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NEWS RELEASE

07-18-01

Contacts:
Nick Mohr, Team PrISUm, (515) 451-5630
Skip Derra, News Service, (515) 294-4917

ISU GETS ON TRACK IN DAY 4 OF RACE

AMES, Iowa -- Aided by perfect solar car weather and a car that was responding to the challenge, the Iowa State University solar car team covered a lot of ground in the fourth day of racing in the American Solar Challenge. Team PrISUm raced from Neosho, Mo., to Edmond, Okla., a distance of 232 miles.

"We didn't have one glitch during today's racing," said Nick Mohr, director of Team PrISUm. "The skies were blue, there were no clouds and we feel we really were able to open the car up and see how it can perform, how it was designed to perform. We are very happy with what we accomplished today."

Mohr added that the ISU team will stick to its plans of trying to cover as much ground as possible in the next few days, trying to gain on some of the teams directly ahead of them and closing some of the distance to the leading pack of teams.

"We can't forget that we still have more than 1,400 miles to go," Mohr said. "That's a lot of ground to cover. A lot can happen as we head through the Southwest."

For official team standings go to www.formulasun.org/asc. To view where teams are on the race route, go to www.formulasun.org/asc/tracking/index.html. Team PrISUm also is charting its own progress and posting it on its web site, www.prisum.iastate.edu/asc/#map.

The American Solar Challenge, a 2,300-mile race is being held July 15-25. It is the longest solar car race ever attempted. The race course will follow along portions of old Route 66.

The American Solar Challenge is designed to advance renewable energy and electric vehicle technologies, promote educational and engineering excellence, encourage environmental consciousness and teach teamwork. This is the sixth major solar car race Iowa State students have participated in since 1990.

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