December 9, 2017 Race Cancelled

We have monitored the national and local weather forecast all week. Over the years we have found our local forecastors the most accurate. We planned to race up until the 6pm forecast was issued. With rain and thunderstorms throughout the night and then scattered showers throughout the day we cancelled our race. We took into consideration the possible effects of the rain on our teams electrical systems, motors and controllers, not to mention being wet and cold. We apologize for any inconvenince this may have caused.

Charlie

December 9, 2017 – Lennard High School Race

On December 9, 2017 Electrathon of Tampa Bay will hold our fourth race of the 2017 – 2018 Race Season at Lennard High School located at 2342 Shell Point Road in Ruskin Florida 33570. Last year host and Lennard Electrathon Team Sponsor Jim Reve had Dr. Earl J. Lennard (school named after) at the race to drop the green flag for the first race. The race this year will be held on the football fields track which means its a simple oval track. We are hoping to see our Titans, I Will Mentorship, Brooks DeBartolo and Lennard Teams at this race.
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Red – Track

Blue – Pits

Yellow – Caution Tape

White – Scoring / Registration

Green – Tower

DECEMBER 2, 2017 – LONGWOOD PARADE

On December 2, 2017 Electrathon of Tampa Bay will have a number of teams representing us at the Longwood Christmas Parade. We will meet at Andrew and Pony’s home and then head to the parade staging area. After the parade we will have a get together at their home. Thank You Andrew and Pony for inviting us to your home. For more information, contact Fredi or Charlie.

Charlie

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WELCOME – Brooks DeBartolo Collegiate HS

On Thursday, November 8, 2017 Fredi and Charlie took a loaner car to Brooks DeBartolo Collegiate High School in Tampa Florida. The team is raring to go and plan to be at the race in December.

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Nov 4, 2017 – Middleton High School Tiger 120

Our third race of the 2017 – 2018 put another great day of racing in the books. We had 14 cars ready when the green flag for the first race dropped.

We want to welcome Plant High School to the Electrathon family as they joined us for their first race. The team worked well together and came in with a 4th place in the first race and a 5th place in the second race for a 5th place overall in the High School Class. Their speed was slow compared to the other teams but the car and driver combo worked very well. They are going to work on gear ratios for the December race. When they get the right gear ratios watch out.

It was good to see Drew and Pony from the Electrocutioners back at our races. Drew in the 72 car took over where he left off last season by taking both races in the Advanced Battery Class. Pony didn’t drive as she was the teams pit crew. University of South Florida and Pro EV had mechanical issues and finished 2nd and 3rd respectively.

Jim Robinson of the Silver Bullet Team car 94 made his return in the Open Class by taking 1st overall. Tiger Racing car 4 and Hillsborough Community College car 30 were both plagued with mechanical issues.

In the High School Class there were 8 starters with Simmons cars 35 and 53 continuing their winning ways with a 1st and 2nd overall. Middleton High School cars 80 and 365 (the home team) took 3rd and 4th. The Mulberry High School team had the drive wheel fail during the second race to ruin their day. We don’t  expect that to slow this new Mulberry team down as they are coming along in a strong fashion. Brandon High School cars 9 and 14 had multiple problems with both cars and finished in 6th and 8th. Team Sponsor Mark Knowlton continues with his team to drive forward at the races until their new car is completed and makes its debut at a race. 

Our next race will be on the 1/4 mile track at Lennard High School on December 9, 2017. We should see the new team from I Will Mentorship Foundation from Ft. Myers at our next race. Another new team, from Brooks DeBartolo Collegiate High School, had members at this race to get a feel for what to expect and are making final preparations to join us in December.

We will be in the Longwood Christmas Parade on December 2, 2017, followed by a get together with Drew and Pony.

We want to give a shout out to Nicodemus Brothers for stepping up and taking Jim Truitt’s place as our Inspector in the pits. Jim was out of town due to a death in his family; our thoughts are with his family during this time of loss.

We should have a larger field and some exciting racing in December. Hope to see EVERY TEAM there.

Advance Battery Class – 1st Place Electrocutioners car 72, 2nd Place University of South Florida car 132, 3rd Place Pro EV car 039

Open Class – 1st Place Silver Bullet Racing car 94, 2nd Place Hillsborough Community College car 30, 3rd Place Tiger Racing car 4

High School Class – 1st Place Simmons car 35, 2nd Place Simmons car 53, 3rd Place Middleton car 80, 4th Place Middleton car 365, 5th Place Plant car 98, 6th Place car Brandon car 14, 7th Place Mulberry car 38, 8th Place Brandon car 9

 

November 4, 2017 – Middleton High School

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RED – COURSE

YELLOW – SPECTATOR BARRIOR TAPE

BLACK – TOWER

GREEN – REGISTRATION / SCORING AREA

 

 

The third race of our season will be held on November 4, 2017 at Middleton High School located at 4801 North 22nd Street in Tampa, Florida.

