26th Aug2016

Gavin After Dark: Utah 6 Hour Gallery

by Michael Chandler

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Photos by Gavin Pouquette

That title made it sound like this thing was gonna get weird, but it isn’t going to be any weirder than usual.  After I told him to only send me twenty images from the Utah 6 Hour, he sent me twenty-two!  TWENTY-TWO!!!  HOW DARE HE!  Anyway, because it’s easier to upload all of the photos in a folder than it is to not, here’s his oversized gallery from the Utah 6 Hour.

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18th Aug2016

MOAR! Another NASA Utah and Utah 6 Hour Gallery

by Michael Chandler

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More NASA Utah and Utah 6 Hour goodness!  Fast cars, bright lights, and possibly the most dramatic photo of Jeff Burton anyone has ever taken!

I’ve got the photos for sale!  Purchase one, or several, and help keep this crazy ship afloat.

 

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17th Aug2016

NASA Utah and Utah 6 Hour Gallery!

by Michael Chandler

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Michael Wells sent us over some photos from the last NASA Utah weekend, including the Utah 6 Hour.  Check em out!

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12th Aug2016

The Utah 6 Hour

by Michael Chandler

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It was the beginning of the best ten days on this year’s calendar.  Acting as the meat in a sandwich where the delicious bread is a Salt City Drift event and Pirelli World Challenge, and the condiments are a NASA Utah weekend, was the annual Utah 6 Hour.  Now a staple on the NASA Utah calendar, the Western Endurance Racing Championship stop provides a unique opportunity for the drivers and fans to drive into the night, and see nothing but lights piercing the dark Tooele night.  And if you were out around turn 5 around 10:30-11, you would’ve seen me with a string of LED lights strewn about my torso.  I was easily identifiable, for safety!  Anywell, let’s talk about who took home a trophy!

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Lyfe Motorsport was out with one of their own Spec Z’s (the Towne Storage Z) and supporting the #99 DLG Racing Z.  Showing that 350Z is life, the Lyfe backed teams finished 1-2 in E0!  The Towne Storage Z completed 147 laps in the 6 hours, with the DLG Z four laps behind them.

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In E1, completing 153 laps in the allotted time, was the #65 E46 BMW of Strom Motorsports.  It was the teams second win of the day, having taken the win in the GTS5 class during the Lightning sprint race earlier.

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The Fit is fucking go!  The #12 Honda Fit of Honda Performance Development completed 143 laps in 6:01:09.257, and probably had to stop for fuel once.

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It was a battle of the Miatas in E3: the mighty and legendary Paul Mitchell versus the bug-eyed RJ Racing Miata.  I mean bug-eyed in the nicest way.  Look at those lights!  Those lights lit the way for 147 laps, and lit their way to victory.

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The ENP had one entrant, the Valkyrie Autosport Elan NP01.  Despite the teams best efforst, the little prototype went behind the wall after 29 laps.

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This was a battle: the TruSpeed Autosport 997 Cup car versus the Makes & Models Huracan Super Trofeo.  A tried and true chassis versus a sprint race car.  WERC class leaders one win away from clinching their championship versus a team with multiple regional championships under their belt?  If you’ve been paying any attention to how these posts go, you know that by seeing the picture of the TruSpeed car that they won.  Not only did they win the Utah 6 Hour, they locked up the ES Class championship.  Congratulations to them!

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Now we arrive at the car I was most excited to see running.  Toby Crawford, driver of the Pink Ribbon Racing/Makes & Models Subaru BRZ, told me that there was a Ginetta G57 at UMC and that it was racing in the enduro.  It was the Ryno Racing team, sponsored by Design Masonry.  The G57 is based on Ginetta’s LMP3 design, and is probably a lot the same.*  The big difference is that the LMP3 spec Nissan engine, rated at 420bhp, has been replaced with a Chevrolet LS3, which makes 150 more horsepower than the LMP3 engine.  I was excited to see and hear the 900kg prototype tearing through the night, but unfortunately the car was retired after just 72 laps.

And there it is, another six hour race in the books!  I’m already looking forward to next year.  A tremendous shout out to all the race officials, corner workers, and safety crew for sticking it out until midnight.  A big thank you to the family, friends, and well wishers who came out and watched the race and cheered the teams on.  And all of the congratulations to all of the drivers and crew members for racing in the longest race on the NASA Utah calendar!  There were over thirty cars entered in the race, and they all took the green flag.  It was, as always, an amazing experience.

We can’t wait for next year.

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08th Aug2016

Coming This Week: Actual Content!

by Michael Chandler

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YES!  After… However long it has been, there will be some new content!  Specifically coverage of some killer events.  On Saturday we had NASA Utah racing, where we saw Tom Kaminski debut his new, HKS inspired livery.

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On Friday night the Salt City Drift season soldiered on, and we saw David Curtis break out his Corolla.

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And on Saturday night we had the Utah 6 Hour, a Western Endurance Racing Championship race that ran deep into the night.  Makes & Models pitted their Super Trofeo Huracan, a car that normally runs sprint races, against the field and the clock.

We’ve got a ton of coverage of all of those events coming up this week!  KEEP YOUR INTERNET BOX POINTED IN OUR DIRECTION!

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18th Feb2016

Forget Maui

by Michael Chandler

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The beach is dumb anyway

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05th Feb2016

Goodbye Scion

by Michael Chandler

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Toyota finally axed Scion, the brand that was supposed to be youth oriented, but ended up selling to the same people who normally buy Toyotas.  It’s sad that this news came after the success of the FRS and the introduction of the iA, which is basically a Mazda2 with an extra set of doors.  We can sit around and complain, pitch ideas of what could have been done, and/or point and laugh; OR, we could remember the good times.  Good times like Nik Preusser’s first xB.

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Or Fredric Aasbo’s tC

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Or the FRS we saw at last year’s WERC 6 Hour race.  Let’s remember the good times people, and rejoice that the Scion lineup is getting shoehorned into Toyota’s.

02nd Feb2016

Goodnight Tooele

by Michael Chandler

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We love having Michael Wells contributing photos, because he sends us stuff like this.  Plus he’s a great guy to hang out with at the track.

21st Aug2015

Round 6 and Enduro Bonus Gallery

by Michael Chandler

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It’s been quite a week here: NASA Utah AND WERC endurance racing coverage, and a more sobering post reminding us all that a good day of racing can turn very quickly.  We’re getting ready to spend the weekend at Miller Motorsports Park, covering the Pirelli World Challenge races.  To tide you over until we get our coverage ready, we’ve got a bonus gallery of NASA Utah Round 6 and WERC 6 Hour photos by Mr. Michael Wells of MCWells Photography.  Both Michael and myself, along with such favorites as Gavin Pouquette and Chance Hales will be out there this weekend, and you should join us.  General Admission tickets are only $20 a day, or $30 for the weekend.  More pricing info is available on the MMP site.  We’re hoping to see you out there!

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29th Aug2014

NASA Utah Round 5: The Wells Report

by Michael Chandler

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Michael Wells returns with glorious photos from the entirety of the NASA Utah Round 5 weekend.  He, unlike myself, had two fully functional arms with which to drive and shoot with; and made use of his limbs by heading all over the track to grab the killer shots you see before you.  He also stuck around for the WERC endurance race and got some amazing pictures of that too.  Amazing pictures such as this:

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There are oh so many more in the gallery below.

Photos by Michael Wells, words by Michael Chandler

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