PI Solar Car Team announced today via Facebook that they were withdrawing from the World Solar Challenge this year. They performed extremely well at the inaugural Abu Dhabi Solar Challenge earlier this year, finishing 2nd place to the University of Michigan in a nail-bitingly-close race. The team is citing a lack of experience with the logistics involved in an overseas race as their reason for withdrawing - they missed some key shipping deadlines.
We are sorry to hear this, and wish them the best of luck in the future.
The start of the race is about a month away, and this is typically around the time when teams that won't make it to the race begin to officially withdraw.