Deep within the Thayer Engineering School, the Dartmouth Formula Racing team is busy preparing its first entry ever for a four-day race car competition that will be held in May in the parking lot of the Pontiac Silverdome in Detroit, Mich. Cars from about 50 North American universities will face off at the event, which is part of the Society of Automotive Engineers Collegiate Design Series, said Jeff Buck '95, the team's founder and captain. Cars will be judged on their design and performance, handling and acceleration and cost-efficiency, Buck said. Although few Dartmouth students have heard of the team, members have been hard at work in their subterranean lair, holding meetings, planning fundraising and, of course, building their car. There are 27 team members, ranging from students from the Amos Tuck School of Business Administration to engineering students to a studio air major. Mike McNelis '96, the team's administrative leader, said the studio art major is fittingly in charge of designing the team's logo. The cars are "single seat, open wheeled mini formula cars," according to a society brochure. The team intends to finish construction by Feb.