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Phase1: People First

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Interim Senior Development Director
Kara Clem
(505) 277-0251
Centennial Engineering Center
Suite 3071


Development Coordinator
Courtney Holmes
(505) 277-0664
Centennial Engineering Center
Suite 3071


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Mike Arnold

Despite a challenging economic environment in New Mexico, we are boldly charging ahead — and finding success! The Venture for Racing Excellence Committee is happy to announce that the FSAE transformation is now under way. For years, the program has needed a shop/lab manager and machinist to help the students with the build portion of the program. In January 2017, Mike Arnold joined the FSAE program through a generous donation from local donors and has had an immediate impact on the program. Mike is an experienced crew leader, machinist, CAD designer, and mechanic who has been in the racing industry for close to 40 years and has worked with Unser Racing and Al Unser Jr. since 1979.

Mike’s impact on the FSAE program has been both immediate and immense. Despite possessing deep engineering knowledge and designing award-winning cars, the program has been challenged by a lack of expertise in building cars that are constructed specifically for the racetrack, and the program’s cramped facilities made it challenging for the team to work at their optimum efficiency. Mike has been in the racecar industry since 1975, working many years in Indy Car racing and with Al Unser Jr. and was with Unser during many of his big wins, including his first Indy 500 win in 1992. Mike’s experience and focus has already improved the working environment, making it more aesthetically pleasing, organized, and efficient, which has greatly improved student workflow and interaction. He will ensure that our students make a smooth transition to the planned 3,000-5,000 square-foot modern fabrication and design lab.

Read Mike Arnold's bio here. 

See a video of changes to the shop.