Columbus, Neb. – Last week, it appeared that snow and ice would freeze out the second week of Power Drive competition. But warmer temperatures thawed the mile-plus road course at the Motorsport Park Hastings and the competing teams were in hot pursuit of a win.
Power Drive is an educational program that challenges high school students to design and build one-person electric vehicles during the school year. In the spring, teams of students compete with one another at organized rallies in vehicle braking, maneuverability, and endurance.
Saturday’s competition in Hastings included four classes of cars – advanced, exhibition, novice, and standard divisions. Wayne High School captured first place in the Advanced division, completing 28.75 laps during a 60-minute endurance race. Runner-up went to Elkhorn High School with 28 laps completed, and third place to Bancroft Rosalie High School with 27.5 laps.
In the Exhibition division, Bancroft Rosalie was first with 27.83 laps finished and North Central Kansas Technical College finishing second with 26.9 laps completed. Third place went to Cedar Rapids Kennedy High School from Iowa, completing 22.25 laps.
Deshler High School won the Novice division with 24.75 laps completed, followed closely by Syracuse High School with 24.5 laps. In the Standard division, Raymond Central won for the second week in a row, completing 26.75 laps to once again edge out Columbus Lakeview High School, which completed 26.5 laps. Third place went to Harvard High School with 26.25 laps. Syracuse High School also received the award for the Best Pit Crew among all divisions.
Keeping in the spirit of safety which Power Drive promotes, this Saturday’s event will be recognized as the “Drive Safe Challenge.” As part of the day, the Nebraska State Patrol will perform a demonstration called the “Seat Belt Convincer” to reinforce the program’s emphasis on safety.
The Grand Island event will be held at the Nebraska Law Enforcement Training Center in Grand Island, located at 3600 Academy Road, west of the Grand Island Airport. Check-in and inspections will begin at 9:30 a.m., with the first heat at 11:30 a.m. followed by the second heat at 12:50 p.m. Awards will be presented at 2 p.m.
Power Drive is co-sponsored by the Nebraska Public Power District and the Omaha Public Power District.