Upstairs-Downstairs Racing with SAE Indy

Just to prove that we don’t always hang out with Designers, we decided to ratchet up the drama and go racing with the Indiana Chapter of the Society of Automotive Engineers last month at Fastimes Indoor Karting in Indianapolis, in the racing capital of the world!

DSCN0394If you have never been to the Fastimes track in north Indianapolis, we would highly recommend it.  Of all the tracks I have raced at (over 2 dozen at last count), the highest g’s I have ever experienced was during the downhill right and left handed combination as you go from the upstairs to the downstairs portion of the track.  Not quite the corkscrew at Laguna Seca, but as close as I have found indoors on this continent.

DSCN0398Over 18 engineers from companies such as Allison Transmission, Beckman Coulter, Cummins, Keihen, and TRW Steering, universities like Rose Hulman and Notre Dame (apologies of we left you out) joined the SAE Indy Staff and sponsors GVS Filter Technology for an evening of networking, socializing, pizza and wheel-to-wheel competition.

DSCN0409In the end, two heats of practice and qualifying set the stage for the final heat races.  All levels of competition were on stage, from really fast experienced racers to absolute beginners.  But the common thread was the amount of smiles and laughter that rang out through the evening.

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As soon as results for the B-Main race are located, they will be posted here. Here is the finishing position for the A-Main:

POSITION Name Company Best Average
1 Aaron Canada Keihen 23.804 25.764
2 Brandon Hasenoura Rose Hulman 23.714 25.571
3 Frank Schwartz GVS Filter 23.323 26.224
4 Daniel Sing ??? 24.509 26.420
5 Nick Hatcher TRW 23.746 26.502
6 Matthew Poylio Beckman 24.870 28.474
7 Kevin Tilton TRW 25.199 29.266

DSCN0391Keep your eye out for more SAE Indianapolis events here.

About Frank Schwartz

Frank Schwartz is the founder of CarFriend.me and Advanced Automotive Consulting Services, partner in The Middlecott Sketchbattle Experiment and serial entrepeneur. A long time automotive enthusiast, Frank started reading car magazines at the age of 8 and has spent 30+ years working inside the automotive industry. In his spare time Frank races with the Sports Car Club of America, spends time working on his numerous project cars and supports many local charities.
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