Category: Porsche

November 2020 Newsletter

 

News from the shop
We just turned 6! Atlanta Speedwerks opened Nov 3, 2014, going from an empty 5,000sqft shop then to a completely full 20,000sqft shop now. We have accomplished a lot along the way and met many awesome people. Thank you all for your friendship, assistance, business, and more – you’re our racing family!

Upcoming Events
The season is winding down, but we have a lot of events coming up:

  • Nov 5-8, SCCA ARRC at Road Atlanta
  • Nov 12-13, IMSA TCR finale at Sebring
  • Dec 4, Just Track It track day at Road Atlanta
  • Dec 12-13, Champcar at Barber Motorsports Park
  • Jan 22-14, IMSA TCR/GS Roar Before the 24 at Daytona
  • Jan 28-29, IMSA TCR/GS at Daytona
  • Jan 28-29, Global MX-5 at Daytona (under the lights!)

We have many racing and testing opportunities in both our TCR cars and our Global MX-5 Cup cars (now with sequential gearbox) – the 2021 race season starts in 12 weeks!

Reply to this email to inquire about season pricing and testing options.

IMSA TCR
We have only run an abbreviated IMSA season due to Covid, but our home track event at Petit LeMans was a huge success for the team. Bryan Ortiz and Cliff Brown teamed up to top the charts in both practice sessions and ran second for a large portion of the race. Brian Henderson and Todd Lamb qualified on pole and led a majority of the race, scoring the team’s first podium finish. Next season we plan to continue our TCR program, and add a GS car to the mix.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Global MX-5
The Global MX-5 Cup season was a whirlwind of events in a very short period of time with the revised schedule due to Covid. Peter Ensor earned the Hard Charger award at Mid Ohio. Tray Ayres, Brandon Collins, Brian Henderson, Ted Sahley, and Bryan Ortiz made guest appearances driving for the team during the season. Todd Lamb picked up a win at Indianapolis. We plan to run a 3 car program in 2021, starting at Daytona in January. Seats are currently available.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Porsche Club Racing
Most of the PCA events we typically attend were cancelled, but we did manage to visit Summit Point Raceway where Hunt McMahon swept the weekend in Spec Boxster. David Howells and Jeff Lacker set personal bests. We are currently in the process of prepping several Caymans and Boxsters for the track, including 2 new racecar builds for 2021. The PCA racing season kicks off at Sebring in early February. We have several spots available for trackside support and prep.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2021 Planning
For 2021, Atlanta Speedwerks will be focusing on the following series:

  • IMSA GS/TCR
  • Global MX-5
  • SCCA – Majors events in preparation for Runoffs at Indy
  • Porsche Club Racing
  • Champcar
  • Track days in the Southeast US (various groups)

In addition, we will continue with our partnership with PCA to support the Porsche Club track days at Road Atlanta (not just for Porsches!).

We also will continue to support customers who need work done on their cars for street or track.

We have openings for arrive and drive, trackside support, coaching, car prep, and car builds. Reply to this email for more information on how we can help you with your track day or racing goals.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Coaching tip
When it comes to analyzing data, your best lap may not have your best segments (aka corners) tied all together. It is important to look at the big picture and check other laps when you see a discrepancy, to verify that you’re not comparing a corner with traffic, a yellow flag, or some other reason for a slow segment. As well, the draft can make an average lap look great, so verify you’re not gaining time in the draft and losing it in the corners.

Runoffs Recap

We just returned from the 2017 SCCA Runoffs at Indy. What a great event!

 

It was a huge success for our client Tray Ayres, who claimed his first National Championship winning SRF3 in a field of 101 cars! As a team we got to kiss the bricks as part of the celebration. Todd Lamb qualified 4th and finished 8th in SRF3.

Andy Devoto showed everyone on the test days that the 1.6 Spec Miata can still hold its own, putting in the 8th fastest time on Sunday.

Senter Smith had a great showing in his new Speedwerks VVT build, starting 39th and finishing 29th in the 90+ Spec Miata field.

Steve Sturm made the big show in Spec Miata by way of the Last Chance Qualifying race.

Matt Reynolds qualified in 4th and had a good run for the opening laps in SM until contact slowed his progress.

