Faster and Farther

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    Jasper High School freshman JohnPaul Luke tried out the driverÕs seat of the Jasper Wildcat Motorsports ClubÕs super mileage car during the clubÕs weekly meeting Sept. 19, 2012. Throughout the school year, the club met Wednesday evenings to construct the super mileage car as well as two formula racing cars. The club is part of the schoolÕs engineering department and allows the students to get hands-on experience building race cars by using engineering principles that allow them to get the greatest gas mileage and speed. Dave Weatherwax/The Herald

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    Jasper Engines & Transmissions employee Andy Ahner of Jasper, second from left, helped Jasper freshman Bradyn Schwenk, left, junior Erich Hopf and senior Lee Knies construct a frame to make the mold of the new super mileage car Dec. 19. A handful of adult mentors from local companies work with the students on the projects. AhnerÕs son, Drew, a junior, is a member of the motorsports club. Dave Weatherwax/The Herald

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    Junior Drew Ahner dialed in the settings on the wind tunnel Oct. 24 as he tested one of a handful of small-scale versions of the new super mileage car the motorsports club planned to build. The club chose a different model than the one pictured. Dave Weatherwax/The Herald

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    Each Wednesday after classes during the school year, students in the motorsports club met to work on the super mileage car and the two formula cars. The students worked with adult mentors April 3, trying to prepare the super mileage car for competition later that month and the formula cars for competition in early May. Dave Weatherwax/The Herald

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    Sophomore Blake Knies, top left, juniors Griffin Park and Nick Hale and sophomore Travis Wehr worked together to construct the frame for the new formula racing car Feb. 13. The formula car was built for speed, adhering to a strict set of rules. Dave Weatherwax/The Herald

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    Sophomore Blake Knies carefully tried to line up a piece of metal in the vise clamp Feb. 13. He was grinding the metal down to be mounted on the frame for the motorsports clubÕs new formula race car. Dave Weatherwax/The Herald

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    Junior Erich Hopf drove around the parking lot behind Jasper High School in the motorsports clubÕs super mileage car Sept. 19. As a sophomore, Erich served as the carÕs backup driver for competitions, but he grew too tall for the car to be the driver at this yearÕs competitions. Dave Weatherwax/The Herald

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    Freshman Katelyn Hedinger sat behind the wheel in the Wildcat motorsportsÕ super mileage car after she was given instruction on how to drive the car for the first time Sept. 19. The car is built for distance and is capable of getting hundreds of miles per gallon of fuel. Dave Weatherwax/The Herald

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    Senior Lee Knies, left, and his brother Blake, a sophomore, showed one of the two formula racing cars built by the students to their grandfather Linus Metz of St. Anthony during an open house for the club May 22. Dave Weatherwax/The Herald