Need An Excuse To Visit The Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS) But Can’t Afford Tickets to the Indy 500?…….

Why not come to the “Brickyard” to watch two of S&T’s premier design teams race on one of the world’s most famous tracks? And what better time to make the pilgrimage than during the 100th anniversary of the first Indianapolis 500 race?
April 29th to May 1st the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) will host the Human Powered Vehicle Competition (HPVC) EAST cycle races. S&T has fielded the most consistent racing design team for most of the past decade, capping their trophy list with a 100% sweep of every 2010 ASME speed-class event. The Miners’ ’11 team will have quite a few new faces, since Whittney Metcalf is wrapping up her time in Rolla and long-time aero designer Andrew Sourk has graduated with his master’s degree.
We’re not sure how much of the oval will be turned over the the pedal-powered vehicles, or whether the bikes/trikes/quads will run on the Formula-style road course, but either way the track is a pretty fan-friendly place, so come on out and support the Miners!
We could just designate the first week of May as “Missouri S&T Week” at the automotive Mecca. No sooner than ASME clears the paddock than Solar Miner VII moves in May 2nd-7th for the Formula Sun Grand Prix. This week-long tech inspection and track race helps solar car teams train new members, evaluate design changes on older machines and test the road-worthiness of newly-built solar cars. It’s tough to keep a solar car team operating smoothly, since the cross-country American Solar Challenge (ASC) only takes place every two, or sometimes three, years so FSGP is critical for this type of experiential learning.
2011 will be a solar car homecoming of sorts, since Indy was the starting point for the ’97 Sunrayce (now ASC) sprint to Colorado Springs.
See you at the Speedway!