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Inside Iowa State
May 1, 1998

Solar promotion tour begins May 11

by Tracy Griffin, News Service intern

Finals are over next week for students, but members of Team PrISUm still have a long road ahead of them.

On May 11, 20 members of Team PrISUm will leave on Sunrun, a week-long tour across Iowa to recognize the team's sponsors and talk to Iowans about solar energy. ExCYtor, the team's fourth solar car, will make stops in Boone, Cedar Rapids, Dubuque, Mason City, Iowa City, Des Moines and Omaha, Neb. Team PrISUm will give presentations at schools and businesses.

"Sunrun is a chance for Team PrISUm to thank our sponsors," said Karla Abrahamson, Team PrISUm's Sunrun coordinator. "We also hope to interest other companies in becoming sponsors."

The last two days of Sunrun will include a mock race. The team will test new components on the ExCYtor car to help determine what will be used on the next solar car, already named PrISUm Phoenix. The new car will be built by January 1999 to compete in Sunrayce 99 next June.

Team PrISUm's last stop will be on Monday, May 18, in Mason City, where the ABC replica, a copy of the first electronic digital computer, also will be on display.

"It will be old computer technology and new solar technology all in one place," Abrahamson noted.

Sunrun ends Tuesday, May 19, with an open house from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the solar car garage at the south end of Sweeney Hall.

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