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Hillsborough Community College Race

We are watching the weather forecasts for this Saturdays (September 17th) race at Hillsborough Community College in Brandon. We will make a decision Thursday morning about the race day and post the decision.

UPDATE
There WILL NOT be a race on Saturday, September 17th at Hillsborough Community College. The weather IS NOT going to allow us to have our first race of the season.
We have 70% chance of rain starting at 11am and thunderstorms predicted from 1pm on. See you on October 22nd at Mulberry High School.

September 17, 2022 Hillsborough Community College STEM Electrathon Rally

On September 17, 2022, Electrathon of Tampa Bay/Electrathon of Florida; will hold the first race of the 2022 – 2023 season. The host will be Hillsborough Community College located at 10451 Nancy Watkins Drive, Tampa, Florida 33619.

Set up will begin on Friday around 530 p.m. so that safety barriers are in place for the track and course design completed. Final set up of the scoring system and registration area will start at 630 a.m. on Saturday morning.

All parent consent and minor waivers must be turned in at the registration booth when you sign in. Team Sponsors cannot sign these forms for participation.

All student media waiver forms must be turned in at the registration booth when you sign in for any minor participating in our event.

All drivers will weigh in and must have their long sleeve shirt, long pants, helmet, shoes, gloves, eye protection and required ballast for weigh in so that they are a minimum of 180lbs. Ballasts will be checked when cars line up to race.

All Advanced Battery Division teams will be required to show manufacturer’s specs for the weight of the batteries to comply with Electrathon America and ETO rules for advanced batteries. If a team does not have their manufacturer’s specs sheet, the batteries will need to be weighed at the race.

Car inspections will be performed at each race, roll bars, brake test, and driver exit of vehicle will be key factors this year for the safety of all drivers.

All members will be required to attend the Driver Meeting with the Race Steward for flag assistants, information on driving, flags and safety protocols.

The first race lineup is 9:45 A.M. and the green flag will drop to start the race and race season at 10:00 A.M.

The second race lineup is 12:45 P.M. and the green flag will drop to start the race at 1:00 P.M.

Clean up and awards will follow. Hope everyone has their cars ready to go and remember to do all of your safety checks and be knowledgeable and understand the Electrathon America Rules and Guidelines for the car, driver(s) and teams.Yellow – Barrier, Green – Pits, Red – Course, Black – Scoring Tower

End of Race Season Banquet

On May 7th we held our 2021-2022 end of year banquet. Thanks to Mike Frederick and the American Legion Post 4, for their support in hosting our eventWe had a great meal consisting of a tender juicy steak, grilled shrimp, baked potato, corn, dinner roll, multiple types of dessert (the chocolate cake was, oh so food) and Mike and the band played for usWe had a good turnout representing our teams. Tickets were given to those attending for door prizesMulberry HS Sponsor Todd Thuma gave appreciation items to studentsCharlie recognized Trish and Mike for always being there on race days or the afternoon before to set up the trackThe high school sponsor’s selected a student from their team that impressed them with their dedication and team skills during the 2021-2022 Electrathon STEM Race Season.
Plant City HS Student of the Year Dylan MitchallMiddleton HS Student of the Year Sid MarakumbiMulberry HS Student of the Year Mozart St BrunThe Executive Boards Student of the Year went to Caleb Chan due to his demonstration of Electrathon skills and knowledge at races and the USF Engineering Expo (Caleb is a great presenter about our sport)Our season points standings for the 2021-2022 seasons were announced and awards were given to 1st Place.

High School Class
1st Place Plant City car 210, 353 season points
2nd Place Plant City car 83 with 312 season points
3rd Place Mulberry car 38 with 279 season points
4th Place Middleton car 80 with 166 season points
5th Place Plant City car 208 with 120 season points
6th Place Middleton car 133 with 85 season points

Open Class
1st Place Tiger Racing car 4 with 330 season points
2nd Place Silver Bullet car 94 with 275 season points
3rd Place Kinetic Industries car 19 with 252 season points
4th Place Kinetic Industries car 99 with 204 season points
5th Place Titan Racing car 242 with 101 season points
6th Place HCC car 30 with 24 season points

Advanced Class
1st Place Fortuna car 444 with 353 season points
2nd Place Pro EV car 39 with 348 season points
3rd Place Silver Bullet car 13 with 163 season points
4th Place USF car 48 with 69 season points
5th Place J & S Racing car 128 with 60 season points
6th Place J & S Racing car 256 with 60 season points
7th Place Ryno Racing car 360 with 24 season points

We awarded Kinetic Industries car 99 driver Kevin Dye with the Broken chain Award. Kevin and his team had chain issues with their car throughout the season

We awarded Mulberry HS Todd Thuma and his team with the Flat Tire Award. Throughout the race season, they changed so many tires that they became quick and able to get their car back into the race

The Oops/Crash Award for 2021-2022 Race Season went to Driver Lizzy Bailey from Team Fortuna, ended up facing the wrong way and on its side

See everyone next season.

