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!