Dancing to a 13th win!
29 PALMS, Calif. – “We’re sitting really well right now,” said Houston Solar Race Team captain, Trey Franklin, as the team prepared for their final day of the racing in the Solar Challenge Tuesday.
It was an understatment at best.
After wrapping up Monday’s race and facing only 55.9 miles available to drive Tuesday, it was mathematically impossible for the Houston team to place anywhere but in front of all other contenders.
“We drove all 198.3 driving miles available from Wickenburge, Ariz., to 29 Palms, Calif., with 20 minutes to spare,” the team reported on their blog spot at the conclusion of Monday’s racing.
Although the team has battled cloudy skies and rainy weather and has not been able to race all available miles, they took a 40-mile lead over their closest competitor on the first day of racing and never looked back.
The team has not experienced any major technical or mechanical issues along the route.
“Some days have been cloudy and we couldn’t get all of our miles,” Franklin said. “But we haven’t had any problems, not even a flat tire yet and I can’t imagine how.”
The route from Texas to California is not the easiest to manage in a traditional vehicle, much less a solar-powered one, but the team did all their homework before they left the lab in Houston.
“The way Houston is always so successful is because we plan and prepare for everything to be as successful as possible,” Franklin said.
The Solar Challenge ended Tuesday afternoon in Los Angeles and the awards banquet was scheduled to be held that evening.
The Houston Solar Race Team competed in the Open Division against the Walnut Solar Team of Walnut, California. Ten teams competed in the Classic Division and two teams competed in the Advanced Division.
The Sundancer car bested not only the Walnut team in their division, but ran more miles than any other car in any division of the competition.
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