Duke Motorsports Team Wins in Autocross

The Duke University Motorsports team, consisting primarily of engineering students, posted four of the top five times and won its class April 23 in their open-wheel, single-seat Formula SAE racecar at an autocross in Greenville, N.C.

The racing was sponsored by the Tar Heel Sports Car Club, a local chapter of the Sports Car Club of America. About 120 cars of all types competed in the event, which was a tune-up for the Duke team’s main competition in Detroit May 18-22.

The Duke drivers were Pratt School of Engineering majors William Cooper, Baltimore; Julien Finlay, Smithfield, R.I.; Nick Goddard, Troy, Mich.; Kristen Hill, Elm Grove, Wisc.; Jeff McCormick, Valley View, Ohio; and biology major Jesse Silverman, Oakland, Calif.

Duke University Motorsports is a student group that designs and builds open wheel, single seat racecars to compete in the Formula SAE competition sponsored by the Society of Automotive Engineers. The purpose of the team is to provide students with a way to gain practical design and manufacturing experience in a fun and challenging setting.