25th Aug2017

The Driving Experience: Parker and the GTR

by Michael Chandler

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The Nissan GTR hit the US market when Gavin was fifteen years old, and he’s been a fan ever since. On this episode of The Driving Experience, Gavin takes fifteen year old GTR fan Parker up East Canyon, so Parker can meet his hero.

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02nd Jan2017

Welcome to 2017

by Michael Chandler

New Year, same old us!  Hope you guys didn’t run too hard over the weekend, but if you did we have the cure for… well, not so much a cure, as it is a couple of things to make your first work day of the year a little better.  

 

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First up is a clip from Tanner Spencer Creative.  A couple of the Take Luke guys went to Sonoma Raceway (that’s in California) for Winterjam!  Looks like it was a blast.  Hit that HD, and enjoy.

 

Did you know Lyfe Motorsports battled, and defeted the HKS 1000+ R35 GTR?  Did you know they won a briefcase full of cash, and did it at the last second?  Well, now you do.  BUT there’s a bit more to this story, and thankfully JP Films was there to document the event.  Judson threw together an eighteen minute video, complete with interviews with Cole, Kyle, OP, and Jose about their run against the top R35 team in the world.  Smash that HD, pop in your earbuds or headphones, and enjoy.

And there you go, friends and viewing public!  Hopefully these videos make the day go by a little easier.

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07th Sep2016

CAMcast: Cole Powelson

by Michael Chandler

We caught up with the driver of the fastest time attack R35 GTR in the world: Cole Powelson of Lyfe Motorspot.  We talked about what it was like besting someone he looked up to as a young up and comer, how he went from driving a Porsche and living in his parent’s basement to the corner office at Lyfe, why we love Jose, and what’s next for him and the Lyfe Motorsports crew.  We also answered all of your questions, or at least the ones that showed up before we started recording.

This episode was recorded in his office, so be prepared to hear the A/C kick on a few times.  Catch him and the Lyfe guys out at UMC this weekend for Round 7 of the NASA Utah season!

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06th May2016

Weekend Wallpaper May 6

by Michael Chandler

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You know you want this lovely GTR staring at you from your monitor.  Go ahead, take it.

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01st Apr2016

It’s Like Calling Godzilla a Gecko

by Michael Chandler

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Yeah, I got nothing.  I wanted a reason to post this photo of a NISMO GTR from the last NASA Utah event, and that title popped into my head.

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09th Mar2016

Car Shows Aren’t Just For Show Cars

by Michael Chandler

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Just ask the guys at Lyfe Motorsport.  They made a big showing at last year’s Import Spring Showoff, hopefully we’ll see another one from them this year.

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04th Mar2016

ISS Is Coming ’round Again

by Michael Chandler

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It’s happening on April 10 at the Maverick Center.  We’ll be there, perhaps we’ll be bringing a car again.  You should go, because it’s one of the best meets happening in Utah.

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19th Feb2016

Go Forth Into The Weekend!

by Michael Chandler

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12th Feb2016

Frank the Tank!

by Michael Chandler

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Ahh sweet memories.  Seems like it was just yesterday that Frank was just a young’n, and Trent and I chased Cole around in the old [func-shun] CC.

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03rd Sep2015

Ford GP of Utah Day 2 Highlights

by Michael Chandler

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Words and photos by Michael Chandler

It was a nice morning at Miller Motorsports Park.  The paddock was buzzing with activity as drivers were preparing to go out on track, and crews were readying the cars.  The first group out were the Pirelli GT3 Cup Trophy, which featured a couple of locals.

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Both Desire Wilson and John Scarlett were driving out of the Air Power Racing garage, and both did well on the weekend.  Desire finished first in Platinum on both days, and John took home first in Platinum Masters on Saturday and second on Sunday.  For those keeping track, with their wins that makes a total of 6 wins for MMP locals!  Could Vesko do some upsetting in GTS and make it 7?

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Unfortunately no.  Vesko did wind up in second though, behind one Mr. Michael Cooper in his Blackdog Speedshop Z/28 Camaro.  With his win on Sunday, and with Andrew Aquilante’s 12th and 10th pllace finishes in the weekend’s events, pushed him to a 107 point lead in the driver’s championship standings.  Seeing a black and red Camaro cross the line 1st at the Ford GP of Utah gave me a feeling of deja vu.

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The two cars involved in the big incidents on Saturday, the Swisher Z4 GT3 and the iRacerCoaching.com R8 LMS Ultra of Drew Regitz, were back and ready to go for the final GT/GTA/GT Cup race of the weekend.  And things were different up top!

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JD Davison…

 

 

 

 

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Collected his second second place finish of the weekend.  Guy Smith on the other hand…

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Yes, a previous winner at Miller in the Continental GT3 swooped in, and finished in third.  Third!

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But our guy Johnny took first.  Again.  See, the top spots were different because Guy… I’m not gonna spoon feed you on this one.  Now, to address the fellow with the dog.

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That fellow is Colin Thompson, driver of the #11 Porsche Bucks County/Penn Valley 911 GT3 Cup.  The dog is his dog, which made the trip out from Pennsylvania to watch his owner claim the win in the GT Cup category, and join him in celebrating the win on pit lane.  I forgot the dog’s name, but he was super chill.

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GTA Shook out with a pair of SLS GT3s in the top two podium places, and a Ferrari on the last spot.  Frank Montecalvo in the Bayshore Racing SLS crossed the line first, with Eric Lux’s Rembrandt Charms/Monticello Motor Club SLS following behind.  Eric’s journey to second in class wasn’t easy.  Martin Fuentes in the Scuderia Corsa/Hublot/Samsung Ferrari 458 GT3 Italia kept Eric in his mirrors most of the race, but Eric fought and got around Martin to take home second.

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And there we have it, another amazing World Challenge event in the books.  Opportunities to see cars, drivers and racing like this don’t come up too often, especially in our neck of the woods.  Watching the GT, GTA, GT Cup and GTS cars stretch their legs on the massive front straight, and blast through the high speed corners, then seeing the Touring Cars bang around the track and hit the kerbing and getting air under the tires all in the same day is one of the best ways to spend any day.  With the news that Miller Motorsports Park will become the Utah Motorsports Campus, and that the new ownership is just as excited to keep the racing going at the track, we’re hoping to see more Pirelli World Challenge events at our home track in the coming years.  And we’re hoping to see more of you guys out there too!  Seriously, where can you go from seeing this:

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To this:

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Then see the drivers up close:

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And sometimes personal:

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Before they grid up and take the green flag?:

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Not a whole lot of events are this open to their fans, and feature this diverse a line up.  If you get a chance to, come to the track and spend the weekend watching high caliber racing!

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