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Q: I noticed in the May 18 story on the solar car team that this years car carries No. 9, as all of Iowa States solar cars have. Whats the significance of No. 9 for Team PrISUm?

A: In the drawing for team numbers at the first U.S. solar car race (GM Sunrayce 1990), number 9 was the last single-digit number available to our team. We have kept it ever since. The reason for going with a single-digit number was to take as little space as possible on the cars surface (a minimum size for numbers and lettering was required by the race rules).

Source: Jim Hill, faculty adviser to Team PrISUm

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