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Entry Wins Rookie Award
The Hope College team earned the rookie award and an overall 79th-place finish in the international Formula SAE Michigan competition held at Michigan International Speedway on Wednesday-Saturday, May 12-15.
More than 100 teams from around the world--most from well-known, university-level engineering programs--competed in the event, including from Asia, Europe and South America, out of 120 that had pre-registered. Hope was the only undergraduate college among the 10 schools from Michigan that had registered.
Hope's team won the William C. Mitchell Rookie Award, which recognizes the rookie team that achieves the highest overall score. The team's composite score included 35th out of the 73 teams that competed in the "autocross" component, which was a timed road course-type event.
"It's an extraordinary showing for a first-year team," said the group's faculty advisor, Dr. John Krupczak Jr., professor of engineering and chairperson of the department. "To have our team go up on the stage and get the Rookie of the Year in front of the engineering who's who in the U.S. and even abroad really showcases what they can do," he said. "It's a testament to their academic ability I was very proud to see." continue