Great weather, great racing, and great results – what more can you ask for from a race weekend?
Ted Cahall blew away his personal best laptime not once, but TWICE during the weekend!
“Another personal best lap of 1:45.07 at Road Atlanta this morning. That is 8/10ths faster than my previous persona best set yesterday morning. Really want to thank East Street Racing, Jim Drago, Todd Lamb, and Brian Zellner for help with the motor, coaching, and car setup.” -Ted Cahall
Trans Am series competitor Tom West brought his TA2 car to Road Atlanta for coaching in preparation for the upcoming Trans Am event. Tom won the GT2 class while spending each session working on developing a new driving style suited to high HP cars.
SRF3 coaching client Tray Ayres continued his winning streak on Saturday, winning in dominating fashion.
Mike Cottrell also returned to the track for his first race of the season.
The next SCCA Majors event will be VIR, where Cahall, Ayres, and Lamb will be competing.
ATLspeedwerks clients had a great weekend at the SCCA Majors in Sebring. In his first Majors and first time at Sebring, Senter Smith (#67) rallied from 52nd to 33rd with an excellent run. Keith May (#5) was poised for a great weekend back in the car after a long hiatus but had to cut the weekend short due to a family emergency. Tray Ayres (SRF3 #7) held pole for both days but retired early from the weekend due to illness. Todd Lamb (#84) finished on the podium both days, racking up the most points on the weekend in Spec Miata and posting the fastest laptime in Sunday’s race.
On Oct 31 & Nov 1 ATLspeedwerks hosted two AiM LearnFast data acquisition seminars. Roger Caddell conducted the seminars, which covered both the practical side of data acquisition, and also advanced techniques (suspension analysis, driver analysis, vehicle health, etc). Attendees worked with real data and the latest AiM software to gain a solid understanding of data analysis.
We’ve just received a Porsche donor car for a Spec Boxster build. This car will be built to PCA Club Racing rules, which restrict the modifications to the car much like Spec Miata. We will strip the car, cage it, install new suspension components and lots of extra coolers, and then it will be campaigned in the SPB (Spec Boxster) class at PCA/NASA events. It will also be able to run in SCCA and PBOC, so we expect plenty of track time for the car. The fields are upwards of 30 cars at some events. Cost will be around $45k for a full build. We plan to build 3 of these over the winter, so if you’re interested get your order in ASAP.
View from the stands
As I reflect on the last 12 days, there were a lot of highs and lows from the Runoffs at Daytona. We had clients that won National Championships and those that had nothing but bad luck all week. First off a huge thank you to my guys Brian Zellner and Blake Hughes at Atlanta Speedwerks for prepping cars to the very top level.
Coaching clients Brian Linn (1st in HP) and Tray Ayres (2nd in SRF3) were at the top of their game. Great fun to be on the radio with them both talking them through strategy on the last lap run to the stripe.
Brian Linn wins HP!
Tray Ayres 2nd in SRF3
Huge props to Mazda for allowing us to race under the lights. Having run the Daytona 24 Hours as a Mazda ladder driver, I can say that all the SM drivers that took the green got to be a part of something special that in my mind was equal to the experience of running the 24 Hours (at least the first 14 laps of it!). Congrats to everyone for putting on a great show!
Mazda photo shoot
It was fun to work with several drivers new to Daytona, such as Brian Linn, Spencer Rutherford, Spencer Patterson, Mike Collins, Steve Sturm, and Jeff VanBendegom. Watching these guys get up to speed was very rewarding as a coach.
Our shop did a bunch of setups at the track for various drivers, and even did a motor swap for Michael Cottrell before the race.
I personally made a bad call on the tires for the race which kept me from joining the fun up front, but as a consolation prize I was able to set the fastest lap of the SM race, and got a little shoutout at the start of the race broadcast. That will have to do for now smile emoticon
I had a great time hanging out with the Meathead camp at Wing House for just about every meal during qualifying week. I swear I will never eat wings again…unless Alexis is serving them.
Thanks to East Street for taking care of the horses, Todd Buras for the donuts and drafting help, Ken Mersereau and Glenn Murphey for the help in the paddock, Sturm and Collins for the hospitality, and Becky Mishtawy+1 for showing us all the cool local hangouts after hours.
The Todd&Todd Show
Congrats to the SM podium finishers Jonathan Goring, Andrew Carbonell, and Alex Bolanos.
Thank you to all of our customers and friends that were part of year one with Atlanta Speedwerks.
We just got back from a very insightful weekend of testing at Daytona. We learned a lot about setup, drafting partners, and race strategy in preparation for the National Championship Runoffs coming up in September. Todd Lamb and Todd Buras teamed up for drafting in qualifying, with both of them tying for pole position to the nearest .001 second!
Danielle Pardus got a great shot of the Todd & Todd Show in action.
The new team race suits from OMP look great!
We traveled to Watkins Glen International Raceway for the SCCA Majors event over 4th of July weekend. Along with some fun times with our fellow competitors, our house car won both races with Todd Lamb at the wheel.
Here’s the writeup from the local newspaper:
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1 Todd Lamb
2 Todd Buras
3 Nick Leverone
1 Todd Lamb
2 Justin Hille
3 Jim Drago
We did the setup on Justin Hille’s car Saturday evening and the results showed immediately, with Justin in contention for the win.
Coaching client Spencer Patterson had a great race on Sunday, finishing 13th. As a comparison, last year he finished 32nd. Huge improvements!
Atlanta Speedwerks’ latest build is in progress – a 1999 Spec Miata. We have stripped the tub and completed the cage in-house. The car is in the paint booth and will begin assembly early next week, complete with our in-house Speedshift Transmission, East Street engine, and AiM system among other go-fast parts. The car will make its debut at the June Sprints in Elkhart Lake, WI with our very own Todd Lamb behind the wheel to defend his June Sprints win from 2014.
Now is the time to begin planning for next season. We have a growing list of builds for next season. Reserve your place in line today!
Atlanta Speedwerks is now a dealer for AIM data acquisition systems. If you want to upgrade your existing system, add sensors*, or need a complete install, we’re here to help!
AIM recently released their latest dashes and cameras. We have the MXL2 systems in stock as well as the SmartyCam HD.2 cameras. Excellent quality and performance. We install them in our new builds.
Full systems (including camera) with installation and sensors for $4999.
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