Crowley Sponsored Student Built Race Car
Company Provides Shipping Services for University of Puerto Rico Students
Engineering students from the University of Puerto Rico’s Mayaguez campus recently traveled to Brooklyn, Mich. for the annual Formula SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers) competition, a four-day event that challenges teams of university undergraduate and graduate students from around the world to design, fabricate and race small, formula-style automobiles.
Crowley, as a sponsor of the school’s Colegio Racing Engineering group, shipped the team’s car, RUM RUNNER, from San Juan to the U.S. mainland aboard the Jacksonville, the company’s 730-foot-long Roll-on/Roll-off (RO/RO) barge.
“With its adjustable air dampers, highly flexible and lightweight body structure and sophisticated, on-board electronics, the RUM RUNNER is a truly remarkable feat of engineering,” said Crowley vice president Charlie Dominguez. “We were happy to support the university’s Formula SAE team and honored to transport their impressive vehicle to the U.S. mainland on time for their competition in Michigan.”
The partially assembled RUM RUNNER racecar was loaded onto a small trailer in Puerto Rico and shipped to Crowley’s port terminal in Jacksonville, Fla., and was then trucked over 1,000 miles north to Michigan International Speedway by Gallery Shipping, a Crowley customer. There, students reassembled the car and presented their finished product to the judging panel.
For the first time in school history, Colegio Racing Engineering’s entry passed the vehicle safety and compliance inspection on its first try. After a successful first day, however, the students experienced engine problems on day two of the competition.
While the business, cost and design presentations went well, the group could not compete in the race portion of the event. Nevertheless, team morale continued to soar. Out of 126 teams, Colegio Race Engineer finished the competition in the top 40, a significant milestone for the first-year team from Puerto Rico.
“This would not have been possible without the help of our sponsors,” said team captain Jose Perez Betancourt. “We thank you dearly for your support and commitment to future engineers.”
Crowley has proudly served the shipping needs of Puerto Rico since 1954. Originally operating as TMT Trailer Ferry, Crowley has literally served as a lifeline to the island, delivering groceries, department store merchandise, building materials, automobiles and more. The company has also helped bolster the Puerto Rican export economy by transporting food, pharmaceuticals, rum and other consumer goods to the U.S. mainland. The company employs almost 200 people in Puerto Rico with an annual payroll of over $18.5 million.
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