By Caleb Slinkard
After six days of racing, the Greenville High School Iron Lion Solar Car Team was holding steady in second place in the 2013 Solar Car Challenge. Completing in the Classic Division, the Solar Car Team has driven 412.7 miles to Wickenburg, Ariz. The eight-day race began on Aug. 22 in Fort Worth and will culminate in Los Angeles, Calif. on July 30.
On July 29, the team will set off from Wickenburg and finish in Twentynine Palms, Calif. The final stretch will take place on July 30.
The GHS solar team is made up of team captains Jake White and Jose Castaneda, as well as team members Press Alford, Rachel Rice, Ricky Steward, Phillip Malone, Devin Siems, Cain Marks, Geovanni Velazquez, Caleb Bryan, Tristan Swanzy and Tyler Behrens.
The Solar Car Challenged began in 1993 as a high school extracurricular activity, according to the SCC website. More than 65 schools in 20 states now take part in the challenge. The Solar Car Challenge is designed to motivate students in science, engineering and alternative energy.