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July 25, 2013

Bullard Solar Car Team gets back on the road

JACKSONVILLE — Rainy weather put a damper on Wednesday's leg of the national Winston Solar Car Challenge, with teams pulling their project cars on trailers to that night's destination in Carlsbad, New Mexico.

However, “we still got 38 miles in,” said said Bullard High School Solar Team publicity spokesman Cullen Hippler in a text message late Tuesday to the Jacksonville Daily Progress.

“Every one please pray that the rain will go away so we can get back on the road,” a team member posted on the group's Facebook page Wednesday afternoon.

According to the site www.weather.com, conditions in Carlsbad Thursday morning are predicted with temperatures up to 95˚F with a 30 percent chance of rain and isolated thunderstorms, with a similar weather outlook for El Paso, where competing teams will stop overnight.

The race involves 14 teams from Texas, Michigan, Pennsylvania and New York, who will converge on Los Angeles on July 30, when a winner will be named. Teams gathered last weekend for a two-day check-in at Texas Motor Speedway, with the challenge beginning Tuesday morning from Northwest ISD in Justin.

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