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Louisiana Tech Eco-car to be featured nationally on ESPN2

Louisiana Tech’s record-setting Eco-car “Roadster” will be featured nationally on ESPN2’s “NASCAR Now” program this Sunday in a segment hosted by NASCAR driver A.J. Allmendinger.

Louisiana Tech's record-setting "Roadster"

Allmendinger and Shell Indycar driver Helio Castroneves raced the “Roadster” around the course at the Shell Houston Open as part of a program segment called “Digital Dinger.” The race was recorded as part of the pre-event activity surrounding the PGA’s Shell Houston Open and Shell’s Eco-marathon, which both take place this weekend.

Louisiana Tech’s “Roadster” won last year’s Urban Concept title with a record fuel efficiency run of 646.7 miles per gallon.  Tech also won one of three Shell Eco-marathon Safety Awards and the Design Award for the “Roadster” vehicle.

The Eco-marathon competition challenges students to design, build and test fuel-efficient vehicles in an attempt to travel the farthest distance possible using the least amount of energy.  High school and university teams from throughout North America take part in the event.

Last year, the Tech team took home $8,000 in prizes – more than any other U.S. university in the competition, besting traditional powerhouses such as Purdue, Penn State, UCLA, and the University of California at Berkeley.

Written by Brandy McKnight – mcknight@latech.edu