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Sunseeker in sixth place at end of day one

July 18, 2005

WEATHERFORD, Texas--Western Michigan University's solar car, Sunseeker, was in sixth place at the close of the first day of racing in the North American Solar Challenge.

Sunseeker completed the 211-mile run from Austin, Texas, to Weatherford in four hours and 48 minutes cumulative time. The race will resume under cloudy skies today at 9 a.m. (CDT). A total of 20 cars made it through pre-race events to qualify for the 2,500-mile Austin to Calgary, Alberta, race.

Teams from the University of Michigan, University of Minnesota and Massachusetts Institute of Technology currently hold first, second and third places, respectively, with Michigan and Minnesota's times just one minute apart. Michigan's first-place cumulative time is four hours and three minutes.

In fourth place is the University of Missouri-Rolla, winner of the previous solar race in 2003. The University of Waterloo holds fifth place with a 15-minute lead over Sunseeker.

Cars left the starting line in Austin at one-minute intervals, with the order based on their performance during the race's qualifying events. Sunseeker was the 10th car over the starting line.

For more information, visit www.americansolarchallenge.org on the Web.

Media contact: Cheryl Roland, 269 387-8400, cheryl.roland@wmich.edu

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