Electrathon of Tampa Bay/Florida welcomes our newest sponsor, Affordable Trailer Repair Service and Fabrication LLC. Mike and Trish are active members of our organization and have helped a number of teams with issues with their Electrathon cars. Please support them by having them make repairs or fabricate items you may need.
Our last race of the 2020-2021 Race Season will be held on May 1, 2021 at Plant City High School, located at 1 Raider Place. We thank PCHS Electrathon Sponsor David Kocher and the Administration at PCHS for hosting our last race.
We will also have our end of the year awards for our teams and members.
First race will be at 10am and the second race will start at 1pm.
On Saturday, April 10, 2021, Brandon High School Electrathon Sponsor Tim Ruman and BHS Administration hosted our Brandon Eagles Dash Event. Our Dash Event consists of multiple 20 minute races where cars are driven at their optimum performance ability.
The morning started out cool with a comfortable breeze. As teams arrived the sun came up and started to warm up the day. Throughout the day we had wind gusts that challenged our ability to keep our canopies on the ground.
The Pro EV Team, car 39 returned to the track, it was great seeing Cliff and James. Silver Bullet Racing, Jim Robinson brought his new go cart style Electrathon for its first race.
We require teams at every race to attend our Drivers Meeting with Race Steward Mike Frederick. Mike explains the race flags and rules of the track so that we have a safe and enjoyable event.
Our first race consisted of our open and advanced Division teams. There were six cars lined up when the green flag dropped for the first 20 minute Dash. There were three Open and three Advanced Division cars. Pro EV was the car to watch, quickly going around the track with lap times as low as 24.536 in the Advanced and Tiger Racing with 34.206 in the Open Division. Pro EV and Mulberry had to pit early due to a tire issue. At the end of their first race, Advanced Division: Fortuna (Torie) 40 laps, Pro EV (Cliff) and Silver Bullet (Jim) both had 31 laps. Open Division: Tiger (Rodney) 35 laps, Mulberry (Todd) 30 laps and HCC (Devan) 15 laps.
The next race our high school teams had four cars lined up when the green flag dropped to start their race. Plant City HS car 210 ran strong and smooth with a best lap of 26.649. Lennard HS car 86 popped a tire and did a quick tire change in the pits and they were back on the track. At the end of the race it was: Plant City car 210 (Tyler) with 43 laps, Lennard 78 car (Ashley) 36 laps, Lennard 86 car (Matt) with 29 laps and Plant City 208 car (Caden) with 24 laps.
Our special race of the day, Sponsor/Executive Board Members had five cars. Our ETO Executive Secretary (Trish) drove the Mulberry car in her first race and did really well, following Todd’s instruction to take it easy and don’t wreck. The purpose of this race is for those that are a part of the organization that normally do not drive a car in a race get the opportunity to go out on the track and have fun. Some take it very serious as the competitive streak appears, which makes it even more fun to watch. Lennard HS Sponsor Jordan drove the 86 car and Sponsor Lisa drove the 78 car for the first time in a race. Our Sponsors from HCC (Alex) and Plant City HS (David) have been on the track before. The race had no issues and at the checkered flag it was: Lennard car 78 (Lisa) with37 laps, Lennard car 86 (Jordan) 33 laps, Plant City car 210 (David) 31 laps, HCC car 30 (Alex) 28 laps and Mulberry car 38 (Trish) 27 laps.
The second race for our high school teams went well. Plant City car 210 (Troy/Elijah) 38 laps, Lennard car 86 (Tristan) 29 laps, Lennard car 78 (Donovan) 29 laps, and Plant City car 208 (Noah) 21 laps.
The second race for our Open and Advance Teams started out well. Our adult team drivers pushed their cars to maximum performance during the race. Mulberry car 38 (Todd) came around turn three and blew the front outside tire causing him to slide into the fence; this caused a red flag on the course. Todd was running laps as low as 29.076. Todd will have some bruises and swelling but will be okay due to all the guidelines for building an Electrathon car and the safety equipment required for the driver.
On the other end of the track Pro EV car 39 (Cliff) blew his rear tire sending him in a tail spin and into the sidelines. He got out of the car and is fine. Cliff was running laps as low as 23.558.
After drivers were checked and cars moved from the track, the remaining teams returned for another five minutes of racing. When the checkered flag dropped in the Advanced Division it was Fortuna car 444 (Torie) with 40 laps, Silver Bullet car 13 (Jim) 35 laps, and Pro EV Car 39 (Cliff) 32 laps.
In the Open Division: Tiger Racing car 4 (Rodney) 34 laps, Mulberry car 38 (Todd) 27 laps, and HCC car 30 (June) 24 laps.
The team’s race results for each race were added together for the overall results for the race day.
In High School Division Plant City car 210 had 81 laps for 1st Place, Lennard car 78 had 65 laps for 2nd Place, Lennard car 86 had 58 laps for 3rd Place and Plant City car 208 had 45 laps for 4th Place.
