So­lar Fal­con team aces chal­lenge’s qual­i­fy­ing por­tion

Antelope Valley Press (Sunday) - - News - By JULIE DRAKE Val­ley Press Staff Writer [email protected]­

PALM­DALE — Palm­dale High School’s So­lar Fal­con Race Team’s He­lios Fal­con has passed all eight of the re­quired qual­i­fy­ing sta­tions at the 2019 So­lar Car Chal­lenge in Fort Worth, Texas, need­ing only two of the three al­lot­ted days.

The team’s Elec­tric Fal­con has only one more qual­i­fy­ing sta­tion to go.

For the first time in the team’s five-year his­tory, the teens have two stu­dent-de­signed and built cars to com­pete with — the He­lios Fal­con, a re­con­fig­ured ver­sion of the orig­i­nal so­lar car, and the Elec­tric Fal­con, an elec­tric car.

“Each car is in great run­ning con­di­tion,” the team posted in an up­date Satur­day morn­ing.

The He­lios Fal­con passed two sec­tions Fri­day, and the Elec­tric Fal­con passed three. Teams have three days to pass all eight sec­tions in or­der to qual­ify for the race. Ve­hi­cles that do not pass scru­ti­neer­ing must cor­rect the de­fi­ciency in or­der to be con­sid­ered for par­tic­i­pa­tion in the race.

This year’s race is a closed-track event. Mon­day is the first of four days of rac­ing.

The team in each di­vi­sion that com­pletes the most laps dur­ing the event will be de­clared the win­ner.

The He­lios Fal­con will com­pete against six teams in the Ad­vanced Clas­sic Di­vi­sion. The Elec­tric Fal­con will com­pete against six teams in the Elec­tric-So­lar Pow­ered Di­vi­sion.

The So­lar Fal­con Race Team CEOs are Lun­den Hol­loway and Kassandra Vazquez, who is also one of the team’s driv­ers.

The Au­to­mo­tive team mem­bers are Lil­iana Cas­tro, Omar Deayon, Jose Gu­tier­rez, driver An­drew Guz­man, Brenda Martinez, Daniel Sanchez and Jorge Sanchez.

The Fab­ri­ca­tion team mem­bers are Matthew Corliss, Jo­sue Jasso, driver Luis Parra and Erick Tellez Tor­res.

The Elec­tri­cal team mem­bers are Se­bas­tian King, David Or­tiz, Alex Orel­lana and Cyn­thia Suarez. The me­dia team mem­bers are Rony Blanco, Daniel Castillejo, Tay­lor Mor­ri­son and Isa­iah Bron­son.

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