Solar Falcon team aces challenge’s qualifying portion
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.