SOLAR CAR: Friday, July 18, 2014

The 2014 Houston Solar Car Team poses with their vehicle, Sundancer, at the shop at the Houston School of Science and Technology. The team is made up of Malick Lawrence, from left, Jackson Whitt, Matthew Hood, Hayden Powell, Kristen Black, Cody Gordillo, Greg Hollingsworth, Allyson Taylor and Zack Mixon. (Courtesy Photo)

The 2014 Houston Solar Car Team poses with their vehicle, Sundancer, at the shop at the Houston School of Science and Technology. The team is made up of Malick Lawrence, from left, Jackson Whitt, Matthew Hood, Hayden Powell, Kristen Black, Cody Gordillo, Greg Hollingsworth, Allyson Taylor and Zack Mixon. (Courtesy Photo)

Today is Team Check Day with the car and crew required to attend a variety of meetings and race events.

Teams will formally register this afternoon and a group meeting of all solar car racers and advisor/instructors will be held tonight in the ballroom of the Dallas/Fort Worth Marriott Hotel.

Prior to that a meeting of all safety crew members will be held to go over a long list of strict safety requirements for the car, pit crew, chase vehicles and trailers. The Solar Car Challenge has never had a serious accident involving a solar car and race officials are ticky about safety.

Greg Hollingsworth is the safety officer for the Houston Solar Car. His assistant is Hayden Powell.

A meeting for all navigators will also be held today. Navigators will be given the race schedule and route and told the details of getting their car from Point A to Point B. An error in navigation, especially on the road-race part of the trip costs the team time and race points.

Matthew Hood is the navigator of the Houston Solar Car.

Scrutineering will begin tomorrow at Texas Motor Speedway and will require the team to present their car for a compete engineering examination. The car will also be checked for safety features, measured and weighed.

The team will also have all paperwork check by race officials on Saturday.

A social event for all Solar Car Team will be held at Liberty Christian Academy Saturday night.

Sunday will see the second round of scrutineering and a final check of the race vehicle. Race officials will clear the vehicle for racing in the 2014 Solar Car Challenge at that time.

The Opening Banquet will be held Sunday evening at the  Dallas/Fort Worth Marriott Hotel.

Racing starts at 9 a.m. Monday morning on a closed circuit at the Texas Motor Speedway.

Road racing begins Wednesday from Fort Worth to Waco.

 

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