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April 29, 2014

Local Super Mileage teams show well at world competition


Fairfield Jr.-Sr. High School

Turning out a similarly impressive performance at the Shell Eco-Marathon competition this weekend was the Fairfield Jr.-Sr. High School Super Mileage team, whose gasoline-powered vehicle achieved a top run of 549 miles per gallon — beating the team’s goal of 500 miles per gallon — and earning the team a 19th place finish out of 43 competitors.

“I’m really happy with how the competition turned out,” said team leader and Fairfield engineering technology teacher Jim Jones from his office Tuesday. “I’m really ecstatic that the kids got 549 miles out of their engine. But the winning school this year was 2,800 miles per gallon, and that’s a college up in Canada. So the competition is definitely tough, and to compete and do well against those guys, just to get the 500 miles per gallon or more, is quite an accomplishment I think. So I’m really happy with how things turned out.”

In addition to the Houston competition, the Fairfield team also sent several team members down to Indianapolis this Sunday to prepare for the annual Indiana Mathematics, Science and Technology Education Alliance (IMSTEA) Super Mileage Challenge held Monday at Lucas Oil Raceway Park.

“Their best run was 193 miles per gallon,” Jones said of the team’s Indianapolis performance. “They also got a real nice trophy for the Sportsmanship Award, which means that they were very helpful to the other teams during the competition.”

Wawasee High School

Also joining Goshen and Fairfield at the Shell Eco-Marathon Americas competition this weekend was Wawasee High School, whose Super Mileage team took the highest honors of all three schools in both the gasoline and diesel categories.

In the gasoline-powered division, the team pulled off a school recorder-breaker with a top run of 1,063 miles per gallon, earning the team an 11th place finish overall in the category. The team then pulled off a second big performance in the diesel-powered division with a top run of 974 miles per gallon, earning the team a 3rd place win overall.

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