All posts by admin

Plant City HS February 20 2021

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.

As teams arrived there was a cool breeze in the air that made you move around to a stay warm. We welcome back Electrathon Teams from Lennard HS and University of South Florida.

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”.

 

 

 

Out of Area Electrathon Races

We contacted the folks in Alabama and found out the Electrathon Races at Barber Motorsports probably will not happen this year.

We contacted the folks in North Florida about the Pensacola, Five Flags Electrathon Races. No decisions have been made on whether the race will happen this year.

We reached out to Chambers County folks about their Electrathon Races and have not heard back from them.

We reached out to Georgia Electrathon about any races they may have this year and have not heard back from them.

Will post any updates we receive on the locations above.

Charlie

February 20 2021 Plant City High School

Our next race will be held on February 20, 2021 at Plant City High School located at 1 Raider Place, Plant City Florida.

We thank PCHS Electrathon Sponsor David Kocher and the entire Administration for their Support and approval for another race at their location.

Please remember to review our health and safety guidelines posted on our website. Masks are required.

Our first race will run from 10am to 11am and our second race will run from 1pm to 2pm.

Course – Red
Pit area – Blue Continue reading February 20 2021 Plant City High School

January 9, 2021 Wharton High School

Saturday morning came and there was a fresh cool breeze at Wharton High School as teams arrived. Okay it was downright cold, jackets and gloves were worn and hot coffee consumed to stay warm.

We thank Wharton Electrathon Team Sponsor Chris Hart and his Administration for hosting our first race of 2021.

Drivers were bundled up as Mike Frederick (Race Steward) conducted the drivers meeting

Teams lined up for the first race to begin, as the green flag dropped, teams started their one hour race.

Everything was going well until Fortuna car 444 clipped a cone in one of the turns sending it up onto its side and roll bar before stopping on its side. Plant City High School (PCHS) car 210 was behind them and ran into the curb bending their tire rim.  Both drivers were fine, no injuries other than scratches to roll bar and helmet on the Fortuna car and driver helmet. The bent rim ended the race day for Plant City car 210. The Fortuna car was checked and then got back into the race. A few laps later the Plant City HS Car 208 ended their day after continued issues with throttle and loss of power.

At the end of the first race:
High School Division: PCHS car 210 had completed 22 laps and PCHS car 208 completed 12 laps.

Open Division: Tiger Racing completed 66 laps, Mulberry completed 64 laps, Titans completed 57 laps and Hillsborough Community College completed 47 laps.

Advanced Division: Fortuna completed 42 laps.

Between races everyone went into hibernation to get/stay warm.

Only five cars lined up for the second race.

It was a battle the entire second race between Mulberry and Tiger Racing. Mulberry Driver Todd Thuma stepped up his pace and did the fastest lap for all divisions with a 43.625. The Fortuna team blew a tire and changed it quickly to get back into the race. 

At the end of second race:

Open Division Mulberry completed 75 laps, Tiger completed 73 laps, Titans completed 59 laps and HCC completed 45 laps.

Advanced Division Fortuna completed 25 laps. 

After the results of both races were calculated and the total race times for teams with same lap totals were figured: 

High School Division: Plant City High School Car 210 took 1st Place

Plant City High School Car 208 took 2nd Place

Open Division: Mulberry and Tiger both completed 139 laps so it came down to total race time, Mulberry 1st Place with 119 minutes of race time,

Tiger 2nd Place with 120 minutes of race time

Titans 3rd Place with 116 laps

Hillsborough Community College (HCC) 4th Place with 92 laps

Advanced Division: Fortuna 1st Place with 67 laps

Our next race will be held on February 20th, the location is pending approval. Please continue to check our website or Facebook pages for location.

 

 

 

Electrathon Exclusive Report

Traveling to a private test track deep in the wilds of Davie, Florida, our intrepid reporter managed to get a photograph of ProEV’s new secret weapon.

This, James Lee designed, front suspension features adjustable camber and toe as well as reducing aero drag. The original suspension is rumored to have been destroyed in a massive testing crash.

The ProEV Super Coupe is expected to rejoin the Tampa Bay series at the January 9th race at Wharton High School with ace driver Cliff Rassweiler behind the wheel, (or maybe between the steering levers since technically there is no steering wheel).

You heard it first, here on Electrathon of Tampa Bay

 

January 9 2021 Wharton High School

Our next race will be held on January 9, 2021 at Wharton High School located at 20150 Bruce B. Downs Blvd, Tampa FL 33647. This will be a road course for our teams and the first race in 2021.

We will do a partial set up on Friday, January 8, 2021 around 430 P.M. and finish the set up the next morning when we arrive around 630 A.M.

Hope to see everyone there to kick off 2021 with a great race.

Charlie

Lee County Buckingham Field December 6 2020

We had a great race day on Sunday at Buckingham Field in Lee County.

As the teams lined up for the new course at this event, the green flag dropped and the cars started their journey across the 1.748 mile track.

Our new team Fortuna continued to have issues causing the car to drop power sending them in and out of the pits. Team Titans came in hot to our 180 squealing tires and sliding through it.

