On Friday, March 22nd, the UNC Charlotte Baja SAE team held the Inaugural Baja Shakedown competition at Dirt World Motorsports Complex in Statesville, North Carolina. The event was implemented as an organized testing event prior to the first official SAE competition at Tennessee Tech on April 11th.
Four teams were registered for the event, bringing the car count to six cars. Due to mechanical issues, four cars took the green flag at 1:35 PM for a four hour endurance race. Each team, one from Charlotte, one from NC State, and two from Clemson, had their fair share of mechanical issues during the race, which truly tested the teams’ abilities to work together and persevere. Over the four hour race, the results were determined by the amount of laps completed. Charlotte won the competition, completing 78 total laps. They were followed by NC State, who completed 66 laps, and then Clemson’s two cars, completing 42 and 30 laps respectively.
Prizes were awarded to both visiting teams as a result of their finish. These prizes were provided by the gracious sponsors of the Inaugural Baja Shakedown - M2 Performance Solutions, Brown and Miller Racing Solutions, Stock Car Steel, Design Engineering Inc, Bayou Betty Cajun Express, and Dirt World Off Road Motorsports Complex.
At this time, the team plans to hold the Baja Shakedown again next season. More information will be available soon at bajashakedown.com.
We want to thank all of our donors that helped make our season and our competition a success.