All posts by Vic Nieves

April 6 2019 Bonn Voyage To Fredi and Tom

FREDI / TOM BECK WILL BE MISSED / BUT NEVER FORGOTTEN Fredi Beck who has been a VERT IMPORTANT part of Electrathon Of Tampa Bay for many years has retired from the School District and she and Tom will be leaving for Indiana in 2 weeks.

A going away party was held at Square One Burgers Saturday after the races and was attended by about 30 ETO supporters. Ryans dad supplied a nice cake.

Speaches and memories were shared by many in attendance. Then Fredi and Tom were presented with His and Hers Ice Scrapers as a going away present. Remember they are going to Warsaw Indiana where its in the low 30s high 20s for daily highs and nightly lows are in the low 20s high teens.

Fredi was presented a framed Checkered Flag signed by most of our members. Mike Fredricks had a plaque made up to mount on the glass of the frame.

April 6 2019 Smashing Good Time at Brandon High School Dash Races

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The last local race on the season is in the books. High School, College, Open Class and Advanced Battery teams put in some FAST laps on the 1/4 mile track at Brandon. We thank Brandon High School Principal, Jennifer Sparano and new Team Sponsor Tim Ruman for allowing us to use their facility.

On a regular race day there are two one hour endurance races with ALL classes and cars on the track at the same time. Heats for this race were 20 minutes instead of one hour. In the dash races it was High School class racing by itself and Open and Advanced Battery together.

We were honored to have representatives of the upcoming Great American Celebration of Speed At Daytona International Speedway (celebratespeed.com) in attendance. We will be participating in their event October 10, 11, 12, 2019. They came over to see our cars and how we run our races. They also participated in our Sponsors Race.

In the Advanced class it was the new/old kid on the block taking both races. Ryan Norden racing as team Ryno (driver Neil) and the advanced battery car #365 put up 41 and 43 laps for a total of 84 laps over two heats. USF #132 car had problems in both races. The USF #48 car didn’t run the first race and was slated to run the second race,  more on that later.

Advanced finish order was Ryno #365 1st, USF #132 2nd. 

Tiger Racing #4 car and Silver Bullet/Robinson Racing #94 car battled it out for the two twenty minute heats. In the first heat it was Silver Bullet/Robinson (race time of 20.15) over Tiger #4 (race time of 20.18) and in the second heat it was Sliver Bullet/Robinson winning again over (race time of 20.21) Tiger #4 (race time of 20.22) both cars having 79 laps on the 1/4 mile track at the end of the day. The #60 car driven by Ryan Norden the first race and Todd Thuma the second race is one of the oldest cars in our area still running. It started life at King High School at least 10 years ago and has been in and out of storage since. The cars body is an old traffic signal box so it is quite unique. An oldie that still finished just 10 laps behind (69 lap two race total) Silver Bullet/Robinson and Tiger Racing.

Open Class finish order Silver Bullet/Robinson #94 1st, Tiger #4 2nd and Ryno II #60 3rd.

High School Class saw Mulberry High School and Simmons Career Center continue their season long battle.

In the first heat it was Mulberry #38 car (race time of 20.11) over the Simmons #35 car (race time of 20.13) with the Simmons #53 car taking 3rd (race time of 20.22).

In the second race it was Mulberry #38 (race time of 20.05) with Brooks DeBartolo #55 (race time of 20.18) and Simmons #35 (race time of 21.38)

High School Finish order Mulberry #38 1st, Simmons #35 2nd, Simmons #53 3rd and Brooks DeBartolo #55 4th.

Sponsors Race is a special race we do once a year where team sponsors and V.I.P.s see if they can keep up with their regular drivers. This year we had several V.I.Ps and our Brandon High School host Tim, the new Auto Tech Instructor took his turn behind the wheel.

Teams let the rookies use one of their cars for the race. Not sure if that will continue in the future as we had the most spectacular crash on the first lap. In the past we have given out a trophy, the I Broke Mine, to the team or driver who had the most memorable mishap on the track. This year we may have to rename it the They Broke Mine.