Our Spec Boxster qualified 2nd in T3 with Todd Lamb at the wheel, but unfortunately he and the polesitter were knocked out of the race on the first lap by an over-ambitious driver.

 It was great to see many of our racing friends stop by, including Tim Weaver, Jeff VanBendegom, and Tom Brown.

     

July updates

We’ve had a very busy spring and summer, running SCCA races, PCA races, and Global MX-5 Cup events across the US and Canada.

In SCCA, we just returned from the Cat Majors at Road America, where Topher put his Spec Boxster on pole and won the T3 class – his first majors victory. Tray Ayres set the fastest time in SRF3 qualifying but unfortunately had a mechanical issue which ended his race early. Coaching Client Breton Williams finished 2nd in his Prather EP car. At Blackhawk Farms, Jeff Vanbendegom won his first ever SM race after qualifying on pole.

In PCA, we raced at Watkins Glen, with great results by Topher, Todd, and Hunt (pole and a win) in Spec Boxster. Road Atlanta was in April, with Todd and Topher both on the podium in SPB.

In Global MX-5 Cup, we struggled with some ECU issues the first half of the season, but once those were sorted out Todd was able to lead at Road America and finish second. At the Streets of Toronto race Todd led race one, but got caught up in someone else’s error and wound up in the wall with a few fractured ribs, ending his run for the championship.

Sebring PCA Club Race

We’ve finally recovered from a fun filled weekend at the Porsche Club Race at Sebring. Our two new Spec Boxster builds were completed in record time. Topher Everett piloted his red #29 to a victory in the fun race – his first PCA race weekend in his new car with an awesome graphics scheme a la Porsche. We copied his livery for our black #84 shop car, with Todd Lamb taking the win in the enduro in our other new build. PCA puts on very fun, laid back events, catered to the customers (drivers). Race with us or stop by our paddock at the upcoming Road Atlanta PCA race April 1-2.

Video from the enduro: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s-l59J5GKJ8

Topher’s writeup on the weekend: http://www.racinggearreviews.com/blog/2017/2/8/spec-boxster-battle

Porsche Club Summit Point Recap

We had an amazing weekend at Summit Point with Porsche Club. THREE wins with our Spec Boxster and a Worker’s Choice award! Missed the track record by .018 seconds. We delivered Hunt McMahon’s new Spec Boxster and he had a fantastic weekend with multiple podium finishes. Thanks to everyone for a great weekend – especially our crew who worked long hours to get everything done on time!

01de22fb09f05db48542e34328c1877ee44824ef6e 01bf38118856c89dcce4dda396632afb98b8b90f68 01cbe8f859873408f52cc31db934681eab7552c431 01cfc5a9c2d6c98eccd0b563190ba9095e24cdea89 01e5b615da35190a3ca638ced9d07248594962b4c6 01eeb281c5ed6f3de47e931b4332c1c0705a1f612f 011b700a86036fc88093daefae5dadb677fdee5db3 011d4bdbc78a9f6a0ecec96313ca81920c46bf8647 014be6e43b2639a953278581d930f6736dcf6ad32d 014d324cabc75ea6aecd9b3b2a111d1da5df445a1f 016ecfebb64a18084875493d05de451d5a61869fd5 0111a54a6dc8795302c7b7b6c0d9995321cd44173d 01596aa3ac0866bee4784be9834e7b36c014aa64f8 01721df3bb58f0c58cb19567f723987f555a462440 01415450bb75dcefb019fac1b9194b08ddb3c00cf6 01fb53044c5662a0a7717dfce50be77de5b351143e 010669186559e4afe85d68574a0a59a4e5ad2de078 014ded1d706e28fe9257c15117c14961af6060171e 01896a20e0652ba427a5d47e9ef1591b1faa6b7711 01ba537fcaf3b2cb766d8b981989859b4ecc9ed5ec 01d001a70258e601dcf6cbf0e66054d95514a904b0 0133a6de11c9c2b877be2be20c36bb4df04b566c4e

Spec Boxster – new for 2016: Porsche/PCA racing

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.

 

01c8012d5184bd2f2b31e36d28785c0901f608440d 0151f4b8fd2f33851d7f912f3f60188896444bfbc3