2021 American Solar Challenge

Plans for 2021 include both the American Solar Challenge road event and the Formula Sun Grand Prix track event/qualifier. These events are contingent on the COVID-19 virus situation and a return to normalcy, and may be adjusted as needed depending on the circumstances, restrictions, and other factors beyond our control. Partnering with the National Park Service, the intention for 2021 is to have the route commemorate the bicentennial of the Santa Fe Trail. This unique opportunity for 2021 that will take the event from Independence, MO to Santa Fe, NM in initial planning. Details of the route are still being developed.

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2021 Event Schedule

  • July 27-July 30: Scrutineering at Heartland Motorsports Park in Topeka, KS
  • July 31-Aug 2: FSGP track event/qualifier at Heartland Motorsports Park in Topeka, KS
  • Aug 3: Display Day & Practicality Judging in Independence, MO
  • Aug 4-Aug 7: ASC road event from Independence, MO to Santa Fe, NM (exact route TBD)

Track LocationHeartland Motorsports Park in Topeka, KS will be the location for scrutineering and Formula Sun Grand Prix 2021. The facility features a 2.5 mile road course track and is conveniently located 90 minutes from Independence, making for an easy transition to the American Solar Challenge display day and start line. Heartland Park was the location of the very first FSGP held in 2000, and we are excited to bring the solar cars back to Topeka for 2021.

We are looking for sponsors to help make this educational opportunity possible as well as volunteers for a variety of roles, including communications/media and observers. If you are interested in getting involved, contact us at ascinfo@americansolarchallenge.org.

Will your team be joining us? To register, visit the Team Status page and start submitting registration paperwork. Be sure to download the latest event regulations to ensure that you will be able to comply with all requirements for entering the competition.

Interested in volunteering to be an Observer? Official Observers travel with the solar car teams and document what occurs on the road. For more information and to apply, please download the Observer Application.

Would you consider supporting the event? Experiential learning opportunities such as this do not happen with the support of our sponsors and donors with financial and in-kind gifts. Our sponsorship information provides details on available sponsorship levels as well as the opportunity to make a donation of any size through PayPal. Thank you for your support!