Sundancer race team completes '11 Challenge

By LIsa Voyles/Chickasaw Journal

DALLAS – The Houston Solar Race team was back on the track in Dallas this week, competing in the 2011 Solar Challenge at the Texas Motor Speedway.
The team left in the early morning hours of July 21 and had an uneventful trip out west and a chance to unload and check over their cars before scrutineering began July 17. Public Relations liaison, Suzy Reese, reported that everything went well for both cars.
“Things have been going great for our team,” Reese said via e-mail. “Both cars passed scrutineering with relative ease.”
The boy’s team and the Sundancer car are competing in the Open division while the Houston Lady Racers and the Sundancer II car are in the Classic division.
Following Monday’s session, both Houston teams were leading their respective divisions, but have too much experience in racing to ever let down their guard.
The Lady Racers placed first in session racing on day two, but felt the heat from Saint Thomas Academy (Minn.) on day three. St. Thomas outran the Lady Racers on day three to take the first-place trophy in session racing.
On the fourth and final day of racing, the Minnesota team made their grand move and put a scare in the Houston girls. St. Thomas led 58-44 laps in the final session of racing, but couldn’t quite get over the Lady Racers overall lead. Houston finished with 339 total laps, six laps ahead of St. Thomas at 333, by unofficial results posted on the Winston Solar website. Results were yet to be confirmed at the awards banquet Thursday night.
“We did it again,” said sponsor Donna Turman.
The Lady Racers have competed in Sundancer II since 2008, taking two first-place and one second-place trophy. The Sundancer I team has placed first every year since 2001.
lisa.voyles@journalinc.com