The Chesterton High
School Supermileage Club recently participated in the Supermileage
competition, sponsored by the Indiana Math, Science, and Technology
Education Alliance (IMSTEA), at the Lucas Oil Raceway Park in Indianapolis.
entered two cars in the competition, one in stock and one in the unlimited
class. CHS placed first in the stock class and seventh in the unlimited
class and were voted "People's Choice” by ballot. This honor is gained by
having dependable cars, friendly team members, following all the rules, and
being helpful to other teams.
This is the first
time ever that CHS has placed first in the competition. CHS was one of 25
schools participating with 31 cars competing. CHS competed throughout the
day against 20 other cars.
The hard rain and
high winds made competing difficult, but the weather cleared by afternoon
leaving sunny skies mixed with rain. Fuel economy was way down for everyone
participating because of the weather. The highest miles per gallon (mpg) of
any car recorded that day was 600 mpg. In years past, the highest has
sometimes been 1,400 to 1,500 mpg.
CHS was at 290 mpg
as an average, which was #1 in the stock class. “We kind of sweated the end
of the day, because another school finished with about 283 mpg,” said Lance
Nolting, CHS sponsor and supervisor. “They were ‘breathing down our necks’
at the end of the competition.”
A number of cars
could not handle the nasty weather. Quite a few cars broke down repeatedly,
and there were seven accidents during the day when cars collided with each
Trowbridge drove the CHS car’s first run, and was rammed in the back end by
another car whose driver couldn't see out. His car became inoperable the
remainder of the day. Trowbridge got out of our car, checked it to see if it
was still operable, made sure the other driver was okay, got back in and
finished the run all of her own accord. CHS cars did not break down,
completed a number of runs, and performed admirably. The three CHS drivers
throughout the day were Donna Trowbridge (grade 11), Trevor Krygier (10),
and Adam Rundzaitis (10).
helping the CHS Supermileage club with some of their needs were Michigan
City Chrysler, Dodge, and Jeep; Hopkins’ ACE Hardware, Riggs Mowers and JV
Crane Service (welding).
The CHS team
members are Donald Dutcher, Rachel Enright, Dakota Evans, Taylor Hayman,
Jacob Jackson, Claudia Krygier, Trevor Krygier, Jacob Lambrecht, Colin
Lenburg, Matt Murfitt, Alex Panozzo, Adam Rundzaitis, Donna Trowbridge,
Trevor VanNostran and Nick Wrigley. Sponsors and supervisors are Lance
Nolting and Tim Trowbridge.