08th Jun2017

Back in the Bowl: Salt City Drift Round 2

by Michael Chandler

I went and did some drifty stuff in the middle of the Porsche GT3 Cup madness.  Friday night the Salt City Drift folks got together at RMR, and slid the bowl with varying levels of success.  There was a competition, but I bailed long before that went down.  Anyway, here’s a gallery

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05th Jun2017

Porsche Pirelli GT3 Cup Trophy Race 6

by Michael Chandler

It was a brutally hot day out at Utah Motorsports Campus, but the Porsche Pirelli GT3 Cup Trophy drivers and teams readied themselves and cars for the 45 minute race.  But before they could race, they had to qualify.  

Leading the GT4 pack to the green flag would be Sean McAlister, in the Silver class #00 Competition Motorsports Cayman.

Starting right next to Sean was Jeff Kearl in the #26 Rearden Racing entry.

Carter Yeung rounds out the top three Silver qualifiers, in the #7 GMG car.

The top of the Silver Master class was Steve Goldman, in the #1 Competition Motorsports car.

Qualifying behind him was Martin Brauns, the lone Flying Lizard entry in the entire GT4 field.

LA Car Guy Mike Sullivan qualified third in the third of Competition Motorsports’ entries in the class.  Qualifying fifth overall was Hutton McKenna in the #17 GMG Racing entry, but was assessed a 5 grid spot penalty for an infraction in race 5.

Qualifying on top of the Platinum class (997.2 GT3 Cup cars), was Ray Shahi in the #65 Truspeed Autosports car.

Qualifying second in class was David Lockwood in the lone Air Power Racing entry, the all white #42 car.

And the #32 Truspeed Autosports car of Larry Schnur rounded out Platinum’s top three.  And all three of them (Schnur, Lockwood, and Shahi) received 5 spot grid penalties for infractions in race 5.

Bryce Ward, in the #57 Winward Racing car, was the fastest Diamond Masters qualifier.

Michael Zuieback (#2 Competition Motorports) was right behind him, .249 seconds to be exact.  

Mike McAlister was close to Michael, but not close enough to climb into second.  He and the #18 Competition Motorsports car had to settle for third in Diamond Masters.

Topping GT3 qualifying, and the top Diamond class qualifier, was Loren Beggs, in the 08 911 Design car.

Russell Ward put the other Winward Racing car (#35) second overall and second in class.  The last Diamond entry, the 07 GT Technik car of Max Root failed to post a time in the qualifying session.  Now that we’ve got starting positions sorted, let’s see if that helped them during the race.

Steve Goldman, you #1 Silver Masters qualifier, went wire to wire and collected another win on the weekend.

In a dramatic shakeup, Mike Sullivan (yes, the LA Car Guy himself), grabbed second place in class!  Just like he did in race 5.

On the short step of the podium was Martin Brauns.

Jeff “Jefferson” Kearl snagged the top spot in Silver, holding off a hard charging…

Sean McAlister!  His battler with Jeff Kearl was a great one to watch.

Carter Yeung’s race result mirrored his qualifying result: a strong third.

Despite the top three qualifiers in the Platinum class receiving 5 grid spot penalties, they all managed to finish on the podium.  Atop the podium was the number one qualifier Ray Ray Ray Shahi.

Larry Schnur grabbed himself the middle spot on the podium.

And David Lockwood slipped, but only a little bit.  He came third in class.

Bryce Winward went wire to wire in Diamond Masters, and took home the win.

 

Mike Zuieback also went wire to wire, but he came second.

Coming in third was not Mike McAlister, who spun in the Attitudes during the first lap, but Dave Elsner in the second 911 Design entry.

The other 911 Design car, driven by number one qualifier Loren Beggs, took the top spot in Diamond AND the race.

Bryce Ward fought to keep the pressure on Loren Beggs, but ultimately fell short.  But second place is not a bad place to be in, especially considering the field.

He did set a time in qualifying, but Max Root managed to finish seventh overall and third in class.

And there you have it, a solid weekend of racing.  The series makes its next stop at the end of July, at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.  The month after that they retun to UMC, along with the Pirelli World Challenge.

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03rd Jun2017

Pirelli GT3 Cup Trophy Race 5

by Michael Chandler

Not relegated to a support role, the Porsche Pirelli GT3 Cup Trophy USA is atop of the billing this weekend.  This weekend bringing the Porsche Club of America, Intermountain Region, out to Utah Motorsports Campus.  So with a paddock already full of Porsche-files, the series dropped the green flag on the fifth race of their season.  

