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Drag-Racing News at Principia College?

The 2014 RA9 solar car and solar-car team.

Principia College isn’t usually featured in the latest drag-racing news, so when those two worlds intersect, it’s worth taking a closer look., an internet magazine for drag racing, featured a story on drag racing’s connection to Principia College through the solar car. The article, “Probably the Oddest Racing Vehicle Jerry Haas Race Cars Has Ever Built,” posted on August 18, 2022, is a reminiscence by champion drag racer and race-car fabricator John DeFlorian of Arnold, Missouri. DeFlorian recounts his experience with the Principia College Solar Team’s RA9 solar car about a decade ago when he worked for Jerry Haas Race Cars. You can read the whole story at