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No Teams Finish Sunrayce Day Eight; Final Run Tomorrow
OCALA, FLA. (6/28/99) - Surprise, surprise.
For the first time in Sunrayce '99, Neither the University of Missouri-Rolla, nor Queen's University made it across the finish line.
Then again, neither did anybody else.
By 6.p.m. this evening, stage eight had the dubious distinction of beingone in which no car completed the day's racing. After eight days ofconstant rain that turned Sunrayce '99 into something more likeRaincrawl'99, tomorrow's ninth and final stage should have all 29 cars out on theroad and making the mad dash for Walt Disney World's EPCOT Center inOrlando. The 81-mile run is the shortest distance in the race.
Clarkson placed number 12 when today's elapsed time and penalties were finally totaled up, moving up to 16th overall.
The team drove Hyperion about 90 miles before pulling over to rechargethecar's batteries, then trailering the car for the remainder of the route.
But they weren't alone, as several other teams decided to either trailerafter hitting the road or trailer from start to finish. Usual suspectsMissouri-Rolla and Queen's, who have taken turns occupying the daily topspot, failed to bring their cars across the line.
Rain, however, did not keep the curious from coming to Central FloridaCommunity College to check out Helios, Clarkson's entry in Sunrayce '95.Young and old alike marveled at the futuristic vehicle, many of themseeinga car for the first time.
Driver Humberto J. Centeno spent hours answering questions from thepublicabout the car and was even asked for his autograph.
I'm not used to that, he laughed. "I'm just a student doing what Iloveto do - building cars and talking about it."
MORE INFORMATION ABOUT TODAY'S RACE IS AT http://www.sunrayce.com/sunrayce/mobile/june28/ind ex.html
SUNRAYCE WILL UPLINK A VIDEO NEWS RELEASES WITH EXTENSIVE RACEFOOTAGE ON THE AFTERNOON OF JUNE 29. FOR TECHNICAL INFORMATION ONSATELLITE FEEDS, PLEASE CALL MEDIA TECHNOLOGIES AT 202-887-8700.]