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Sunseeker runs into technical trouble after successful race start
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Sunseeker runs into technical trouble after successful race start

by Cheryl Roland
July 16, 2012, WMU News


KALAMAZOO--Western Michigan University's Sunseeker solar racing team finished the first day of the 2012 American Solar Challenge cross-country race in fourth place opting for a conservative strategy to make the most of its battery power in cloudy conditions.

On the second day of the event, racers were buffeted by storms and torrential rainfall, and Sunseeker developed electronic problems becoming one of seven of the race's 11 remaining vehicles that did not make it to the Mansfield, Ohio, checkpoint by the time it closed Sunday. The WMU team ended its day by trailering to Ann Arbor, Mich., Monday's designated overnight stop.

The race began at 9 a.m. Saturday, July 14, in Rochester, N.Y., and the first day's racing ended nearly 162 miles later in Erie, Pa. The first car, the University of Michigan's entry, arrived in Erie just after 1 p.m. Iowa State University, the University of Minnesota...

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