I feel a little information will make this write-up a little easier to understand.  The series is broken up into three classes: Diamond, Platinum, and Silver.  Diamond is all 991 generation GT3 Cup cars, and has a sub-category: Masters.  Masters is full of the more experienced drivers.  Silver has the same sub-category, but their chassis is the Cayman GT4 Clubsport.  Platinum is for the 997 GT3 Cup cars, and doesn’t have a sub-category.  ANYWAY, let’s get on to the results!

Overall race winner, top qualifier, snappy dresser, and winner of the Diamond class was Loren Beggs in the 991 Design car.

Second in Diamond, in the #35 Win Ward Racing car, was Russell Ward.  Less than a quarter of a second separated first and second in class!

Rounding out the Diamond podium was Alex Kirby, in the Aasco Motorsports car.  Side note: he was one of the many drivers in full “send it” mode during qualifying, launching his car over the curbs at the top of the Attitudes.

Michael Zuieback was the Diamond Master class winner, in the #2 Competition Motorsports car.  If you think it’s weird that I’m calling all the cars just “cars”, it’s because I felt weird calling them “Cup cars”.  Just seems oddly redundant.

In second was Bryce “Win” Ward, in the (wait for it) #57 Win Ward Racing entry.  

And rounding out the Diamond Masters podium was Mike McAlister, in one of three Competition Motorsports entries in the class.  For whatever reason I thought the car was sponsored by CCM, the hockey stick manufacturer.  Anyway, excellent work.

Taking top honors in Platinum was Ray Ray Ray Shahi, in the #65 Truspeed Autosports entry. He and his purple shoes (not kidding) managed to hold off the hard charger in second place.

That hard charger was UMC local David Lockwood, in his trusty Air Power Racing prepped car.  He was only .185 seconds behind Ray!

Closing out the podium was John Krieg, and that sweet Checker Cab theme on his Aasco Motorsports car.

Taking top honors in Silver was Rearden Racing driver Jeff Kearl.  FUN FACT: This was the first time I’ve ever seen Jeff.  Despite how well he does in the NASA events, I’ve never actually seen him outside of his car.

Carter Yeung drove himself a clean race, and took home second place for himself, and GMG Racing.

Sean McAlister finished a lap down, but still got himself on the podium.  He was one of the many Competition Motorsports backed drivers.

Steve Goldman is another Competition Motorsports driver.  He also was the winner of the Silver Masters class.

Mike Sullivan, another CM driver and also the LA Car Guy, was on the middle step of the podium in Silver Masters.

The last step of the podium was claimed by a lizard.  A Flying Lizard!  That Flying Lizard being Martin Brauns.

And there we have it!  One race down, one more to go on the weekend.  We’ll be bringing you coverage from all of Sunday’s racing, so stick around!

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03rd Jun2017

Pirelli GT3 Cup Qualifying Results

by Michael Chandler

And here’s your top starters, by class, for Race 5 of the 2017 Porsche Pirelli GT3 Cup Trophy USA season!  Starting on the pole in Diamond, and top overall qualifier, is Loren Beggs.

In the #2 spot in Diamond is Russell Ward.

And rounding out the top three is Max Root.

Taking pole in Diamond Masters is Bryce Ward, your third overall qualifier.

Michael Zuieback is starting behind him in one of four Competition Motorsports entries in the Diamond class.

And rounding out your top three in Diamond Masters is Mike McAlister.

Local racer David Lockwood took the pole in Platinum, the class for 997 generation GT3 Cup cars.

Larry Schnur took the #2 spot in class.

Starting behind him is Ray Shahi, in one of three Truspeed Autosports class entries.

Sending it into the top spot in Silver, Cayman GT4 Clubsport class, is Sean McAlister.

Starting in second is Hutton McKenna.

In third, and representing local outfit Rearden Racing, is Jeff Kearl.

Steve Goldman is the top qualifier in Silver Masters.

Martin Brauns is the second quickest qualifier in class.

And rounding out the top three is Mike Sullivan, and his colorful Cayman GT4 Clubsport.

