The annual Osprey Racing Thank You Reception was held last night at the Herbert University Center on campus last night. The turnout was amazing and it was incredibly humbling to have nearly our entire support system in attendance and have the opportunity to thank them in person and provide them all with tokens of our appreciation. We were also incredibly excited to have Edmund Campion and Robert Udell in attendance representing our title sponsor APR Energy. We are happy to announce that their sponsorship of Osprey Racing will continue and we were presented with a check for $30,000!!! Furthermore, our team captain Quinn Howington announced that for the first time in club history we will be attending both FSAE Michigan AND FSAE Lincoln in 2018. This is an incredible opportunity for us as a team and as individuals to prove ourselves. We genuinely believe we are a top-20 team and look forward to representing ourselves, The University of North Florida and our sponsors during the upcoming year. Thank you to everyone in attendance and those who were unable to attend for allowing us to chase our passion!

Osprey Racing fans,

We are thrilled to announce a new partnership with Client Focused Media and Jacksonville BUZZ! We will be guests at Oktoberfest Jacksonville 2017 (oktoberfestjacksonville.com) on September 29th and 30th. Come out and support your local Formula SAE race team (that’s us), eat authentic German cuisine, have a few drinks and be entertained. This is a family friendly event with activities for all ages. Osprey Racing has your ticket hook-up, you can buy tickets for the event on our Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/pg/unfsae/shop/) or you can email us at publicrelations@unfsae.org (email us about group discounts as well). Plus all proceeds from tickets purchased through Osprey Racing go directly to the club! What are you waiting for, buy them now before they sell out!!! Prices increase on the day of the event!!!

Osprey Racing fans,

We are excited to announce a partnership with InVestra Financial Services (http://www.investrafinancial.com/). InVestra has purchased Osprey Racing 9 days of testing time on The Gauntlet autocross track (http://www.gauntletjax.com/) for the coming academic semester! This is a huge development for the club as we have lacked a dedicated testing facility in recent years. InVestra’s generosity will pay dividends for Osprey Racing as we look to improve upon last year’s car and field a more competitive car at FSAE Michigan in 2018 (top 20 here we come!). We have many design changes planned and the ability to test on a regular basis at a dedicated autocross track will provide us the data we need to see them through. InVestra Financial Services is excited to announce they have rolled out a brand new investment mangement platform. Check it out Osprey Racing fans: https://www.lplguidedwealth.com/advisor/investra . Stay tuned for more exciting announcements coming soon.


Come see us at Great Race 2017!!!!

source:  http://jacksonville.com/news/public-safety/2017-06-21/springfield-s-main-street-hub-weekend-great-race-and-its-classic-cars


A few competitors are 101 years old, while the youngest is a middle-aged 44.

One 67-year-old car competed in Italy’s famed 1,000-mile Mille Miglia classic car rally, and a 57-year-old survived 2012’s Hurricane Sandy.

But when all 122 classic cars launch Saturday from Jacksonville’s Historic Springfield Main Street Cruise, they will face the same 1,200 miles of back roads in the 34th annual Hemmings Motor News Great Race presented by Hagerty. And all hope to finish July 2 in Traverse City, Mich., after running through Georgia, Tennessee, Kentucky, Indiana and Ohio.

Great Race organizers estimate 10,000 people could line Main Street on Saturday. The starting line will be at the Krystal restaurant at 2023 N. Main. Legendary drag racer “Big Daddy” Don Garlits will be flagging the first 10 on their way during the event’s fourth Jacksonville visit in 20 years.

Great Race director Jeff Stumb said 24 officers are assigned to help with traffic and crowds Saturday.

John Wells, who founded the monthly Main Street Cruise five years ago and leads the volunteers who set up Friday and Saturday’s street concerts as well as other local support events, said racers and fans will enjoy everything.

“They will see Main Street alive, which is what it’s all been about, and this will be the biggest event ever on Main Street,” Wells said. “People will see some of the best cars in the world and some of the nicest people driving them.”

The Great Race was founded in 1983 by Tom McRae and Norman Miller as a time/speed/distance rally for classic cars. A calibrated speedometer and clock are the only navigation tools allowed along with a daily route booklet.

The Main Street Cruise is 4 to 8 p.m. the fourth Saturday of each month from Eighth through 12th streets, with classic cars and hot rods cruising like scenes from “American Graffiti.”

Hundreds went to The Jacksonville Landing when the Great Race ended there in 1997, and large crowds gathered there again when it launched its 2004 cross-country rally. Then in 2014 the Great Race competitors drove through the Main Street Cruise as thousands lined Main Street en route to the Landing again. Stumb said the 2014 crowd and the classic cars they brought to the cruise gave organizers the idea to combine the two for this year’s launch.

