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12 Aug, 2019

Getting ready for Runoffs!

Our busy racing season continues, and as usual, we’re supporting drivers with all sorts of goals. Some are angling for regional points championships, some are getting started by renting whenever they get a chance – and plenty are just having fun.

Naturally, though, many of our clients build their season around the SCCA’s Big Dance: the Runoffs, which will be held at Virginia International Raceway. VIR is one of our favorite tracks. We visit several times each season, so our clients have many, many laps there.

Dates for the Runoffs are October 8 to October 13. Team Flatout will be, as usual, well represented. We’ll be easy to spot in the SM, STU, STL, and T4 classes – and probably a few others besides! At both the track and the shop, we are busy getting prepped. Can’t wait! If you’re in search of some final pre-Runoffs tweaks, coaching, transport, or crew support, contact us and let’s talk.

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23 Jul, 2019

Champion! Leverone locks up SM crown in big NJMP weekend

You can race a long time, and damn well, without ever being crowned a champion. That goes double when you’re running in the brutally competitive Spec Miata class. So we’re extra proud of the boss, Nick Leverone, who just clinched the title of Northeast Conference U.S. Majors Champion for 2019 in SM.

The racing at New Jersey Motorsports Park was hot in more ways than one, with temps touching 100. Eric Thompson, new (and fast!) renter Mark Donato, and Dave Kuchrawy also drove extremely well. Eric won Saturday’s STL race, while Mark took that class on Sunday – with Eric taking the Sunday checkers in STU! Meanwhile, Leverone also won both of the weekend’s T4 races, setting a track record in the process. Just a great, great weekend all around – kudos to all.

L to R: On Sunday, Mark Donato, Nick Leverone and Eric Thompson all won their classes during the same run group. Good stuff!

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8 Jul, 2019

Podiums galore at the Glen!

Our clients rock! These folks all found the podium at June’s SCCA Majors weekend at Watkins Glen.

Peter Tonelli (second), T4
Amy Mills (second) and Craig McHaffie (third), STL
Peter Tonelli II (third), FP
Whit Gregg (third), STU
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5 Jul, 2019

Racing as God intended! Kicera podiums at the Glen

We just had to share some in-car footage from June 22’s Spec Miata Hoosier Super Tour race at Watkins Glen. Flatout’s Tyler Kicera, one of the nation’s top SM pilots, slugged it out for 28 minutes with fellow star drivers Elivan Goulart and Danny Steyn. Hard, clean, skilled racing from green to checkers. Hate to drop in a spoiler, but in the end it was Elivan in front – with the top 3 separated by 0.063 seconds!

Also: If you can’t watch the full half-hour, start at the 23-minute mark to watch the last couple of pulse-pounding, lead-swapping laps!

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13 Jun, 2019

Doane dominates; midseason madness!

The good weather is here, and so is the meat of the schedule! We’re having a blast at both the track and the shop.

Let’s start with some well-earned congrats for our clients. At a recent NJMP event, Peter Doane won all three of his STL races, while Wendy Cappola enjoyed her best race weekend ever. Great driving all around!

Whole lotta Flatout goin’ on! 4 Miatas on the wedge, a full hauler, a duallie with pit cart …

Meanwhile, we’re ready for a big split weekend. Longtime friends, clients, and hotshoes Whit Gregg and Amy Mills are running at Road America, while the rest of the team swarms down to Lime Rock for an SCCA Regional. Next weekend we’re supporting a dozen (!) customers at Watkins Glen. Following a rare weekend off, it’s back to the Glen (with 10 more cars!), another 10 or so clients at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park, and finally eight clients at NJMP for an SCCA Majors weekend. Our crew and clients are the absolute best!

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24 May, 2019

Ready for summer racing!

Even as we write this, Team Flatout is at New Hampshire Motor Speedway for Memorial Day Weekend racing – one of our favorite events of the year.

With the traditional start of summer upon us, it’s time to finalize racing calendars and lock in your seat. In coming weeks, in addition to NHMS, we’ll visit NJMP, Watkins Glen, Lime Rock, and other northeast favorites. Keep in mind, though, that Flatout is everywhere, so we’ll also venture to Mid-Ohio, Road America, and more!

Whether you want to rent or drive your own hotrod using our crew and transport, check out our schedule and contact us!

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11 Apr, 2019

Our wide variety of rentals

If you’re reading this, you probably associate Flatout Motorsports with Mazda, and specifically with Miatas. And that’s great! We’re proud of our close relationship with Mazda Motorsports, and count us among those who believe the Miata is the roadracing miracle of the past 30 years.

But we’re not a Mazda-only shop or rental firm, not by a longshot. And many casual fans and racers may not realize just how many possibilities Miatas present. So we thought we’d run down our present list of rental rides, along with their SCCA classes.

What’s the right car for you? Depends on your experience level, the track, and your goals! Contact us to talk about it and reserve your seat.

  • Start with our non-Mazda: we have available a Subaru BRZ that is very competitive in T4
  • We have a pair of originals – 1.6-liter Miatas for Spec Miata fun
  • We’ve also got a 1.8-liter 1994 Miata if you want to race an NA with a little more grunt
  • With NBs often running up front in bigtime SM races, we have two ’99 rental Miatas
  • Finally, we have available a fully developed ’99 optimized for STL competition

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21 Mar, 2019

Get in on a good thing!

As we prepare to swing north, we’re fielding lots and lots of questions from racers who want to get rid of the cobwebs on both their cars – and their skills! Check out our schedule for a full rundown, but here are some dates that look very popular with both renters and Arrive & Drivers:

  • We’ll be at Palmer Motorsports Park April 5-6 for first an open lapping day, then an SCDA event. Team Flatout will support at least 10 cars, so reserve your seat soon!
  • The following weekend, it’s off to VIR for testing and an SCCA Hoosier Super Tour. We’re looking at 12 to 14 clients for that donnybrook!
  • April 26-28, we’re at Summit Point for testing and an SCCA Double Major. If you can’t get in on our early April events, this is a great opportunity to rent.

Contact us to nail down dates and go racing!

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28 Feb, 2019

Are you ready for racing season?

With March comes a glimmer of hope … For now, we’re still supporting racers south of the Mason-Dixon line, but the shop is buzzing with prep work for northeasterners. Before you know it, we’ll be renting and arrive-and-driving at Thompson, the Glen, NHMS, and NJMP! Now’s the time to contact us and set your plans, whether that means general prep, upgrades, or securing a seat for a particular weekend. Spring is right around the corner – we promise!

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25 Jan, 2019

Winter roundup: Mills rips at Sebring, Penske shocks, new Mazda contingencies!

Old Man Winter continues to do his thing up north … but whether you’re racing now (like us!) or prepping for spring, we’ve got updates:

  • Client Amy Mills had a dynamite January Hoosier Super Tour weekend at Sebring, taking third and fourth in an STL Miata that you can rent anytime!
  • Speaking of which, we’ve got more Florida racing, a stop at COTA, and a trip to VIR coming up – check out our schedule and get out of the cold!
  • We’ve already gained great setup experience with the Penske shocks that are now mandatory in Spec Miata. Contact us to get yours installed and tuned.
  • Mazda continues to be the best marque in the world where motorsports support is concerned. Did you know Mazda Motorsports is expanding its contingency program in some very innovative ways? Check them out here to learn more!
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