Summer 2024 Update


Kyle hard at work on our new chassis

Dear Friends of the Cannonball Sun,

Despite everyone being busy the past few months with classes and internships, we have

some significant updates! First, the design plans for our new 2024 car are finished, and the build process began at the end of June. As we celebrated our one-year anniversary of The Cannonball Sun, Kyle Samluk and Russ Pline were hard at work building the chassis.

This past month, Danny has been installing the wheels, steering, and braking systems. A huge thanks to Holden Corporation’s generous donation of machining critical suspension parts.

This summer also included a slight branding change. With our new solar car, we are sunsetting the name Pink Skies. We are excited to announce that our new solar car for the summer of

2024 will be dubbed NY2LA. The inspiration for this name comes from our goal to race

from New York to Los Angeles, with “2” embodying the direction we are headed while

simultaneously demonstrating our second attempt at the journey.


In addition to the car update, the team added a new member at the end of July. Evan Buck

joined to enhance the marketing and business development side of the Cannonball Sun.

Evan will work on various marketing projects and reach out to businesses for

sponsorships. Evan is a marketing major and environmental studies minor at Butler

University and was a member of 2018/2019 Okemos Solar Racing Team with Will and

Kyle. Welcome, Evan! 


We are excited about our continued journey this year, and we are still on track to

reach our goal of racing from New York to Los Angeles in the summer of 2024. More

updates are to come in the following weeks.


In the meantime, be sure to follow our Instagram @thecannonballsun for consistent

updates and exciting news.




The Cannonball Sun Team


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