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New Faces and Teams at Shell Eco-marathon Americas

Over the past five years, we’ve seen Shell Eco-marathon Americas grow in both teams and vehicles.
Granite Falls High School students prepare their car for the race at Shell Eco-marathon Americas

Granite Falls High School students prepare their car for the race at Shell Eco-marathon Americas 2012 on Thursday, March 29 in downtown Houston.

At the start of Shell Eco-marathon Americas in 2007, 23 teams participated in the challenge and this year, more than 96 teams and 113 vehicles have gathered in downtown Houston, Texas to compete. That’s an increase of 73 teams since Shell Eco-marathon began in the Americas!

Some of the new faces at Shell Eco-marathon Americas include several high schools from across the United States, including: Ashwaubenon High School from Green Bay, Wis.; Ozark High School from Ozark, Mo.; James Madison High School from San Antonio, Texas; and Murrieta High School from Murrieta, Calif. New Universities competing include Duke University from Durham, N.C.; Rice University from Houston, Texas; and the University of Montana from Missoula, Mont.

The 2012 event also brings more teams from across the Americas than at previous events. This year, four teams from Brazil, three teams from Canada and two teams from Mexico are all in attendance in Houston for the competition.