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Skip Derra, News Service, (515) 294-4917


AMES, Iowa -- Iowa State University's Team PrISUm used strategy to push the ExCYtor car through the hills of Missouri and complete the 165-mile course in roughly 7 hours and 40 minutes. The strategy to go slow and steady helped keep their car moving despite another cloudy and hazy day during Sunrayce 97.

ExCYtor was the 21st car to finish today's 165-mile leg of Sunrayce 97, from Godfrey, Ill., to Fulton, Mo. Team PrISUm began the day in 33rd place after two days of racing.

MIT is the overall leader of Sunrayce 97. They finished today's leg in 4 hours 4 minutes and 30 seconds for an average speed of 40.6 mph for the day. California State University, Los Angeles (40.2 mph) is second in the overall standings followed by the University of Waterloo (39.3). These unofficial standings do not take into account any penalties the teams may be assessed.

"We're ecstatic that we made it across the finish line," said Team PrISUm member Mikael Brown. "This was a complete day of strategy. Because it was cloudy, most teams held back and traveled 20 to 25 mph. Our electrical systems ran perfect, mechanical ran perfect. Towards the end of the day, the Sun came out and we sped up."

"We really didn't think we'd make it all the way through today," added Team PrISUm director Beth Hunter. "We tried to conserve energy and run as efficiently as possible and it paid off."

Tomorrow's leg of Sunrayce is 156 miles from Fulton to Lee's Summit, Mo., which is just southeast of Kansas City, Mo. Monday is an off day for all of the solar car teams.

Sunrayce 97 coincides with the week of the summer solstice. The 1,230-mile race began June 19 in Indianapolis and ends June 28 in Colorado Springs, Colo.

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The ISU News Service will provide daily updates on Team PrISUm to reporters covering the race. Contact Skip Derra, (515) 294-4917 or (515) 255-3422 (home).

Official race standings and times can be obtained by accessing the Sunrayce web site at

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