Columbus, Neb. – One rally is down and competing high school teams will move to Hastings this Saturday for the second weekend of Power Drive.
The Big Red Invitational, the first of five endurance rally competitions, saw Columbus Lakeview edge out Wayne by a few seconds in the Advanced Class. Bancroft-Rosalie finished third. Elkhorn won the Standard Class with Wayne taking second and Cedar Rapids, IA, Kennedy posting a third place finish. In the Novice Class, Harvard finished first, followed by Syracuse and Central City.
Wayne won the Exhibition Class and Pocahontas from Iowa took second. The competition was held at the Tractor Testing Facility at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
This Saturday’s competition will be staged at the Hastings Motorsports Park beginning at 10 a.m. Awards presentation is scheduled for 1 p.m.
High school teams from Nebraska and neighboring states compete in a series of endurance rallies during April, culminating in the Power Drive Championships the first weekend of May. This annual competition is sponsored by the Omaha Public Power District (OPPD) and the Nebraska Public Power District (NPPD).
The Power Drive program gives high school students hands-on experience building a safe, energy-efficient electric vehicle. Teams have designed and built electric-powered vehicles during the school year. After building their vehicles, student drivers test their creations against other teams in several categories: braking ability, endurance, maneuverability and overall design/construction.
OPPD began offering the Power Drive program to high schools in its service territory in 1998. NPPD became a partner in 1999 and began encouraging schools in the central and western parts of the state to participate.
A list of Power Drive participating schools and race results can be found at http://www.oppd.com/AboutUs/PowerDrive/Teams/index.htm. To keep updated on activities, “like” the Power Drive Facebook page at www.facebook.com/PowerDriveProgram.