EcoCAR 2 teams enjoyed a night of high-speed racing as headline sponsor General Motors hosted an evening event at Kart 2 Kart in Sterling Heights, Michigan.
More than 150 students, advisors, sponsors, organizers, and GM mentors competed in heats of 12 on Kart 2 Kart’s 1/5 mile indoor race track. After zipping through the competition, the top 36 were chosen based on the fastest racing times. After being divided into three qualifying groups, it was off to the races to see who would take first place in each heat.
In the end, Travis Trippel from Ohio State, Vivek Gowri from the University of Washington, and Tasher Willet from Cal State LA took top honors in each of the three heats. Other notable winners included Brian Benoy and Patrick Walsh from Argonne National Laboratory, who placed 2nd in their heats, and Hung Nguyen from General Motors, who placed 3rd in his respected heat.
“It was fun racing against other teams, including my own,” said Cal State LA team leader and first place winner Tasher Willet. “Winning first place in my heat really got my team fired up for the rest of the Fall Workshop and Year One of the competition. It helped us set the tone for the rest of the year.”
Teams enjoyed the friendly competition and a night off from technical and outreach training sessions. Thank you again to General Motors for generously hosting this event and to Kart 2 Kart for the exciting four hours of racing!