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July 31, 2013

GHS solar car finishes second in race

The Greenville High School Iron Lion Solar Car Team finished in second place in the 2013 Solar Car Challenge.

The team completed the eight-day cross country race in Los Angeles Tuesday evening. The race began July 22 at Texas Motor Speedway.

The car was built from the ground up by the team members, who took turns driving while others mapped out, using physics and mathematics, how fast the car can go while keeping the energy it received from the sun from depleting.

The five drivers are Jose Casteneda, Jake White, Devin Siems, Phillip Malone and Caleb Bryan. The racers made seven stops in four different states, including a stop in Carlsbad, N.M. and Wickenburg, Ariz.

The Solar Car Challenge 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.

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