MU's Formula Racing Team Competes in Mock Competition

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COLUMBIA - The University of Missouri's Formula Racing team was working under the hood of its race car Monday, preparing to compete in a mock racing competition at Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville Saturday. 

The team has had one year to build the race car completely from scratch and then put it to the test in competition.  In 2010, the team did well enough to compete in Australia.

This weekend's competition will serve as a mock competition for racers.  Teams will enter their cars in different races throughout the day as practice for actual competition. 

The team's president, Ryan Sobotka, said members dedicate almost 40 hours a week working on the car.  Sobotka, who is also an engineering student at MU, said the most important prize for winning a competition is pride.  "It's just invaluable experience," Sobotka said. "It's a kind of hands-on experience that you don't get when you're just doing your homework."

The team will compete all day Saturday in preparation for their next big race.  Sobotka said the team is already constructing a race car for its 2012 competition in Michigan.