News Service


Allen Ihlefeld, Team PrISUm, (515) 231-0363
Skip Derra, News Service, (515) 294-4917


AMES, Iowa -- Iowa State's PrISUm Phoenix solar car is in 5th place overall after being the 12th car to cross the finish line in Day 6 of Sunrayce 99. PrISUm Phoenix completed the 165-mile route (Atlanta to Macon, Ga.) in 6 hours, 56 minutes and 1 second (6:56:01) and had an average speed of 23.77 mph.

The first team to complete today's leg of Sunrayce 99 was the University of Missouri-Rolla, which did so in 5:20:53, with an average speed of 30.82 mph. They were followed by Queen's University, which completed the course in 5:34:02 (29.61 mph); Kansas State University in 5:48:13 (28.40 mph); and Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in 5:52:34 (28.05 mph).

Iowa State began the day in 4th place overall. Official times and standings after six days of Sunrayce 99 can be obtained by accessing

Today's racing was marked by some sunshine and a lot clouds and rain.

"We decided to run the car conservatively today because it looked like rain all day," said Team PrISUm director Allen Ihlefeld. "We feel like we are in a good position to begin moving up in the standings during the last three days of the race."

Team PrISUm received a Sportsmanship Award from Sunrayce organizers for loaning a battery to the team from the University of Arizona.

Tomorrow's leg of Sunrayce is one of the longest, 199 miles from Macon, Ga., to Tallahassee, Fla.

Sunrayce 99 coincides with the week of the summer solstice. The 1,424-mile race began June 20 in Washington, D.C., and ends June 29 in Orlando, Fla.

Sunrayce is an ongoing educational program that culminates in a biennial cross-country race of solar-powered cars. The program is open to colleges, universities, trade schools and other post-secondary educational institutions.

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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.

Team PrISUm's Web site includes images and updates on the team's performance.

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