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06-22-1999

Clarkson Solar Knights Continue To Battle Gray Skies In Day Three Of Sunrayce '99

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (6/22/99) — All you need to know about day three of Sunrayce '99 can be summed up in six simple words: the sun finally came out today. To be sure, it was a brief appearance for only a few hours late this afternoon, but it was certainly welcomed by the Clarkson University team, who faced clouds and drizzle again this morning.

The Solar Knights, who were 11th overall entering day three of the competition, up from 19th at the end of day one, decided to trailer Hyperion today, even though they would be penalized for each uncompleted mile. [Official day-three race results were not available at this hour, but can be found late tonight at http://www.sunrayce.com/sunrayce/mobile/june22/ind ex.html ]

The car wasn't going to make it to the end of the day, anyway, said Project Administrator Craig Evans. "We probably would have gotten five miles out of it."

Instead of wasting time getting Hyperion on the starting line in Raleigh, he said, the team was better off to "just trailer it from there, incur the penalties, and get here sooner so we can get it on the [solar] array stand."

Electrical Team Leader Eric P. Carney said that the bad weather the last two days has affected race strategy. "It doesn't make for a good race. It takes the strategy out of it. It takes the fun out of it. Just trailering it here —it needed to be done, but it wasn't any fun."

All you can do is sit and wait, continued Carney, "and hopefully get enough power to get a couple of miles."

But sun doesn't look very likely tomorrow, as the weather calls for mostly cloudy skies for the next 24 hours.

You have to take it day by day, says Carney. "Every team is in pretty much the same boat we are, so, it's just a matter of keeping calm and playing it smart. But, we're battling back."

As for today's action, Kansas State became the first of the five Big XII Conference teams in the race to capture a stage. Kingston's Queens University notched their second straight second-place finish, and the University of Missouri-Rolla took third.

MORE INFORMATION ABOUT TODAY'S RACE IS AT http://www.sunrayce.com/sunrayce/mobile/june22/ind ex.html

[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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