The solar cars came through the Alton, IL checkpoint yesterday on their way to the last stage stop in Normal, IL. Temperatures were much more pleasant than in all the previous two weeks, giving some relief to heat weary drivers.
The Sunseeker team was on site at the Alton checkpoint well before the arrival of the first competing teams. Members of the public who were there waiting for the solar car arrivals quickly came to the Sunseeker display to learn about solar cars and the race event. Our team was happy to be able to provide this service since the competing teams would be too busy to answer all the public's questions while they were at the checkpoint. Our mascot, Arsinie the duckling, was a hit with all the little children that parents had brought along.
When the Alton checkpoint closed, the Sunseeker team drove ahead to the Normal, IL stage stop to be ready for a full day of solar car display and questions from the public. Temperatures should again be moderate and make it a pleasant day for solar car racing and display.
Saturday morning will mark the last day of racing with a finish in Naperville and an awards dinner in the evening.
Sunday, the solar cars will be on display at the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. The museum is located at 57th street and Lake Shore Drive.