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Thank you to our newest sponsors!

Austin Energy and Love’s Travel Stops have come on as sponsors for the Formula Sun Grand Prix 2019! We are grateful for their support of this event, education, and solar power.

Find out how Austin Energy is helping people in the Austin area go solar at

Find a Love’s Travel Stop on your travels at

Dan Eberle Stepping Down from IEF Board of Directors

After many years of serving with the solar car events, Dan Eberle announced his resignation from the Innovators Educational Foundation Board of Directors. We thank Dan for his years of service to the solar car events in the US and around the world as well as his help in starting the Innovators Educational Foundation in 2009, continuing the American Solar Challenge and Formula Sun Grand Prix tradition.

Dan’s history with the brainsport of solar car began as a team member with the Crowder College solar car program. Over the years, he has served in many roles including Event Director, Jury Chief, and Emeritus Member of the Board of Directors & Vice President of the Innovators Educational Foundation. He has also held roles with many other solar car challenges from around the world.

Given the comradery of the solar car community, it would not be unexpected to see Dan make appearances at future solar car events. We wish him all the best in his future endeavors.

Dick Roberto continues to serve in retirement

At the ASC 2018 awards ceremony, Dick Roberto’s retirement as the Head Mechanical Inspector was announced. We thanked Dick for his years of service to the American Solar Challenge and Formula Sun Grand Prix events.

Through a separate process, Dick Roberto also was recognized with the 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award for his long history with solar car events, which began in 1990 as an advisor to the Cal State LA team.

We are pleased to announce Dick will be returning for FSGP 2019 as a Mechanical Inspector, supporting the new Head Mechanical Inspector, Brian Call, as the teams go through scrutineering in Austin, TX. We look forward to having him as part of the staff for yet another solar car event!

Communications and Media Internship

As we continue to look for new ways to provide unique and educational opportunities through our events, we are pleased to announce the availability of communications and media internships for our upcoming events.

If you are interested, please see the volunteering page for more information.

Thank you Electrek!

We are pleased to announce the continued support of our organization and events by Electrek. Electrek has come on board to support this years Formula Sun Grand Prix, to be held in Austin, TX at Circuit of the Americas, and most recently supported last year’s 2018 American Solar Challenge.

Electrek covers a variety of topics related to renewable energy — including electric vehicles. To see some of their work, visit their website:

Thank you to our latest sponsor

Quote Wizard

Our latest sponsor for the 2019 Formula Sun Grand Prix: QuoteWizard. QuoteWizard can help you find the cheapest insurance, whether you are looking for auto, health, life or other types of insurance. Learn more about our latest sponsor from their website.

We are very appreciative of our sponsors, and thank QuoteWizard for their very generous donation!

Thank you to our latest sponsor!

Just last week we received a donation from Electrek, “a news site tracking the transition from fossil fuel transportation to electric and the surrounding clean ecosystems.” We’re pleased to have them as a sponsor, and hope to have a long lasting relationship.

Have a look at their site, and read a recent article of theirs about the 2018 American Solar Challenge.

American Solar Challenge 2018 Entries

Today is the official due date for the ASC/FSGP 2018 entry package (fees and paperwork, see pre-event status page for details) and preliminary design reports. As of the most recent update to the status board, 31 teams have satisfied the requirements, and are slated to compete in the event.

A total of five nations will be represented: United States (23), Canada (5), Italy (1), Russia (1), and Saudi Arabia (1).

Thank you and congratulations to these teams!

If your team has not registered, but wishes to do so — there is still time. A 10 day registration grace period will be in effect beginning tomorrow (October 16th). During this period, no late fees will be assessed.

For more information regarding next summer’s event, please see the official event page.

ASC 2018 Regulations – Rev. B Published

The latest revision of the 2018 American Solar Challenge regulations can be found on the regulations page. Please see revision B.

Teams interested in the multi-occupant class of vehicles should take careful note, as many updates have been made with regard to this class.

FSGP 2017

The 2017 Formula Sun Grand Prix is fast approaching, it’s just over a week and a half away. This event, like the American Solar Challenge, promotes more than good sportsmanship and camaraderie between teams, it strives to introduce the community to all that’s possible with solar and other renewable energy sources.

The event, which lasts a week, begins with three days of scruitineering, scruitineering is followed by three days of solar-powered raycing. To win the race, teams strive to complete more laps of the nearly three and a half mile long track than any other — using only solar power.

On the final day of racing, the public is invited to see first hand what a solar car race looks like. The open event will run from 9:00 am until 5:00 pm on Saturday, July 8th at Circuit of the Americas in Austin, TX. We hope to see you there!


Address of the track (per the COTA website):

9201 Circuit of the Americas Blvd, Austin, TX 78617