We held our first STEM Electrathon Event in 2023 at Middleton High School on Saturday, January 21st.
We thank Middleton Sponsor William Knight, his team members and the Administration for hosting our event.
As the teams prepared their cars for the first race, everyone alerted when a loud explosion (sounding like a transforming blowing) was heard. We made sure everyone was okay and found that Pro EV Team bought a new brand of tire tubes, and they did not like a lot of air pressure.
As the teams lined up their cars for the first race, 10 of the 11 cars were ready to compete. Plant City car 83 had some things that kept them out of the first race. The road course at Middleton was challenging for our teams. During the first race, Kinetic car 99 had a small chain issue reappear. Mulberry car 100 had their front alloy wheel break sending them to the pits. Pro EV tire issues continued but that was possibly due to running 52 second laps. The last few minutes of the first race did not end well for the Jane Deere car 942. While making a turn the front wheel assembly let go and buckled the tire under the front of the car, ending their race day.
When the checkered flag dropped, ending the first race, the results were:
High School Class
1st Place Middleton 80 with 43 laps
2nd Place Mulberry car 38 with 36 laps
3rd Place Middleton car 133 with 34 laps
4th Place Mulberry car 100 with 23 laps
5th Place Kirkland car 555 with 21 laps
1st Place Tiger Racing car 4 with 51 laps
2nd Place Jane Deere car 942 with 47 laps
3rd Place Kinetic Industries car 99 with 34 laps
1st Place S & J car 128 with 44 laps
2nd Place Pro EV car 39 with 41 laps
Between races the teams made adjustments to their cars, changed tires and got some lunch. Plant City completed the work on the 83 car and was ready to race. Mulberry checked local vendors and were unable to find a rim for their car 100, ending their race day.
There were only 9 cars line up for the second race of the day The green flag dropped, and the teams started the second race. Kirkland car 555 had a few issues with their rear wheel. Pro EV ended the race after 36 minutes with tire issues.
We congratulate the S & J Racing Team on their performance during both races. Way to go John and Stephen.
When the checkered flag dropped, ending the second race, the results were:
High School Class
1st Place Mulberry car 38 with 44 laps
2nd Place Kirkland car 555 with 40 laps
3rd Place Middleton car 133 with 39 laps
4th Place Plant City car 83 with 35 laps
5th Place Middleton car 80 with 18 laps
1st Place Tiger Racing car 4 with 50 laps
2nd Place Kinetic Industries car 99 with 45 laps
1st Place S & J car 128 with 46 laps
2nd Place Pro EV car 39 with 36 laps
To find our overall race results for the day we add the two race lap totals. Final results for the race day: During our awards ceremony, we had the 5th and 6th place teams reversed (thanks Todd for bringing it to our attention).
1st Place Mulberry car 38 with 80 laps 2nd Place Middleton car 133 with 73 laps 3rd Place Kirkland car 555 with 61 laps 4th Place Middleton car 80 with 61 laps 5th Place Plant City car 83 with 35 laps 6th Place Mulberry with 100 with 23 laps Open Class
1st Place Tiger Racing car 4 with 101 laps (great performance in both races to complete over 100 laps) 2nd Place Kinetic Industries car 99 with 79 laps 3rd Place Jane Deere car 942 with 47 laps Advanced Class
1st Place S & J Racing car 128 with 90 laps 2nd Place Pro EV car 39 with 77 laps Our next race will be held at University of South Florida in conjunction with USF 2-day Engineering Expo.
February 10, 2023, Expo display
February 11, 2023, STEM Electrathon in parking lot.