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Long Lake students race at Watkins Glen

WATKINSGLEN- Students from Long Lake Central School raced gas-free last week at Watkins Glen Electrathon Car Race. They rolled across the finish line in second place after their electric car finished 37 laps around the track.

Students Sam Miller and Stephen Pitcher tag-teamed the driving responsibilities while pit-crew members Taylor Garreults and Somnang Mor kept their car in racing shape and cheered them on from the sidelines.

Duane Finch, Electrathon Car Club advisor, was impressed with the results.

"These students have put their skills and knowledge to the test with this huge accomplishments," he said.

The students took a piece of Long Lake with them to the track in the form of sponsorship names displayed on the car. Sponsors ranged from Bartel Motors to Hoss's Country Corner and supported the project reaching Watkins Glen.

"They made this learning experience possible," said Finch.

Long Lake's electric car was first to pass pre-race inspection and proved that students were accurate with their work. They successful crafted operational steering, brakes, safety gear, battery and vehicle stability, which met all established regulations.

The competition objectives were to drive a battery powered vehicles as far as possible in one hour on a closed loop course.

The local team was edged by the winners, who completed 42 laps during the one hour time limit.

Students in Finch's technology class have been working on the car for the majority of the school year with high hopes that they would make it to Watkins Glen.

While hoping to stretch car's legs in competition, they also learned the dynamics of electrathon vehicles, which are single person, lightweight, aerodynamic, high efficiency electric vehicles with three pneumatic tires, according to Finch.

Aside from the race, students set out to improve public awareness and understanding of efficient alternative electric vehicles and related technology.

The electric car is now in retirement and on display at Long Lake Central School.

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