It was a good year for Gorilla Racing. The team finished seventh overall out of 88 teams at Auburn University in April and 11th overall at Oregon a month later.

The seventh place finish at Auburn, where PSU was third in the grueling endurance race, was Gorilla Racing’s best  finish ever in U.S. competition. The overall winner at Auburn was Cornell. PSU finished just ahead of the University of Oklahoma and Johns Hopkins.

Out of 52 teams competing in Oregon, PSU finished fourth in the endurance event, and 11th overall, just ahead of the University of Michigan.

SAE Baja is a design-build-race competition that tests students’ skills in a wide range of engineering challenges. Each of the student teams designs and builds an off-road vehicle that they then race over a challenging obstacle course. Pittsburg State hosted the event for the first time in 2011.

Members of the Gorilla Racing team said the course at Auburn was difficult but not nearly as muddy as PSU’s course last year, which was soaked by heavy rain in the days before the race.

Faculty sponsors of Gorilla Racing are Bob Schroer and Trent Lindbloom.