One of the reps from Daytona, who will remain nameless, was the lucky driver who got to drive the USF #48 rocket car. He did a wonderful job demonstrating the sturdiness and safety of Electrathon cars. If we scored like gymnastics he would have scored at leas an 11 for form and originality with one spin-out and multiple flips and sticking the landing on his side. Happy to report that the driver was walking and talking as soon as we got him out of the car. Bumps and sore but OK. The car on the other hand was not so lucky. We are glad that he is okay, cars can be rebuilt/replaced.

The car was taken over to Jim Robinsons shop in Titusville for emergency surgery and was back in shape, more or less, by Sunday night. The USF guys will be taking it to Alabama for races in Chambers County and at Barber Motorsoprts Park.   

This year, drivers in advanced battery cars were not eligible for placing in this race. Here are their results: Brandon Sponsor Tim Ruman completed 34 laps in Ryno #365 car and the driver in #48 car from USF stopped racing at turn three. Our lead acid racers finish: Simmons Sponsor William Knight in the #35 car was 1st with 36 laps. Executive Board Intern Nicodemus Brothers in the old King #60 Car was 2nd with 29 laps, Brooks DeBartolo Sponsor Chris Hochman in the #55 car was 3rd with 23 laps and Mulberry Sponsor Todd Thuma in #38 car was 4th with 11 laps due to old loaner batteries.

Last Local Race Of The Season Is At Brandon High School and A Send Off For Fredi and Tom

Saturday, April 6th is our last local race of the season. It is our Speed Event where teams go for speed instead of endurance. Race day is broken up into multiple 20 minute segments instead of 1 hour events.

Teams will race in their class instead of as one large group. The strategy is totally different as gear ratios, motor set ups and computer setups are different than long distance. You will not kill a set of batteries in 20 minutes like you could in a one hour event.

Between events there will be a Sponsors Race. This is where team sponsors will take a turn in the cars, it they can fit, and see how they do compared to their team drivers.

Come out and see the races and wish Fredi and Tom good luck in their next chapter. Most people retire and move to Florida. But not Fredi and Tom. They will be leaving shortly for their new home in Indiana. Something about being closer to family. Fredi has been a very big part of the success of our program over the years and we will miss her greatly.

There will be an ETO event at Square 1 Burgers in Brandon starting at 5.p.m. to formally send them off on their next adventure. 2042 Badlands Drive in Brandon between Brandon Parkway and Providence Rd. There is a separate room reserved in the back. Adult beverages are available. Teams are encouraged to do something special on their own if they choose for Fredi and Tom.

Vic

Lennard High School Longhorn 120 Sets Record

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Racing on the track at Lennard High School for the first time was a huge success. Lennard’s Team had their cars back on the track after an extended absence and took 3rd in the High School Class against some tough competition.

The track at Lennard is in great shape. It is 8 lanes wide and seal coated which made for some fast lap times and minimum tire wear. Thank you Team Sponsor Jim Reve for making sure we had a great race day and a special thank you to his wife and volunteers for doing their fundraiser that had great food and drinks for all.

In the Advanced Battery Class it was USF in their 48 car running a perfect race and setting a record of 230 laps on the 1/4 mile track over two races with the best lap time of 26.914. USF Team sold one of their cars, the 132 car, to Ryan Norden formerly of Middleton High and Duck car infamy. He did very well for his first time out in the Lithium powered car. Everything was doing well in the first race until he had a flat tire late in the race and had to withdraw. In the second race he put up an impressive 103 laps finishing second for the day with 196 laps.

In the Open Class it was Silver Bullet/Robinson Racing car 94 and Tiger Racing car 4 going at it again. Silver Bullet/Robinson had a total of 195 laps for the day with a best lap time of 32.213 and Tiger Racing had back to back 94 lap races for a total of 188 laps and a second place in the Open Class.

