A general summary of what has happened since the last blog entry:
The team made it to Indy, after what became a difficult build process. After working around the clock (several of us spent 48 hours over the weekends in April) to finish the car, we arrived in Indy during one of the coldest weeks possible. Over the course of the week, SMVII survived a fire and a broken spindle, at least 2 team members injuring their left legs*, and then some uncooperative electronics. By the final day, we were able to get onto the track, thanks to the help we recieved from our good friends from Principia College. After 90 laps, the rear tire blew out, and the left kingpin snapped after SMVII spun around and stopped while facing the wrong way. Overall, many of us learned alot which we are going to put to good use this year at the American Solar Challenge.
For the day to day updates of the event (with pictures), check out the Experience This blog.
*After a couple of days, a few of us realized that everything that went wrong (including injuries to one's self) happened on the left side. No injuries were serious thanks to Sergeant Letha Young.