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.