University of South Florida St. Petersburg



Ahead of Grand Prix, Bulls Racing ignites passion for cars

By Cliff McBride and Matthew Cimitile, University Communications and Marketing

Every year, members of the Bulls Racing team design and manufacture a racecar from scratch. Then they travel to Michigan International Speedway to race against 120 colleges and universities in a Formula Society of Automotive Engineers competition.

Consisting of students primarily from USF’s College of Engineering, the group allows students to apply what they’ve learned in class to a real project.  Some students join the group with extensive automotive experience, others with very little. They all walk out of the shop with advanced knowledge that has led to internships and bonding experiences that forge friendships. 

With the approach of the Firestone St. Petersburg Grand Prix, which turns downtown St. Petersburg into an IndyCar series racetrack and draws some of the best drivers in the world to navigate a 1.8 mile, 14-turn circuit, we profile the tight-knit Bulls Racing organization and the students who have a passion for cars.  

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