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PENALTY KNOCKS MICHIGAN OUT OF SUNRAYCE '93 LEAD

 FT. SCOTT, Kansas, June 22 /PRNewswire/ -- A penalty assessed against the University of Michigan has put California State Polytechnic University-Pomona in first place on Day 3 of Sunrayce `93.
 Sunrayce `93 is a 1,100 mile collegiate solar car race through America's heartland sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and General Motors.
 Michigan has started the third race day 56 seconds in front of second-place Cal Poly-Pomona in overall elapsed time. By the end of the day, Michigan had increased its lead to 1 minute, 40 seconds. However, a 20-minute penalty filed against one of the Michigan team's support vehicles for a running a red light gives Cal Poly-Pomona an 18-minute, 20 second lead.
 George Washington University's Sunforce 1 maintained it third place position and is 46 minutes behind Michigan.
 Plenty of sunshine in Oklahoma and Kansas helped quicken the pace today, increasing the leaders' average speed by 10 percent to more than 33 miles per hour. Eleven of 34 cars finished the 196-mile course today, the longest day of the race.
 The winner of the race will be the car with the lowest cumulative elapsed time.
 Day 4 begins Wednesday June 23 at 9 a.m. CDT in Ft. Scott, Kan. and covers 155 miles to Cameron, Mo. The solar cars will make a mid-day stop in Kansas City, Mo. at the Midwest Research Institute.
 Other major sponsors include the Chevrolet Motor Division, EDS, GMAC, the Society of Automotive Engineers and the Midwest Research Institute. The race is managed by DOE's National Renewable Energy Laboratory.
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 /NOTE TO EDITORS: Final race results for the day will be available at 9 a.m. CDT on Wednesday, June 23. For more information, contact the Sunrayce hotline at 303-231-7683/
 /CONTACT: Kerry Masson of NREL Public Affairs, 303-231-7683/


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