We will be selling used tires 6 for $5.00, used tubes for $1.00 each, Helmets for $20.00 each, three bicycles for $10.00 each to use the metal for building or repairing an Electrathon car. We will also start up our 50/50 drawing, 1 ticket for $1.00, 6 tickets for $5.00 and 15 tickets for $10.00, proceeds will be divided, half going to ticket holder and the other to ETO.

A free day of Electrathon Racing for the entire family and friends, come out and support our high school, college and enthusiast while they compete at this race.

Charlie

Race Day Schedule

 

Forsyth Co. Schools-Siemens Fall 2017 Electrathon Rally

Electrathon of Tampa Bay will have two high school, two open class and one advanced battery class cars attend this race on October 21, 2017. Our teams will represent the Electrathon of Tampa Bay Organization and challenge other teams at the race to visit the Tampa Area for some of our ETO races. We will post photos and race results once we return.

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BATTERIES + BULBS, BRANDON, FL – NEW ETO SUPPORTER

Electrathon of Tampa Bay welcomes our new supporter, Batteries + Bulbs in Brandon Florida, located at 1926 West Brandon Blvd. Store Manager Jim Campbell (813-689-3300) provided one of our Hillsborough County Public Schools, High School Team with a great price on new batteries for their Electrathon Cars. Jim has also quoted us a great price on Optima Yellow Top D35 batteries. Unfortunately they are on back order until the middle of November. Please give Jim Campbell a call for all your Electrathon Battery needs and all of your personal needs for batteries and bulbs. Great addition to our family of supporters.

Charlie

USF Oct 7, 2017 Should We Race? That Was The Question

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The race at the University of South Florida was a question mark up till the day before. With the weather forcast changing daily and hourly and the tropical storm heading into the gulf what were we going to do.
Turns out the weather was great but we did start early. Light winds and sunny. Out next race at Middleton High School should not have the uncertain weather conditions.
The new course at USF was a real challenge and hard on tires, wheels and drivers.
There were multiple blown tires and this week the Brandon 9 car drove the wheels off of the car when a wheel bearing froze up and locked the rear wheel.
The 9 car took both races last time out but the wheel problems dropped it way down the standings this time out.
The Middleton 365 car kept its wheels on this time out and finished second on the day. The 365 car had a wheel come apart last time out.
The new kids in town, Mulberry and Simmons, both had good days. Mulberry took a 3rd in the second race and Simmons took the top spot for the day in the High School Class.
Plant High had their new car out for the first time. They ran some practice laps for a shakedown run. They have some inspection items to correct and they will be ready to go. Hope to see them on the track next month at Middleton.
In the Open Class it was Rodney in the 4 car taking both races. HCC had multiple problems over the course of two races including when they wound up spinning out late in the second race.
In the Exp. Battery class it was the home team, USF running away from the field in both races.
The new course had more turns and less straightaways which lead to more wear and tear on the cars. The roughness of the track surface didn’t help either. We made a suggestion to the USF team to put in a work order to have the parking lot repaved. They said Yeah, Right we will get right on that.
In Feb. we will be back on the regular track layout for the Engineering Expo at USF.
Observations from the pits: Still having problems with mirrors. Ground clearance is 1.5″ min. We will start failing cars for these problems.
Finish Order:
High School: 1st Simmons #53, 2nd Middleton #365, 3rd Simmons #35, 4th Mulberry #38, 5th Middleton #80, 6th Brandon #14, 7th Brandon #7
Open Class: 1st Tiger Racing #4, 2nd HCC #30
Ex Battery: 1st USF #132, 2nd ProEv #39

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October 7, 2017 – USF Road Course

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Red – Course

Yellow – Yellow Tape

Black – Tires

White – Registration/Scoring Area

Green – Scoring Tower

The second race of our 2017 – 2018 race season is approaching quickly. The altered road course at USF is 1,493 feet of track which equals .28 of a mile. This course will challenge our drivers and teams on their battery management and tire usage as the course requires a good driving flow through the turns.

The race will be held on Saturday, October 7, 2017 at USF, located at 4202 East Fowler Avenue, Tampa Florida 33620. Once you come in the main entrance on Fowler Avenue travel to the first traffic light and turn left, the parking lot will be on the right side. To enter the pit area you must go to the second entrance on the right and turn in.

We will be selling used tires 6 for $5.00, used tubes for $1.00 each, Helmets for $20.00 each, three bicycles for $10.00 each to use the metal for building or repairing an Electrathon car. We will also start up our 50/50 drawing, 1 ticket for $1.00, 6 tickets for $5.00 and 15 tickets for $10.00, proceeds will be divided, half going to ticket holder and the other to ETO.

A free day of Electrathon Racing for the entire family and friends, come out and support our high school, college and enthusiast while they compete at this race.

Charlie