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High-School Solar Car Race Now Underway in Texas
The Dell-Winston Solar Challenge, a three-day solar car race for high school students, began on July 17th at the Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas. The race alternates each year between a cross-country race and a closed-track race at the speedway. Twelve teams participated in this year's speedway event, although only 10 teams appear to have qualified for the race. After the first day of racing, the unofficial results show Team Harvester from Pampa High School in Pampa, Texas, winning the "classic" division, which sets restrictions on the car design and mandates standard commercially available solar cells. The team from the Houston Vocational Center out of Houston, Mississippi, was winning the "open" division, which allows advanced technologies, including high-efficiency solar cells. The California Solar Education Team, hailing from Covina, California, is the lone competitor in the "demonstration" division, which is open only to previous race alumni. The race is organized by The Winston School, based in Dallas, with Dell Computer Corporation as the title sponsor. See the current results (with real-time updates) and background information on the race Web site.