College engineers create Mayhem at Cummins sponsored Baja race

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Race ready baja cars awaiting the green flag and start of 4 hours of Mayhem.
Race ready baja cars awaiting the green flag and start of 4 hours of Mayhem.

Peace and quiet is not always best. Especially when it is at an event called Midnight Mayhem.

Midnight Mayhem is a collegiate Baja racing event set under the lights at a track located in Charleston, IN run in late September. A Baja race entails the race be run off-road and is modeled after the famous Baja 1000 race.

The event is an endurance race run from 8 p.m. until midnight. The winner of Midnight Mayhem is awarded to the car that completes the most laps in the four hour span. Participants are part of the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) from a variety of universities located in the U.S. and Canada. The cars are built by student led teams exhibiting their engineering skills.

Generally, the SAE sanctioned races are run during the day but Midnight Mayhem is a prime-time event under the lights and it is very special for the participants. This year, 24 schools participated in the event and a total of 60 cars entered the race based on stamina.

Cummins began sponsoring the Midnight Mayhem Baja race in 2012 which is hosted by the University of Louisville. Cummins provides volunteers and sponsorship at the race. The race also provides Cummins networking opportunities to some of the most innovative young engineers in the country.

Once the competitors had completed their extensive endurance race, the University of Louisville was crowned the winner after completing 68 laps while another University of Louisville team finished second completing 62 laps. The Ohio State University finished a close third completing 61 laps.

The event was amazing and Cummins is proud to sponsor a great event showcasing such intelligent young engineers.


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