17th Mar2016

I See You

by Michael Chandler

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Vincent Meyer Racing turned their first competitive laps last weekend, and they did so in their STi which received this eye popping wrap from Envision.

Photo by Gavin Pouquette

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23rd Apr2014

Track Pirates Pit Walk

by Michael Chandler

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Here’s an idea, throw a meet at a proper track and let people park on pit lane!  Brilliant right?  That was the bright idea Zane, Brent and the rest of the Track Pirates cooked up for the first annual Pit Walk meet.  April 19 was a gorgeous day, and many people came out to enjoy the sun and sights.  And enjoy some tunes from DJ GType, aka Joey… or The Hair as one person calls him.  There was a wide breadth of vehicles: from RaceCo’s F1 car to a pair of old Datsun pickups, from Brent Cheney’s uber rare M3 to Rally Sport Direct’s 2015 WRX and STI.  And a couple of Rocket Bunny BRZs to boot.

 

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Enough words, time for a gallery!

Words and photos by Michael Chandler

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31st Mar2014

NASA Utah Round 1: Time Trial

by Michael Chandler
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Smith-Burke Racing setting their second record of the day!

Paul McGarvey in his second run group and second Miata

Paul McGarvey in his second run group and second Miata

 

Many TT drivers had moved up to the road racing classes, and several had not completed their off season builds yet. Absent was everyone’s favorite Wyoming local, TT1 Champion Shawn Murphy, but he came down to visit and show his support and supply NASA Utah’s own Matt Guiver with a well deserved malty beverage. Smith-Burke racing ran fast laps in both the racing group and the time trial group.  Paul McGarvey joined the Vette with his V8 powered Miata, but Paul was one man splitting time between two different classes, while J.R. Smith and James Burke could split seat time.  Hard work paid off and the Vette managed to break Danny Popp’s four year old TT1 track record with a 1:58.09.

Greg Valdez

Greg Valdez

Scott Corsetti chasing down Josh Miller

Scott Corsetti chasing down Josh Miller

In TT2 Greg Valdez picked up right where he left off at Nationals last year.  His 2:04.356 was more than enough to take the win over Scott Corsetti’s 911 turbo. Greg repeated his victory on Sunday. Both TT2 drivers were good sports and spent a great deal of their day instructing new drivers in the HPDE program.

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Trip Hunter

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Corry Perkins

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John Carver

TT3 saw new and old Porches battle a Corvette and a WRX wagon.  Rookie time trial driver Trip Hunter took the class win in his Martini Liveried Porsche 911 Carrera 4 GTS, posting a 2:11.793, 2.8 seconds ahead of Corry Perkins’s 911.  Rounding out the podium was John Carver, who put his black and silver Corvette in third with a 2:15.329.  Josh Miller drove his WRX wagon to a fourth place finish (2:16.879), and James Pasquier posted a best time of 2:18.657 in his yellow 993 chassis 911, the oldest, but perhaps classiest, car in the field.

Kyle Schick

Kyle Schick

Reigning TTU Champion Kyle Schick was learning how the RaceCo/OS Giken/Ohlins Racing/VP Fuels/AMS GTR handled in rear wheel drive configuration.  2:04.185 was his best time during Saturday’s sessions.

Will we see Shawn Murphy next round?  Will Trent Smith get all four wheels of the GTR spinning together?  Can there possibly be more Porsches on track?  Find out all of this and more next month! The next race weekend is April 25-27 on the West track.  Registration is open and we look forward to seeing everyone return for Round 2 of the NASA Utah racing series

Words by Michael Chandler and Matt Guiver.  Photos by Michael Chandler

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