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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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5 Sep, 2017

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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21 Aug, 2017

Koskinen, Kicera prep for MX-5 Cup at the Glen

What are you doing Labor Day Weekend? Why not take in some IndyCar racing, along with Global MX-5 Cup action, at one of the nation’s great race tracks?

Team Flatout will be at Watkins Glen International to support hotshoes Matt Koskinen and Tyler Kicera in a pair of Flatout-developed Mazda MX-5s. And this is just the beginning; we aim to run the full season in 2018.

So:  Rounds 9 and 10 of the Global MX-5 Cup, in support of the Verizon IndyCar Series at the Glen, Aug. 31 – Sep. 3. See you there!

 

 

 

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26 Jul, 2017

Majors podium for Mills in first STL race!

A couple of nice updates as we continue through a jam-packed summer of racing …

Hotshoe client Amy Mills is a veteran of cutthroat Spec Miata racing. At a recent SCCA Majors weekend at New Jersey Motorsports Park, Amy tried out the STL class for the first time, driving our wicked winged number 37. And the result? Second place, her first Majors podium. Way to go, Amy!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We told you in a recent blog post about Flatout’s strong relationship with Richard Childress Racing. Well, following the recent NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, RCR stud Austin Dillon hung out with our own Andrew Burke (l) and Adam Desrosiers (r), greeting the guys by saying, “Hey, I need to come out and run one of your cars again.” We agree!

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11 Jul, 2017

Race report: Pope dominates at the Glen!

Veteran hotshoe and Flatout Arrive and Drive client Stephen Pope, pictured here (center), is still smiling after a dominant weekend at Watkins Glen: 2 poles and 2 wins in the ITA class!

We’ll come back to Stephen, but we have a whole bunch of racing to catch you up on …

June 2-4 we visited New Jersey Motorsports Park’s Lightning circuit, renting Miatas to Nai Nan Ko, Erik Beck, Rick Miller and Seth Mansfield. All four racers ran strong on both Saturday and Sunday.

June 13 found us doing a one-day test at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. The idea was to get track time for some Richard Childress Racing Xfinity Series drivers who will race at Mid-Ohio later this season. With Chris Cook instructing, future NASCAR stars Daniel Hemric, Brandon Jones, and Ben Kennedy wrung out our Miatas. Check out the group shot at the end of this post!

That test was on a Tuesday. To indicate how busy the crew’s been, those same four cars were transported, inspected, serviced, transported again, and ready to race June 16-17 at Lime Rock Park. Just ask renters Kurt Schmid, Wendy Cappola, Ray Kobs, and Ryan Duke, all of whom had excellent weekends at the Rock. What a jam-packed event that was: Doug Fisher also raced, as did Linda Lemelin, Stephen Pope, Hugh and Craig McHaffie, the Peter Tonellis (both Senior and Junior!), and Joe Stadelmann (who won everything in sight in his 944!).

Because we’re gluttons for punishment, we also dispatched a crew to Road America that weekend to support our favorite Pacific Northwesterners, Whit Gregg and Amy Mills, at the legendary June Sprints. Naturally, Amy and Whit raced hard and did well!

Next it was on to an SCCA Majors event at Watkins Glen, June 22-25. Hotshoe Eric Thompson brought both his Celica All-Trac Turbo and his Miata—and was rewarded with an STU win in the former and a fourth-place SM finish in the latter. Craig McHaffie earned an incredible come-from behind STL victory on Sunday (check out his in-car vid!), and Hugh got the feel of his new MX-5. Amy and Whit had excellent weekends; Amy qualified sixth both days in the stacked SM class, running at the sharp end of the field from start to finish. Linda Lemelin was with us again, and company president Nick Leverone ran Doug Fisher’s Flatout-built car and grabbed a pair of podiums. The Tonellis drove both their Miata and a new Toyota FRS we’re developing for them (actually, Flatout is building a trio of FRS/BRZs for the family, and we’re excited—these cars are fast!).

Here’s that Craig McHaffie in-car:

After a much-needed weekend off, we trundled to Road America for another test for the Richard Childress Racing guys. Then it was straight to the Glen again for SCCA Regional and Pro-IT racing. As noted, Stephen Pope absolutely tore it up. James McCann was quick, and it was great seeing old pals Keith Hammitte and Anne Lamport Hammitte in their BMWs. Joe Stadelmann put together another strong event, while Leverone ran one of our rental Miatas for another pair of podiums.

You can imagine how much work goes into all this. Huge thanks to Andrew Burke, Evan Consolazio, Adam Desrosiers, Dave Goulet, and Jody Leverone for tireless work at both the shop and the track. Also, help us welcome new guys Kyle Santos and Cory Bentley to Team Flatout—we’ll be telling you more about them soon!

L to R: Flatout’s Andrew Burke, RCR’s Daniel Hemric, Flatout’s Adam Desrosiers, racer and coach Chris Cook, RCR’s Brandon Jones, RCR’s Ben Kennedy, Flatout’s Dave Goulet.

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26 Jun, 2017

Worth a thousand words!

We’ll have full race and event reports for you soon, we promise! But until then, just a few random shots from our past few weeks at Road America, Lime Rock, and the Glen. Everything from a classic podium shot to Adam and Dave trying to catch a mouse in the RV  … enjoy!

 

 

 

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