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ASC 2001
Chicago, IL to Claremont, CA
July, 2001


Led by sunny skies, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology's Solar Phantom VI solar-powered car swept across the finish line in Los Angeles on Wednesday to complete the 2,300-mile American Solar Challenge. The team placed eighth out of 30 teams in the 11-day adventure that traveled along historic Route 66 after starting July 15 in Chicago.  The race was filled with heat index temperatures reaching 120 degrees, heavy traffic on interstate highways and steep mountains in Arizona.  Don Harrington, a California native, had the honor of driving the Solar Phantom VI across the finish line in his hometown of Claremont, Calif., a suburb of Los Angeles.  "To finish in the top 10 of a national engineering competition, beating MIT, Stanford's two cars and Texas A&M, is gratifying. We had just one mechanical breakdown in 11 days of racing, and that only cost us 15 minutes on the road," Brad Berron said. "We also helped spread news about Rose-Hulman, through media interviews, meeting people in towns along the race route and distributing team postcards. There's plenty to be proud of from our perspective. A lot of teams would have easily traded places with us."  Rose-Hulman's team included 22 students from several different academic departments. Drivers included Chris Nicholson, Dan Helms, Pete Mobley, and Harrington, a mechanical engineering and electrical engineering double major. The chief engineers were Bobbie Burke, a mechanical engineering major from Bloomington, Ind., and Quentin Kramer, an electrical engineering major also from Bloomington.  

ASC 2001 Results

Position Team Car # Class Total Elapsed Time
1 University of Michigan 2 O 56:10:46
2 University of Missouri - Rolla 42 O 57:30:52
3 University of Waterloo 24 O 62:00:18
4 Queen's University 100 O 62:55:11
5 Kansas State University 28 O 65:22:55
6 University of Minnesota 35 O 66:59:20
7 Principia College 32 O 67:25:43
8 Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology 74 O 69:17:30
9 University of Arizona 8 S 69:56:32
10 Massachusetts Institute of Technology 6 O 71:41:55
11 University of Missouri - Columbia 43 O 72:28:49
12 University of Toronto 1 O 79:08:57
13 Messiah College 77 O 80:22:37
14 South Bank University 41 O 80:44:47
15 Stanford University 16 S 90:58:16
16 Iowa State University 9 O 92:39:00
17 Association FUTURA 63 O 95:49:13
18 Stanford University 91 O 99:53:07
19 Minnesota State University 3 S 103:55:00
20 École de technologie supérieure 101 O 106:00:57
21 North Dakota State University 22 S 115:09:17
22 Los Altos High School / La Puente Valley ROP 11 O 121:41:50
23 Western Michigan University 295 S 125:08:49
24 University of North Dakota 00 S 127:17:35
25 University of Virginia 87 O 128:03:07
26 Northwestern University 150 S 130:04:09
27 Texas A&M University 12 O 130:31:11
28 University of Alberta 99 S 138:50:32
29 McMaster University 13 S Withdrawn
30 University of Pennsylvania 17 O Disqualified