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The University of Oklahoma College of Engineering will host the American Solar Challenge (learn more at their website)  stopover July 22-23, 2014 at the Lloyd Noble Center (LNC) in Norman, Oklahoma. We expect 20-25 university teams (both national and international) and a total of 400-500 participants. Teams will arrive at the LNC starting at noon through dinner-time on Tuesday, July 22 and depart the LNC at one minute intervals beginning at 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday, July 23. All vehicles should depart the LNC by 10:00 a.m. on July 23.

The 2014 American Solar Challenge is an 8 day 1700+ mile road course traveling through seven states from Austin, TX to St. Paul/Minneapolis, MN. The race is organized in five stages with Stage One - the starting point in Austin, TX with a checkpoint in Weatherford, TX on Mon., July 21 and a stage stop on Tues., July 22 in Norman. It is organized by Innovators Educational Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization that is supported with 100% volunteers. ASC is typically held every other year during the summer and is open to collegiate solar car teams from countries all over the world.

ASC is a unique competition which promotes educational excellence and celebrates engineering creativity while fueled by the spirit of friendly competition and teamwork. Each team designs and builds a solar-powered vehicle within a set of rules, which then must pass a series of inspections and successfully complete a track qualifier to prove the roadworthiness of the vehicle. Qualifying for ASC is an accomplishment in itself.

ABOUT THE RACE: The ASC route is broken into a series of stages with mandatory stops along the way to interact with the public and media as well as check-in with event staff for timing purposes and updates. To finish ASC, teams will face hilly terrain, normal traffic conditions and unpredictable weather, all while carefully managing their power. Winning this competition is a combination of a reliable car, efficient driving and a good strategy. The winner of ASC is determined by the total elapsed time to complete the race route.

If you have questions or need additional information, please contact Mr. Jimmy Cannon at, (405) 740-2834 or Mr. Dan Seesholtz at, (405) 315-2683.