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Schmidt wraps up MX-5 Cup season with top 10!

In his first season of Global MX-5 Cup racing, client Jesse Schmidt quickly established himself as a force to be reckoned with. Unfortunately, he hit a spinner at Portland International Raceway (nowhere to go) and his hotrod suffered heavy damage. It wasn’t pretty – see below. But the crew worked mightily to get the robust Mazda in shape for the season finale at Monticello … and Jesse made the effort pay off with an outstanding seventh-place finish. He was fast right off the trailer, and remained in the mix all weekend. Congratulations, Jesse! The 2018 season is now in... Read More >

Frenetic fall: MX-5 Cup, Runoffs, Devil in the Dark … and more!

The nights are longer and the days cooler, but the racing is hotter than ever! Fresh off a huge weekend (7 cars – God bless our amazing crew!) of SCCA Regional racing at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park, we’re eating extra Wheaties to prep for: The Global MX-5 Cup finale, Sept. 28-29 at Monticello. The Big Dance: SCCA’s Runoffs, waaaaay over to the left of the map at Sonoma Raceway. We’ll field 7 more entries there, including Flatout President Nick Leverone and hotshoe clients Joe Schubert, Amy Mills, Whitfield Gregg, and Craig McHaffie – all running multiple classes (Iron Man Whit... Read More >

New spec SM shocks coming for 2019 – get yours starting in November!

Just an early heads-up for our many Spec Miata clients: Mazda and Penske have developed a spec damper, approved by both SCCA and NASA, to be phased in next year. (No, you can’t get a set in time for Runoffs – sorry!) The shocks will be available only through Mazda Motorsports, and will cost about a grand for a full set. You can learn more here. Naturally, we will be among the first to get our hands on these new pieces, test them, and see how they affect overall handling. Call or email to talk about it! Read More >

Flatout alums in NASCAR, MX-5 Cup rolls on, prepping for Runoffs …

Lots to cover, as usual. So let’s hit the throttle! The cool photo is of our buddy and former client Max Tullman, who recently made his NASCAR Xfinity Series debut at Iowa Speedway. We are bursting with pride, because another alumnus, Dylan Murcott, will start his first Xfinity race August 11 at Mid-Ohio. NASCAR is a regular Flatout Motorsports reunion tour these days! Max and Dylan were both insanely fast the moment they climbed in our Miatas, and we’re not the least surprised by their bigtime success. Speaking of Mid-Ohio, the Global MX-5 Cup series held there in late... Read More >

Did you know we work on street cars too?

This roadgoing NC Miata is gorgeous, we’re sure you’ll agree – but man, it’s too tall! Looks like it’s ready for rock-crawling duty. Never fear, though: The car’s in for an altitude adjustment in the form of a coil-over kit. Flatout Motorsports has a quarter-century racing heritage, so not everybody realizes we’ve been modifying and tuning street cars since our earliest days. Lots of folks bring us their dailies and track toys for suspension work, brakes, rollbars, high-performance seats, chips, exhausts, turbo installs, and general maintenance. And while Miatas are certainly our bread and butter, we’re not a Mazda-only... Read More >