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NEWS RELEASE

07-20-01

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

SMOOTH SAILING FOR TEAM PRISUM IN DAY 6 OF ASC

AMES, Iowa -- Iowa State University's solar car team, Team PrISUm, had plenty of sunshine in the sixth day of the American Solar Challenge. The team drove its Odyssey car from Amarillo, Texas, to just west of Santa Rosa, N.M., a distance of approximately 180 miles. Santa Rosa is about 100 miles east of Albuquerque.

"We had a good day. We covered a lot of ground even though we had to do it at a slower pace than we anticipated," said Nick Mohr, director of Team PrISUm. "It looks like we fixed the suspension problems we encountered yesterday. Tomorrow we want to travel up to 250 miles, making it to Gallup, N.M., by the end of the race day."

Mohr said team spirits are high, even though they are in the middle pack of solar racers. Lead teams in the ASC (University of Michigan, Queens University, and University Missouri-Rolla) are in Arizona. But that doesn't deter the Iowa State team, Mohr said.

"We're determined to do the best we can and continue to gain on the teams ahead of us," Mohr said.

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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