Electric cars to race to Gross Memorial Coliseum

Gasoline will not be needed, but these cars will take to the racetrack anyway. The cars are powered by electricity and will be raced by teams of high school students at the annual High Plains Rally on Oct. 16, at Gross Memorial Coliseum on the Fort Hays State University campus.

The event, sponsored by the university's Technology Studies Department, Sunflower Electric Power Corp., Pioneer Electric Cooperative, Western Cooperative Electric and Midwest Energy Inc., will begin at 7 a.m. with registration inside Gross Memorial.

Team members and advisors will fill out liability release forms and registration forms, and then each driver will be weighed with ballast and the weight recorded on the registration form.

Inspections on the cars will start at 8 a.m. at the track in front of the grandstands. After inspections, each car will be issued a 2003 race decal, which will permit them to race.

The first race will begin at 10:45 a.m. with the experimental class. The second race, standard class, begins at 12:30 p.m. and the third race, which is also a standard class race, begins at 2 p.m.

The event will conclude with an awards ceremony at 3:30 p.m.

Joseph Chretien, assistant professor of technology studies High Plains Rally committee member, said, "High school teams from all over western Kansas and Colorado and Nebraska will converge on Gross Memorial Coliseum to race their electric cars."

He added that all FHSU students, faculty and staff, as well as community members are invited to attend the event.

For additional information, individuals can contact Chretien at 628-4314 or by e-mail at jchretie@fhsu.edu.

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