Accepting the challenge

Eight Stillwater Area High School technology education students competed in the 24th annual MTEEA Supermileage Challenge May 14-15 at Brainerd International Raceway. Tyler Peterson, Eric Finley, Lowell Schmoekel, Matt Worra and Ryan Brookman designed and built a vehicle using the required 2.4 horsepower Briggs and Stratton engine. Their vehicle finished fourth out of 47 vehicles in the stock class. It averaged 350 miles per gallon (a new record for SAHS) and had a best single run of 403 miles per gallon. There were only four stock vehicles in the competition to break the 400 miles per gallon mark. James Polacek, Patric Love and Tom Major competed in the electric vehicle class with a vehicle built and designed with the help of advisor Hank Axt and physics students. Their vehicle took fifth place out of eight electric vehicles entered this year with a mileage rating of 55 miles per kilowatt-hour. The electric vehicle class has only been included in the competition for three years, starting out with just three electric vehicle entries in its first year.