Manatee Slipstream team dominates F1 national championship

May 18, 2014 

From left: Hannah Figueras, graphic designer; Merritt Kendzior, team manager and design engineer; Madelyn Kumar, resource manager; Victoria Sinclair, graphic designer and manufacturing rngineer; and Domenic Aluise, manufacturing and design engineer. PHOTO PROVIDED

BROOKLYN,Mich. -- Slipstream Racing, a team of five students from four Manatee County schools, has captured the USA Society for Automotive Engineers F1 in Schools National Championship.

Slipstream also won three contingency awards for best engineered car, best portfolio and best pit display.

Enigma Racing, another Manatee County team of five students, finished among the top 10 teams and won the trophy for best verbal presentation.

The award ceremony was held Saturday after two days of competition against teams from across the United States and Canada at Michigan International Speedway.

“This has truly been a once-in-a-lifetime experience. We worked day and night to prepare our team for success and are extremely proud that our hard work paid off. We are pleased to carry on the winning tradition of Manatee County Schools in F1 in Schools and to be able to represent our country at the World Finals in Abu Dhabi this Fall,” said Slipstream team manager Merritt Kendzior.

Slipstream’s five team members include freshmen Kendzior and Madalyn Kumor, resource manager, Southeast High; sophomores Hannah Figueras, graphic designer, and Domenic Aluise, design and manufacturing engineer, Braden River High; and eighth-grader Victoria Sinclair, Nolan Middle School. Brian Kendzior is the adviser.

Enigma Racing team includes: junior Sean Martin, engineering manager, Southeast High; junior Thomas Whitaker, website designer, Southeast High; junior Joseph Komor, team manager and graphic designer, Manatee High; freshman Alex Hartley, design engineer, Lakewood Ranch High; and junior Anya Patel, resource manager, Southeast High. Jeff Kohlman is Enigma’s adviser.

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