What is Team Buffs Racing?

Founded in 2016, the CU Boulder Racing Team is an organization focused on various road racing competitions. Our main goal is building a race car to compete in the intercollegiate competition known as Formula SAE. We also have an entry-level division for endurance racing, for races like the 24 Hours of LeMons. Our club welcomes everyone, with or without racing experience. The only thing we desire from our members is willingness to learn and enthusiasm for racing.

Want to get Involved?

Are you a University of Colorado Boulder student? Do you enjoy working in a supportive team environment? Are you a fan of cars or racing? Do you like driving fast? If any of those sound like you, the CU Boulder Racing Team is for you. Buffs Racing is unofficially the fastest sports team in Colorado. Our tightly knit team of around 100 members ranging from freshman to graduate students in all majors works closely together to design, build, and compete in multiple racing disciplines, from 24 Hours of LeMons to the prestigous student design competition known around the globe as Formula SAE.


Does any of that sound interesting to you? If so, we would love to hear from you! Unfortunately, applications for the 2018-2019 race season have closed but you can always sign up for our email list or follow us on social media to be notified the minute applications re-open! We look forward to hearing from you and can’t wait to see you out on track!

Buffs Racing Leadership Team

All of our leadership positions are selected through an application and interview process by current board members. Each position is open to all CU Boulder Racing Team members and may be applied for at any point during the season. Do you feel you would be a good fit for a currently open position or feel there should be a position we do not have? Feel free to send a message and we will get back to you as soon as possible!

Team Officers

Behruz Rashidov
President & Founder

Behruz founded the racing team in 2016, and studies Mechanical Engineering as an undergraduate, with a minor in Business Administration. As the president he is responsible for oversight of the Endurance Team and project management for the Formula SAE team, as well as regular board meetings to ensure progress, and raise funding.

Adam Ferla
Vice-President

Originally from Los Angeles, Adam started at CU in the Fall of 2016, and has been active in the CU-Boulder Racing Team ever since. As the Vice-President and Head Driver, Adam is responsible for managing operations for the Endurance Racing Division, as well as training drivers how to develop the crucial skills necessary to drive a race car both safely and fast. Adam is an experienced driver who has raced for the last 4 years, in SCCA.

Austin Ramirez
Operations Director

Austin is an undergraduate in the chemical engineering program and has been with the racing team since its start in 2016. He first acted as the financial manager during the 2016-2017 year and then as operations manager for the team during the 2017-2018 year. He is a valued member of both the endurance team, participating in several 24 Hours of Lemons events, and the Formula SAE team as a part of the powertrain subsystem.

Formula SAE Leadership

Behruz Rashidov
Project Manager

Behruz founded the racing team in 2016, and studies Mechanical Engineering as an undergraduate, with a minor in Business Administration. As the president he is responsible for oversight of the Endurance Team and project management for the Formula SAE team, as well as regular board meetings to ensure progress, and raise funding.

Robert Ariniello
Chief Chassis Engineer

Robert is a fourth year Phd student in experimental physics. He conducts research in advanced particle accelerators, specifically laser ionized plasma sources for beam driven plasma wakefield accelerators. Rober first became involved in FSAE as an undergrad when the Colorado School of Mines started their FSAE team up after ten years away from the competition. Robert joined the racing team at CU when he found out they were trying to start up their own formula team. His interest in cars is mostly in vehicle dynamics, suspension, and chassis design. In his free time he likes to ski and rock climb.

Casey Baker
Chief Powertrain Engineer

Casey is a masters student in Aerospace Engineering at CU Boulder with concentrations in systems and controls. Casey is also pursuing a certificate in Embedded Systems Engineering. Casey attained a BS in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2013, after which he worked for Trident Systems Inc.

Malkam Goldstein
Chief Aerodynamics Engineer

Malkam Goldstein is a second year masters student in University of Colorado Boulder’s Aerospace Engineering Sciences program concentrating in fluid dynamics. Malkam has an undergraduate degree from California Polytechnic State University with nearly two years of subsonic wind tunnel experience. He has professional composite experience performing carbon layups for the cycling industry, and he aims to develop a repeatable and proven aero kit alongside and excellent team.

Andrew Pfefer
Chief Systems Engineer

Andrew Pfefer started at CU fall of 2016 as an Aerospace Engineer. His love for cars led him to apply the skills learned from class and experience on a previous project to the Aerodynamics team. He then took on the role of Chief Integration Engineer because of his interest in a higher level systems understanding.

