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Newest edition of Sunseeker unveiled Thursday

June 9, 2010

KALAMAZOO--With their participation in the American Solar Challenge race across the United States just a month away, students at Western Michigan University will unveil the 2010 edition of their Sunseeker solar race car during a brief ceremony at 11 a.m. Thursday, June 10, in front of the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences on WMU's Parkview Campus.

The new version of Sunseeker has been in development for the past 18 months and will bear the WMU colors for the 2010 Formula Sun Grand Prix and American Solar Challenge. The FSGP track race will take place June 16-18 in Cresson, Texas. The ASC cross-country road race start June 20 in Tulsa, Okla., and conclude June 26 in Chicago.

This year's race marks the ninth time WMU students have participated in the biennial solar race. Collegiate competitors in the 2010 event will race for 1,100 miles through four states on a route chosen to combine pieces of routes used in previous events, adding a bit of a historical tribute for the 20 years of organized solar racing events in North America.

A total of 19 teams from universities around the nation and from Canada, Taiwan and Germany are registered to compete. The roster of qualified teams will be finalized during four days of scrutineering slated for June 12-15 in Texas.

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Media contact: Thom Myers, (269) 387-8400, thom.myers@wmich.edu

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