As you might have read on our blog, we have been hard at work preparing for the American Solar Challenge 2012. We were very excited to start the race in Rochester yesterday, July 14.

Out of twelve teams, we were able to gain four positions over the course of the first day of racing while using relatively little battery due to good sun.

Today, we woke up to a thunderstorm that only worsened as the race day continued. Unfortunately, as we entered Ohio, the solar car hydroplaned and hit a pole on the side of the road. Our driver was well-protected and completely unharmed. However, the car sustained significant damage to the composite upper body.

The team is working diligently to repair the car and get back onto the road as soon as possible. We are confident that we will be able to finish all repairs by tomorrow afternoon and continue the race on Tuesday morning.