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06-24-1999

Clouds Continue To Plague Sunrayce '99

ATLANTA, GA. (6/24/99) — Overcast skies and steady rain greeted Clarkson University's Solar Knights this morning, beginning day five of Sunrayce '99 in Clemson, S.C.

Clarkson came in number 20 today, and now stands at number 15 overall, out of the 29 teams.

At the race start, the Ohio State University trailer was involved in an accident about one mile past the starting line. The accident occurred at approximately 10:10 a.m., after 10 teams had already left. No students were injured, and the team won the daily sportsmanship for its professionalism in handling the accident. After a 90-minute delay, Sunrayce officials led a caravan of 19 teams, including Clarkson, away from the start and past the accident scene. The race resumed immediately after.

If we had dropped another two volts, we would have lost power completely, said the Solar Knights' Jason L. Camps, referring to the amount of power needed to drive up the inclines.

It was a good day for the "show me state" as Missouri colleges took two of the top three places. Unofficial results show the University of Missouri-Rolla and the University of Missouri-Columbia, finishing second and third, respectively, with Queen's University finishing first.

Although, the sun appeared briefly after heavy rain as the teams entered Atlanta today, clouds quickly moved in again. The forecast calls for partly cloudy skies on Friday, with a chance of isolated thunderstorms over the weekend.

Tomorrow is a rest day for all teams involved. They will spend the day charging their cars at Georgia Institute of Technology, although weather conditions may affect how much energy they will be able to put into their vehicles. The cars will also be displayed to the public. The race resumes Saturday with stage six, a 165-mile run from Atlanta to Macon, Ga.

SUNRAYCE WILL UPLINK TWO MORE VIDEO NEWS RELEASES WITH EXTENSIVE RACE FOOTAGE ON THE AFTERNOONS OF JUNE 25 AND 29. FOR TECHNICAL INFORMATION ON SATELLITE FEEDS, PLEASE CALL MEDIA TECHNOLOGIES AT 202-887-8700.]-30-

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Michael P. Griffin, director of News & Digital Content Services, at 315-268-6716 or mgriffin@clarkson.edu.]

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