Sundancer team splits competition with first, second-place wins

The award-winning Sundancer race team from Houston High School won its ninth championship in the open division of the Dell-Winston School Solar Car Challenge in Texas on Friday, and unofficial results put the team in second place in the classic division.
“We’re happy. We’re just glad to race,” said Zack Huffman, 18, one of two team members who graduated in May and competed in their final race. “Next year, we’ll come back and try to shoot for first.”
In the open division, Houston won the title over three other teams.
The classic division leaderboard at wscinfo.org shows the Sundancer team finishing 383 laps at the Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth with a time of 1:56:35.
The South Plantation High School Solar Knights, from Florida, completed 387 laps in the same amount of time.
Ten teams were in the classic competition.
The Dell-Winston School Solar Car Challenge provides high school students with hands-on experience in building and racing their own solar cars. Events alternate between the track and the open road, and Houston has fielded teams, which twice have competed in Australia, for several years.
“This is a way we combine academic classes with vocational classes,” said Donna Turman, a chemistry and AP biology teacher who sponsored this year’s team along with physics and biology teacher Anita Ellison.
The 19-member Sundancer team is under the direction of Houston Vocational Center electrical instructor Keith Reese.
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