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University of Missouri-Rolla Wins American Solar Challenge
The University of Missouri-Rolla took first place on July 23rd in the American Solar Challenge, the 2,300-mile solar car race from Chicago to Los Angeles. Missouri-Rolla claimed the lead on the fourth race day and never let it go, averaging nearly 43.3 miles per hour overall and beating the record time from the 2001 race by more than four hours. The University of Minnesota came in second, nearly five hours behind Missouri-Rolla, while the University of Waterloo took third place. The race is sponsored by DOE, DOE's National Renewable Energy Laboratory, BP Solar, and EDS. See the American Solar Challenge Web site.
Meanwhile, the Houston Solar Car Team has won the Dell-Winston Solar Challenge. The high-school team from Houston, Mississippi, logged 689.2 miles on the road (as opposed to transporting the vehicle by trailer), hit a top speed of 64 miles per hour, and averaged 23.1 miles per hour along the 1,500-mile course. Rainy weather toward the end of the race slowed the average speed of the vehicles. This year marked the tenth anniversary of the solar car race for high-school students. See the Dell press release and the Dell-Winston Solar Challenge Web site.