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28 Jan, 2016

Calling all snowbirds!

Two-plus feet in Mendon, Massachusetts … 74 and sunny at Sebring. The choice is yours!

Hey fellow northerners: Are you sick of this? So are we! But remember, Flatout’s Winter Series is in full bloom – we’ve got events coming up at Sebring and VIR, and one at the newish facility in Louisiana.

Moreover, we’ve got a rental Miata with your name on it: SM or ITS, take your pick! So take a look at our at-track schedule and contact us!

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17 Dec, 2015

Chase away those winter blues!

You know, friends, we’re supporting clients – both Arrive & Drivers and renters – all winter long at Sebring, VIR, Road Atlanta, and other tracks. And while we call this our Winter Series, there’s no multi-race commitment required on your part. So why not reserve a Miata now and plan a little winter getaway? Check our schedule for upcoming events, and contact us by email or phone!

Meanwhile check out some great YouTube in-car footage shot last month by a client to see what you’re missing!

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12 Dec, 2015

Leverone wins at Homestead – and a Facebook reminder

One win, two trophies for Flatout president Nick Leverone!

In case you’ve skipped the button on our homepage, here’s a reminder that you can Like our Facebook page to stay abreast of our latest doings!

For example, we just wrapped a great SCCA Majors weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway. The highlight came when Flatout’s Nick Leverone, driving the rotary-powered STL Miata we built for Jon Farbman, started dead last in a 50-car field and slashed all the way to the top of the podium. What a drive! What a car!

And now it’s on to Sebring. You’ll find further updates here – and on Facebook!

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30 Oct, 2015

Enduro victory at VIR!

What a weekend at Virginia International Raceway! Flatout Motorsports won both the 8- and 13-hour components of the Halloween Day/Night Enduro, held October 23-25.

In the 13-hour race, congrats to the strong team of Will Fox, James Fox, and Marc Breuers. These guys have been close before – but this time, with flawless driving and crew work, they brought home the Spec Miata gold! Also impressive were Amy Mills and Whitfield Gregg, who took 4th.

Flatout also jammed the podium in the 8-hour iteration of the race; Max Tullman and Steve Tullman ran one-two in their Stendra-sponsored Porsches. Well done!

An enduro requires se amless preparation and teamwork at both the shop and the track, so let’s take a moment to thank the following cast of thousands: Nick Leverone, Adam Desrosiers, Nicky Beans, Seamus Erskine, Evan Consolazio, Dave Goulet, Andrew Burke, Rob Newton, Jerry Rigoli, Pete Morrison, Sarah Bowin, Jody Leverone, Kurt Russell, and Jacki Rigoli. They make it all happen!

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19 Oct, 2015

Runoffs 2015!

With the Sports Car Club of America’s championship, the Runoffs, held at Daytona International Speedway this year, Flatout Motorsports was bound to have a major presence.

Company president Nick Leverone, Adam Desrosiers, Andrew Burke, Jerry  Rigoli, and Flatout office manager Jody Leverone crewed, while Nick, Amy Mills, Whit Gregg, Joe Cooley, Tim Estes, and Eric Thompson competed.

In such an action-packed week it’s hard to pick out individual highlights, but we had plenty. In Spec Miata, Nick got punted early on but fought back up for a strong finish. That race, held under the lights, concluded with an amazing fireworks display. Which reminds us: huge thanks to Mazda Motorsports for their support!

In the STL class, leverone finished fifth after an epic front-of-the-pack battle against a pair of Hondas. Jon Farbman’s DrillMaster Miata ran like a top! Tim Estes finished 11th in a very competitive field in his RX-7, while Amy and Whit formed a kick-ass husband-wife drafting team, passing cars right on the high banks.

Flatout clients Eric Thompson and Joe Cooley deserve a special mention. When Eric’s engine blew before his STL and STU races, Joe gallantly provided a car. Eric had to start at the tail end of the field due to the last-minutes swap—but he drove like a madman, winning the Hard Charger award in both races! As if that weren’t enough, Eric’s pregnant wife flew in to surprise him!

What a week, what an event. But stay tuned for more news; we’re not letting off the throttle one bit, and before you know it we’ll be moving south for our Winter Series!

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2 Mar, 2015

Transitioning to spring and summer racing!

Hey, we made it through February – let’s all pat ourselves on the back!

While we still have a very active Winter Series schedule featuring trips to VIR, Road Atlanta, and New Orleans, it won’t be long before even northeasterners can enjoy some racing.

Both our Arrive & Drive programs and our racing rentals get very hot this time of year, as clients map out their racing programs.

So if you’re sick of shoveling and find yourself dreaming of NJMP, Lime Rock, or Watkins Glen in fine weather, take a look at our schedule and lock in your spot in the Flatout compound – before it’s too late!

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1 Dec, 2014

Drop on by! Open house December 6

We’re proud of our new shop! As the photo above shows, we’ve made much progress since taking over this warehouse space. Lifts have been added, the floor leveled and epoxied, specialty rooms roughed in.

Want to see for yourself? We’re hosting an open house for friends, clients, and any enthusiasts who just want to bench-race. Drop by, have a beer, share the vision! Deets:

When: Saturday, Dec. 6, 2:00pm – 4:00pm

Where: New Flatout Motorsports headquarters, 30 Cape Road (Route 140), Mendon, MA

See you there!

 

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3 Nov, 2014

Flatout Motorsports is relocating!

That’s right, as if the holiday season and our annual southern Winter Series weren’t enough to keep us busy, we’re moving up the road to Mendon, Massachusetts.

