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July 09, 2003

Thirty Solar Cars to Race on Route 66 Starting July 13th

The American Solar Challenge hits the road once again on July 13th, as teams of students from 30 universities demonstrate their technical prowess on solar-powered cars racing across 2,300 miles of historic Route 66. Beginning in Chicago, the road race winds its way down to northern Texas, then across the desert Southwest, ending in Los Angeles on July 23rd. The race is divided into four stages, with nine checkpoints along the way. And throughout this year's race, daily reports from the road, race standings, and photos will be posted on the American Solar Challenge Web site. Be sure to follow along!

For more background information on the race, see the DOE press release.

A glimpse of what's to come was revealed back in late May, when the University of Michigan (U-M) team-the winner of the 2001 race-unveiled its new solar racer. The team took advantage of new race rules that allow the team to use a larger solar array if it is also willing to carry a passenger. That's right, this year's U-M car is a two-seater. But looking at the car, we're guessing the passenger won't be likely to have a pleasant ride! See the U-M Solar Car Team's Web site and press release.