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October 15, 2003

Australia's "World Solar Challenge" Car Race Starts October 19th

The seventh annual "World Solar Challenge" kicks off in Darwin, Australia, on Sunday, October 19th. Race organizers announced on Tuesday that 23 solar cars from 10 countries have entered the race, which runs 1,870 miles (3,010 kilometers) down the center of the Australian continent, ending in Adelaide on October 28th. Unlike the American Solar Challenge, which is divided into four stages, the World Solar Challenge is run in one stage. That allows the teams to travel as far as they can each day, although they must stop by 5 p.m. Apart from compulsory stops at seven checkpoints, the teams are on their own in the Australian outback. See the World Solar Challenge Web site, and check for the latest news from the race, as well as information about the teams, on the Web site's "Daily Updates" page.