40 Laps. 137 Miles. Under Full Cloud Cover

Not bad, not bad at all!

A near-faultless drive by Devin Valamores and Austin Homesly, and a very dependable car that vanquished The Hill.

The entertainment was on the straightaway and The Hill. Everywhere else it was “slow and steady” to keep energy consumption to an absolute minimum, because it was nearly impossible to wring power from the skies.

Despite a later start than most teams S&T climbed as high as #5 in the lap count before ending up #6 with 40 laps. Who’d a thunk a team that was on the ropes a year ago could storm back so strongly? Well, they did!

This team set goals. Arrive Check!. Work as a team Got It!. Qualify for the track race Yeah, Baby!. Turn 100 laps in three days. Very doable!

Tomorrow is supposed to be sunny. With a fully checked-out car, and an on-time start, 60 laps or more is well within their sights. And that would make it a clean sweep of the challenges the Miners set out to solve.

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Let’s not forget the efforts of our erstwhile crew of top-notch photographers who drive trucks and vans full of comatose students for days at a time. Who brave heat, rain, boredom, biting insects and loose dogs to bring you these amazing pictures.
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Due to their girth and horrible fashion sense, we think it better that we not identify them.