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DEFENDING SUNRAYCE CHAMP MICHIGAN MAKES IT TWO IN A ROW

 MINNEAPOLIS, June 26 /PRNewswire/ -- The University of Michigan's "Maize & Blue" rolled into the Sunrayce winner's circle for the second consecutive time today, finishing the seven-day, 1,100-mile cross- country solar car race with the lowest elapsed time among 34 competing cars.
 Michigan, the winner of the 1990 GM Sunrayce USA, hung on to its title this year by finishing Sunrayce 93 about 90 minutes ahead of the nearest competitor, the California State Polytechnic University-Pomona team, which finished in second place. California State University-Los Angeles took third place. Michigan's average speed over the entire race course -- from Arlington, Texas, to the Minnesota Zoo in Minneapolis -- was just over 27 mph.
 Sunrayce 93 is a biennial collegiate solar car race designed to challenge science, math and engineering students and to foster scientific innovation. Universities and colleges in North America are eligible to enter the competition by designing and building a race car powered only by solar energy.
 The event, sponsored primarily by the Department of Energy and General Motors, stresses recognition of education, energy and the environment as major issues of importance to the nation.
 As the race winner, the University of Michigan team will take home $25,000 from GMAC; $6,000 from DOE; $5,000 from Westinghouse; and silver zinc batteries worth $20,000 from Eagle Picher. Cal State Poly-Pomona will receive $5,000 from DOE; and Cal State-L.A. wins $4,000 from DOE.
 Other major Sunrayce sponsors are the Chevrolet Motor Division, EDS, GMAC, the Society of Automotive Engineers and the Midwest Research Institute.
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 /CONTACT: Sunrayce Hotline, 303-231-7683/


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