Smokin' Buckeye Cleveland preview (Electric racecar)

For Immediate Release July 8, 1997 RACE ADVANCE - 1997 CLEVELAND ELECTRIC FORMULA CLASSIC, July 10-12 Columbus, OH - The Ohio State University electric race team is ready to compete in the Fourth Cleveland Electric Formula Classic, a race ...

For Immediate Release July 8, 1997

RACE ADVANCE - 1997 CLEVELAND ELECTRIC FORMULA CLASSIC, July 10-12

Columbus, OH - The Ohio State University electric race team is ready to compete in the Fourth Cleveland Electric Formula Classic, a race that has previously seen great highs and lows for the team. In the 1994 inaugural race, the car, with current Team Rahal driver, Bryan Herta, behind the wheel, broke before the start of the race. In 1995, the Smokin' Buckeye, and current driver, Craig Taylor, rebounded dramatically by taking the win after an early race spin.

Last year's race though proved to be the most climactic for the team. A blown motor during practice led to a dramatic overnight rewinding by the team's main sponsor, Shoemaker Electric. The repaired motor was installed just prior to the start of the race. On the start of the race, Taylor made an exciting series of passes from the back of the grid, only to crash into the Notre Dame entry in the first corner. The incident caused substantial damage to both cars and a valiant effort was made by the OSU team to repair the car in time for the next race in September.

TEAM LEADER, SCOTT FUNKE: "I expect the team to do very well. We have worked very hard to minimize the possible fail points of the car by paying a great deal of attention to details. The team is very excited about the prospects of the race and the possibility of back-to-back ABB University Spec Series Championships. We also want to do well this year because of what happened last time."

DRIVER, CRAIG TAYLOR: "The team has worked very hard to answer every wish that I have as a driver, more power and more grip. Shoemaker Electric has done excellent work in making our motor the most powerful in the series. Alan Ida has also done great work in optimizing the car set-up to make it drive more like a race car."

Taylor sees two key issues for the weekend, qualifying and the race. "For qualifying, we want to win the pole with an average lap speed over 95 MPH. In the race we must focus on energy management, teamwork during pit stops, and speed. We want to go slow enough to win."

Currently, the Smokin' Buckeye holds a comfortable lead in the series points standings. The Ohio State team won its most recent outing at Southern National Speedway in Kenly, North Carolina in May.

TEAM ACTIVITY SCHEDULE

Thursday, July 10, 12:00PM - 2:00PM Downtown Public Square - Pit Crew Competition Friday, July 11, 12:00PM - 1:00PM Grand Prix Parade through downtown Cleveland Friday, July 11, 3:15PM - 3:55PM Cleveland Electric Formula Classic Practice Saturday, July 12, 8:45AM - 9:15AM Cleveland Electric Formula Classic Qualifying Saturday, July 12, 12:00PM - 12:30PM Cleveland Electric Formula Classic Race

For more information: Chris Maupin (614) 688-4084

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Drivers Bryan Herta , Craig Taylor