The first cool race day of the year is in the books.
12 cars took the green flag for both races on the 1/4 mile track with some of the closest finishes ever in the series.
Racing on a 1/4 mile track allowed the teams to really see how the cars would do in a true time trial setting. Aerodynamics, gear ratios, battery life/conservation, steady speed and steering all come into play. Much more so than on a road course where the cars are constantly slowing down and speeding up. In the High School class the winner was driving a car with the aerodynamics of a brick and was 26 laps behind the Open Class winner and 32 laps behind the EX battery winner. All but the EX battery winner were using the same type batteries. AERODYNAMICS was a BIG factor.
In the 1st race of the High School Class, the Simmons #60 car and the Middleton #80 car had the same lap count with 80 laps on the 1/4 mile track. Simmons took 1st by mere seconds. In the second race Simmons beat Middleton again, this time by 2 laps. TBT was late starting the race when they had a brake lock up on the way to the start line otherwise they would have been in the mix for 1st.
In the second race Simmons and TBT went at it with both cars finishing with 83 laps each. Simmons took 1st again this time by 32 sec.
In the Open Class USF, driving their new car for the second race, missed 3rd place by 5 sec. to Rodney in the Tiger Racing #4 car.
In the first Open Class race, 1st and 2nd had a 2 sec. gap. The Robinson Racing #13 and #94 cars drafted each other for most of the race with the dad, in the 94 car, beating son in the #13.
In the second race the Robinson Racing #13 car took 1st again when the #94 car withdrew with it second blown tire of the race. Tiger Racing took 3rd when he had to slow down towards the end of the race in order to preserve a tire that was looking like it wanted to come apart. At the end of the race the tire looked like it was holding on by a thread or two. That left the door open for USF to come in 2d in the race and second overall in the Open Class. USF ran a strong, smooth and uneventful race which is just how it should go but rarely does.
In the Experimental Battery Class (EX) Cliff from ProEV #39 car out of Miami was unopposed and had a track high 195 laps for the day. I think he scared off the other EX Battery Class cars. There was a rumor that the other drivers had to work. Work should never get in the way of racing. Ha….
High School results for two races
1st Simmons #60 163 laps, 2nd Middleton #80 161 laps, 3rd TBT # 242 156 laps, 4th Brandon #9 149 laps, 5th Wharton #58 138 laps, 6th Brandon #14 129 laps, 7th Middleton #133 125 laps.
Open Class results for two races
1st Robinson Racing #13 189 laps, 2nd USF #132 183 laps, 3rd Tiger Racing #4 181 laps, 4th Robinson Racing #94 127 laps
Thanks to the Middleton team for putting on a great race and for the food and goodies provided. It made for a great day of racing.
In the pits during the day teams were seen helping each other and loaning batteries and wheels etc. True sportsmanship on display for this race and every race.
Hope to see everyone and more at Simmons Career Center, 1202 Grant St in Plant City on December 12, 2015.