Two teams from Japan and 20 more from Florida will compete, some from Ponte Vedra Beach and St. Augustine. The oldest cars date back to 1916, while the newest is a 1973 Jensen Interceptor. Hagerty Insurance competes in a huge 1917 Peerless Speedster and sleek 1960 Plymouth Fury convertible restored by employees after Hurricane Sandy damaged it. Another team drives a 1950 Maserati A6 that competed in last year’s Mille Miglia rally in Italy.

Live concerts will be Friday night, then Saturday after the Great Race. Main Street between Sixth and 14th streets will be shut down at 6 a.m. Saturday so competitors can line up, then begin launching at 10:30 a.m. after opening ceremonies. Sheriff’s Office Assistant Chief Andre Ayoub said officers in cars, on foot and bicycle will by on hand, with traffic detouring down North Laura or Hubbard streets to get around the race.

Parking will be allowed on vacant lots along Main Street, with side streets immediately east and west closed off for safety. Roads should reopen by about 2 p.m., then the regular cruise night begins. Fans can line Main Street as competitors head north to the Hecksher Drive overpass, then take Interstate 95 south to I-10 to their first overnight stop 155 miles away in Tifton, Ga.

Main Street Cruise organizers will raise funds for St. Michael’s Soldiers and Downs Syndrome Association of Jacksonville through the Great Race.

Dan Scanlan: (904) 359-4549

Source: http://jacksonville.com/news/2017-05-09/unf-osprey-racing-teams-flies-michigan-compete-international-student-racing-series

Albin Alex snugged up his harness, then pushed SwoopD6’s Honda motorcycle engine hard as the college senior whipped off some acceleration runs up and down the University of North Florida’s parking lot 17 Sunday afternoon.

Then junior Austin Hindman Jr. tossed Osprey Racing Team’s single-seat race car (watch the video) that he, Alex and nine other classmates built around a skidpad, seeking the fastest time around a circle etched in chalk and orange cones.

The drivers’ blue driving suits were visible inside the racecar’s naked tube-frame as it sped past student construction manager Hunter Barkentin and his smartphone’s stopwatch. The car will have to work flawlessly when they compete Thursday and Friday against 129 colleges from across the world in the 38th annual Formula SAE competition at Michigan International Speedway.

“I am very nervous. But at the same time, after seeing the car compete, I am confident,” Barkentin said as the car, soon to receive its body, circled him.

Albin, who redesigned SwoopD6’s seat, said Osprey Racing is the “perfect fit” for an engineering student like him.

“I am a race fan and I like Formula 1,” he said after his stint, pleased at how his redesigned seat was working. “… It’s all fun. I love working on cars. I love driving cars. I’d like to go into racing, maybe join a Formula One team, the dream job.”

The SAE competition started in 1979 to challenge student engineers to design, build and drive a race car that can withstand technical inspection, racing and a 13-mile endurance run. This will be Osprey Racing’s sixth time at the competition, which SAE International says is designed to provide “real-world challenges” for college engineering students.

Along with designing the car, each school team must deliver a comprehensive business case to convince a fictional manufacturing firm that theirs is the best design. The team and car also compete in acceleration, braking and handling tests. The car’s durability and fuel economy also are measured during a 22-kilometer endurance run.

Former student Justin Tussey started Osprey Racing in 2010 so University of North Florida engineering students could compete. The first car was designed in school, then built with $25,000 in donations and a used motorcycle engine. The latest SwoopD, built on a new frame according to rules, weighs 466 pounds with a newer 85-horsepower Honda CBR600RR engine, more upright seat for driver comfort and redesigned fuel tank.

Last year Osprey Racing finished 102nd out of 115 schools, behind the University of Florida’s ninth place, University of Central Florida’s 31st and Florida Atlantic University’s 33rd. Germany’s Universitat Stuttgart was first. In 2015 Osprey Racing finished 60th, better than its 82nd place in 2014. They plan to do “better than last year,” Barkentin said.

“We are looking pretty strong,” he said. “… This is the most testing we have ever been able to do throughout the year or before competition.”

The team, with assistant professor John Nuszkowski, made the 2,000-mile trip to the event after paying a $2,250 registration fee. The team has received help from veteran racecar driver Tommy Riggins, the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance and a $2,000 donation from local car collector John Campion to buy two newer engines, Barkentin said.

Dan Scanlan: (904) 359-4549