On Saturday, May 12, 2018, Electrathon of Tampa Bay held our ninth and final race day of the 2017/2018 season at the Florida Energy Center in Cocoa Florida. The race was held in conjunction with the 2018 Energy Whiz. We had five High School Division cars, five Open Division cars and three Advanced Battery Division cars.
A great BIG THANK YOU goes out to Florida Solar Energy Center Staff Members for everything they did to make our last race a success. Charlie wants to recognize Rodney Schreck for always coming a day early from Hialeah to help set up the race tracks this season.
The day started out pleasant as the teams arrived for the races. Inspections were completed and a few cars took advantage of the 30 minutes for practice laps. During the race day, drivers had to be careful as the water sprinklers came on and watered part of the track in one of the turns. It was great to see Pro EV, Seminole State College, Brooks Debartolo, and our new team from STEM Tech at our last race of the season. Mulberry High School Sponsor Todd Thuma came to the race to support ETO but his team was unable to make it, wish he stayed to receive his team’s award. Simmons ran strong until they destroyed the front end of the car as the wheel supports/frame finally let loose. Brandon continued to have challenges with their tires/tubes. Titan racing found out that the throttle was too sensitive as they approached turn one and almost met with the side of the Pro EV car. USF car 132 and Pro EV car 39 were the cars to watch as the competition and driving skills came out.
Here are the results from the race day:
High School Division – 1st place, Brandon HS car 14 with 121 laps, 2nd place, Brooks DeBartolo car 55 with 87 laps, 3rd place, Brandon HS car 9 with 76 laps, 4th place, Simmons Career Center car 35 with 24 laps and 5th place STEMTECH car 823 with 14 laps.
Open Division – 1st place, Tiger Racing car 4 with 153 laps, 2nd place, Silver Bullet Racing car 94 with 149 laps, 3rd place, RYNO Racing car 13 with 49 laps, 4th place, Seminole State College car 314 with 40 laps and 5th place, Hillsborough Community College car 30 with 3 laps.
Advanced Battery Division – 1st place, Pro EV car 39 with 171 laps, 2nd place, University of South Florida car 132 with 121 laps and 3rd place Titan Racing car 242 with 80 laps.
Electrathon of Tampa Bay also held their end of the year awards ceremony for the 2017-2018 Race Season
Season Points Winners:
High School Division, 1st place, Simmons Career car 35 with 348 points, 2nd place, Brandon HS car 14 with 328 points and 3rd place Simmons Career Center car 53 with 324 points.
Open Division, 1st place Tiger Racing car 4 with 464 points, 2nd place Silver Bullet Racing car 94 with 228 points and 3rd place Hillsborough Community College car 30 with 214 points.
Advanced Battery Division, 1st place, University of South Florida car 132 with 404 points, 2nd place, Pro EV car 39 with 330 points and 3rd place, Titan Racing car 242 with 158 points.
The Volunteer of the Year: Aditya Chelikani
The Executive Board Member of the Year: Brady Weber
Team Sponsor of the Year: Mark Knowlton (Brandon HS)
I Broke Mine Award went to Dustyn Clark (Brandon HS)
The fastest Lap per Division:
High School Division, Mulberry HS car 38 at the HCC Race with a lap time of 30.774
Open Division, Tiger Racing car 4 at the HCC Race with a lap time of 30.69
Advanced Battery Division, University of South Florida car 132 at the HCC Race with a lap time of 26.471
The Most Laps for the 2017-2018 Race Season:
High School Division, Simmons Career Center car 53 with 729 laps
Advanced Battery Division, University of South Florida car 132 with 790 laps
Open Division, Tiger Racing car 4 with 1,141 laps