It’s here, friends, and it’s here until late March anyway.
You know what we mean.
Rather than brag that by the time you read this, we’re on our way to Sebring for the Turkey Trot – great SCCA Regional racing wrapped around deep-fried Thanksgiving bird! – we hereby invite you to join us.
December will find us at VIR for a rescheduled Goblins Go weekend. Come the new year, we’ll be hitting SCCA Majors at Homestead, Sebring, Road Atlanta …
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The 2018 SCCA Runoffs are in the books, and Team Flatout has much to be proud of.
Craig McHaffie grabbed the headlines with his runner-up finish in STL, driving his Flatout-built Mazda MX-5. (And if anybody besides Flatout Motorsports had to win, there’s nobody we’d rather see in Victory Lane than our pal Danny Steyn!) Our own Joe Schubert took 13th spot, not far ahead of Whit Gregg (16th) and Amy Mills (17th).
Iron Whit was Flatout’s sole entrant in the STU class, and he brought home an outstanding top 5 finish. Nice drive!
Company prez Nick Leverone took fourth in T4. Nick also led the Flatout pack in Spec Miata, starting and finishing 13th. In that enormous field, Joe finished 32nd; Amy 33rd; and Whit 34th (a Flatout Motorsports mini-pack!).
For complete results and, soon, video of the races, visit SCCA.com.
It takes a hell of a lot of talent and determination to qualify for and run the nation’s premier amateur motorsports event – especially when said event is held 3,000 miles from home. A big hand, please, for all our entrants. And let’s not forget the crew, at both the track and the shop, who put great cars underneath the drivers all season long!
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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 the books, but Jesse, Charlie Belluardo, Matt Koskinen, and others are already mulling their 2019 plans for this touring series – one of the most competitive in the nation. Want to get in on the act next year? Contact us and let’s talk!
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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 will race in 3 classes in the same car; that alone is worth the price of admission!).
- The Devil in the Dark 12-hour enduro at New Jersey Motorsports Park, where we’ve brought home the gold in the past.
- Finally, believe it or not, it’s not too early to plan your Winter Series racing with Flatout: We’ve got a good group heading for the annual Turkey Trot Thanksgiving Regional at Sebring. Contact us to get in on the action!
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.
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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 July featured a trio of Flatout cars. Jesse Schmidt and Charlie Belluardo were joined by the boss, Nick Leverone, making his Cup debut. All the guys showed good pace, but typical midpack shenanigans prevented them from seeing the results they would have chosen. Before you know it we’ll be in Portland, Oregon, where Jesse and Charlie will have a go at Rounds 9 and 10 of the series.
Finally, here’s a nice writeup of some tight Hoosier Super Tour points battles heading into the SCCA Runoffs at Sonoma Raceway. Flatout friend Danny Steyn is in the thick of two classes (SM and STL). Tyler Kicera is ready to pounce in SM. Leverone and Amy Mills are going toe to toe with Steyn in STL. There’s a whole bunch of California dreamin’ (of podiums, that is) going on!
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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 shop by any means. Hondas, Porsches, BMWs, Corvettes, Mustangs – any marque, any nation of origin, we’ll work on it and do the job right. Contact us to set up an appointment!
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Leverone, Bergstein and Mills working the draft.
Wow, there’s tight racing on the track and in the points! The weekend of June 22-24 found us at Watkins Glen for the final pre-Runoffs Hoosier Super Tour. The Glen is one of our favorite tracks, so it was no surprise that the Flatout Compound was jammed: Company president Nick Leverone raced, as did Tyler Kicera, Hugh McHaffie, Craig McHaffie, Amy Mills, Whitfield Gregg, and Lance Bergstein. Crewmen Adam Desrosiers and Cory Bentley did their usual sterling job, with a boost from old friend (and part of the original Flatout gang) Forrest Stevens – so good to see Gump at the track!
The event included the usual ration of weather drama and tight racing that make the Glen so special. Everyone ran well, with highlights including SM wins by Tyler (check out the video of Saturday’s insane final lap!), STL checkers for Leverone, and a podium for Craig McHaffie. For a terrific writeup of the weekend with full results, see this Racer Magazine piece.
With the 2018 Super Tours in the books (again, pending the SCCA Runoffs), a single point separates our buddy Danny Steyn from Nick in STL, with Mills in third. It doesn’t get any tighter!
Danny Steyn pushes Kicera
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With our next Global MX-5 Cup race coming up in July, FOM hotshoes Jesse Schmidt and Matt Koskinen (71) recently squeezed in a full day of testing at Palmer Motorsports Park (we hasten to add that this particular pic was shot previously at Barber Motorsports Park). The guys reported that the cars were on rails, and the lap times proved it! A promising sign for that late July date at Mid-Ohio.
Meanwhile, we had a terrific contingent at Road America in Wisconsin, as Arrive & Drivers Amy Mills and Whit Greg; Tyler Kicera; and a cast of thousands descended on one of North America’s great tracks. Lest you think we’re all work and no play, here’s a dinner shot that would tend to indicate otherwise (or, as Amy put in in another photo caption, “Drinking our way to the front!”)
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