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Flatout battle in Texas!

Yee haw! At a late-March SCCA race at the Circuit of the Americas, Flatout hotshoes Craig McHaffie and Nick Leverone had one of those 11/10ths, last-lap duels that remind us all why we love motorsports, with Craig taking the STL race. For an entertaining 3 minutes, check out Craig’s in-car video here.        

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Flatout alum is going big!

How quickly they grow up! We remember JT Coupal when he had trouble getting around the paddock because stick-shifts were new to him (seriously – he came to us from karts, and he barely had a driver’s license!). JT immediately began running up front and winning in his Flatout-built Spec Miata, and so we’re not surprised that his racing career is progressing. This year, he’ll be running the Pirelli World Challenge in an Audi RS3 LMS. As befits a cool up-and-coming racer, JT’s got a cool website where you can learn more about him and follow his exploits. Check it out here!

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Winter Series – fun in the sun!

                          Lots to catch you up on, so let’s get to it! Homestead-Miami Speedway, SCCA Major, Jan. 5-8. Whit Gregg, Joe Schubert, and Hugh McHaffie all drove. We welcomed Tyler Kicera to the team, too; he ran the 89 rental in SM. Tyler’s one of the nation’s fastest Miata pilots, and we’re always looking for ways to make our cars faster. He’s already proved invaluable! Company president Nick Leverone finished first Saturday and second Sunday in STL. Hugh took 3rd Sunday, and Whit enjoyed a double-dip weekend. In SM, Tyler finished 10th Saturday and 9th Sunday, with Nick 11th and 15th. Sebring, SCCA Majors/Hoosier Super Tour, Jan. 12-15. In STL, Leverone finished 2nd Sat by .015 of a second to our friend Danny Steyn, then won Sunday. Craig McHaffie finished 4th both days, while Tim Estes was 5th in his RX-7. Matt Koskinen, running the T3 class in his 2016 Mazda Global Cup car, had some teething problems: a blown transmission in testing, a battery malfunction that kept him out of race 1, and a broken motor mount that ended his weekend. In SM, Nick finished 11th and 15th. Sunday was a rough race – it seemed Leverone got hit by everyone, and we have no idea how he got back to 15th! Amy Mills was 33rd and 39th in the stacked field. Whit was 45th both days, Craig 43rd and 35th, and Joe 66th and 57th. Sebring, SCCA Cabin Fever Regional, Feb. 11-12. Craig McHaffie overcame some problems to win Sunday’s STL race – well done! Amy Mills finished 6th and 3rd; renter David Quinlan took 8th and 6th; and Whit, Hugh, and new renter Matt Williamson (welcome!) all had strong finishes battling each other – on Sunday, Whit took 9th, Hugh 10th, and Matt 11th. Good intramural stuff! In SM, Amy finished 4th and 3rd, David snared a top-10, Whit took 11th and 10th, Hugh had a 12th and a DNS, and Matt came in 19th and 16th. Spec Miata was 46 cars deep – amazing for a regional! NOLA Motorsports Park, SCCA […]

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It’s good to get noticed

Flatout Motorsports was launched in 1992 (wow, it feels weird to write that!). In our early years we waxed and waned, but we’ve been a constant presence on the U.S. roadracing scene since 2001, when we campaigned our first RX-7 in SCCA’s ITS class. Lately, it seems, our cars and drivers have been turning up on a lot of podiums, at tracks from sea to shining sea. One gratifying result: the racing world is focusing some attention on li’l old us. The video presented here is Exhibit A – company president Nick Leverone being interviewed by the SCCA after his recent Super Tour wins (avec STU track record) at NOLA Motorsports Park. And you can see Exhibit B here, as Nick makes the Mazda Motorsports writeup of the same event. Speaking of writeups: We owe you one! We’ll check in later this week with full results of our Winter Series exploits.

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Leverone, McHaffie tear it up at NOLA!

It was our first-ever trip to NOLA Motorsports Park in Avondale, Louisiana, and we liked it. A lot! At the recent Hoosier Super Tour weekend, company prez Nick Leverone won both STL races, setting a track record in the process. Hotshoe Craig McHaffie wasn’t far behind in the family MX-5, snagging a pair of podiums. Everybody had high praise for the track, including Amy Mills (coming off a twin-podium weekend of her own at Sebring!), Whitfield Gregg, and Hugh McHaffie. Huge props to the crew as our own March Madness rolls on – we’ve got races at VIR, Road Atlanta, and Circuit of the Americas in succession!

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