Jim Robinson designed cars filled the track (9 of the 10 cars). Jim must be doing something right with his designs. His personal car has a suspension integrated into the design. Something about making racing easier on his old bones.

In the High School Class it was Mulberry High School car 38 leading the pack AGAIN. They even took a 3rd in total laps in the second race with 99 laps, beating the open class cars by 3-5 laps. They finished first in the High School Class for the day with 187 laps.
Simmons car 35 had a good day taking 2nd in class with 174 laps for the day. They are working on a new car and should be highly competitive with it. Simmons cars (35 and 53) are running on some old batteries or they would be finishing higher in the standings.
Lennard had both their cars out for this one and did well with their 86 car taking 3rd with 157 laps in the High School Class with a best lap time of 31.151. Their car 78 had battery problems and did not have a good day. It was good to see them back on the track.
The team from Brooks DeBartolo High School had the events of the day in their 55 car. In the first race they did a beautiful spin out on the turn by the start finish line when the driver got the inside wheel into the sand. The car spun and then got going again all in one motion. In the second race we saw something never before seen in a local race. The driver only weighs 105lbs causing the car to require A LOT of ballast, installed and bolted down by the nose of the car, the drivers boots were getting in the way of her working the throttle. Part way thru the race we see the car pull into the grass infield on the far side of the track and we see a shoe being thrown out of the car and an infield crew member giving her another shoe. A few laps later we see the car pull into the grass in the same area and here come the shoes being thrown out of the car again and more shoes being handed to the driver. After the second pit stop for shoes the 55 car ran well for the rest of the race right up till the batteries died and they had to withdraw. Now that is real teamwork.
Brooks like most of the teams in the High School Class are battling a problem with old batteries. Batteries are the single most expensive item in these cars and at $400 + per set times two sets per car, High Schools have a hard time replacing them when needed.

As Seen In The Pits Most teams now have the proper type of battery chargers and some are loaning other teams chargers to help out. Some of the teams are switching to moped tires. They are bigger than the BMX bicycle tires most teams use but will last most of a season instead of a few races. Even saw one team give another team a Master Power Cut Off Switch so they could pass inspection and race.

Our next race is going to be at Brandon High School on April 6th. This will be our DASH EVENT. Multiple 20 minute races and a Sponsors Race. Come out and see us try to fit into these cars.

Charlie already has tentative dates for the 2019/2020 races and is working to finalize one of them at Steinbrenner Field in Tampa another one at DAYTONA SPEEDWAY and a third one at an Airfield in Ft. Myers. Stand by for more info as it becomes available.

STAND BY FOR INFO FROM CHARLIE
Our short timers, Fredi and Tom are packing for their retirement move to Indiana. PLEAS DON’T GO. Isn’t that opposite of what most people do? They are waiting till after the area thaws. We will be having a Going Away event for them as soon as we get a definite get out of town date.

In case you missed it we were on TV Channel 28, they had a short clip of the start of our race on the 11 P.M. news on Saturday night, clip is at the beginning of this write up.

Vic

USF Engineering Expo 120

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Terrible weather all over the place EXCEPT in Florida. Here we had to deal with an overabundance of sunshine and terribly mild temps. While others were digging out of snow.

Mulberry High School had their cars on display Friday for the USF Engineering Expo, which drew over 8000 students, it was quite a crowd. ETO Fredi and Charlie joined the students from Mulberry High School. Mulberry’s team greeted the visitors and answered questions about their cars and Electrathon racing. They did a great job! It was also a great day for ETO as other schools and enthusiasts stated they wanted to come on board to race and traded contact info.

In the Open Class (or the AARP class this race) saw Rodney Schreck from Tiger Racing car 4 and Jim Robinson and his co driver Jerry Bristow from Robinson Racing car 94 battle it out over the two races. Robinson Racing had ANOTHER NEW CAR (finished just the night before the race) for this race. In the 1st race it was Robinson Racing by four laps. In the 2nd race Rodney changed his gear ratio and it was a fraction of a second difference at the finish (1.00.01 VS 1.00.02). Robinson Racing might have done a little better if not for dragging a chunk of tree moss around the track for most of the second race. Robinson Racing took 1st in class with Tiger Racing in 2nd in class.

