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2019 2020 Race Season New Team Sponsor of the Year

DAVID KOCHER, Plant City High School
David Kocher our new Team Sponsor at Plant City High School has shown the most enthusiasm in such a short time of being with our organization. David came to a few of our races, drove one of the open class cars (Titans) and committed to getting a team up and running at this school. We were able to offer a loaner car to his school, that they have refurbished and almost ready for the track. Because the team car was not ready, David asked Titans Racing (Brady Weber) if his team could drive their car in a race to keep his team momentum going forward. They did well at the race in the Titan loaner car. We were able to offer David a spot at one of our trainings for team sponsors. He spent an entire weekend learning how to build a jig and Electrathon car frame. Since the training, he has got their own jig built for their team to build a new car and arranged for the school to purchase one of the frames we built at the sponsor training. Once their team is up and running, they are going to be a tough competitor. Electrathon of Tampa Bay / Electrathon of Florida (ETO) are proud to have David Kocher and his new team in our ETO family.

2019 2020 Race Season Parent of the Year

JACK ANDERSON, Mulberry High School
Charlie (Jack) Anderson is Connor Andersons father. Mr. Anderson supports of his son, other students and the Mulberry HS Electrathon Team. He attends the races and is a big help to the Panther Racing Team Sponsor. Mr. Anderson has transported students to and from racing events and helped in the pit area during races. His support for the team and his dedication is shown by the number of things he does. He has provided meals, water and other items to the team members on numerous occasions. His participation and support has helped the Panther Racing Team with their successful year of racing which the team has enjoyed so much through the school year. Electrathon of Tampa Bay / Electrathon of Florida (ETO) are proud to have the support of this wonderful parent at our events and part of the ETO family.

2019 2020 Race Season High School Sponsor of the Year

TODD THUMA, Mulberry High School
Todd Thuma from Mulberry High School is full of energy and does so much for his students and Electrathon of Tampa Bay / Electrathon of Florida (ETO). Todd encourages students to use the hands on approach in the number of topics that he teaches. He is always there to assist ETO with anything from testing donated items, setting up the race venue, getting a race venue due to cancelations, having a large group attend and present at the USF Expo booth, to name just a few. Todd attended the first training for our team sponsors and Board Members. Energized from the training he returned to his school and got the students interested in building their own car. Todd is now one of the assistant instructors at our Electrathon car builds for members. Todd encourages his students and holds them to a standard that creates respect and an interest in learning. Electrathon of Tampa Bay / Electrathon of Florida are honored to have Todd Thuma as one of our ETO Trainers, Team Sponsor, and a Go to Guy within our ETO organization and family.

2019 2020 Race Season Training Opportunities Business Partner of the Year

Clarke Automotive has been a long time supporter of Electrathon of Tampa Bay / Electrathon of Florida. Bob was our Community Outreach Director for many years and promoted our organization to a number of businesses and organizations. Recently Bob was presented a proposal to train sponsors on how to build a frame jig and Electrathon car frame. Since then we have been able to train 12 team sponsors and develop our own training section that will be self supporting through the sale of the frames that are built during the trainings.
Feel free to contact Bob at Clarke Automotive for all of your automotive needs.

2019 2020 Race Season Student of the Year

CONNOR ANDERSON, Mulberry High School
Connor Anderson is a valuable member of the Mulberry High Schools, Panther Racing Team. He is full of energy and desires to learn everything he can about Electrathon and any teams car. Connor is always happy and his enthusiasm excites and draws positive vibes from others that are around him. He was present at every race this year and he is a consistent driver for the team. Connor is a leader among his team members and has started a social media presence for his team. He has managed the communications with team members and the Team Sponsor throughout the school year. Mulberry HS had three trainings for students to learn how to build their new Electrathon car. Connor attended all three sessions and is looking forward to the next time they can all get together to continue building their new car. Mulberry High School and Electrathon of Tampa Bay / Electrathon of Florida are proud and honored to have Connor Anderson in our organization.

2019 2020 Race Season Most Laps

1ST Place – Mulberry HS Car #38, completed 900 Laps
Team Sponsor: Todd Thuma
2nd Place – Palm Bay Magnet HS Car #101, completed 138 Laps
Team Sponsor: Rebecca Allen
3rd Place – Brooks-DeBartolo Collegiate HS Car #55, completed 97 Laps
Team Sponsor: Eric Fernandez
4th Place – Plant City HS Car #21, completed 78 Laps
Team Sponsor: David Kocher
5th Place – Mulberry HS Car #83, completed 55 Laps
Team Sponsor: Todd Thuma
6th Place – I Will Mentorship Foundation Car #239, completed 17 Laps
Team Sponsors: Jesse Bryson, Gina Frazier, Ed Lizak, Tyler Skaathun

1st Place – Tiger Racing Car #4, completed 822 laps (+79 in Advanced Battery Class)
Team Sponsor: Rodney Schreck
2nd Place – Silver Bullet Racing Car #94, completed 465 Laps (+311 in Advanced Battery Class)
Team Sponsor: Jim Robinson
3rd Place – Titans Car #242, completed 347 Laps
Team Sponsor: Brady Weber
4th Place – Hillsborough Community College (Brandon) Car #30, completed 323 Laps
Team Sponsor: Alex Ambrioso
5th Place – Archer Racing Car #321, completed 33 Laps
Team Sponsor: Steve Archer

