LSU’s athletic season ended when the baseball team lost after three College World Series games. But a different student team continued its successful run a few days later.
The LSU Tiger Racing team finished ninth at the Formula SAE Lincoln event June 17-20 in Lincoln, Nebraska, building on the program’s improvement in national competitions. In May, the team finished 22nd at the Formula SAE Michigan event, which is the biggest championship for collegiate racing teams, involving schools from several countries.
The Lincoln event, in which underclassmen take over for seniors who had been involved in Michigan, gives Tiger Racing confidence for 2016.
“We had a lot of younger people filling in for their positions, especially on the design presentation,” said team member John Bryan. “It’s not like we don’t know where to progress. Going through our design presentations, we got a lot of feedback from the judges, and we know where we need to go next and we know a lot of pretty simple improvements that we need to make that should make us stay in the top 15 for Michigan next year.”
Consistency and reliability were keys to success in Lincoln, Bryan said. The LSU car finished ninth in the most important event, the 15-lap endurance race, among the 66 cars that competed, earning 204.1 of the team’s 660.7 points. Cars that don’t finish the endurance race only get one point per lap completed.
The car finished in the top 30 of the seven other categories.