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Photos: Solar raycers cross the finish line

The University of Michigan's car crossed the finish line to win the 2,500 mile North American Solar Challenge.
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Taking the checkered flag

The University of Michigan's car crosses the finish line to win the 2,500 mile North American Solar Challenge. Twenty solar-powered cars started the "rayce" which began in Austin, Tex. and finished in Calgary, Alberta, 11 days later. Michigan's team overtook the University of Minnesota's car in the final miles. The rayce results.

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Stanford

Stanford University driver Tommy Hanson gets down and dirty tuning up his car near Winnepeg, Manitoba. It must have worked because Stanford won the stock division, despite having to overcome a three-hour deficit and a collision with their chase van.

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Protecting the environment

The mural says it all as the University of Waterloo's solar car drives through Winnepeg, Manitoba. The U.S. Department of Energy is one of the main sponsors of the event to promote solar energy and develop technology that can be used as an alternative to fossil fuels.

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Darting through traffic

As gas prices skyrocket, this may be a scene we'll see in the future with solar cars darting in and out of traffic. Here, Canada's Queens University car approaches Medicine Hat, Alberta.

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Beam Machine

The Cal Sol team's "Beam Machine" from the University of California-Berkeley rolls along the Trans-Canada Highway near Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan.

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Victor's celebrate

Members of the University of Michigan's winning solar car team raise the trophy before 10,000 raycing fans in Calgary, Alberta. The team's car averaged 46.2 mph for the 2,500 mile trip.

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University of Auburn

The Auburn Univeristy team is preparing to deploy a solar array for charging by pointing their solar cells toward the sun.

See previous coverage of the beginning of the rayce and the midpoint break.

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