SAE Baja 2014 National Peoria Illinois

The Northern Michigan University SAE Baja team set a new standard by finishing 14th out of 119 entries in the four hour endurance race on 7 Jun 2014 at Peoria Illinois.  In doing so they beat every collegiate team from Michigan, Wisconsin, Illinois or Minnesota with the exception of the University of Michigan.  This is a new all time for the team in the featured event at the national competition.

This finish didn't come without its challenges as the team struggled to get the car qualified in the first two days.  Finally with just two minutes to spare they passed the final qualification Friday at 4:58pm.  While the initial problems with the car did keep the team from competing in other events they pulled through to get into the featured endurance race the following Saturday.

In the four hour race on Saturday they weren't the fastest car on the track but proved one of the most durable as they were flagged off the course once to repair a number that had been damaged in a collision.  At the end of the race a broken bolt in the rear suspension caused them to miss the last 15 minutes - however even with these two setbacks they were able to finish in 14th place.  

Team Members  in the above photo from left to right: Andy Schafer , Sawyer Russell, John Walsh, Eryk Silva and (Thomas) Kah Chun Yap.