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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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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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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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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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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 […]

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