionally charged event that attracts many first timers and recreational runners. The Komen Race for the Cure is an opportunity for thousands of women, men and their families, running or walking, to spread the breast cancer message within their communities.

Up to 75 percent of the funds raised at the Race remain here in Mid-Michigan to provide breast health research, diagnostics, screening, treatment, services and education for uninsured or underinsured women. The remaining 25 percent goes to fund national research to discover the causes of breast cancer and, ultimately, its cures.

Click here to register now!

Why we need your support:

Every step counts! Your donation provides women and men in Mid-Michigan with services that have literally saved lives. You help make the following programs possible:

  • Free mammograms and diagnostics
  • Support services for breast cancer survivors
  • Education about the warning signs of breast cancer, methods of early detection and the latest treatment options
  • Cutting edge research to find a cure for breast cancer

Up to 75 percent of net proceeds are used for local programs like those listed above, with 25 percent used to fund breast cancer research.

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Race for a Cause

Posted by David Caples On April - 6 - 2010

Susan G Komen

The MSU Formula Racing Team is proud to announce that it has partnered with the Mid-Michigan Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure® this year to raise financial support and awareness for breast cancer. We are seeking pledges through our Race for a Cause program to support finding a cure for breast cancer. All proceeds will be directly donated to the Komen Mid-Michigan. With your support, the team can help increase breast cancer support in our local area and race towards a cure. Please feel free to pass this information along to colleagues, friends, and family. Visit the Race for a Cause Page for more information or the newly published website dedicated to Race for a Cause.

North American International Auto Show 2010

Posted by Josh Frontiera On January - 17 - 2010
To our friends,
This year, the MSU Formula Racing Team has the honor of being a part of the largest automotive trade show in North America: the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Michigan. This opportunity will bring valuable attention to the hard work our team members have been putting into this program. As a student-run, not-for-profit organization, we rely on the dedication of our students and our generous supporters to be successful. We will be located at the Northern entrance of the concourse near Detroit Hall . We invite you to join us there, which we hope will serve as a launch to an excellent 2010 Formula SAE Season.
Go Green. Go White. Go Fast.
Auto Show Invite

Happy New Year

Posted by Josh Frontiera On January - 1 - 2010

Remembering 2009The MSU Formula Racing Team would like to wish you a Happy New Year and share with you pictures of our most favorite moments from 2009! We hope you all enjoyed your Holidays!

Go Green. Go White. Go Fast.