Formula SAE® Virginia

VIRginia International Raceway

2009 Event Guide*

Formula SAE Virginia Competition Suspended Until Further Notice

SAE International regrets having to announce that we have decided to suspend the Formula SAE competition at VIR for the foreseeable future. Of the 40 teams that initially registered for the 2009 competition only 21 teams completed their cars and registered to compete onsite at the event. This year’s number of teams onsite fell 25% from 2008 and is well below the number we need to sustain a competition.

After considering the economy and talking to university representatives we concluded that there will not be enough student demand to require three Formula SAE competitions in 2010.

Our decision to suspend the VIR event was not made lightly. All the teams who came to VIR loved the event site and running a road course. From an SAE staff standpoint, the volunteers and VIR staff were a delight to work with. The Formula SAE Virginia event took a lot of work by a lot of people and it gave a lot of students a great experience; hopefully after the economy improves and the team demand recovers we will resume our third Formula SAE competition.

The Formula SAE Michigan and Formula SAE California events will be active and available for team registration in 2010.

Thank you,
SAE International Collegiate Design Series Staff

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