Category: Spec Miata

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.

Road Atlanta Majors Recap

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

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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.

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SRF3 coaching client Tray Ayres continued his winning streak on Saturday, winning in dominating fashion.

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Mike Cottrell also returned to the track for his first race of the season.

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The next SCCA Majors event will be VIR, where Cahall, Ayres, and Lamb will be competing.

 

Sebring SCCA Majors Recap

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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.

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