Electrathon of Tampa Bay will have High School, Open and Experimental Battery Teams attending the race in Pensacola Florida on April 22, 2017. We will be handing out flyers / brochures to those at the event to attract them to our website and possibly our races. There are 19 Electrathon Teams and approximately 34 cars attending this race.
Today we displayed one of our Electrathon cars at The 1st Kids Rock Science at MOSI. Thank You USF Team members Aditya and John for spending the day with Charlie answering questions about our organization. We handed out flyers and answered so many questions from interested guests. The US Navy, Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and CW44 showed great interest in our organization. We had special appearances from The Flash that had to check out his competition, Superwoman, and Dr. Paul Bearer II.
Electrathon of Tampa Bay has one more race in their 2016 – 2017 Race Season. All of our teams have excelled this year. Electrathon of Tampa Bay Executive Board, thanks all of our Team Sponsors, Team Members, Parents, Business Partners and Sponsors for their support.
The Museum of Science & Industry is having a STEM Event (Kids Rock Science) on April 15, 2017. MOSI is located at 4801 East Fowler Avenue, Tampa, Florida 33617. The Event will be held between 10am and 2pm. ETO will have The University of South Florida Team car on display and flyers will be given to those attending the MOSI STEM Event to attract spectators and possibly new teams to our races.
RED – COURSE, BLUE – PITS, YELLOW – TAPE, WHITE – TOWER, GREEN – SCORING/REGISTRATION, BLACK – METAL RAILING
The last race of the ETO Season will be held on May 13, 2017 in Cocoa Florida in conjunction with The Energy Whiz Olympics. The address for The Florida Solar Energy Center is 1679 Clearlake Road Cocoa Florida 32922. We will be using the parking lot just SW of the area where the solar cooking competition is held behind Florida Solar Energy Centers main building.
After the Fairgrounds race was canceled Middleton High School stepped up to host a second race on their home turf. This time the track was much longer and more difficult.
The new layout was rougher than in the past and had some real tight turns causing more than one car to try some off road driving.
Middleton had their snack stand working and had pizza, drinks and snacks. It was much appreciated by all the racers and spectators.
It worked out well for them as they took top honors in the High School Class both times. Car 80 took the first race back in November and the 365 car took the top spot this time out.
After eight races and with only one remaining in the season Brandon and Middleton are in a dead heat. The Brandon 14 car and the Middleton 365 car are tied with 430 points each.
Brandon started the day in the lead in the point’s standings but battery problems and a busted chain beset their #14 car and it finished in 4th place. Middleton jumped in and helped with the chain or the 14 car would have had an even worse day.
Middleton took the top three spots with a steady performance by all three of their cars, with the 365 on top at the end of the day.
In the Open Class it was Tiger Racings #4 taking both races against a much improved HCC car. The #4 car was one lap behind the top Experimental Battery car that was the top car for the day.
The USF car had a rough day with a busted wheel in the first race and more wheel problems in the second race but is making steady progress.
There are several out of town races scheduled by other groups and for the last two months of the school year and we will have cars at all of them.
Our last race of the year will be at the Florida Solar Energy Center in Cocoa in May. The track will be longer than last year’s. We look forward to seeing teams from central Florida and the East Coast.
The High School Class will be decided at this race so we look for a hard fought race between the 14 and 365 cars for the top spot and bragging rights
Due to weather conditions for Monday, April 3, 2017 in Leeds, Alabama the race at Barber Motor Sports was changed to May 8, 2017 per Brian Copes. ETO is working the schedule to get our teams to the new race date.
Our Electrathon Race scheduled for The Florida State Fairgrounds in conjunction with the Gulf Coast MakerCon Event will not take place at the Fairgrounds on April 8, 2017. The Gulf Coast MakerCon Event was cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances. We have secured Middleton High School NW parking lot for our race. The course will not be the same as our previous scheduled race. Always looking to improve our events.
Electrathon of Tampa Bay will have High School and Open Division teams represent our group at this out of state race in Alabama. Our teams have been working on their cars so that they can compete and bring home an out of state trophy. ETO will hand out flyers to others teams at this race to attract interest in our website and races. This is a great opportunity for our High School and Open Division teams to show others what Electrathon of Tampa Bay is all about.
We arrived in the dark at Brandon High School to start our day of racing. Sponsor Mark Knowlton got all of us awake when he turned on the stadium lights to get the set up for our event completed on time. A big thank you goes out to everyone for all their assistance in setting up. Planning the event we missed one small detail, how was our Race Steward getting from the scoring area inside the fenced area onto the track. Mike did a lot of extra walking during the day (we will try to keep that in mind for our future events) thanks Mike for not being too upset. We missed our Executive Board Member (Vic) due to his love for competition shooting. The excitement throughout the pits and spectators was great. We hold one speed race each season to allow our teams to show their driving skills and cars safe limits.
