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Patrick Booher, Sunrayce Program Manager
Lee's Summit, MO -- Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) took Day IV and maintained the overall lead as sunrayce 97 completed its fourth day. The elapsed time for the day for the Manta GT was 3:26:45. Second place went to University of Waterloo, 3:29:02. University of Minnesota came in third place with a time of 3:31:24.
According to Pat Booher, Sunrayce 97 Co-Director, Department of Energy, team strategy over the last two days played a large part in determining the standings. "Teams have basically two major strategies when there are mixed skies. The first is to run a conservative race to save energy and ensure that you can finish. The second is to go all out and bet on attaining good sun early enough in the day to replenish the batteries, as such a fast pace will deplete them. Yesterday's teams were able to outrun the clouds and get to the finish line and charge. Today the teams could do basically the same thing."
The daily teamwork and safety award went to Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University for exceptional deployment of traffic safety equipment. The daily Sportsmanship award went to Texas A&M University for being helpful to passing traffic and solar vehicles.
The team's will have a day of rest Monday. Sunrayce 97 continues Tuesday with a 152-mile stretch to Manhattan, KS Tuesday's midday stop will be in Topeka, KS.
Sunrayce 97 is a solar cross-country event that runs from Indianapolis to Colorado Springs, CO. The 10-day event will pass through Indiana, Illinois, Missouri, Kansas and Colorado and is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy, EDS and General Motors.
(See Sunrayce Website for the official race results for the day.)