Welcome New Sponsor Minuteman Press

We visited a local business to see how they would be for our printing needs. On our first visit, we made a few copies and Matt Hicks was a big help giving us information on their business and prices.

Our second visit for a larger copy order, we met with Julie Arndt, Owner and found them to be reasonable and quick at completing the copy request.

Thank you, Minuteman Press, for your support with our printing needs.

You can visit them at 115 N. Kings Avenue, Brandon FL 33510 or 1701 S. Alexander St #105, Plant City FL 33566.

Thank You Lowes Valrico

A number of years ago we approached Lowes at 1515 E Brandon Blvd, Valrico FL 33511 for a donation. Lowes has continued to support Electrathon of Tampa Bay/Florida ever since. They have always been there for our organization, and we are grateful for all they do for us during our race seasons.

We wanted to give them another token of appreciation for all of their support to our organization

Please remember to visit the Lowes in Valrico for all your home/gardenneeds.

Last STEM Electrathon of the 2021-2022 Season

Our last STEM Electrathon Race of the 2021-2022 Season was held on May 7th. We thank Mulberry HS Electrathon Sponsor Todd Thuma, his students and Administration for hosting our event. We had a new course and fresh payment for the teams to enjoy.

We welcome back Ryno Racing (Ryan Norden) and his new all wheel steering Electrathon
As the teams prepared their cars for the last event of the season others continued to watch the sky and forecasts. We had 11 cars line up for the first race of the dayWhen the green flag dropped, Kinetic Industries car 99 had an electrical issue and had to return to the pitsTeams took it easy on the new course for a few laps before they found their line and made the race interestingRyno Racings new car hit the pits after 12 laps and did not return. Plant City car 210 had to pit for a flat tire giving the others a chance to catch up in laps. They got the tire replaced and returned to the track.

The weather alerts came in stating rain and possible lightning was on its way. After 50 minutes of racing, the race was called for safety reasons due to the lightning and the start of rain which turned into a downpour.

At the end of the first race, it was:

High School Class
1st Place Plant City car 83 with 56 laps
2nd Place Mulberry car 38 with 52 laps
3rd Place Plant City car 210 with 48 laps

Open Class
1st Place Tiger Racing car 4 with 54 laps
2nd Place Kinetic Industries car 19 with 53 laps
3rd Place Silver Bullet car 94 with 50 laps
4th Place Kinetic Industries car 99 with 32 laps

Advanced Class
1st Place Pro EV car 39 with 63 laps
2nd Place Fortuna car 444 with 60 laps
3rd Place J & S Racing car 128 with 56 laps
4th Place Ryno Racing car 360 with 12 laps

The fastest lap in the first race was completed by J & S Racing car 128 with a 39.708 lap. As the lightening and rain continued, Todd took us on a tour of their new school and his classroom/lab that was impressive.

The sun came out and dried most of the course before the second race line up. We had 10 cars line up for the second race as Kinetic Industries car 99 did not return to race. Ryno Racing car 360 completed 24 laps and called it a day.

The high school teams went at it to see who would finish the day in first place; all three cars gave it their all until Mulberry car 38 started having sounds from their rear wheel and slowed down so they could finish the race.

Tiger Racing car 4, Kinetic Industries car 19 and Silver Bullet car 94 went at it and finished with 1 lap and less time deciding the race results for the Open Class.

Pro EV car 39 put on a great race against Fortuna car 444 until Pro EV had a chain issue and had to pit giving Fortuna a chance to catch up in laps.

When the checkered flag dropped it was:

High School Class
1st Place Plant City car 210 with 68 laps
2nd Place Plant City car 83 with 63 laps
3rd Place Mulberry car 38 with 56 laps

Open Class
1st Place Tiger Racing car 4 with 69 laps
2nd Place Kinetic Industries car 19 with 68 laps and a race time of 1.00.00
3rd Place Silver Bullet car 94 with 68 laps and a race time of 1.00.37

Advanced Class
1st Place Fortuna car 444 with 76 laps
2nd Place J & S Racing car 128 with 62 laps and a race time of 59.33.086
3rd Place Pro EV car 39 with 62 laps and a race time of 1.00.32
4th Place Ryno Racing car 360 with 24 laps

Once again, the fastest lap in the first race was beat by J & S Racing car 128 when they did a 38.780 lap. The laps from both races are combined to establish the overall winners for the race day.

