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April 15, 2017 / 0
Tyler Kicera sturggled on Saturday with grip and left rear mechanical problems. He managed to finish on the podium, but was disappointed afterward. He new that Sunday would present another shot and after making repairs, put his complete focus on the Sunday race. With too much mechanical grip being the problem, he bolted a set of older tires on for qualifying. The session ended up being damp and only a few drivers improved their times. Tyler was confident the old tires were the right call for... Read More [+]
April 15, 2017 / 0
For VIR Tyler returned to the familiar red/black/chrome #44 Kessler Engineering/Flatout Motorsports/Carbotech spec Miata. A fresh build by Matt Kessler went into the car just a few weeks ago and was broken in on the test day. The car was quick right out of the box and Tyler leaned on his experience at VIR to turn consistent, quick times. In Q1 the cars got so spread out that it was impossible to get a clean lap. Tyler and Alex Bolanos teamed up for qualifying and the best the could manage in traffic was P2 and P4. Q2 was interrupted by a stoppage... Read More [+]
January 7, 2017 / 0
I've raced against and gotten to know the guys from Flatout Motorsports over the past few years. Owner Nick Leverone is a wheelman and he runs a professional organization that not only builds top quality cars, but provides top level trackside support. The crew is fun loving but serious enough to get down to business and tackle any job. I was excited to have the opportunity to join them down in Homestead for the first SCCA race weekend of 2017. While they weren't wins, I managed to earn the team solid P10 and P9 finishes out of the nearly sixty car field. They're going make a few tweaks to their program ... Read More [+]
November 15, 2016 / 0
My shootout did not go as planned. At the onset, Mazda tells you it's about consistency, improving your lap times, and your feedback. If you go four-off, they pull you in for a stop and go which kills your average time. Over the four sessions, we all got five hot laps in each of the four cars to ensure no one was at a disadvantage.
Given the lecture beforehand, I approached the first session much more conservatively than I would have otherwise. In the second session, I settled in on the out lap and my first hot lap was a 1:59.7. On lap two, while exiting turn 16 onto the front straight, I had a 1:56.6 on my dash but had to breathe the throttle at track out. The car was understeering, approaching four ... Read More [+]
September 25, 2016 / 0
At the beginning of the season I set a goal of making it to and winning the Mazda Road to 24 shootout. I had a choice to take one of two paths, either the SCCA Runoffs at Mid-Ohio or the NASA Championships at Watkins Glen. The decision was an easy one considering that the Glen is my favorite track and one I've had success on in the past
I started the #44 Kessler Engineering/TAIT/Carbotech Mazda Miata on the front row. On the start in the draft I got shuffled a few positions back to fifth. ... Read More [+]
September 24, 2016 / 0
A setback in qualifying and a very short first qualifying race placed me in the fourth starting position for the second qualifying race. Heading into the bus stop on the first lap Preston Pardus and I got together and we both nearly spun wide. I managed to gather the car and reenter the track, albeit now in thirteenth position. It took me a lap to make up the two seconds on the pack ahead and start picking through them. After making multiple passes per lap for the next three laps, I was able to take the lead on the fifth lap of the race. Chris Haldeman and I worked together to pull a gap on the field ... Read More [+]