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UK Solar Car Team Celebrates 20 Years

May 03, 2019

Launched in 1999, the UK Solar Car Team is just the eighth team nationally to reach the 20-year milestone. It began racing competitively in 2003.

The University of Kentucky Solar Car Team is 20-years old. To celebrate, the team hosted an open house April 13, from 1:00 – 2:30 p.m., at the Cats Den inside the Bill Gatton Student Center. 

Launched in 1999, the UK Solar Car Team is just the eighth team nationally to reach the 20-year milestone. It began racing competitively in 2003.

The team achieved significant success from 2008-2010. In 2008, it completed the American Solar Challenge (ASC) road course for the first time in its history. The trek took team members at Gato del Sol III from Plano, Texas to Calgary, Alberta, Canada. In 2009, finished second in the Formula Sun Grand Prix (FSGP); and in 2010, it not only competed in FSGP, but also completed the ASC road course—this time from Broken Arrow, Oklahoma to Naperville, Illinois—finishing ninth. In 2011, the team had the unique experience of competing in FSGP at historic Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

This July, The UK Solar Car Team will take Gato del Sol VI to FSGP at Circuit of The Americas in Austin, Texas.