ASC 2014 Overland Park to Omaha

Posted on July 25, 2014 by Toni Carlstrom.


This morning began with a good charge, and ended with us maintaining second place behind the University of Michigan. This was a one-day stage, so we completed the run from Overland Park, KS, to Omaha, NE, in a little over six hours. We opted to change out drivers before arriving in the city. Drivers can be in the car up to six hours in a single day, which is enough to toast anyone in this sun, and we wanted to be sure not to exceed that limit. A driver change or any breakdown would be difficult to deal with in the city of Omaha.

The weather today was partly cloudy on both ends and clear in the middle. Tomorrow is predicted to be overcast, so we are saving some battery power for tomorrow. We also enjoyed some nice tailwinds from the south, which allowed us to increase our target speeds.

 Centaurus III pulls up to Quantum at a stoplight leaving Omaha, NE.

Centaurus III pulls up to Quantum at a stoplight leaving Omaha, NE.

We would like to thank our sponsors of the day, the Coffeys! Tyler Coffey is an alumni of the team and has helped us to cut out the vinyl logos for the exterior of some of our vehicles. His father, Roger Coffey, came to the stage stop in Omaha Nebraska and was waiting in the heat with iced Gatorade and water, special K bars, and chocolate chip cookies! Mr. and Mrs. Coffey also took us all out to eat at a local restaurant, the Mattress Factory. It was delicious and we were very grateful to see some familiar faces and get some good food in our systems! Thank you!

  Team members Mitchell Rogalsky and Arlo Siemsen connect the battery box to the car after impounding to start the evening charge.


Team members Mitchell Rogalsky and Arlo Siemsen connect the battery box to the car after impounding to start the evening charge.

 Ethan Oscarson guards the solar array during the evening charge.

Ethan Oscarson guards the solar array during the evening charge.

Team Highlights:

Mason and Nick are proud at their tire-changing prowess, completing the nightly tire-change in record time!

Arlo enjoyed arriving and finding surprise refreshments from the alumni! Luci also liked Roger Coffey bringing cookies for the team!

Jake was the navigator today, and his highlight was when we navigated past the University of Michigan about 10 minutes into the race. They passed us on the highway, but we were ahead of them for a while during city driving.

Nick Sloan was proud that our team finished the stage within 25 minutes of the University of Michigan. This is less than other stages of the race!