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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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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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Mid-season form!

Boy, have we been busy. What with split weekends at Pocono and New Hampshire Motor Speedway; the never-ending search for power, as demonstrated in this photo; and prep for upcoming races at  Road America, Lime Rock and the Glen (three of our favorite places!), it’s hard to squeeze in a blog post – apologies! Suffice it to say the Flatout Motorsports machine is rolling along, stronger than ever (and indeed with new team members we’ll tell you about soon), helping clients achieve their dreams – whether that means earning an SCCA Competition License at age 80, diving into a national pro series, or tackling the Runoffs at Indy. More soon!  

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Fantastic weekend at Palmer Motorsports Park

Weather aside, we New England racers are a fortunate group, with several new race tracks having recently joined old standbys New Hampshire Motor Speedway and Lime Rock. Palmer Motorsports Park has quickly become one of our favorites, and the SCCA Regional races held there May 5-7 showed why, with a family atmosphere, much fun, and a bunch of great stories like these: Keith and Ann Hammitte were excited to be back behind the wheel of their BMWs after taking a year off. The amazing husband-wife team always kick butt and have fun! Joe Stadelmann, veteran racer and longtime Friend of Flatout, enjoyed running his Porsche 944 with the FOM team. After many years of doing all his own work, Joe is now taking advantage of our Arrive & Drive services. And guess what? Joe swept the podium, winning the ITS races on both Saturday and Sunday. Doug Fisher, pictured here, laid down killer qualifying times keeping him in the front of the field in both STL and SM. Doug finished in the top 8 in both classes Saturday and Sunday, waging tight battles all over the track. Company prez Nick Leverone ran our Number 00 rental car on Sunday, starting last and finishing 2nd in both SM2 and SM. Craig McHaffie set the STL track record on Saturday in his Flatout-built MX-5. He ran away from the field, leaving nobody any chance! Unfortunately, on Sunday he fought a failing gearbox that ended his race early. John Williamson, 80 years old (!), used to autocross back in the day and decided he wanted to get his competition racing license. John was absolutely thrilled with how much fun he had on track, and consistently dropped seconds off his lap times! Before going out for his first qualifying session, John sliced his finger open. No worries, though: Flatout’s Jody Leverone wrapped it up on grid, and when John emerged after the session, he was all smiles! Ray Kobs, a first-time renter, enjoyed a fun test day, learning Palmer in the rain on Friday. The practice proved successful, with a great day of racing […]

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Leverone, Kicera double up at VIR!

At the Hoosier Super Tour race weekend held April 14-16 at Virginia International Raceway, you could say Flatout Motorsports did okay. If you were prone to understatement. Company president Nick Leverone, running STL, and national Spec Miata hotshoe Tyler Kicera, who has teamed up with Flatout, took two podiums apiece in highly competitive fields. Well done, gents! Check out some post-race interviews with the winners: Leverone is here and here, Kicera here and here. Arrive-and-drive client Amy Mills also put together a fantastic weekend, as did our other clients – in one SM race, Amy notched a top-20 finish after starting 31st! For much more on the event, check out MazdaSpeed’s report. With the weather up here in the north improving, we’re migrating like the geese. Much good racing to come in the near future!

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