All results are from Race Hero

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02nd Jun2017

Porsche Pirelli GT3 Cup Trophy North America Practice! [UPDATED]

by Michael Chandler

Steven Costello, long time friend of CAM, is now the series director for Porsche Pirelli GT3 Cup Trophy North America!  And he invited me to come out and shoot the event, which I am.  Today is just a practice day, but the drivers are already hitting the curbs in the Attitudes like their lives depend on it.  Here’s a gallery of that, and some less intense stuff.

Tomorrow and Sunday are race days.  There will be a practice session, then qualifying, and then finally the race.  Racing gets underway at 3:45pm tomorrow, and 1:10pm on Sunday.  Saturday’s practice session starts at 9:50am, Sunday’s at 8:35am. Tickets are only $5, and kids 12 and under get in for free!  It’s going to be a beautiful weekend, so why not spend it watching some great racing at a beautiful facility?

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26th May2017

NASA Utah 2017 Round 3: Going Back West

by Michael Chandler

It was quite the weekend at Utah Motorsports Campus: Bikes on the East track, SCCA Auto-X in the West Paddock, and the Lantern Festival on Saturday packed the facility.  On the West track, the NASA Utah drivers plied their skills in pursuit of shiny new medals.  Let’s start in a place that normally gets mixed into the Thunder Group: Spec Z

Spec Z was so massive that it was split into its own race group for Saturday.  In the day’s Zeus race (cause the other race groups are Thunder and Lightning!  Get it?!?), Arthur Golebiowski harnessed the magic of the old country (this month’s old country: Poland), and collected himself another win in an extremely exciting race that could’ve easily gone to Tom Kaminski or Chad Aalders.  Sunday saw the Z’s back in the Thunder group, and Cole “Not Kyle” Powelson of Lyfe Motorsport took home that win.

Normally we’d be starting the TT results with a TT1 car.  Well, ol Shawn Murphy got himself supersized to TT1.  He was unfairly fast, running a 1:32.934 in TT1 on Saturday and 1:33.968 on Sunday.  In TT2 he threw down a 1:46.208 on Sunday (where he was the only TT2 competitor) and a staggering 1:32.329 on Saturday!  Since I feel weird complimenting Shawn for this long, here are the next fastest TT1 guys: David Gilliland (1:36.861 on Saturday) and Jordan Priestley (1:36.192 on Sunday)

David Nadler took the TT3 win on Saturday (1:45.577), but couldn’t repeat on Sunday.  Tyler Mikesell ran a 1:43.024 on Sunday for the win in  class.

Pithon Racing, in their shiny red Lotus, grabbed the TT4 victory on Saturday with a 1:40.463.  Not to be outdone, Nam Yoon and his S2000 laid down a 1:38.660 for the win on Sunday.

One man TTC band John Butcher ran a 1:46.536 on Saturday.  I have one word for this, and it is: adorable.

Trever “With An E” Pope and his BRZ took the TTD win on Saturday (1:48.270).  Eduardo Acurero, in his confetti CRX, took the win on Sunday (1:45.331).

Paul “Shockingly Reliable” Mitchell, with Todd Green at the helm, took home both TTE wins, the times being 1:45.497 and 1:45.934.

Despite having a semi-functioning Evo, Brendon Stewart hopped into the Makes & Models Huracan for a TT session.  His one session, the last of the day (not in the middle of it, Jose!) got hime the TTU win (1:30.726).  David Lockwood was atop a surprisingly deep field on Sunday (1:33.328).

Tom Rogers was alone in GTS2, but that didn’t mean he wasn’t racing anyone.  On Saturday he and Todd Green battled it out, and on Sunday he found himself in the middle of the three-way Thunder Roadster battle!  Imagine if he wasn’t alone in class.  It would’ve been crazy.

Darren Jorgensen pulled double duty, racing his 1M in GTS3 in Lightning, and his M4 in GTS5 in Thunder.  He, like Tom Rogers, was alone in class in his diminutive BMW.  Unlike Tom, he ran away from the field.

The Duffman cometh!  Troy Duffin and his 510 were alone in PTD, so someone build a car of similar vintage to race against him.  We need more awesome, old cars out there!

Todd Green in this clapped out POS Paul Mitchell harassed Tom Rogers, and many other drivers, but nobody in PTE.  For he was alone in class.

Andy Moench, and his purdy rookie stripe, took the win in Saturday’s Spec Miata race.  His luck wouldn’t hold out, as Joe Schubert won Sunday’s race.

I really hope you have a McDonald’s sponsorship Blake.  Otherwise that livery is going to look really silly at some point in the future.  Blake took both of the weekend’s ST4 races.