And get this: In the process, we will triple our shop’s size to 16,000+ square feet. (The photo above shows just one section of the new digs.) The reason, of course, is to improve service. In the new HQ we will have, in addition to plenty of storage for cars and parts:

– Dyno room.

– Fabrication room.

– Clean room for drivetrain assembly and other sensitive work.

– Four lifts.

– Alignment rack.

Stay tuned for more details and photos!

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23 Oct, 2014

Autumn Update

As summer gives way to autumn, we’ve been staying busy with builds, track weekends, and big plans that must for now, alas, remain under wraps.

Sept. 19 and 20 found us in Connecticut for a Lime Rock Drivers Club event. Two renters were hotshoes who spend most of their time racing Skip Barber open-wheel cars; we were honored to introduce them to fenders! Pat Daly and Leland Englebardt had a ball and took several podium finishes. Returning renter Jeff Stern also had an excellent weekend.

We headed to Watkins Glen Oct. 3-5 for one of the year’s best events: Last Chance Weekend, which features an SCCA driving school and Regional racing and a Pro-IT and a 4-hour enduro. There was much great racing, but the headline is that Flatout client Amy Mills, who’d suffered a hard wreck just six months earlier at Road Atlanta, won the competitive STL race in her Miata! Amy was flying all weekend, as were Whit Gregg and company president Nick Leverone, who ran our number 91 Spec Miata and walked the field in Pro-IT. Mark Anthony rented for the school and a pair of races, and did great. So did Paul Schulman, who drove in the school. John Kuitwaard ran Regionals, then teamed with John Wechsler for the enduro – and they brought home a third-place finish! Just ahead were Gregg and Mills in second.

As if that weren’t enough for one weekend, we also sent a crew to Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park, where Keith Knickerbocker and old chum Joe Stadelmann rented Miatas (Joe chose number 37, our ITS rental, which has been rented a lot this season as folks come to understand its potential).

Oct. 17-19 we visited New Jersey Motorsports Park’s Thunder circuit, where Whit Gregg was speedy again in both the SM and STL classes. Leverone ran a couple of our cars for testing purposes, taking a second in SM and a win in STL. He passed number 37 to longtime client and hotshoe Eric Thompson, who proceeded to win everything in sight. (We’re telling you, this car is fast!) Phil Danza double-dipped in Spec Miata and STL, and he too had an excellent weekend.

In addition to Leverone, crew hands Adam Desrosiers, Rob Newton, Seamus Erskine, Evan Consolazio, and Andrew Burke pitched in – thanks, gents!

Now we’re prepping four cars for a 13-hour enduro at Virginia International Raceway; looking forward to swinging south for our winter series; and readying for that top-secret news we can’t yet share!

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28 Sep, 2014

Welcome Olivia!

How’s that for a happy family? Jody and Nick with Olivia at her Watkins Glen debut!

Ladies and gents, we present the 2034 F1 champion! Olivia was born to Jody Fisher Leverone and Flatout prez Nick Leverone on August 28. Within a couple of weeks, she was riding in our hauler to Watkins Glen for a race weekend. Start ’em young!

We were busy even before the blessed event. August 8-10 found us handling a split weekend. At New Hampshire Motor Speedway, renter Tom Mariano ran our number 91 Spec Miata with crew help from Nick (who was staying close to home for obvious reasons). Tom has really been upping his game lately, and he drove well. Moreover, this was the annual Racing Against Leukemia weekend. Flatout kicked in a substantial donation as racers put together more than $4000 to see veteran racer and volunteer Dick Patullo shave his beard and his head. ‘Twas money well spent, and of course it went to a great cause!

Meanwhile at Pocono International Raceway, Steve Tullman, Max Tullman, Jim Walker, and Eric Thompson (who had a great weekend) raced hard at the high-speed track.

The following weekend, a Flatout cast of thousands hit New Jersey Motorsports Park’s Thunderbolt course for SCCA Regional racing and a Pro-IT battle. The Tullmans returned, as did Jim Walker and Neal Walker. Hotshoe Jon Farbmanshowed up to pilot his stunning rotary-powered STL Miata, and he was joined by other beloved clients: Keith Hammitte, Amy Mills, and Whitfield Gregg. John Raudat ran with us for the first time and made a grand entrance, suffering a high-speed hub failure in his first session! (John bounced back with an excellent weekend.) Finally, Phil Danza rented our ITS ’99 Miata, which is getting more and more rental attention as people understand this car’s potential.

A mere three days after his daughter was born, Leverone was at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park, racing the ITS Miata in a Pro-IT event. Forced to start at the rear, Big Daddy ended up in second. the next day, after starting up front where he belonged, Nick comfortably won.

Sept. 5-7 pulled us north to NHMS again, where Tom Mariano continued his march toward the front. The next weekend marked Olivia’s at-track debut at Watkins Glen. Farbman blew people’s minds, effortlessly testing in the 2:11s (!). Old friendBob Varca, feeling racy, had excellent battles all weekend. Amy and Whit were back, with Amy scoring a podium finish in the hyper-competitive SM class. Eric Thompson rented the ITS Miata, won on Saturday, and would have won Sunday but for a busted diff. And Grand-Am driver Matt Fassnacht showed up just for Saturday – and won in SM! John Raudat ran our number 89 car, and Dennis Valet and James Gregorius rented as well.

Phew!

We’ll take a moment to thank crewmen Adam Desrosiers, Nick Ustin, Evan Consolazio, and Seamus Erskine for great work during a challenging time. At the shop and on the road, these cats make it happen!

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