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Thursday, July 10, 2008

Qualifying Update

My apologies for not posting this update sooner, but I've been in and out of the car most of the day. I was in the car when the team completed our first 60 laps of qualifying, quicker than any other team--making us the first team to qualify for NASC! It was a hot and grueling 60 laps during the morning, and I was in the car for over 3.5 hours to prepare for and complete these laps. We were the only team that did not have to exit the track between 9:00 AM and 12:30 AM--a testament to Continuum's reliability and our team's strength.

Brooke got in the car after I finished my 60 laps, and has since completed over the 15 laps required for each driver. We are currently first place in laps completed. Our biggest competitor from the beginning of the day, Minnesota, has spent a significant amount of time in the pits with both electrical and mechanical problems. Once the track closes at 6:00 PM we'll surely have some more detailed numbers posted.

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Blogger TC Lambert said...

The team with the most laps in qualifying gets to start first. That is a big advantage because you don't have to pass anybody. Sometimes it's hard for one convoy to pass another. If the solar car can run at the posted limit, it cannot be passed by another solar car, since they aren't allowed to exceed the speed limit. If Continuum starts first and can cruise at the speed limit, it could lead the whole way.

Now the bad news: The weather for Sunday includes some clouds and possible thunderstorms. With Michigan's great array, cloudiness might actually favor Continuum, though. Clouds, wind and other bad weather should stress the other competitors more.

Go fast, go smooth, go blue.

- TC Lambert

July 10, 2008 at 6:31 PM  
Blogger Furqan Nazeeri said...

Great news!

July 10, 2008 at 7:53 PM  
Anonymous Rich R. said...

Yes, fantastic news!!! I think I'll just tune in later on next week for the race finish, since the outcome is nearly a forgone conclusion!

Go Blue!

July 10, 2008 at 9:50 PM  
Anonymous Sudeep said...

Awesome!

July 10, 2008 at 10:21 PM  
Anonymous Hafiz said...

congratulations!

July 11, 2008 at 12:11 AM  
Blogger TC Lambert said...

Rich R., don't jinx it!

July 11, 2008 at 7:05 AM  

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