In the Advanced Battery Class it was USF car 48 in a class all by themselves. In the 1st race USF put up some impressive numbers with 80 laps. In the 2nd race USF car 48 was again putting up some impressive lap counts. On one of the S curves USF and I Will Mentorship Foundation (IWMF) both tried to occupy the same space, IWMF car 139, a High School Class car, went up on the curb. Neither car received any damage.

In the High School Class it was Mulberry car 38/83 and Simmons 35/53 going at it again. Mulberry car 38 came out on top with a smooth and steady day on the track while car 83 had battery issues. Simmons car 35 broke a weld at the line up for the first race and did not make it back to the track. Mulberry car 38 took 1st place in class, Simmons car 53 was right behind in 2nd place. The new team on the block, I Will Mentorship Foundation (IWMF) came in 3rd in the class and this is only their second race day. They were doing real well. In the first race they went out a little too fast and had to withdraw part way thru when the batteries ran down. In the second race they withdrew after the problem with USF to inspect the car. They are figuring out battery management and their car but still managed a strong 3rd place. Watch out for them in the future. Mulberry’s car 83 finished in 4th place in class.

Our next race will be on the track at Lennard High School. It will be a good opportunity to get some laps for new drivers and test out gear ratios.

Teams should be thinking about the upcoming out of town races at the Barber Motorsports Park in Leeds, Alabama (April 15th, over 50 cars come for the race) and Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola (April 27th over 25 cars come for the race). If interested you need to coordinate with Charlie as soon as possible as ETO will transport high school teams car(s) as long as two high schools agree to attend.

Vic

Wharton High School Race

The first race of 2019 is in the books. What a start to the new year. New teams, new cars, old cars, spin outs, chains coming off, electrical wiring disasters. Just another race day.

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We want to thank Chris Hart of Wharton, our host, and the Wharton Administration for allowing us to use their facilities. Thank You Chris for doing a fundraiser as the hotdogs and burgers were much appreciated.

A shout out to Larry Plank from the Hillsborough Count Public School front office for stopping by to see the races.

A special thanks to Ryan Norden (Middleton Alumni) for helping with set up and for being our race steward for the day.

In the Advanced Battery Class it was USF racing against themselves. At the start of the first race the USF 132 car (John’s) was in the pits with wiring problems where it spent the whole race. They did make it to the second race and appears to be getting the bugs worked out so they can challenge others in their class. The USF 48 car (Sai) started the first race and did well, the batteries were not charged enough to start the second race at line up but did make it onto the track. It still placed 1st in class. They took advantage of points strategy to keep their class lead.

In the Open Class it was the Tiger #4 car in a class by itself. Rodney did well in the first race but had to withdraw part way thru the second race, not something that happens often to our 20+ year racer.

The High School Class had a new team and two new cars from the I Will Mentorship Foundation (IWMF) out of Ft Myers. They get the prize for the Best Team Trailer and Tow Vehicle combo. The team looked good and put on a good show of team work. They took 4th place with their 139 car. It is a modified Blue Sky car. They had chain problems that kept them out of the top 3. Their second car the #28 and a loaner from ETO had a problem with the wiring harness going into the wheel motor and despite the best efforts of many hands was not repairable. New teams with new cars tend to have problems early on and they did a great job of working thru them. We look forward to seeing them at all of our races.

The Brooks teams #55 car was plagued with problems and finished in the 5th spot. They are a strong and hard working team.

The teams from Mulberry and Simmons continue to battle it out for the top three spots. Mulberry had a 50/50 day with the 83 car having a bad battery day and finishing in the pits and their 38 car finishing 1st overall in the class. The Simmons team 35 car finishing hot on the bumper of Mulberry and the 53 car not far behind. Seven points separates the Simmons and Mulberry teams with Mulberry holding the upper hand.

