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Sunrayce 97 Continues

Day 8 - St. Francis, Kan. to Limon, Colo.

For more information contact:
Patrick Booher, Sunrayce Program Manager
(202) 586-0713

Limon, Colo. -- A close race continues after day eight of Sunrayce 97 with less than a minute between the day's top three finishers. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) crossed the finish line first with a time of 2:58:44, University of Waterloo came in second at 2:59:19, and Stanford University/UC - Berkeley rounded out the top three with a time of 2:59:34.

The overall top three teams have total elapsed times that are less than an hour apart. California State University - Los Angeles is still leading the race with an overall time of 27:04:40. MIT is approximately 20 minutes behind at 27:24:32, and Stanford University/UC - Berkeley is third at 27:59:46. The top average speed is 43:04 miles per hour.

According to Rayce co-manager Dan Eberle, "Sunrayce 97 is the best race we've ever had. I've been involved in most of the solar car races in the world and this year we've had the best sun, the best cars and the highest morale among the students and staff. I also, think that the teams are better prepared this year."

Sunrayce 97 will conclude tomorrow in Colorado Springs. The vehicles will leave Limon at 10:00 a.m. MDT and arrive in Old Colorado City at Bancroft Park on Colorado Ave. And 24th St.

Sunrayce 97 is a solar cross-country event that runs from Indianapolis to Colorado Springs, Co. The event passes through Indiana, Illinois, Missouri,, Kansas and Colorado and is sponsored by General Motors, the U.S. Department of Energy and EDS.

(See Sunrayce Website for the official race results for the day.)