At the end of the first race our open division teams  did rather well. In the lead with 17 laps and best lap time (212.257) of all cars in race 1, Archer Racing 

followed by Titans with 13 laps

Tiger Racing and Mulberry were tied with 12 laps each.

In our Advanced Battery Division, Team Fortuna completed 2 laps and managed to be on the track for over 10 minutes to receive season points.

Between races we noticed one of our folks car had a flat tire on their vehicle and here came the various pit members to the rescue. A big THANKS to everyone that helped especially Mike as he had a tire repair kit. The tire was removed, plugged, inflated and back on the car before the next race.

A few teams made adjustments to their cars between races. As the teams lined up for the second race, you could see the determination in the drivers as the first race was so close.

Archer Racing made a super fast pit to change a tire in the second race causing all of us to say WOW.

Fortuna came up the track towards the scoring tower with a front wheel almost laying on its side. Apparently a nut came off of the front wheel assembly, the pit crew jumped in and made it a quick easy fix and back on the track they went.

Mulberry came into our 180 turn a little fast and wound up outside the track area in the safety zone before returning safely on the track.

The race was so competitive that the teams finished within a lap or two of each other causing the scoring for the day to be determined by the total race times.

At the end of the second race Archer Racing finished with 15 laps and the best lap time in the Open Division of 210.320 followed by Mulberry and Tiger tied with 14 laps and Titans with 13 laps.

Our Advanced Battery Fortuna Team completed 13 laps and the best lap time of the day for any team with 193.671. Towards the end of the second race the Fortuna car pulled quickly into the pits, no vehicle issues could be seen (with 2 minutes to go, and most likely could have finished with 14 laps) the driver had to make a pit stop (restroom) of their own. 

At the end of the day the scoring area was busy logging the data and adding up the race times to get the official place for each team.  A very close race as three teams finished the day with a total of 26 laps.

In the Advanced Battery Division it was Team Fortuna, Driver Victoria Hobbs with a total of 15 laps for the day, setting the fastest lap for this new course with a 193.671. In the Open Division, Archer racing, Driver Steve Archer completing 32 laps for 1st Place with a best lap of 210.320. Archer Racing has set the most laps count for this new course with 17 laps in a single race and 32  for a race day. All three of the other Open Division Teams finished the day with 26 total laps sending it down to the total race time to decide. In 2nd Place Team Titans (Driver Brady Weber) had 26 laps with a total of both race times of 115 minutes. Mulberry (Driver Todd Thuma) took 3rd Place with 26 laps and a total of 117 minutes for both race times. Tiger Racing (Driver Rodney Schreck) took 4th Place with 26 laps and a total of 119 minutes for both race times. We took the number of laps for each day to determine our Grand Champion for this two day racing event. Archer Racing had a two day total of 91 laps.

Our next race will be at Wharton High School in Tampa Florida on January 9, 2021. Hope everyone has a safe and healthy holiday season.

Lee County Buckingham Field December 5, 2020

We had a great weekend of Electrathon racing in Lee County at Buckingham Field thanks to Jen and her group at Lee County Parks and Recreation.

Saturday morning teams arrived and were ready to race. Teams from as far away as Milton and Hialeah Florida joined us.

Our first race on Saturday went very well. The second race, teams stepped up their pace and challenged each other until the checkered flag dropped. 

The Archer , Mulberry and Tiger teams kept it interesting, passing one another throughout the race. The Tiger team got everyone’s attention on the straight away when they kicked up the speed and left others in their mirrors on more than one occasion. Tiger Racing Driver Rodney Schreck stated that he was going over 40mph.

At the end of the day in the Open Division Archer Racing, Driver Steve Archer completed 29 laps in the first race and 30 laps the second race for a 1st place finish with a  117.557 best lap of for the day. Mulberry, Driver Todd Thuma completed 23 laps the first race and 23 laps the second race for a 2nd Place finish with a best lap of 114.141 for the day. Titans Racing, Driver Ryan Norden completed 17 laps the first race and 17 laps the second race for a 3rd Place finish with a best lap of 155.308 for the day. In our Advanced Division it was Tiger Racing, Driver Rodney Schreck completing 13 laps the first race and 24 laps the second race for a 1st Place finish with a best lap of 14.929 for the day. Our teams did not beat the track record of 34 laps in a single race, 65 laps for the two race lap total and best lap of 99.298 set by Pro EV Driver Cliff Rassweiler in November 2019.

REMINDER DECEMBER 5 AND 6 RACING IN LEE COUNTY

On December 5th and 6th we will hold our very first ever, two days of Electrathon Racing at Buckingham Field in Lee High Acres. We thank all of the individuals in Lee County that has made this event possible.

Please remember that our health and safety guidelines are still in place. Masks and social distancing are required.  

We also have protocols just for the event in Lee County.  2020 Lee County Protocols

December 5th races at 10am and 1pm on this track

December 6th races at 10am and 1pm on this track

The race day schedule for both days.  2020 2021 Race Day Schedule 

If you have not arranged for overnight accommodations, please see our website post with the link.

Hope to see everyone there for two days of STEM Electrathon Racing.