As Seen In The Pits. There were many challenges during the course of the race day and I want to commend ALL THE TEAMS for jumping in and helping each other. On the track it was go go go. In the pits it was help each other to get back onto the track all day. This is what Electrathon of Tampa Bay is all about.

Our next race is our showcase race. We will be at the University Of South Florida College of Engineering Expo on February 15-16. Friday, February 15th will be a static display by some of our teams. Saturday, February 16th will be THE BIG RACE. 10 AM and 1 PM. WE hope to see everyone there. We will be setting up the course Friday late afternoon and any/all extra hands will be appreciated. Coordinate with Charlie.

On another note: The Electrathon of Tampa Bay Board Members present, voted Ryan Norden onto the Executive Board as an Intern to learn the operations of the organization. Welcome Back Ryan!

Vic

ETO Family Loss

The Electrathon of Tampa Bay Family suffered a loss earlier this month when Charlie Harrisons, our President, mother Stella M. Harrison passed after a long illness. Her family was by her side at the end.
The funeral will be Sat. Dec. 29th at 12 Noon. Services will be at Royal Palm North Cemetery 2600 Gandy Blvd, St Petersburg Fl 33702

1st Electrathon Race in Plant City in several years was a big success

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December 8, 2018 Race Day in Plant City dawned bright and sunny with a slight chill in the air. The parking lot at the new 1st Baptist Church was very smooth and fast.

We want to thank Pastor Steven Morris and the entire congregation at 1st Baptist Church of Plant City for allowing us to use their beautiful facility.

The Advanced Battery Class had all kinds of drama. Before the first race the USF team tried to destroy their 132 car. While they were getting the car ready there was a loud pop and a flash of light along with much smoke when they had a main power wire get pinched and ground out on the frame. After changing the lithium battery pack they were ready to go, until late in the 2nd race when their right front wheel developed a major alignment problem when the camber adjustment all of a sudden went to 45 degrees. They say it had something to do with a welding job done on that part of the car.

It was good to see Drew and Pony of the Electrocutioners and the 72 car back on the track. Drew drove both races while Pony waited to be on call as pit crew. She was very bored during the races until late in the 2nd race when the 72 car started to have body panel problems and she jumped into action with the indispensable roll of duct tape.

Cliff and James with Pro EV showed up with the longest trailer I have seen not towed by a semi. They brought a generator and a fancy set of computer operated scales for teams to use to do weight and balance studies on their cars. This is very important information to have to make the cars perform at their best.

During the races it was Pro EV car 39 and USF car 48 trading 1st and 2nd places in the two races for identical lap totals of 150. USF car 48 took the overall based on time differentials: USF 2.00.38 / Pro EV 2.00.57.

In the Open Class Tiger Racing took both races.

In the High School Class it was Mulberry High School car 38 taking both races with Simmons in the 53 car not far behind.

Simmons had problems with the 35 car and was not able to start the 2nd race.

Brooks-DeBartolo, now with the second largest trailer, had problems with their 55 car and spent a lot of time in the pits. They were still able to get it on the track for both races.

Teams helping teams is on display again: Brooks-DeBartolo did some welding on the ETO loaner assigned to Mulberry High, in turn, Mulberry High will be transferring it over to George Jenkins High School so their team can be ready for the January 19, 2019 race at Wharton High School. Mulberry will be taking the ETO loaner currently assigned to George Jenkins back to their location to put it together for another team, possibly in Polk County Schools.

One of the less glamorous parts of Electrathon racing is the track set up and tear down. Charlie and Debbie spent over 3 hours setting it up but with the help of ALL the teams it was taken down and put away in 35 minutes.