JD Stull managed to hold off Joe Sim, but only just barely, for the Thunder Roadster wins.  Sunday’s race was one of the best I’ve seen out there, and I’ve seen some rippers.

Could another Troester in a different FR Porsche get another class win?  Judging by the picture: no.  Perry Needham (mmmm… ham….) held off Greg Torester over the weekend, for the 944 Spec wins.

Darren Jorgensen is alone in two classes!  Someone, anyone: go buy the comparative Mercedes or Audi!  Challenge Darren for GTS5 supremacy!

George Smith managed to overcome some issues with the car, and took the top spot on the ST1 podium on Saturday.  Frank “the tank” Gannett drove the little Ginetta to a class win on Sunday.

Saturday’s ST2 race was a hard fought battle between Brendon Stewart and Toby Crawford.  Despite not having 4th gear, and still having fueling issues, Brendon managed to get around Toby and climb to the top of the podium.  Sunday saw Toby putting a lap on Brendon, winning in dominant fashion.

ST3 is the class dominated by Mustangs, and is also the one where the season champ will win a Friday test day in one of the Ford Performance Racing School’s BOSS Mustangs.  Steve Burns, unsurprisingly in a Mustang, swept the weekend.

Super Unlimited saw Paul Terry beating out Les Long for the win on Saturday, and Les partying by himself for the win on Sunday.

Derek Wolthoff, in the Makes & Models Huracan Super Trofeo, held off Jeff Burton in the DXDT Racing Huracan Super Trofeo for Saturday’s GTSU win.  On Sunday he battled with Al Tiley, in his Air Power Racing prepped 911 GT3R, and claimed another win.

And there it is!  Another weekend in the books.  The next NASA Weekend is June 9-11, and the driving will be done on the East course.  Come out!  East is a great track to spectate.  We’ll be there, and we love seeing new faces out there.

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12th May2017

Garage Kyusha Spring Matsuri

by Michael Chandler

In the not too distant past, last Sunday A.D. to be exact, Garage Kyusha held their first official meet.  The club brought out their classic J Tin, along with some stuff that was cluttering up their garage and they’d be willing to part with, and took over a corner of one of the parking lots at Cottonwood Regional Park.  I found the park easily, having driven past it quite a bit and being caught in a sudden downpour one time.  Others not so much, despite numerous maps being posted in the Facebook event page.  I blame ALL KNOWING AND BENEVOLENT Google.  Most found it though, and good times were had!

In one corner of the meet, tucked between the cars JDM Legends brought out, the Lamely Group was selling some rare Hot Wheels and other collectables, along side Eric who was slinging some JDM Legends gear.

One of my favorites was this Z20 Soarer, which ironically parked next to an A70 Supra.  I love Soarers, and really wanted to cut the nose off of a Z20 and stick it on Ronda when I had her.  Ahh, what could have been…  Anyway, there was a lot to see, which is why there’s a big gallery attached to this post!  Enjoy it!  And while I’m here, I want to thank the Garage Kyusha guys for organizing a fun meet, that went pretty damn well for it being their first one.  Anyway, GALLERY:

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08th May2017

Salt City Drift 2017 Round 1

by Michael Chandler

We’re drifting again!  The 2017 Salt City Drift season opened up at Rocky Mountain Raceways over the weekend, and we’ve got some photos for you.  Check em out!

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03rd May2017

Lyfe Motorsport Open House

by Michael Chandler

Lyfe Motorsport had an open house right after the RallySport Direct Eat, Greet, and Car Meet!.  Literally right after: RallySport’s meet ended at 3pm, and the open house started at 3pm.  It was a good time: I met a lady who drove a GLI, and was very stoked on the GTI; saw Duane and Travis, and took a bunch of photos of Duane’s 510 wagon and Travis’s Lolux

And I watched Nate get trapped in a conversation with this guy

It was a pretty good time.  

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02nd May2017

Rally Sport Direct’s Eat, Greet, Car Meet! 2017

by Michael Chandler

It’s that magical time of year: the weather is toying with our emotions, everyone is itching to get out and go to things, and people want to host said things.  Thankfully the weather held out, and the kind folks at Rally Sport Direct hosted their annual Eat, Greet and Car Meet! meet.  There was a pretty big turn out at RSD HQ in West Valley.  There was way too much to fit into one post, but here are some highlights:

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