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06-20-1999

Solar Knights Finish 19th In Day One Of Sunrayce '99

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA. (6/20/99) — Constant rain and a broken shock made life difficult for the Clarkson Solar Knights on day one of Sunrayce '99, but not difficult enough to keep them from placing 19th after today's 115-mile run from Washington, D.C. to Charlottesville, Va.

Hyperion finished stage one in four hours and 52 minutes, averaging 23.74 mph over the distance. Like the 28 other cars in the race, Hyperion was forced by the inclement weather to rely on battery power to get them through the day.

With retired General Motors Vice President and Clarkson alumnus Ken Baker waving the green flag, driver Alison Green drove Hyperion across the starting line at exactly 10:06 a.m.

Starting seventh as a result of their strong showing in the qualifier, the Solar Knights started strong early on, but faced a setback when the right front shock of the car was damaged some 38 miles into the race. The team lost about 45 minutes of race time as they installed a replacement shock given to them by a team from the University of Missouri. After getting back on the road, the team was able to finish the stage with no further trouble.

Despite the setback, the team was far from discouraged after the afternoon's results.

Considering what happened today, I think 19th place was a very good finish, said Solar Knights mechanical leader Scott A. Leonard of Black River. "I think we'll be able to recover some of the lost time."

The Solar Knights will look to make up some of that lost time tomorrow in stage two, the longest of the nine — 198 miles from Charlottesville to Raleigh, N.C.

Sunrayce is a biennial, 10-day solar car race traveling this year from Washington, DC to EPCOT at Walt Disney World Resort. The race features college and university teams from across North America that design, build and drive cars powered solely by electricity from solar panels. Traveling through five eastern seaboard states, Sunrayce 99 is the fifth solar vehicle race staged by its three sponsors - the U.S. Department of Energy, General Motors (GM) and EDS.

MORE INFORMATION ABOUT TODAY'S RACE IS AT http://www.sunrayce.com/sunrayce/mobile/june20/ind ex.html

SUNRAYCE WILL UPLINK TWO MORE VIDEO NEWS RELEASES WITH EXTENSIVE RACE FOOTAGE ON THE AFTERNOONS OF JUNE 25 AND 29. FOR TECHNICAL INFORMATION ON SATELLITE FEEDS, PLEASE CALL MEDIA TECHNOLOGIES AT 202-887-8700.]-30-

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Michael P. Griffin, director of News & Digital Content Services, at 315-268-6716 or mgriffin@clarkson.edu.]

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