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


AMES, Iowa -- Iowa State University's solar car team officially finished 16th in the 2001 American Solar Challenge. Team PrISUm, driving its Odyssey solar car, completed the 2,247-mile course in 92 hours and 39 minutes (92:39:00).

The University of Michigan won the race with a total elapsed time of 56:10:46. The University of Missouri-Rolla (57:30:52) was second, followed by the University of Waterloo (62:00:18). For a complete final standings go to www.formulasun.org/asc.

The Iowa State team made considerable headway in the second half of the ASC, consistently finishing among the top cars as they raced across the desert southwest.

"We really pulled together as a team and kept the car on the road from Tulsa to Claremont," said Nick Mohr, director of Team PrISUm. "We covered more than 1,000 miles in roughly four days of racing toward the end of the ASC. I'm proud of what we accomplished."

The ISU team will remain in California and take part in an Energy Technology Show at the San Bernardino County Fairgrounds this weekend. The team expects to be back in Ames on Aug. 1.

Thirty teams began the American Solar Challenge in Chicago, July 15. At nearly 2,300 miles, it was the longest solar car race ever attempted. The race course followed portions of old Route 66. The ASC was designed to advance renewable energy and electric vehicle technologies, promote educational and engineering excellence, encourage environmental consciousness and teach teamwork.

Below is the list of ISU students, with hometowns, who participated in the ASC.

Project Leaders
Project Director: Nick Mohr, Pleasant Valley, Iowa
Assistant Director: Ben Nimmergut, Palatine, Ill.
Systems Integration Director: Dwight Brown, Ankeny, Iowa

Team Captains
Electrical: John Burns, Marshalltown, Iowa
Race Strategy: Mike Dorman, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Solar Array: Brennan Downes, Wheaton, Ill.
Mechanical: Adam Binderup, Omaha, Neb.; and Jake Strait, Perry, Iowa

Ross Fischer, Des Moines, Iowa
Tim Lappe, Wesley, Iowa
Cassie Reichter, Bloomington, Minn.
Katie Strachan, Ankeny, Iowa

Support Personnel
Colin Burnett, Nevada, Iowa, Strategy Team
Joe Distefano, Norfolk, Neb., Electrical Team
Scott Goric, Dubuque, Iowa, Mechanical Team
Haley McBride, Fort Dodge, Iowa, Mechanical Team
Clint Miller, Hamburg, Iowa, Support Team
Valerie Sandefur, Albuquerque, Support Team
Rob Smith, Tama, Iowa, Electrical/Array Team
Stephanie Yungk, Minooka, Ill., Support Team

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