Updated 07/12/2012 07:59 PM
New Paltz's solar car team gears up for their big race
SUNY New Paltz’s solar car team prepares to compete in its biggest race. As YNN’s Venise Toussaint tells us, the team is excited and ready to bring home the gold.
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HUDSON VALLEY, N.Y. -- SUNY New Paltz’s “Sun Hawk” shines at the Formula Sun Grand Prix, as the solar team gears up for the American Solar Challenge.
“It was a lot of hard work. I think everybody is at ease now that we’re actually going around the track. We put a lot of effort into this car,” said the team’s advisor, Mike Otis.
The six member New Paltz Solar Team is one of the smallest set to compete. In order to be considered the group had to build this complex car which runs completely on solar energy.
“I’m looking at the mold, the frame, the car and I’m like wow, I can’t believe me and my friends actually built this car ourselves,” said team member Colin Morrell.
The American Solar Challenge is the biggest solar race in the country, with teams from 18 colleges and universities competing. The race spans for eight days from Rochester, N.Y. to St. Paul, Minn.
“I'm really excited. All of us have been spending every single day, not even exaggerating, 22 to 23 hours a day the last four days. We probably slept maybe one to two hours a night,” added Julian De La Cruz.
Before the team hits the big track, it had to compete in the Grand Prix qualifying race at the Monticello Motor Club, where the car is judged on safety and road worthiness.
“We’re all glad to be here, throughout all the pain last week, it hurt, but now it’s finally paying off,” Morrell said.
The American Solar Challenge kicks off on Saturday.