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Leverone takes checkers at Pittsburgh Major

With the season in full swing, how about some race-weekend updates? The weekend of April 28-May 1, Flatout President Nick Leverone and client Peter Doane hit an SCCA Double Major at Summit Point. Both drivers did well and had a ball at the venerable track. Immediately afterward, we swung up to Watkins Glen for Joey G Track Days. Everybody was eager to sample the Glen’s new pavement, and there was no disappointment. Hotshoe Amy Mills was one of the fastest Spec Miatas on the new surface! Whit Gregg was quick as well. Old friend Stephen Pope rented a Miata. So did Corey Rueth and Nick Evancich (both gaining seat time for an MX-5 series race) as well as Abe Zimroth. Finally, it was great to see Jon Farbman back in his rotary-powered Miata! May 5-7 found us at Palmer Motorsports Park for a Double Regional. Father-and-son team Tony and Kent Vaccaro rented; they’re notable because Kent is 14 years old! And he wasn’t the only youngster tearing it up; 15-year-old JT Coupal ran his brand-new Flatout build, Number 77—and finished on the podium. Doug Fisher raced has Number 15 Miata and had a great weekend! Tom Paolino was there in his own fresh build. Tom Haronian and Dave Kurhrawy rented. And in a way, we’ve saved the best for last: longtime client and fast racecar driver Eric Thompson absolutely dominated the STL class, walking away from the field for a pair of wins! The next weekend, we headed west to Pittsburgh International Race Complex for another Double Major. Once again, Doane (running STL) and Leverone (SM) were the drivers—and Leverone won, taking his first Majors checker. Way to go, Prez! Big thank-yous go out to Adam Desrosiers and Dave Goulet, who did a lot of crewing this month. And hey, we’re just gearing up: this weekend, we’re off to New Hampshire Motor Speedway with six cars … and treks to Mid-Ohio, NJMP, and other venues aren’t far behind!

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Builds builds builds!

We’ve hit the heart of the racing season, so new-car builds are over until next winter, right? Wrong! We’ve got a bunch of cool builds either in progress or just out of the shop. Here’s a quick rundown: The car featured here is an incredible Toyota Celica All-Trac Turbo for hotshoe client Eric Thompson. Eric will run the car in SCCA’s STU and T1 classes. Can’t wait to see this AWD beast run, especially in the rain. We just rolled out fresh Miatas for clients Bill Finsilver and JT Coupal (who immediately landed on the Podium at Thompson Speedway!). We’re putting the finishing touches on a MazdaSpeed Turbo (aka a Porsche Cayman Killer) for Doug Fambrough, who will campaign the car at Monticello Motorsports Park. Finally, we’ve got a build with your name on it: a sweet new Flatout Motorsports rental Miata! See our Builds page for more info, or just contact us! We’ll leave you with an engine-bay shot of that turbo Toyota …

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Flatout dominates at NJMP enduro!

We brought five cars to New Jersey Motorsports Park for the Devil in the Dark, a 12-hour enduro that has become an east coast favorite – and we came this close to putting all five on the podium. In the E4 class, Will Fox and James Fox drove our number 90 Miata to victory even though they ran most of the race in fourth gear. You read that correctly: They lost third and fifth a couple of hours in, drove the remainder of the race in one gear … and won. Joining them on the podium in second place were Whit Gregg, Amy Mills, and Leland Englebardt, whose number 17 Miata ran like a train all night. Driving our number 89 rental car, the hotshoe duo of Eric Thompson and Sam Wilkinson did not win – but they were leading by a full 5 laps at the midway point when their Miata suffered a rare engine failure. Heartbreak for the guys who obviously had everybody covered. James and Neal Walker took the E3 class with outstanding, consistent driving – that team never made a mistake! The father-son team of Steve and Max Tullman also made the podium with a third-place E3 result. It was an impressive run because they lost 10 laps, dropping to last place in class, due to a mechanical – talk about clawing your way back! As you would expect, the crew were on their toes. Huge thanks to Nick Leverone, Jody Leverone, Adam Desrosiers, Yvette Tenorio, Evan Consolazio, Andrew Burke, Dave Goulet, Nicky Beans, Sarah Bowin, Jerry Rigoli, Rob Newton, Alex Negron, Peanut Negron, Doug Fisher, and Chris Vera! Finally, here’s a little in-car from Amy Mills to show what the start of a massive enduro looks like – in the wet.      

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A big splash for our new site!

  Welcome to Flatout’s revamped website! Much of the content is the same, but we think we’ve rearranged it to be more useful and accessible – especially on your phone.

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Great weekend at VIR!

What a fantastic weekend Team Flatout enjoyed March 7-8 at Virginia International Raceway! Clients Tim Estes, Jon Farbman, Amy Mills, Whitfield Gregg, Steve Tullman, Max Tullman, Jim  Walker, Greg Tewes, and Sam Wilkinson all made the trek south. Here are some highlights : – Estes won everything he ran the whole weekend. That’s right, every … single … race. Wow! – Company president Nick Leverone and Whit finished second in Sunday’s enduro. – There was an all-Flatout podium following Sunday’s STL race: Farbman took the win, Nick finished second in Tim’s RX-7, and Whit took Show. – Everybody was excited for the track time and practice, as VIR will host an SCCA Majors Race in April. – Greg Tewes earned his Competition License and scored a Top Ten finish in Saturday’s enduro. – Sam Wilkinson and Jim Walker finished seventh and eight  in that enduro. – In Sunday’s SM race, Max and Whit each nabbed another Top Ten.

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