FINISH
Advanced Battery Class
1st USF #48, 2nd Pro EV #39, 3rd Electrocutioners #72, 4th USF #132

Open Class Tiger Racing #4

High School Class 1st Mulberry #38, 2nd Simmons #53, 3rd Simmons #35, 4th Brooks DeBartolo #55

Some GOOD NEWS\SAD NEWS.
Good News for Fredi Beck, our Mrs. Everything at Electrathon Of Tampa Bay is retiring from the Hillsborough County School System. She will be unemployed starting the New Year.
SAD NEWS She and Tom will be moving, sometime in the future, to Indiana where they have bought a house on a lake near family. WHO retires and moves back up North? She is not gone yet and we wish her the best. We will sure miss her when she does go.

Our next race is January 19, 2019 at Wharton High School.

George Jenkins Race Day

The first ever Electrathon race in Polk County went off without a hitch. Almost, our Team Sponsor at George Jenkins (James Heuslein) got VERY sick the week of the race and was not able to host/attend, causing a situation, because a School Employee/ Sponsor had to be on campus. The race was cancelled until Charlie and Rodney visited the school on the Friday before the race. The great staff at George Jenkins (Brad Hiers, AP, Erin Crosby, Dean, and Antwan Carter, Custodian) worked with them and got the race back on track. A great BIG THANK YOU to all three of the George Jenkins Staff Members that made our first race in Polk County a success.

The track was in great shape with two LONG straights and two 180s. The campus is huge, it was a trick finding the track. I thought I was going to run out of campus before I got there. George Jenkins is a large campus and very impressive.

Our good friend from LOWES (Sponsor Rob Nolen) and Polk County School Board Member (Billy Townsend) shared the starting duties for the first race.


In the High School Class it was a battle between Mulberry High and Simmons Career Center with both schools trading First place finishes in the first and second race. Mulberry had the fastest high school lap at 45.104 second.

The Simmons #53 car took the overall in High School followed close behind by the Mulberry #38 car and Simmons #353 came in 3rd. Mulberry’s 2nd overall was outstanding considering they had a bad first race with only half the laps of the Simmons #53 car.


In the Open Class Tiger Racing (Rodney) and Silver Bullet Racing (Robinson) teamed up. Since Silver Bullet Racing seems to always be out of cars, he sells them almost as fast as he builds them, Rodney brought his old Erector Set car, the original #4 and drove it and Robinson drove Rodney’s new car #4. Robinson won the first race beating Rodney with his own car but Rodney came back the second race beating his own car driven by Robinson. Robinson took 1st Place overall and Rodney took 2nd followed by HCC in 3rd place.

In the Advance Battery Class it was the usual suspect. USF car #48 and Pro EV car #39 battling it out. Both cars were turning laps in the mid 30second range with Pro EV turning in the fastest lap of the day at 34.277seconds.

Pro EV took the first race buy 1 lap. In the second race Pro EV “drove the wheels off of that car” bit him again. Pro EV took second in the second race after having blown a drive wheel late in the race. USF #132 car was cautious the first race but came out strong in the second race beating Pro EV by 1 lap.

When the race day ended, the standing for the day were:

High School – 1st Simmons # 53 – 101 laps, 2nd Mulberry #38 – 89 laps and 3rd Simmons #353 – 87 laps.


Open – 1st Robinson Racing #94 – 137 laps, 2nd Tiger Racing #4 – 122 laps and 3rd HCC #30 – 36 laps.



Advance Battery – 1st USF #48 – 181 laps, 2nd Pro EV #39 – 168 laps and 3rd USF #132 – 131 laps.


From The Pits: Overall the cars are looking better with fewer problems during inspection. We only had one team blow up a tire in the pits. It makes a large bang when you over inflate a tire and it blows.

USF has some really good info on Advance Battery Management and Safety Protocols. If teams check the Electrathon America Handbook they list the Advance Battery options. Looks like you can equip an Electrathon race car for about HALF the cost of Yellow Tops and you only need ONE battery and a special charger, a compatible motor controller, safe securing in car and a battery management system.. You can recharge it between races and it doesn’t have to come out of the car.

