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7 Feb, 2018

Leverone doubles up at COTA Super Tour!

As our Winter Tour hums along, we need to point out that we don’t just rent cars … we rent race-winning, track-record-setting, cars. Company President Nick Leverone proved it Feb. 2-4 at the Circuit of the Americas, capturing both STL races during a Hoosier SCCA Super Tour weekend.  You can read more about it here.

Nick wasn’t alone, of course; in addition to our tireless crew, there were plenty of Arrive & Drive clients and renters, opting out of the cold for some racing fun in the sun. Why not join them? Heck, you can rent the lightning-fast number 37 shown here. Contact us!

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31 Jan, 2018

Green flag flies on our Winter Series!

Each year, we bug out of the northeast and head south to support our (wise) clients who want to race year round. This season’s Winter Series is rolling:

We started with the annual Turkey Trot SCCA Regional at Sebring. Amy Mills, Whit Gregg, Lance Bergstein and Joe Schubert all ran their own cars, while Wendy Cappola and Rob Coneybeer rented and company prez Nick Leverone helped himself to a Flatout Miata. Great racing and deep-fried turkey – no complaints!

The next stop was an SCCA Double Majors weekend at Homestead Miami Speedway. Leverone, Gregg and Mills were all there (Mills in her new Miata, purchased from pal Danny Steyn), joined by Andrew Charbonneau. Nick did the company proud by winning both STL races and setting a new track record.

We put a wrap on January with a return to Sebring for another Majors. Whit and Amy were back, as was Lance. Another terrific event at one of the nation’s legendary tracks.

Big thanks to the Energizer Bunny crewmen – Nick, Adam Desrosiers, Dave Goulet, Andrew Burke and Kyle Santos – who make all this fun possible. Even as you read this, they’re Texas-bound to prep for a big Circuit of the Americas Race. Then it’s yet more Sebring, New Orleans, VIR … aw heck, just check our schedule. And come join us; rentals are always available!

 

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4 Jan, 2018

$#&! winter, come down and race!

Something about today’s 15 inches of snow, to be followed by subzero temps, makes this as good a time as any for a reminder: Flatout Motorsports operates year round!

Right now we’re supporting customers at Homestead-Miami. Next week? Sebring. And in coming weeks, you’ll find us turning laps and sunning ourselves in Louisiana, Texas, and Georgia … with plenty more Florida thrown in.

Whether you want to run your own car as an Arrive & Driver, or rent for a weekend just for the change of scenery, check out our upcoming schedule and contact us for details!

 

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20 Dec, 2017

Happy holidays!

Friends, it’s been a record-breaking 2017 here at Flatout Motorsports. We hope you can say the same. Here’s wishing you and yours a joyous holiday season and a spectacular 2018!

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24 Nov, 2017

Tyler Kicera named Mazda Road to 24 Shootout finalist!

Huge news! Mazda has named four finalists for its 12th annual Mazda Road to 24 Shootout, and our good buddy Tyler Kicera is one of them!

Tyler’s racing accomplishments are legion – NASA and SCCA championships, a podium finish in his first-ever Battery Tender Global MX-5 Cup race, and plenty more. We connected with him because we believe in constantly improving our cars, and we wanted his feedback.

You can read the announcement and learn more about the unique Mazda Road to 24 Shootout here. Go Tyler!

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15 Nov, 2017

Mazda Motorsports writeup: Jon Farbman’s screamin’ STL Rotary Miata

SCCA National Championship Runoffs; Indianapolis Motor Speedway; Sept. 25-Oct. 1, 2017:

Great writeup here at Mazda Motorsports discussing one of our favorite cars – Jon Farbman’s gorgeous, supremely engineered (if we say so ourselves) 13B-powered Miata, which is a demon in SCCA’s STL class.

In the article, company president Nick Leverone explains some of the challenges around the build, such as the need for a trick oil pan. The tradeoff is an engine (light to begin with) that sits low and way back, making for excellent weight distribution.

This car is fast, fully developed – and for sale! To learn more, contact us.

 

SCCA National Championship Runoffs; Indianapolis Motor Speedway; Sept. 25-Oct. 1, 2017:

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21 Oct, 2017

Mazda Motorsports focuses on Flatout’s STL builds

SCCA National Championship Runoffs; Indianapolis Motor Speedway; Sept. 25-Oct. 1, 2017:

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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17 Oct, 2017

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 Oct, 2017

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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18 Sep, 2017

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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