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Sunseeker makes it to the start line of the American Solar Challenge

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AUSTIN, TEXAS (WKZO) -- The WMU Sunseeker team narrowly avoided disaster over the weekend when one of the other cars in their garage caught fire overnight.

That set off the sprinklers. If the Sunseeker’s maintenance crew had not replaced the cover on their car, it would been filled with water.

The fire delayed the racing Saturday.

That gave the WMU team more time to charge their battery and even though they fell three miles short of the qualifying distance, race organizers dropped the requirement because of the fire and will let them run in the American Solar Challenge

. It begins today in Austin, Texas and will end next Monday, 17-hundred miles to the north in Minneapolis.

WMU finished the Grand Prix qualifier in a tie for third place with the University of Minnesota.

Their car also survived the fire.

Michigan State University's car never passed inspection and was eliminated before it raced a single mile. 

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