Combustion Leadership

Wisconsin Racing has a rich tradition of success with internal combustion racecars in the Formula SAE competitions. The University of Wisconsin-Madison has had an internal combustion team since 1988. 

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 Isaiah Mitchell | Technical Director

Isaiah Mitchell | Technical Director




 Austin Wooldridge | Team Principal

Austin Wooldridge | Team Principal

 Troy Sonnleitner | Business Lead

Troy Sonnleitner | Business Lead

Business Team

The business team works to build a public image for Wisconsin Racing through social media, public relations and sponsorship acquisition. We are also responsible for competition items such as the cost report and the business presentation.

Team Members: Ben Hewitt, Marlena Paz, Karissa Maciolek

 Jack Ryan | Electronics Lead

Jack Ryan | Electronics Lead

Electrical Team

The electrical subteam is responsible for the design, manufacturing, and testing of all electronic components on the vehicle. In addition to managing the distribution of power to all components and sensors, the electrical team is also responsible for the acquisition and transmission of vehicle data. 

Team Members: Evan Williams, John Gallagher, Kass Chupongstimun, Michael Siem, Rishi Patel

Alex Katz | Powertrain Lead

Powertrain Team

From simulation to fabrication, the powertrain team designs, fabricates, and tests nearly all engine components and subsystems necessary to create a high performance powertrain package. We convert fuel to fun.

Team Members: Eric Maciolek, Cal Kirley, Jack Rickelmann, Derek Pauls, Alex Shozda, Gabriel Alves, Andy Hagen, Dylan Studden

 Amber Westlund | Aerodynamics Lead

Amber Westlund | Aerodynamics Lead

Aerodynamics Team

The aerodynamics team for the combustion car collaborates closely with their electric equivalents. They are responsible for manufacturing any parts of the car that are carbon fiber, mainly the monocoque, bodywork, and the wings.

Team Members: Isaiah Mitchell, Troy Sonnleitner, Matt Hanson, Dylan Vassar

 Justin Xie | Chassis Lead

Justin Xie | Chassis Lead

Chassis Team

The chassis team works to harness the power created by the powertrain team by putting it to the ground in the fastest and most efficient way possible. They are responsible for the hybrid monocoque frame, steering, suspension, and vehicle dynamics to make Wisconsin Racing vehicles some of the best handling in the world.

Team Members: Bryan Pogorelsky, Shuo He, Evan Hanson



Spencer Clark
Aero/Ergo Lead, Data Aq.; 2011-2017

Alex Gehrke
Tech Director; 2015-2017

Mark Lemancik
Electrical Lead; 2014-2016

Dana Paz
Team Principal; 2015-2016

Jordan Paz
Powertrain R&D; 2014-2017

Ted Vaala
Powertrain; 2014-2017


Stephen Krug
Technical Director, Chassis & Dynamics; 2013-2016



David Klos
R&D and Simulation; 2009-2015

Kevin Richard
Chassis Group Leader; 2011-2015

Michael Rademacher
Composites; 2011-2015

Teddy Berman
Financial Director; 2010-2015


Eric Hutchinson
Technical Director; 2010 - 2014

Jeff Blair
Powertrain/Dyno, Calibrations

Keaton Hilby
Chassis Group Leader

Mike Tuma
Powertrain Group Leader; 2012-2014


Kevin Higgins
Technical Director, Engine Calibration; 2009-2013

Tyler Nicholson
Driveline Design, Powertrain Group Leader; 2009-2013

Adam Horan
Manufacturing; 2009-2013