In Open Division Tiger Racing car 4 had 69 laps for 1st Place, Mulberry car 38 had 57 laps for 2nd Place and HCC car 30 had 39 laps for 3rd Place.
In Advanced Battery Division Fortuna car 444 had 80 laps for 1st Place, Silver Bullet car 13 had 66 laps for 2nd Place, and Pro EV Car 39 had 63 laps for 3rd Place.
Our next race will be held on May 1, 2021 at Plant City High School on the football field’s track.
We want to thank Brandon Electrathon Sponsor Tim Ruman and his Administration for allowing us to reschedule the Brandon Dash 120.
Our next Electrathon race is Saturday, April 10th at Brandon High School located at 1101 Victoria Street. This is our dash race day, the races are only 20 minutes. We will also have the team sponsors and ETO Executive Board 20 minute race (no advanced batteries cars in this race). We are still following our safety and health guidelines and masks are required.
We have monitored the weather forecast for quite some time and due to the percentage for rain on Saturday, March 6th, we are canceling the race at Brandon High School. Due to spring break for schools we will not have a race in March.
We are still monitoring the weather forecast for Saturday, March 6th race at Brandon HS. Rain chances are currently at 70% Accu Weather and 50% National Weather Service. We will make a decision on the race no later than noon on Thursday, March 4th.
Electrathon of Tampa Bay / Electrathon of Florida will hold their next race event on March 6, 2021 at Brandon High School, located at 1101 Victoria Street, Brandon Florida 33510.
This event is one of our most exciting days for our teams and members. Our ETO Teams, Sponsors / Principals and Executive Board Members will DASH around the oval track at the safest and fastest rate of speed that their car can perform for 20 minutes. Once again, the key is “SAFEST”.
Our race steward, will black flag any driver/car that is not operating with safe driving techniques or any visual concerns with the car.
Reminder: any team that has students under the age of 18 years of age, must bring or have on file with ETO the parent / minor waiver forms for the student to participate at the event.
Bring the entire family to this FREE, FUN FILLED DAY of Electrathon (STEM) Racing.
We held our second race at Plant City High School on Saturday, February 20th. We want to thank PCHS Sponsor David Kocher and the Administration for hosting the event.
Eleven cars lined up for the first race, as Charlie was getting ready to video the start, he said the word “GO” for Trish to start the computer scoring systems count down and off went the car for our very first ever false start.
As teams lined up a second time to start the race, line positions changed and the USF car was in the pits for an issue.
During the first race drivers did real well. On the sharp turn by the pit area, team Fortuna came in too fast and the rear wheel lost grip causing the car to spin out, the driver (Mike) quickly recovered and back into the race he went. The Lennard HS cars were impressive after being gone from the track for quite some time.
At the end of the first race Plant City HS car 210 had 68 laps and Lennard car 78 hot on their heels with 62 laps. Both PCHS car 208 and Lennard car 86 had 49 laps. In our open class it was Silver Bullet (1st) and Tiger Racing (2nd) both finishing with 89 laps. Mulberry finished with 86 laps, Titans with 77 laps and HCC with 67 laps. In our advanced battery class USF finished with 92 laps and Fortuna 87 laps.
Between our races we have a 30 minute time frame for teams to run practice laps. The USF team made it to the first turn and slid into the curbing causing structural damage and they were done for the day.
In the second race the teams met some challenges.
Fortuna had a steering issue that caused them to enter the race late. Tiger Racing had a tire issue that put them out of the race early. Silver Bullet gave a friendly tap to the back of the Fortuna car. HCC had throttle control issues that put them out of the race early. Titans had a tire issue and had to change it out, and then the chain came off.
At the end of the second race PCHS 210 had 89 laps, Lennard 78 had 63 laps, PCHS 208 had 61 laps and Lennard 86 had 43 laps. After a late start Fortuna did 37 laps. In the open class it was a close race for 1st place. Silver Bullet had 88 laps, Mulberry 87 laps, Tiger Racing 59 laps, Titans 40 laps and HCC 27 laps.
The final results for the day of STEM Racing at Plant City High School were: High School 1st Place, Plant City car 210 157 laps and fastest HS lap of 33.503 2nd Place, Lennard car 78 125 laps 3rd Place, Plant City car 208 110 laps 4th Place, Lennard car 86 92 laps Open Class 1st Place, Silver Bullet 177 laps 2nd Place, Mulberry 173 laps 3rd Place, Tiger Racing 148 laps 4th Place, Titans 117 laps5th Place, HCC 94 laps Advanced Battery Class 1st Place Fortuna 124 laps and the fastest lap overall with 33.024 2nd Place, USF 92 laps.
Our next race will be held at Brandon High School on March 6th. This race is our “DASH RACE” and “SPONSOR RACE”.