Kelton Collins
Chief Manufacturing Engineer

Kelton is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Colorado Boulder. Originally from Oklahoma, Kelton moved to Florida to pursue professional wakeboarding. While there he attended Orange Technical College studying Welding Technology. Kelton has a true passion for manufacturing and the performance automotive industry. As the Chief Manufacturing Engineer, Kelton’s focus is to bring thoughts and designs from concept into reality.

Nick Knorz
Chief Outreach Director

Nick is a mechanical engineering masters student specializing in design. He started at CU in the fall of 2018 and joined the Buffs Racing team after spending his undergrad at Case Western Reserve University where he was a key contributor to the schools Baja SAE team. He is looking forward to taking on Formula SAE while offering his prior experiences to a young but motivated team.

Tristan Shoeman
Assistant Chassis Engineer

Originally from South Africa, Tristan is an undergraduate in the mechanical engineering program with a minor in applied mathematics. He joined the team in the Fall of 2018 and plans to apply his experiences from past projects to his interests in vehicle dynamics, manufacturing and chassis design. He plans to be involved with both the endurance section and Formula SAE. In his free time, he enjoys playing squash and mountain climbing.

Sky Johnson
Assistant Systems Engineer

Sky Johnson is an undergraduate student studying Computer Science and Technology Arts and Media at CU Boulder, as well as applied mathematics as a minor. As assistant systems engineer, Sky helps make sure developed subsystems in the car will integrate nicely when put together.

Nikola Durand
Chief Operations Officer

Nikola joined CU-Boulder racing in the fall of 2018 with hopes to continue the growth and advancement of the team. Nikola is studying Electrical Engineering and assisting in research on assistive technology and wireless energy transfer alongside his duties with Buffs Racing as an assistive operations manager. As assistive operations manager, he oversees schedules for the team and project management.

Eric Wagner
Chief Finance Officer

Eric joined the Buffs Racing team in the fall of 2018 and is currently studying mechanical engineering. His passion for iterative process and automotive mechanics led him to join the team and hopes to be a part of the team for his entire academic career at CU. As an assistant operations officer, he oversees the team finances as well as being a part of the chassis subteam.

Endurance Leadership

Lexi Block
Sponsorship Outreach Director

Lexi began at CU Boulder in the fall of 2017 and is majoring in Psychology and 3D Art. Originally from Los Angeles, CA, Lexi has taken her interest in cars to the Racing Team and hopes to help further the team’s growth and success. As Sponsorship Outreach Director, she is responsible for fundraising on behalf of the Endurance team.

Loni Unser
Social Media Director

Loni was raised in the mountain town of Sun Valley, Idaho. From a very early age, she began competing in many sports, from swimming to skiing to running, it was evident that competition was in her blood. It was when Loni made her first laps around the Go-Kart track that she knew racing cars was her real dream. From an early age, it was evident that Loni had the natural ability and desire to race. Currently, Loni is racing in the very competitive Spec Miata series in the Rocky Mountain Region, while attending Colorado University, Boulder, and studying Environmental Design. She is proud to be a part of the CU Racing team and is excited to learn more about race car mechanics while working on the cars right alongside her teammates.

Meg Ivy
Social Media Director

Meg is an undergraduate student from Golden, Colorado. She started her college career at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville in 2016 and transferred to CU in the fall of 2018. She is majoring in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology (MCDB) with hopes to attend medical school in the future. This is her first year on the racing team and she is eager to learn more about the internal mechanics of cars. As a co-social media director, she is excited to share the experiences of the racing team!

Tyler Ennis
Head Mechanic

Coming soon.

Tyler Barban
Creative Director

Coming soon.

Lucas Wallace
Safety Director

Lucas completed his BS in Civil Engineering at the University of Kansas in 2014. While there, he participated in the KU Formula SAE team. After graduating, he worked for Union Pacific Railroad. While there, he was involved in the first year in the company’s 150+ year history without a fatality as safety was a large portion of his job responsibilities. He left UP to start graduate school at CU Boulder in the fall of 2017 and has been involved with the CU-Boulder Racing Team since then. As the Safety Director, Lucas is in charge of making sure that everyone goes home safe from every team event, including proper training on how to use the more dangerous equipment that is often needed when physically building a racecar.

Adam Ferla
Head Driver

Originally from Los Angeles, Adam started at CU in the Fall of 2016, and has been active in the CU-Boulder Racing Team ever since. As the Vice-President and Head Driver, Adam is responsible for managing operations for the Endurance Racing Division, as well as training drivers how to develop the crucial skills necessary to drive a race car both safely and fast. Adam is an experienced driver who has raced for the last 4 years, in SCCA.