The track layout for the December 8, 2018 race looks like another fast track with “strong left” / “strong right turnsas shown in red.

See you then
VIC

AND THEY’RE OFF! THE 2018-2019 RACE SEASON IS UNDERWAY

What a great start to the 2018-2019 season. Thank You Hillsborough Community College for hosting our first race of the season. 13 cars took the green flag on the old/new track at Hillsborough Community College. Old as in we have raced on it many times. New in the fact that it was recently seal coated which made it nice and slick while reducing tire friction.
The Open Class this year is starting out a little smaller with Titan Racing moving from Open to Advanced Battery.
Tiger Racing started out the year like the end of last season, with a win. His lap times and lap counts were down due to experimenting with a new lighter weight motor. The HCC team had multiple pit stops for tires and mechanical problems.
In the Advanced Battery Class (ABC) the competition was tough. ProEV took the top spot with 219 laps with a 3rd in the first race and a 1st in the second race. In the past ProEv has had multiple problems with wheels and chains. This weekend he had it under control and had only two minor problems but had enough laps to overcome them.
The powerhouse USF teams 48 car took 1st in the first race and 3rd in the second race matching ProEv for places but falling behind on total laps due to wheel issues at the end of the second race.
The new guys in the Advance Battery Class, Titan Racing, starting his first full year in the class was plagued by multiple tire problems and finished down the standing. Maybe ProEv passed off his tire and wheel problems to Titan Racing.
In the High School Class Simmons continued where they left off last season, leading the pack. With all new drivers learning the ropes they still led all comers finishing 1 – 2 overall in the class. As good as they are their lap count was 32 laps behind the Advanced Battery Class. One of the new teams in the class, Mulberry High School from Polk County, took a strong 3rd with their BRAND NEW CAR in its first race. It is another one of Jim Robinsons designed and built cars. They might have finished higher but they kept plowing through the grass on turns and did a beautiful 180 spin out on the tight turn by the track entrance.
Glad to see Plant High School get back on the track.
The Brooks team had a good day finishing 4th. It took them almost as long to set up that monster canopy they brought as it did to run the race.
The highlight of the day was the demolition derby acrobatics of the USF team 132 car and the multiple flips coming out of the fourth turn in the second race. The new driver rode it out and walked away without any injuries. It looked like they were carrying a casket as they raced back to the pits with the car in hand to get it fixed and back on the track. That probably accounted for them not placing higher than 3rd for the day.
IN THE PITS. A shout out to the USF team for helping the Brandon High School Team with some electrical problems on one of their cars and Brooks DeBartolo for helping with rim issues. Jim Robinson had to do some warranty work on the brake system on the Mulberry car. Great service as they didn’t have to take it back to the dealership for warranty work. The cars overall looked pretty good during inspections. Ballast and ballast placement need some attention. Ballast MUST BE Bolted Down or secured with cargo straps. Like the batteries it MUST NOT come out in a crash. Duct tape, bungee cords and rubber straps and the like are NOT SAFE. Ballast problems are grounds for a Disqualification.
The RACE STEWARD is and will hand out penalty laps for racing violations. Drivers need to remember to stop and look before pulling out of the pits onto the race course. Inspectors will be keeping an eye on the cars before, during and after the races so keep up on the NEW Electrathon America Handbook. If you don’t have the new copy it can be downloaded from the Electrathon Of America website.
FINISH
Advanced Battery Class 1st ProEv car 39, 2nd USF car 48 3rd USF car 132 4th Titan Racing car 242
Open Class 1st Tiger Racing car 4, 2nd HCC car 30
High School Class 1st Simmons 53 2nd Simmons car 35 3rd Mulberry car 38 4th Brooks car 55, 5th Plant car 98 6th Brandon car 14 7th Brandon car 9
Next Race is in Lakeland at George Jenkins High School and we should see even more cars take the track for our first ever race in Polk County.
See you at the race and keep the shiny side up,

VIC