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Qualifying Day 1

All things considered, today was a pretty successful day on the track. We were easily turning hot laps for a good portion of the day; we believe we currently hold the track record.

Although the team qualified the car relatively quickly and early today (we were the second to do so), we have been plagued by all sorts of electrical and mechanical bugs ("features," as we sometimes call them) that have hampered our progress in the race for pole position. After getting Jeff qualified on our 70th lap, all of our drivers and the car were cleared to drive in the race. We elected to pull the car in to the pits and fix as many problems as we could today, since having a good car on the road Sunday is a lot more important than starting first.

After a marathon effort by electrical and mechanical teams, we put the car out on the track with about 2 hours to go on the day. We turned as many laps as we could, and then charged the car for the evening.

Currently, we stand in second place (Michigan is in first), and expect to keep up with the competition with minimal pitting tomorrow.

--David Towey
Crew Chief


Way to go team! Keep up the great work, I love it that you've named your "challenges" as "features", that's great humor! Be well, race far and fast - this is very exciting for all of us back home.
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Go team go!

I can't believe how excited I am for all of you, and the race hasn't even started yet! Thanks for the updates. It's so nice to hear how things are going for you. Keep up the great work! I hope you're having fun, too. That's important in life. Be well!

From the Kentucky blog:

"At approximately 3:45 p.m. C.S.T. on Thursday, July 10th the UK Solar Car Team became the 4th team to qualify for the North American Solar Challenge cross-country rayce... ...In fact, it was reported by one official rayce observer that Mark posted the 2nd fastest single lap of the day at 2 minutes 57 seconds. (The fastest lap was completed by Minnesota at 2 minutes 47 seconds.)"

So happy to be able to track you guys! We'll be watching and cheering you on! Glad to hear Jeff will be driving. The Rothering's are proud of you Jeff! You rock! You will be in our thoughts. Love ya!

Nice job on the lap times team!!! Keep it up! You guys have done and are doing great!! Best of luck! Go Jeff!

BIG BBQ at the Heller farm in Pine Island if you guys beat Michigan ... ok, we can still have the BBQ, but the person doing the BBQing will be much happier knowing Michigan got beat by you.

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