The Solar Knights will be exposing the car and the program at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on November 19, 2009 for RaceFest 2009. This is a kickoff party for the NASCAR championship race in Homestead, FL. Race cars and simulators, driver autographs, and much more make up this great event. Come out and support the National Champions!
Brayan does a quick weld to keep our new front panel from sagging.
Me (Vincent) the photographer Nikhil and Jonas rest in their chairs after a hot day of setting up. Jhon looks up the motor controller manual. Michelle and Arianne tape up loose wires. Marlon and Chaz check the SK II for any dings or dents.
Thats all untill tomorrow. We would like to thank everybody for all of their help and support in getting us to Texas. Please wish us luck for tomorrow and the following racing days.
For the fire test the judges yell at the driver, "GET OUT OF THE CAR! HURRY UP YOUR CAR'S ON FIRE". From that point the driver has 15 seconds to bring the car to a stop, unbuckle their 5-point harness, turn off the panels and motor, and exit the car.
Jason the video man.
In the above picture you can see the safety officer (in the vest) inserting a rubber wheel chock under the front tire during the fire test to prevent the car from rolling back while the driver gets out.
Here we help push (and pull) the Solar Knight to our garage after the braking test. We pull (and push) the car to save battery power for the race.
David takes a battery from the van to put into the SK II.
I'll have the last set of pictures for today in the next post.
We have arrived. The flights were long so we passed the time playing Apples To Apples with new friends we made on the plane. The van arrived around 6 and we went out to dinner at a local hot spot. Speaking of hot, Texas is pretty caliente, but also very sunny, which makes for a perfect solar race. Amid the running wild rabbits, in natural habitat, the hotel stands with beauty and grace. We have witnessed a wedding and we feel the luck shining upon us.
But anyway, back to the solar stuff, we are charging and getting ready for registration. We will go at noon today and begin scrutineering at 1. The race begins on Tuesday at 9 A.M. Our responsibilities have been set and we're ready to go!
Wish us luck and we'll keep you posted about our standings.
We practiced today on our school track and got some data together. Tomorrow, we will be practicing down at Everglades National Park. Hopefully, the sun will be out bright and early so we can charge up our batteries. We'll keep you posted!