Lincoln, Neb. – Thirty high school teams traversed the track at the University of Nebraska’s Tractor Testing Facility Saturday seeking to take top honors in the Big Red Invitational, the second round of the Power Drive competition. The weekend rally saw an unusually large crowd that took in the two races under sunny skies.
Four racing categories delivered four different schools taking home top honors.
In the Advanced Class, Elkhorn was able to get in 74 laps in their electric vehicle to best Wayne which completed 72 laps. Bancroft-Rosalie took third, also with 72 laps completed but 1:40 behind Wayne.
Syracuse topped the field in the Standard Class by completing 64 laps to Elkhorn’s 58 laps. Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Kennedy completed 58 laps, but trailed Elkhorn by 11 seconds.
In the Exhibition Class, Wayne took a narrow win by covering 64 laps in one hour with Elkhorn taking second with 63. Winside won the Novice Class by touring the Tractor Test Facility track 57 times, topping the Dundy County-Stratton team that posted 55 laps.
Best Pit Crew honors went to Syracuse.
The next Power Drive competition moves to central Nebraska with the Drive Safe Challenge to be contested at the Nebraska Law Enforcement Training Center in Grand Island. Competition starts at 11:30 a.m. with the awards presentation at approximately 2 p.m.
In Power Drive, teams compete in a series of endurance rallies, using light electric vehicles. The annual competition is co-sponsored by the Omaha Public Power District and the Nebraska Public Power District. The series will culminate at Werner Park in LaVista where the Power Drive Championships will be held Saturday, May 2.
Power Drive 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.