GHS Formula One team races to nationals

March 27, 2013

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A Granbury High School “racing” team is advancing to national competition in the F1 in Schools after placing at the regional level on Saturday at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin.

The Axium team of Ernesto Arriaga, Brendan Crosslin, Westley Kren, Brandon Rush and Chloe Scroggins qualified for the next level after placing second overall at the one of the five regional events. The team also was honored with the Best Engineered Car award.

The national contest is set for May 10-11 at the Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Mich. outside of Detroit.

Also competing was the XLR8 team of Derek Beck, Cutter Firm, Shelby Maverick, Ian McMasters, Joel Rodgers and Noah Smith.

F1 in Schools is a multi-disciplinary challenge in which teams of students age 9 to 19 deploy CAD/CAM software to collaborate, design, analyze, manufacture, test and then race miniature gas-powered balsa wood F1 cars.

The challenge inspires students to use technology to learn about physics, aerodynamics, design, manufacture, branding, graphics, sponsorship, marketing, leadership/teamwork, media skills and financial strategy, and apply them in a practical, imaginative, competitive and exciting way.

“This is a great opportunity to bring what we have learned in school to the real world. We are a group coming together with different skills to achieve one major goal,” commented Shelby Maverick.

If the team excels at nationals, the world finals will be Nov. 10-13 in Austin just prior to the 2013 Formula 1 United States Grand Prix.

This will be the first time the world competition has been held in the United States, after the 2012 contest was in Abu Dhabi.

Coaches are Greg Belleau, Tammy Bodine, Dawn Bradley, Matt Gilbert and Jud Griffith.

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