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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
( June 19, 1997)
AREA STUDENTS ON SDSM& T’S SOLAR MOTION TEAM
COMPETING IN SUNRAYCE ’ 97
Mike James and Zach Spencer of Lincoln are members of the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology Solar Motion team which is competing in Sunrayce ’ 97. Mike, a mechanical engineering major at SDSM& T, is the son of Tom and Shirley Jones of Lincoln. He is one of two students who will be driving South Dakota Tech’s car. Zach, who is also a mechanical engineering major at SDSM& T, is the son of Brian and Linda Spencer of Lincoln. He is a communications leader for the solar team.
SDSM& T’s car, named Dakota Sun, is one of 36 solar- powered vehicles which qualified to enter the biennial intercollegiate competition. SDSM& T is the only university in an 11- state region ( Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington and Wyoming) to enter a vehicle in Sunrayce ’ 97. South Dakota Tech will be competing against many larger universities, some of whose enrollments are 10 or 15 times higher -- such as UCLA, University of Minnesota, Purdue, and Virginia Tech.
Sunrayce ’ 97 started today, Thursday, June 19, in Indianapolis and will finish ten days later in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The race is sponsored by General Motors, Electronics Data Systems, and the Department of Energy. Dakota Sun began the long- distance race of solar- powered vehicles across America’s heartland in the 32nd position.
SDSM& T’s Solar Motion team has its own web site and will be updating the web site throughout Sunrayce ’ 97 with race developments and photos as they occur. The web site address is : www. enetis. net/~ chy/. Additional information about Sunrayce ’ 97 can be obtained through the Sunrayce web site at www. sunrayce. com.
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