Sunrayce 97 UpdateFor more information contact:
Gerald M. Wilson
Sunrayce 97 Press Center
Indianapolis, Ind., June 17, 1997-- Qualifying for Sunrayce 97 concluded today with 36 teams certified to compete in the event that begins on Thursday, June 19. Taking the pole position is George Washington University.
To qualify, each car must pass a battery of safety, electrical, mechanical, and handling/ performance tests that meet stringent safety, operational, and maneuverability requirements. If a car does not meet these standards, it is not permitted to run in the event.
Sunrayce 97 is a solar cross country staged race that runs from Indianapolis to Colorado Springs, Colorado. The 10-day event will cross through Indiana, Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, and Colorado.
Sponsored by General Motors, EDS and the U.S. Department of Energy, Sunrayce is a multifaceted public/private partnership involving thousands of students as well as educational institutions, towns, cities, businesses and federal and local government. Since its inception in 1990, more than 6,000 students and over 175 colleges and universities have participated "hands-on" in Sunrayce events, whether in vehicle design and testing or in actual competition.
"By encouraging students to pursue technical careers, Sunrayce helps develop a future resource of scientists, engineers and other experts to lead the nation in technology development, industrial competitiveness and technical innovation," say Sunrayce organizers.
The 36 teams that qualified will officially kick off at 10 a.m. on June 19 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
(See Sunrayce Website for the official race results for the day.)