1st Place – Pro EV Car #39, completed 719 Laps
Team Sponsor: Cliff Rassweiler
2nd Place – University of South Florida Car #48, completed 702 Laps
Team Sponsors: Aditya Chelikani, Kai Jesson, Kevin Mazzoni
3rd Place – Silver Bullet Racing Car #94, completed 311 Laps
Team Sponsor: Jim Robinson
4th Place – RYNO Racing Car #365, completed 160 Laps
Team Sponsor: Ryan Norden
5th Place – Electrocutioners Car #90, completed 146 Laps
Team Sponsor: Steve Lamson
6th Place – Tiger Racing Car #4, completed 79 Laps
Team Sponsor: Rodney Schreck
7th Place – University of South Florida Car #132, completed 37 Laps
Team Sponsors: Aditya Chelikani, Kai Jesson, Kevin Mazzoni

2019 2020 Race Season Business Partner of the Year

GREAT FLORIDA INSURANCE, Lakeland FL, Owner: Debbie Dixon
Debbie Dixon is our insurance agent; she has worked with us for many years to acquire the correct insurance coverage at a reasonable rate to cover all nine of our events. Each year Debbie gathers our information for the race season, sends it to the underwriters for quotes. Recently she was able to secure a renewable (annually) policy which will make it easier to complete and secure our insurance each race season.
Feel free to contact Debbie at Great Florida Insurance, Lakeland (Debbie Dixon) for a free insurance quote.

2019 2020 Race Season Executive Board Member of the Year

Vic has been around Electrathon of Tampa Bay since its beginning. His dedication to the students, community and our organization must be recognized. Vic worked at Tampa Bay Technical and Brandon High Schools and sponsored their Electrathon Teams at our events. After Vic retired he continued to give to the students and community. Vic has gone out to our schools to check on and work with existing teams so they can get back onto the track and visited new schools that are coming on board to assist them with getting their team organized and ready to hit the track. Vic comes out the day before our event to help set up the track and venue (tires, cones, yellow tape, bike barriers makes no difference to Vic) so that we have a safe and exciting race day. On race day Vic arrives at the crack of dawn to help set up the scoring tower, registration area and final preparations of the track and venue. Vic walks the track looking for anything that may damage a cars tire and makes sure that Charlie did not make the turns to tight, At most races you can find Vic with a broom cleaning off the sand, leaves or water so that our drivers are safe and have fun. It does not stop there, after the race Vic is coordinating with others to get everything taken down, picked up, cleaned up so that we leave the venue in great condition when we leave. Vic is the one that observes everything and writes up the articles for our website after a race day. Vic is an asset to Electrathon of Tampa Bay / Electrathon of Florida because he is able to assist in so many ways in any capacity.

2019 2020 Race Season “They Broke Mine Award”

On October 12, 2019, we held our Electrathon race at Mulberry High School. RYNO Racing Car #365 had a bad day of racing. Ryan Norden, (RYNO Racing) used a past team mate from Middleton High School, Josh Ridout as one of his drivers and Mulberry High School graduate Dillon Meeks as a second driver. The RYNO 365 car did well the first race but late in the second race the rear tire went flat (according to the teams driver) in one of the turns sending the 365 car into a spin out causing it to roll over into the infield on the far end of the track. The car was messed up but the driver did not have a scratch on him or injury of any kind. The RYNO Car #365 has yet to return to the racing circuit and we hope to see them come back for our 2020 – 2021 Race Season.

Last Race of the 2019-2020 Season

On Friday, April 24, 2020 we did not make our annual trip to the Florida Solar Energy Center/University of Central Florida. Normally we are there early in the morning (3 or 4am) to start the set up for our race the next day that is in conjunction with The Energy Whiz Expo. We were not able to meet (around 8am) with our extended family (Susan, Lillian and Kevin) from the FSEC to place the cones and pedestrian rails for our event. By noon we were not able to see our friends (front desk and housekeeping) at Days Inn, Cocoa Beach that take care of our lodging and breakfast. Teams were not able to arrive for Friday night’s dinner at Florida Seafood (their food is awesome) and no one sat beside the pool talking and relaxing or walking the beach.
On Saturday, April 25, 2020 we did not eat our continental breakfast or head to the track. The scoring tower was not set up, and teams did not arrive. This year 26 cars did not attend (wishful thinking) and they did not line up for the first race or ask our Race Steward, Mike Frederick “which way are we going”. Mike did not drop the green flag, cars did not have to pit for issues and no one’s batteries ran low. The checkered flag did not drop for teams to finish in first place for their class. Between races the pits were not busy with teams making adjustments to their cars for the second race. The food vendors were not sending the smell of their food all of the venue and students from all over were not visiting the various activities. Race Steward Mike Frederick did not call for the line up to start the second race and was not asked again, “which way are we going”. The second race did not start or end and there were no winners for the race day. We did not have our awards ceremony for the race and did not have our end of 2019 2020 Race Season recognitions and awards. We did not go back to our hotel and clean up for another great night with our ETO family members over dinner.
On Sunday, April 26, 2020 we did not have a continental breakfast or any long drives home.
We miss all of our ETO family and hope that everyone is safe and staying healthy.