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


AMES, Iowa -- Overcast conditions didn't last too long for Iowa State University's solar car team, Team PrISUm, which out ran the clouds in the morning and managed to travel from Grants, N.M. to Flagstaff, Ariz., in the eighth day of racing in the American Solar Challenge. The ISU team drove its Odyssey car a total distance of nearly 260 miles today.

"This was our longest day on the road. The car ran great and the team worked well together," said Nick Mohr, director of Team PrISUm. "We accomplished what we set out to accomplish today. It was our best day so far."

Mohr said the team encountered some morning clouds, but they managed out run them and hit blue sky from about 3 p.m. through the end of the race day (6 p.m. local time).

"We are really pulling together now as a team and its showing in how well we're performing on the road," Mohr said. "We hope to cover a similar amount of mileage tomorrow and start making our way through California."

As of 7 p.m. (CST) on July 22, five teams had made it into Barstow Calif. Those five are University of Michigan, Queens University, University of Missouri-Rolla, University of Minnesota and Kansas State University. MIT and Principia College are nearby. All teams must meet in Barstow, Calif., by Tuesday evening for a staged final leg of the race from Barstow to Claremont, Calif., on Wednesday.

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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