Solar race kick-off dinner draws dignitaries
July 13, 2001
KALAMAZOO -- More than 600 people are expected attend a kick-off
dinner this evening, July 13, at Western Michigan University
for the American Solar Challenge cross-country race that will
begin Sunday, July 15, in Chicago. Those attending will include
officials from the U.S. Department of Energy, area legislators,
founders of the biennial event and members of the 33 solar race
car teams set to compete in the July 15-25 event.
The dinner is by invitation only and will be held in the Bernhard Center on the WMU campus beginning at 6:30 p.m. In addition to serving as the kick-off event for the national race, the event is the concluding activity for the July 9-13 WMU Formula Sun Grand Prix, the final qualifying activity for American Solar Challenge. ASC officials will use the event to present up to 12 team awards based on the results of the WMU event.
On Saturday morning, July 14, race competitors who have spent the week at WMU, will head for Chicago to prepare for the start of the ASC race the following day. The race will begin at 9 a.m. Sunday, July 15, and conclude 10 days and 2,300 miles later in Claremont, Calif., after traveling historic Route 66 without using a drop of gas.
Media contact: Cheryl Roland, 616 387-8400, firstname.lastname@example.org