OHIO STATE ELECTRIC RACE CAR CLINCHES THIRD CONSECUTIVE CHAMPIONSHIP WITH SECOND PLACE FINISH AT ARIZONA ELECTRICS The Ohio State University electric race car crossed the finish line two seconds behind The University of Oklahoma at the Arizona...
OHIO STATE ELECTRIC RACE CAR CLINCHES THIRD CONSECUTIVE CHAMPIONSHIP WITH SECOND PLACE FINISH AT ARIZONA ELECTRICS
The Ohio State University electric race car crossed the finish line two seconds behind The University of Oklahoma at the Arizona Electrics on March 21. The Smokin’ Buckeye competed in the University Spec Series division for collegiate electric race cars on the 1.1 mile Firebird International Raceway road course in Chandler, Ariz. March 20-21. The finish allowed OSU to clinch a third consecutive ABB University Spec Series points championship.
OSU suffered a major setback the day before the 25-kilometer heat race when one of the three phases in the car’s controller failed. Three crewmembers drove it to the manufacturer, AC Propulsion, in San Demas, Calif. to make repairs. After the controller was repaired it was flown back to Arizona, but it did not arrive in time to make the heat race.
With the controller problem solved, the OSU team utilized a 30-minute practice session the following day as a systems check prior to the 50-kilometer feature race. OSU passed Kettering University at the start of the race and lapped as fast as Oklahoma. The Smokin’ Buckeye stayed close to Oklahoma with three quick pit stops and looked poised to contend for the win.
With less than five laps remaining, Smokin’ Buckeye driver, Craig Taylor, attempted to lap Embry Riddle Aeronautical University. The lapped car did not yield and Taylor was forced to spin to avoid contact. Taylor, of Plano Texas, lost three seconds during the spin and ran out of laps to mount another challenge against Oklahoma.
The next race for the OSU team is the Indy Electric Classic on May 22, 1999 at the .686 mile Indianapolis Raceway Park oval.
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