posted Jan 27, 2010, 9:20 AM by Louisville High School
updated Apr 21, 2011, 6:55 AM
The first three rallies are in the books. Louisville is off to a great start. Only a few surprises had the team working a little overtime on repairs. A new driver was put in the car for the Hastings rally and the documentation has been finished.
The first rally of the season in Lincoln was canceled due to snow, which helped give the team one more week to make final preparations. The next week in Columbus, the team finally was able to get the car on the track. The team performed well bringing home a 1st place finish in the rally. After the rally, driver Garrett McSorley said, “The track was rough!” His description was correct. Part of the lower nose of the car had been peeled back due to the rough spots on the track. A little sheet metal and rivets go along way and the repair was quick and simple without any major repairs to be completed. The next day the team traveled to West Point where the team finished 2nd. It was tough to start in the back of the pack and drive through a lot of wrecks but the car came away with no major damage.
In the third rally of the season in Hastings, new driver, sophomore Tyler Shumaker, had a chance to get behind the wheel. He was a little nervous and was getting tips and instruction from Garrett as he was pushed to the starting grid. The first time in the car is always tough for a new driver. Hastings is big 2.5 mile track with plenty of room to maneuver, a great place for him to start. The team came away with a tie for 4th with 14 laps. Tyler improved as the rally went on. His lap time at the beginning of the rally was 4 minutes and by the end was down to 3 minutes, the same times as the winner.
Finally the team has spent that last couple of weeks completing documentation and video. Building an electric vehicle is one thing. Trying to organize and explain how we did it is another. The team came together and put together a great presentation of our efforts this season. The video that is required by advanced teams is also top notch and even has some good humor. We look forward to sharing our efforts with our sponsors to show what their support does for our program.
With the final two rallies coming up fast, we look forward to finishing the season strong and to hopefully get a little time to practice before the state rally on May 7th at Werner Park in Papillion.