(July 7) It waited out this morning’s severe thunderstorm, then silently made its way around Gateway Motorsports Park’s Circuit of St. Louis road course. It, to be specific, is Principia College’s sleek white solar-powered race car. The college’s team brought it to GMP to test for the upcoming American Solar Challenge.

“The American Solar Challenge is an 1,800-mile race from Columbus, Ohio, to Hot Springs, South Dakota, starting on July 30 and running until August 7,” said Principia team member Jackson Walker. “The race will come through St. Louis on August 1.”

Principia College is a 104-year-old private liberal arts college in Elsah, Illinois.

“Testing is going well today,” Walker added. “We not only are testing the car’s reliability, but we also are breaking in a new driver and practiced changing tires — just in case we have to during the race.”

The team will return to GMP on Tuesday, July 12, for additional testing. Over the years, the team has competed in solar car races in Greece, Australia and Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates.

For more information on the team, please visit: www.principiasolarcar.com.