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August 6, 2013

The victorious team of IUPUI Motorsports students who captured first place last weekend in a Sports Car Club of America race in Michigan included driver Matt Kurdock (inside the car), and team members (from left) Ethan Duncan, Colin Parker, Danny Spoeth and Mark White.

The victorious team of IUPUI Motorsports students who captured first place last weekend in a Sports Car Club of America race in Michigan included driver Matt Kurdock (inside the car), and team members (from left) Ethan Duncan, Colin Parker, Danny Spoeth and Mark White.

Team members from the IUPUI Motorsports program enjoyed a significant victory this past weekend, claiming the top prize in Sunday's finale of the Sports Car Club of America's (SCCA) double regional in Michigan.

Driver Matt Kurdock piloted the IUPUI team's car from the pole to the checkered flag, qualifying first in the rain for the event, then leading every lap of the race at Grattan Raceway, located near Grand Rapids.

The motorsports team was drawn from the Motorsports Practicum, part of the program's curriculum in the School of Engineering and Technology. Crew members on hand for the race included Danny Spoeth, Colin Parker, Mark White and Ethan Duncan; those who weren't on the trip but who have worked on the car during the summer season included Hali Money, Dan Robinson, Sujan Bhalgat and Preston Bremmer. The team's student lab tech is Joe Legan.

Ironically, the team did well in another SCCA race, finishing second in a Saturday race before climbing one notch to the top spot for Sunday. In both races, they finished ahead of an SCCA racecar driven by Motorsports Director Pete Hylton, who was third both days.

"Let's see how THAT affects their grade," laughed Hylton. But the director has been impressed with the way the IUPUI students tackled challenges and adversity during the summer season.

"The team had major problems with the engine during our first outing this summer when we raced at the Milwaukee Mile in June," Hylton said. The team "put in tons of effort in the last month, including time on a chassis dynamometer and it showed," he added.

Hylton was happy with the program's overall performance, including instructor Wendy Otoupal-Hylton and lab administrator Jess Chen, who worked closely with the motorsports director to keep the team's focus on the job at hand.