Weatherford College will host the first checkpoint of the American Solar Challenge 2014 on Monday, July 21.
Teams are expected to park their unique vehicles on the WC campus next to the Alkek Fine Arts Center between the hours of 1:30 and 6 p.m. for charging before they continue their journey to Norman, Oklahoma. The community is invited to come view the solar cars and talk with the teams.
Solar car teams will begin the 1,700-plus mile journey from Austin and make their way to Minneapolis, Minnesota over the course of eight days. There are currently 23 teams slated to make the journey.
This competition is usually held every other year and is open to solar car teams across the world. A three-day qualifying track race takes place before vehicles and drivers are allowed entry into the official race. The winner of the American Solar Challenge is determined by the total elapsed time to complete the race route.