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January 23, 2017
F1 in Schools  
Granbury High School teams are advancing to national competition in the F1 in Schools competition after winning the top three places among fifteen teams at the Texas regional contest on January 21, 2017, at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin.
F1 in Schools  
Winning first place was Precision Racing with members Caden Baker, Stockton Berryman, Joslyn Cavitt, and Chris McKelvain.  The squad broke the one-second barrier twice with times of .993 and .998 – something only done by four teams in the world since the competition began eleven years ago.  Precision also earned awards for best engineered car, fastest car, innovative thinking, research and development, as well as sponsorship and marketing.
In second place was Atlas Racing with students Kyle Beck, Ashley Boyd, Maxwell Call, Kasey Ludwig, Jack Miller, and Jackson Winters.  Titan Racing won third with members Tucker Cole, Michael Horne, Cameron Loveless, Nautica Owens, and Caleb Wood.
F1 in Schools  
F1 in Schools  
“I am extremely proud of our three team and all the new members we have in the F1 program,” commented coach Todd Gibson.  “Our Precision Racing team has something that only three other teams in the world have ever done by breaking the one-second barrier.”
In 2015, Affinity won the national championship and advanced to the world finals held in Singapore.  A year earlier, the team won second place at nationals and traveled to Abu Dhabi.  A GHS squad also competed at the world finals in 2013, when the United States hosted the contest in Austin, which will also hold the 2017 national contest on June 8-10.
F1 in Schools is a multi-disciplinary challenge in which teams of students aged 9 to 19 deploy CAD/CAM software to collaborate, design, analyze, manufacture, test, and then race miniature gas-powered balsa wood F1 cars.  The challenge inspires students to use technology to learn about physics, aerodynamics, design, manufacture, branding, graphics, sponsorship, marketing, leadership/teamwork, media skills and financial strategy, and apply them in a practical, imaginative, competitive and exciting way.
“The students are already preparing for the national finals by tweaking original designs and taking judges’ suggestions for their competition components,” Gibson commented.  “I expect great things at the national event when we travel back to Austin.”

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