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April 30, 2014

South team first in super mileage challenge

TERRE HAUTE — A team from Terre Haute South Vigo High School won first place in the Junior 206 class competition at the IMSTEA Super Mileage Challenge on Monday.

The car’s mileage was 345.79 miles per gallon, and its driver was student J.J. Faught. The team beat six other competitors in the Junior 206 class.

The 19th annual Super Mileage event took place at Raceway Park in Indianapolis, with 23 Indiana high schools entering 31 cars in four classes of competition, according to a news release.

Terre Haute South entered two cars, one in the unlimited class and the other in Junior 206.

“I had a great time,” Faught said. “Toward the end we had a couple of problems, but I was able to overcome it. The last run was fun because I was able to open it up. By then, we pretty much had it won.”

While he does quarter midget racing, it was his first time to participate in the Super Mileage Challenge.

Gregg Dillion, the team’s faculty sponsor, said that 12 students participated in the event. “I’m proud of how hard they worked. They never gave up,” he said. “They all worked together as a team.”

Eric Dyer also is a faculty sponsor.

Junior Jade Auten drove the unlimited car. “I absolutely loved it. It was a thrill,” she said. “We worked extremely well as a team.”

One of her career interests is designing cars.

In the Super Mileage Challenge, students build their own cars under the supervision of a faculty member. They are responsible for the design and construction of the car and for raising all funds needed for the project.

To be eligible, each school must submit a detailed technical proposal covering all aspects of the design and construction of the car.

The event is sponsored by the Indiana Mathematics, Science and Technology Education Alliance.


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