American Solar Challenge 2003

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The 2003 American Solar Challenge was a 2300 mile competition that followed historic Route 66 from Chicago, IL to Claremont, CA. Solar car traversed diverse landscapes from the Great Plains, crossing the Rockies, the southwestern desert, and finally into southern California.


The 2300 mile race took place from July 13th – 23rd 2003. The route was divided into 4 stages and numerous checkpoints.

  • Stage 1:
    • Stage Start: Chicago, IL
    • Checkpoint: Springfield, IL
    • Stage Finish: Rolla, MO
  • Stage 2:
    • Stage Start: Rolla, MO
    • Checkpoint: Joplin, MO
    • Checkpoint: Edmond, OK
    • Checkpoint: Sayre, OK
    • Checkpoint: Amarillo, TX
    • Checkpoint: Tucumcari, NM
    • Stage Finish: Albuquerque, NM
  • Stage 3:
    • Stage Start: Albuquerque, NM
    • Checkpoint: Gallup, NM
    • Checkpoint: Flagstaff, AZ
    • Checkpoint: Kingman, AZ
    • Stage Finish: Barstow, CA
  • Stage 4:
    • Stage Start: Barstow, CA
    • Stage Finish: Claremont, CA


At ASC 2003 team were ranked by lowest amount of time to complete the route. Teams who did no complete the full route are then ranked by distance completed. Three teams completed in the Stock Class, all others in the open class.

PositionCar #TeamClassTimeMiles
142University of Missouri – RollaOpen51:47:392233.63
235University of MinnesotaOpen56:36:312233.63
334University of WaterlooOpen58:11:202233.63
432Principia CollegeOpen59:40:392233.63
5786Western Michigan UniversityOpen60:34:112233.63
643University of Missouri – ColumbiaOpen61:33:502233.63
7100Queen’s UniversityOpen65:50:132233.63
828Kansas State UniversityOpen66:25:002233.63
966McGill UniversityOpen74:33:482233.63
108University of ArizonaOpen75:09:082233.63
1111University of TorontoOpen79:51:392233.63
127Auburn UniversityOpen90:51:392233.63
13314Purdue UniversityOpen96:50:091954.0
1422North Dakota State UniversityStock100:52:001759.58
1516Stanford UniversityOpen105:45:091664.09
1776University of PennsylvaniaOpen122:40:461005.43
189Iowa State UniversityOpen128:43:42844.60
195California Polytechnic State University – SLOStock132:35:17694.21
2012Texas A&M UniversityOpen147:29:22414.15