"Bot 3-2 has been given permission to commence operation," the announcer booms. "Victor Tango is on the move!" At just after 8 AM Pacific time, "Odin"—the modded SUV from Virginia Tech—purrs to life, passes in front of the bleachers to give spectators an eyeful, and disappears around the corner to a chorus of cheers. Odin's competitor number has a special significance; it honors the 32 students and staff killed in the recent Virginia Tech massacre. A few seconds later, the Stanford Racing Team's "Junior" gets the go-ahead. Junior lurches and pauses for a long moment just after exiting the blocks, but then regains its composure and follows Odin onto the course. The other nine vehicles follow, spaced a few minutes apart to decrease the odds of a collision.