The MIT crew had to park its vans and run up the last hill to find out if its car had won. On seeing Tamai in the winner's circle, one tired crew member flipped out his cellular phone and reported the good news to his mother. The team indulged in abundant, well-earned sleep that night, but for a few glorious minutes these levelheaded engineers had a hooting, hog-stomping celebration in the Colorado rain.
"We went from utter despair to elation in 20 minutes" said Mike Wittig, a senior majoring in mechanical engineering. "There's nothing finer than this. It's a lot more fun than studying law or medicine."