Our first 20 minute speed race of the day was our College, Open and Experimental Battery Divisions. The Electrocutioners car #8 was driven by Middleton’s Sponsor Kyle Thompson as Pony was not able to make it to this race (missed you Pony). We missed University of Central Florida, Seminole State College and the Titans, hope to see you soon at upcoming races. Throughout the race it was Cliff in the Pro EV car 39 and Steve and Andrew in the Electrocutioners cars 72 and 90. They were the ones to keep an eye on. Cliff with the fastest lap (24.608) on the quarter mile track for the Experimental Division ran into chain issues and had to leave the race early. In our Open/College Division the fastest lap (27.395) was completed by Rodney of Tiger Racing in Car 4. USF #132 ran strong but took it easy as they are still doing the final touches on their new car. At the end of the race all of the cars were still running strong.
Experimental Division – 1st Place Electrocutioners #90, 2nd Place Electrocutioners #72, 3rd Place USF #132
College and Open Division – 1st Place Tiger Racing #4, 2nd Place Robinson #94, 3rd Place HCC #13
Our second 20 minute speed race was our High School Division. We only had two high schools with a total of five cars. Our teams from Lennard, Strawberry Crest, Wharton, Simmons, Plant and Palm Bay Magnet were missed as the race would have been our largest ever. Throughout the race it was one lap that divided all of the cars. Brandon #9 and Middleton’s #80 started having their batteries go down towards the end of the race. Brandon #14 with the fastest lap (26.857) on the quarter mile track.
1st Place Brandon #14, 2nd Place Middleton #365, 3rd Place Middleton #133
Our third race was a 15 minute speed race for our Team Sponsors and our Executive Board Members. We had a total of seven cars, thank you Electrocutioners, Robinson Racing, Middleton HS, and USF for the use of your cars for our drivers. We had an oldie return to the track (the original King High School box car) after the dust and dirt was cleaned off of it. The cars ran on a variety of batteries (lithium ion, two yellow top, or 48 volt – 4 batteries). Our Race Steward, Mike had the fastest lap (27.115) in the Robinson car #94. This race will become an annual event each season in conjunction with our annual speed race.
1st Place Sponsor Mark Knowlton of Brandon HS in Electrocutioners #72 (32 laps)
2nd Place Race Steward Mike Fredericks in Robinson #94 (31 laps, time 15.05)
3rd Place Sponsor Kyle Thompson of Middleton HS in Electrocutioners #90 (31 laps, time 15.26)
4th Place Executive Board Intern Nicodemus Brothers in Electrocutioners #8 (29 laps)
5th Place Sponsor Robin Rutzke of Middleton HS in Middleton’s #80 (27 laps)
6th Place Executive Board Member Charles Harrison in original King HS car #60 (21 laps)
Brandon High School had the grill fired up for lunch and their team fundraiser. They provided awesome hamburgers, cheeseburgers and in my opinion the best tasting hot dogs. Fredi tried her first boiled peanut and had to have Tom buy more.
As the afternoon races grew closer the sun became hotter and the wind began to give us a slight breeze.
The fourth 20 minute race of the day was our High School Divisions second race of the day. Once again the Brandon team and the Middleton team raced competitively. The Brandon car #14 obtained damage during an incident on the course and was not able to finish the race (investigation pending). Middleton #365 and Brandon’s #14 had the fastest laps, Middleton with 26.041 and Brandon with 29.026.
Current race results pending investigation outcome:
1st Place Middleton #365, 2nd Place Brandon #14, 3rd Place Middleton #80
The fifth and final 20 minute race of the day was our College, Open and Experimental Battery Divisions. The Electrocutioners car #8 was once again driven by Middleton’s Sponsor Kyle Thompson. Pro EV #39 had issues with their car and had to leave the race track for the day. Our wishes go out to Pro EV teammate James, on his eye. The Robinson #94 car left the race after 7 laps. Once again the cars had plenty of battery to complete the race as strong as they started. The fastest lap (24.308) for the Experimental Divisions race was completed once again by Cliff in Pro EV car 39. In the Open/College Division, once again Rodney in Tiger Racing #4 had the fastest lap of 27.607.
1st Place Electrocutioners #90, 2nd Place Electrocutioners #72, 3rd Place Electrocutioners #8
College and Open Division
1st Place Tiger Racing #4, 2nd Place HCC #13, 3rd Place Robinson #94
ETO‘s next race will be at Middleton High School on April 8, 2017.