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Mazda Motorsports focuses on Flatout’s STL builds

Nice little writeup here at Mazda Motorsports on our number 37 NB rental, built to run up front in SCCA’s fast-growing Super Touring Lite class. Hey, when you build the two top-finishing RWD cars in one of racing’s most competitive classes, people notice! We value our terrific relationship with Mazda; look for upcoming articles, similar to this one, discussing our rotary NB and NC builds. And remember, you can rent this no-excuses race car anytime – just contact us!

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Winter’s coming – race all year with Flatout!

It’s coming, friends, you know it is – and according to the Farmer’s Almanac, it’s going to be a snowy one in the northeast. You can spend all winter clipping apexes with your snowblower, or you can come race with us at Sebring, Daytona, Road Atlanta, New Orleans, and more. As is our tradition, we’ll kick off the Flatout Motorsports Winter Series on Thanksgiving weekend with the Turkey Trot regional at Sebring. Keep an eye on our schedule for more opportunities! You can rent race-winning cars from us to compete in a number of classes, or you can arrange an Arrive & Drive weekend; we bring your car south, we prep it, we provide crew – all you do is fly in and drive! Contact us to get all the details.      

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2 top tens for Leverone at a great Runoffs!

The 2017 SCCA Runoffs are in the books, and what a great event. Before we talk results, how about a hand for the guys shown here – the greatest crew in the world! L to R: Andrew Burke, Kyle Santos, Adam Desrosiers, Nick Leverone, Dave Goulet. Flatout president Leverone had a spectacular week, driving a pair of machines you can rent anytime. Nick notched a strong 10th-place finish in the massive Spec Miata class, then followed with a 6th in STL. Craig McHaffie also broke into the top 10 in STL; he and Nick were the top non-Honda, non-FWD cars in that race. Amy Mills took 21st in STL, Eric Thompson 25th, and Whit Gregg 39th, with Joe Schubert a DNS. Like Leverone, Mills (42nd), Schubert (47th), and Whit Gregg (54th) ran SM. So did Tyler Kicera, who was in the top 5 until a mechanical took him out. Whit also ran T4, finishing 18th! Thompson was a busy man; he competed in STU, with an unfortunate mechanical knocking him out, and in T1, where he notched an excellent 15th. Like all major race weeks, this one had heartaches – one of our cars got hit hard during a test day, for crying out loud – moments of triumph, and lots of laughs. An all-time great event!    

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Runoffs preview!

We’re excited to head for the fabled Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the 2017 edition of the SCCA Runoffs – the Big Dance for amateur sports-car racing. And we’re not alone: Everybody wants to take a shot at the Brickyard, so this will be the biggest Runoffs ever. What a thrill to be part of it! Below is a quick look at Team Flatout this year. We’ll post updates here as qualifying and races get rolling (the event itself is Sept. 25 – Oct. 1). Nick Leverone, SM and STL (President Nick was picked by SportsCar magazine to podium!). Amy Mills in SM and STL, running Jon Farbman’s wicked rotary-powered Miata. Whit Gregg in SM and STL in his own car. Indefatigable Whit will also compete in T4 in the newly built Subaru BRZ of Peter Tonelli. Joe Schubert in SM and STL. Eric Thompson will run in STU and T1 in his Celica All-Trac Turbo, and in STL in Attilio Albani’s Honda S2000 (which we’ve just upgraded for the occasion!). Craig McHaffie in STL, driving the family ex-Koni Challenge MX-5. Hugh McHaffie in his newly acquired ex-Pirelli Challenge NC MX-5, featuring a new engine and paint to match the Koni Challenge car. At-track crew will include Leverone, Adam Desrosiers, Dave Goulet, Kyle Santos, Andrew Burke, and Evan Consolazio. If you trek to Indy, drop by and say hello!  

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Pro podium! Koskinen, Kicera shine in MX-5 Cup debut

What a Labor Day weekend!  Hotshoes Matt Koskinen and Tyler Kicera took their first shots at the Battery Tender Global MX-5 Cup Series – and proved not only that they belong in the pro series, but that they belong up front! The races were run in support of the IndyCar series at Watkins Glen, so the entire weekend had a festival atmosphere. Driving a pair of Flatout Motorports-prepped 2017 Mazda MX-5s, both drivers ramped up quickly – even though others in the series were far more familiar with the spec cars. Matt notched a top ten finish in the morning race, and was on his way to another in the afternoon until debris from a wreck ruined his windshield. For his part, Kicera ran up front all weekend. He was top three early in the morning race, but an (unjust!) drive-through penalty pushed him back. He made up for it  later on, though – Tyler went at it hammer and tongs all race long, and was actually leading on the last lap. He ended up a very close second. Nick Leverone, Adam Desrosiers, and Dave Goulet crewed, with help from Dan Spangler. A job well done! We’re incredibly excited about 2018, when Matt and Tyler plan to campaign the entire series. Let’s close with a great vlog from Kicera, including some of the best in-car footage you’ll ever see:  

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