Wednesday, May 24, 2006
News staff writer
May 6, 2006
Hood River Valley High School Electrathon racer Kevin Dye drove his three-wheeled electric creation 21.5 miles in a one-hour race held at Columbia Basin College in Pasco last weekend. The HRVHS senior finished with 86 laps, just one lap behind the first place finisher from Centennial.
Cory Castro and Chase Drum, also from the HRVHS class which designed and build several electric vehicles, finished in sixth and seventh place, with 73 and 72 laps respectively.
Participating in the race were 20 high school students and five open class racers from around the Northwest.
A general description of Electrathon racing is: start from scratch, design a vehicle (within certain general specifications) that will run off two 12-volt car batteries, build it, then race the vehicle against the creations of others in Electrathon America events put on across the coutnry. The driver/vehicle to complete the most laps in a specified ammount of time wins.
Points are tallied from race to race, with the HRVHS teams scheduled to attend seven this spring. After four events, Dye sits in third place overall and Castro fourth out of 37 high schoolracers. Drum and Scott Bross are in fourth with their ride and Jeff Emmerson’s #22 car is 26th.
The teams have three more races, at Lacey, Oregon State University and Mapleton.
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