FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 05/06/97
Contact: Margie Yu,
Public Affairs Assistant
in the Sunrayce 97 Western Regional Qualifier
Los Angeles, CA -- May 6, 1997 --- The Cal State L.A.
Solar Eagle III placed first at the Sunrayce 97
Western Regional Qualifier held recently in Mesa, Arizona,
with a qualifying mileage of 273.60 for a total of 152 laps.
This preliminarily positions Solar Eagle III second in the starting
order for the exciting Sunrayce 97 in June, following George Washington
University whose solar car placed first in the Eastern Regional
Qualifier with a qualifying mileage of 276.86 for a total of 127
Solar Eagle III -- the University's third student-built, solar-powered
vehicle -- is the only university entry from the City of Los Angeles
in the upcoming Sunrayce 97, the nation's only collegiate solar-powered
electric car race sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy,
EDS, and General Motors. The University's first two solar cars
won 4th and 3rd place, respectively, in the 1990 Sunrayce USA
and in Sunrayce 93.
Sunrayce 97, a nine-day race from June 19-June 28, will cover
a 1,200 mile cross-country route from Indianapolis, Indiana to
Colorado Springs, Colorado. As a participant in this event, Solar
Eagle III will be competing against 40 universities in the United
States, Canada and Mexico.
For more information, call Cal State L.A.'s School of Engineering
and Technology at (323) 343-4494. Solar Eagle Hotline [for Sunrayce
updates] is (323) 343-4545.