The 2014 season kicked off for the MSU Baja Racing team in Pittsburg Kansas. The team passed engine check, technical inspection, sales and design presentations, and brakes with ease on the first two days of competition. The third day (dynamic day) was highlighted by a 13th place finish in sales and a 22nd place finish in acceleration. The final day (Endurance) went smoothly until the 3.5 hour mark when a collision knocked the car out of the race. The car was up to 15th place but ended up finishing in 27th place. Overall the team ended up finishing in 35th place.
The second race took place at the Caterpillar proving grounds in Peoria, Illinois. The team had more difficulties than the race in Kansas. Upon engine inspection it was found that the governor would not properly tune, causing the team to take out the engine and replace the governor and crank cover. The team then passed technical inspection with ease, presented at the design and sales competitions, but had difficulties passing brake check. The highlight finish of day two was the 13th place finish in design. The team then persisted to fix the brakes and finally got them to pass late in the afternoon on day three (Dynamic day). After the troubles with the brakes, a good showing in endurance was needed to make up for lost points due to the braking issues. The team finished in 26th place and completed the first endurance race since 2010! This result left the team with an overall finish of 36th place.
These results are a vast improvement in comparison to the last two seasons and the team is excited to ride this success into the 2015 racing season where there will be a new lightweight chassis, a student designed gearbox, lighter components, and more!
The MSU Baja Racing team thanks our generous sponsors, alumni, and MSU Faculty/staff for helping us compete with the best teams in the world!