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MICHIGAN AND CAL POLY POMONA LEAD SUNRAYCE COMPETITORS

 ADA, Okla., June 21 /PRNewswire/ -- "Maize and Blue," the University of Michigan's solar-powered vehicle, dodged heavy morning clouds and a turtle to grab first place in day one of Sunrayce 93, an 1,100-mile, seven-day cross-country race.
 Andris Samsons, who drive the "Maize and Blue" the 165-mile route from Arlington, Texas, to Ada, said the team's success was based on accurate weather prediction and a well-planned racing strategy. Samsons only slowed his vehicle to avoid a slow-moving turtle.
 "We still have to live up to a certain tradition set by the 1990 team," said Furqan Nazeeri, Michigan's team leader, referring to its first place victory in the 1990 GM Sunrayce USA. "I believe we have done that today. We've shown we can run with the best."
 California State Polytechnic University-Pomona's "Intrepid" finished second. Leader Alan Redmond said the team had to overcome major setbacks as it prepared to compete in this year's race.
 One of the team's leaders, David Erikson, was killed in a skiing accident last year. "His craftsmanship and spirit live on as a motivator for the whole team," Redmond said. In remembrance of their friend, team members inscribed his initials on the back of the car.
 Another tragedy struck the team last October when the mold for "Intrepid" caught fire and the entire warehouse in which it was located burned down. "Our ability to come back after being through so much is phenomenal. Whatever happens in this race, we've already got that accomplishment."
 The 34 university teams competing in the race will travel 149 miles to Tulsa, Okla., today.
 Sunrayce 93 is a collegiate solar car race sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy and General Motors and managed by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. Other major sponsors include the Chevrolet Motor Division, EDS, GMAC, The Society of Automotive Engineers and the Midwest Research Institute.
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CO: University of Michigan; California State Polytechnic
 University-Pomona; U.S. Department of Energy; General Motors ST: Michigan, California, Oklahoma IN: AUT SU:


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