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Southern Cal-UCLA competition joins NASCAR Clash weekend

Competition between Formula SAE teams at the University of Southern California and UCLA has been added to the NASCAR Clash at the Coliseum weekend in Los Angeles next month.

The teams will race against each other Feb. 4 in a time-trial competition on the quarter-mile, purpose-built asphalt oval inside the coliseum, which will host the second annual Cup Series Clash at the Coliseum Feb. 5. The non-points race is the season opener for Cup teams.

Formula SAE is an intercollegiate engineering competition in which teams from universities and colleges build prototype open-wheel race cars. Teams are scored in categories that include design, cost effectiveness and track performance.

The on-track competition at the coliseum is scheduled prior to Cup series practice and qualifying.

Southern Cal and UCLA will join the Big 10 in 2024. NBC Sports will begin televising Big 10 games this year as part of a seven-year agreement with the conference.