Rolla’s bullet bike on a NASCAR Track? All right!

Too fast for Missouri’s highways? How about a free ride on a NASCAR track? That is what UMR’s Human Powered Speed Challenge Team is going to do! Gateway International Raceway (GIR), located just five minutes east of downtown St. Louis, will sponsor UMR’s bullet-shaped recumbent bicycle for extensive high-speed testing next month. Chief Engineer Jerrod Bouchard visited the track last week to show GIR managers “FlyBy”, UMR’s national champion Human Powered Vehicle, explain the group’s new design, and outline the case for hosting future racing engineers at the Madison, Illinois facility.

On the same 1.25-mile banked oval where legendary names like Unser, Andretti and Earnhardt have scorched the asphalt, the group will test mechanical systems and reliability on the yet-unnamed vehicle. They will mimic the Battle Mountain speed run-up by steadily increasing speed for several laps on the closed track and gain valuable experience with the bike handling characteristics.
Watch this space for updates, because the local chapter of the UMR/MSM Alumni Association will be invited as spectators when the track managers provide actual testing windows.
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