North Texas students compete in solar car challenge at TMS

- Teams from across the United States are competing in a solar car challenge going on now at Texas Motor Speedway.

The event is the largest solar car race in the Western Hemisphere. Thirty-six teams, including several from North Texas, are competing in four divisions.

One of the teams is from Coppell High School. Senior Mackenzie Becker talked to Good Day FOX 4 about the opportunity.

“It’s really, really cool to be out here. I know it’s an amazing experience for everyone to see all of this. And it’s kind of all of our dreams. I mean, we’ve been working on building cars for years now and being able to bring it out to place where cars are raced and it’s famous here is really an amazing experience. And wicked cool for all of us,” she said.

Each year the competition rotates between a closed-track race at Texas Motor Speedway and a cross-country event. Most cars average about 20 miles per hour.

For more information, visit www.solarcarchallenge.org.

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