High School Class
1st Place Plant City car 83 with 119 laps2nd Place Plant City car 210 with 116 laps3rd Place Mulberry car 38 with 108 laps

Open Class
1st Place Tiger Racing car 4 with 123 laps2nd Place Kinetic Industries car 19 with 121 laps3rd Place Silver Bullet car 94 with 118 laps4th Place Kinetic Industries car 99 with 32 laps

Advanced Class
1st Place Fortuna car 444 with 136 laps2nd Place Pro Ev car 39 with 125 laps3rd Place J & S Racing car 128 with 118 laps4th Place Ryno Racing car 360 with 36 laps

We had a great season; we thank everyone for their support and dedication to our students and teams. Our 2022-2023 tentative race schedule will be posted soon.

Plant City High School

We held our STEM Electrathon Event at Plant City High School on Saturday, April 30th. We thank Plant City High School Sponsors David Kocher and Fernando Guillen along with their Administration for hosting our event. We thank the PCHS students that helped Friday afternoon with the setup of the course.

We thank the inspection teams that inspected the cars at this race. David Kocher and Kevin Dye inspected the high school cars, Ken Fiallos and Nicodemus Brothers inspected the open/advanced cars.

Our race Steward Mike Frederick met with teams/drivers for the drivers meeting

As the teams lined up for the first race, 10 cars got into position
Kinetic Industries car 19 Mulberry car 38 ProEv car 39 Middleton car 80 Plant City HS car 83 Middleton HS car 133 Fortuna car 444 Plant City HS car 210 Kinetic Industries car 99 Plant City HS car 208

As the green flag dropped starting the first race drivers established their line on the track and kept a steady pace. Plant City car 208 had a thumping sound due to their new rims and tires. During the race, teams started having issues with their cars. Kinetic Industries car 99 had their chain issue’s return; after the chain came off the third time they decided to pit and call it a day. Plant City 83 went too fast into turn three and came up on two wheels. Kinetic Industries 19 said they also came up onto two wheels. Fortuna 444 went fast into turn three and wound up turned around and on their side. The driver was not injured but the car had rear wheel issues and front brake/wheel assembly damage, into the pits they were carried.

At the end of the first race, it was:
High School Class
1st Place Middleton 80 with 88 laps
2nd Place Plant City 210 with 84 laps
3rd Place Mulberry 38 with 73 laps
4th Place Middleton 133 with 68 laps
5th Place Plant City 208 with 40 laps
6th Place Plant City 83 with 37 laps
Open Class
1st Place Kinetic Industries 19 with 82 laps
2nd Place Kinetic Industries 99 with 20 laps
Advanced Class
1st Place Pro EV 39 with 107 laps
2nd Place Fortuna 444 with 91 laps.

Teams worked on their cars between races and celebrated Trish’s birthday with a piece of cake

As the teams lined up for the second race, our open class cars called it a day and headed home.

When the green flag dropped starting the second race, teams were determined to go for the overall win. The Fortuna car had a sound coming from their front wheel that sounded like a frog as it went along the track at a much slower pace than their first race, pitting after 11.27 minutes. Pro EV experienced a chain issue and took longer than normal to get back into the race Plant City 210 was quiet and ran exceptionally well until Charlie said something about it and a few laps later they headed to the pits for the day with a rear wheel axle issue (David said thanks Charlie).

When the checkered flag dropped it was a close race in our high school class
1st Place Plant City 83 with 89 laps
2nd Place Middleton 133 with 88 laps
3rd Place Middleton 80 with 85 laps
4th Place Mulberry 38 with 79 laps
5th Place Plant City 210 with 60 laps
6th Place Plant City 208 with 57 laps
Advanced Class
1st Place Pro EV 39 with 91 laps
2nd Place Fortuna 444 with 7 laps

The laps from both races were combined to determine the overall winners for the day of racing.
At each race before giving out the awards for the day we ask if everyone is ok and get input on the course, multiple students said it was not challenging enough and they found it to be boring.
High School Class
1st Place Middleton car 80 with 173 laps
2nd Place Middleton car 133 with 156 laps
3rd Place Mulberry car 38 with 152 laps
4th Place Plant City car 210 with 144 laps
5th Place Plant City car 83 with 126 laps
6th Place Plant City car 208 with 97 laps

Open Class
1st Place Kinetic Industries car 19 with 82 laps
2nd Place Kinetic Industries car 99 with 20 laps

Advanced Class
1st Place Pro EV car 39 with 198 laps
2nd Place Fortuna car 444 with 109 laps

Our last race of the season will be held at Mulberry High School on May 7th followed by our awards and end of year banquet.

May 7, 2022, Last Race of the Season

Our last STEM Electrathon Event of the 2021-2022 Season will be held on May 7, 2022 at Mulberry High School located at 1 Panther Place, Mulberry, Florida 33860. We will be using the parking lot on the North side of the campus. Bring the entire family for this free fun filled day of STEM Racing.

The awards for this race and the end of year awards will be held at the American Legion Post 4 located at 1375 Ariana Street, Lakeland, Florida 33803. Team members/family must have an RSVP with Trish to attend.

Red – Course
Green – Scoring Area
Blue by scoring area – Pits
Purple – not to be raced on