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Global students racing to catch rays in Hastings

By John Huthmacher, Hastings Tribune

A field of 21 collegiate clubs from around the globe are spending a week in Hastings to catch rays at the Formula Sun Grand Prix 2018 at Motorsport Park Hastings through July 12. Universities representing the U.S., Russia, Canada, Australia, Italy and Saudi Arabia will compete in eight-hour qualifying heats Tuesday through Thursday at the track in hopes of earning a trip to the bi-yearly American Solar Challenge Road Event from Omaha to Oregon July 13-22.

The three-day race runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday at MPH, 427 S. Showboat Blvd. Admission is free but visitors must sign a standard waiver and wear a wrist band while on the grounds. Team members will visit with the public as their schedules allow. Parking is available by the security station. Read the entire article here.

DISPLAY DAY & START LINE

Following the track race, teams will move to the starting point of the American Solar Challenge in Omaha, Nebraska at Lewis & Clark Landing. This is where the display day and multi-occupant judging will take place.

Display: July 13, 3:00-7:00pm
Start Line: July 14 at 8:00am

Nebraskans for Solar will be among organizations hosting booths at the American Solar Challenge Display Day at Lewis & Clark Landing on July 13. Please join us for a solar activity for all ages as you visit representatives from local nonprofits.

For the road portion of the event, teams can expect a journey covering more than 1,700 miles. The route will cover portions of the Oregon Trail from Nebraska to Oregon. Stops include Grand Island on July 14 and Gering on July 15 – 16.

For additional details, see our calendar or visit: americansolarchallenge.org.

American Solar Challenge hosted at Motorsport Park Hastings

By Connie Weight, NTV

The competition includes four days of inspection, three days of racing on the track, then off to Omaha to begin the road race to Oregon. The public is encouraged to watch the Formula Sun Grand Prix at Motorsports Park Hastings on July 10 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on July 11-12. The cars will be on display in Grand Island at the Stuhr Museum on July 14, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. More information including schedules, teams and event tracking can be found at americansolarchallenge.org.
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Solar racers preparing for cross-country trip
By Julie Blum, The Grand Island Independent

HASTINGS — The vehicles parked at Motorsport Park Hastings aren’t your typical race cars. Some look more like small flying saucers on wheels with their sleek, aerodynamic designs. Actually, they are solar-powered cars that are featured in the 2018 American Solar Challenge. Collegiate teams from around the globe brought their vehicles to Hastings Friday in hopes that their creations will be good enough to take part in the cross-country race. Before teams can take off for a 1,700-mile journey that will start in Omaha and finish in Bend, Ore., the vehicles have to go through a process called scrutineering where each car is evaluated for safety and other functions.

HASTINGS EVENTS / DISPLAY DAY & START LINE AT LEWIS & CLARK LANDING IN OMAHA

Hosting both the scrutineering and Formula Sun Grand Prix portions of the event will be Motorsport Park Hastings in Hastings, Nebraska. The 2018 Formula Sun Grand Prix will be the first at the 2.15 mile track.

Following the track race, teams will move to the starting point of the American Solar Challenge in Omaha, Nebraska at Lewis & Clark Landing. This is where the display day and multi-occupant judging will take place.

Display: July 13, 3:00-7:00pm
Start Line: July 14 at 8:00am

Nebraskans for Solar will be among organizations hosting booths at the American Solar Challenge Display Day at Lewis & Clark Landing on July 13. Please join us for a solar activity for all ages as you visit representatives from local nonprofits.

For the road portion of the event, teams can expect a journey covering more than 1,700 miles. The route will cover portions of the Oregon Trail from Nebraska to Oregon. Stops include Grand Island on July 14 and Gering on July 15 – 16.

For additional details, see our calendar or visit: americansolarchallenge.org.

Solar car racers motoring into G.I.

By Julie Blum, Grand Island Independent

Solar cars traveling in a 1,700-mile cross-country trip will be cruising into Grand Island next week. The Stuhr Museum will be the first checkpoint stop for participants after the race gets underway earlier in the day in Omaha on July 14. The 2018 American Solar Challenge has collegiate racers traveling from Nebraska to Oregon in solar-powered vehicles they created. They will spend nine days on the road driving west along U.S. highways, state roads and secondary roads following portions of the Oregon Trail. There are 24 teams that have registered for the race. That number will be whittled down through a qualifying process July 6-12 that includes vehicle inspections and the Formula Sun Grand Prix. The inspections and the track race will be held at Motorsport Park Hastings. Continue here.

ALSO IN THE NEWS

Electrek is sponsoring the American Solar Challenge! Join Us!

By Sam Weintraub, Electrek Publisher and Editor

We’re proud to announce Electrek is sponsoring the American Solar Challenge this year. The 2018 event (PDF Flyer), which begins next weekend, will see racers take their Solar-powered “cars” from OmahaNebraska to BendOregon loosely through the Oregon Trail. I use quotes because to get the watts/mile equation on these vehicles to within what’s possible with a car footprint solar array, you’ll essentially need 4-wheeled electric bicycles.

The American Solar Challenge (ASC) is a multi-day, 1,500-2,000 mile cross-country endurance rally across North America. The event is typically held every other year during the summer and is open to collegiate level solar car teams from countries all over the world. The routes have varied greatly over the course of the event’s rich history, but they are always designed to provide teams with a great opportunity to demonstrate their solar cars under real world driving conditions and thoroughly test the reliability of all onboard systems.

Click image, below, to link to the American Solar Challenge on Facebook. 

TRACK AND ROUTE / DISPLAY DAY AT LEWIS & CLARK LANDING IN OMAHA

Hosting both the scrutineering and Formula Sun Grand Prix portions of the event will be Motorsport Park Hastings in Hastings, Nebraska. The 2018 Formula Sun Grand Prix will be the first at the 2.15 mile track.

Following the track race, teams will move to the starting point of the American Solar Challenge in Omaha, Nebraska at Lewis & Clark Landing. This is where the display day and multi-occupant judging will take place.

Display: July 13, 3:00-7:00pm
Start Line: July 14 at 8:00am

(Nebraskans for Solar will be among organizations sponsoring booths at the American Solar Challenge display day at Lewis & Clark Landing on July 13).

For the road portion of the event, teams can expect a journey covering more than 1,700 miles. The route will cover portions of the Oregon Trail from Nebraska to Oregon; the stops are listed here: ASC 2018 Route Book Download

Additional details are posted on our calendar and here.

Teams arrive for Solar Challenge race

By Alex Zorn, Beatrice Daily Sun

Beatrice - Solar Challenge

Homestead National Monument was a pit stop for solar-powered vehicles on Thursday, serving as one of nine designated stops for the American Solar Challenge. The challenge is a collegiate competition in which students are traveling 1,975 miles from Ohio to South Dakota in personally designed solar cars. The University of Michigan was the first team in and the first team out at Homestead on Thursday morning and appeared to be favorites to win the American Solar Challenge. Continue reading.