August 30, ‘06
Well, it’s been a little while since the last update, and I am sad to say it isn’t because we have been busy racing. The car suffered a fatal blow at Watkins Glen a few weeks ago, and we were trying to decide whether we should salvage what was left of the season or just cut our losses and start planning next year. So, after a long decision-making process, we have decided to move on from this season and start planning our future in a new car and a new series, starting next year. Our plan involves purchasing and building a Mazda Miata to race in the SCCA National Spec Miata series. This is a very exciting race series that is made up solely of Miatas, which are all prepared to the same specifications. So, expect very close races decided by the slightest of margins and focused on driver talent. We are very excited to be aiming for this series and especially the ability to compete on the National level.
We will keep you updated with news on the progress of our new car and, of course, with exciting announcements about sponsors and race dates and details.
July 11, ‘06
Wow! It has been quite an eventful past couple of weeks! I’ll start off with announcing some exciting news: We are proud to introduce Synaptic3 Engineering as a new sponsor and partner for the remainder of the 2006 racing season. Synaptic3 Engineering is a motorsports fabrication, repair, and modification shop based out of Candia, New Hampshire. They will be providing their extensive knowledge, talents, and facilities to Team GPRacing. The focus of Synaptic3 Engineering is preparing cars for the street, the track, and any other automotive or motorsports areas imaginable. Please take a moment to check out their website and their info on our sponsors page, and go to them with any of your motorsports fabrication needs, no matter what they may be!
Now for a little update on our season…
On June 18, we were at the always exciting Lime Rock Park in Connecticut for what would turn out to be a great day for racing. The morning started off gray and rainy and proved to be one of our best qualifying results yet … 3rd overall! After what seemed to be a long rainy morning, the skies finally parted, and the track started to dry about an hour before our race. The race itself was an excellent drive for both me and the car, and we finished in a very respectable 4th place in a field that was much larger and more competitive than normal.
Our most recent outing this past weekend, July 8 and 9 at NHIS, proved to be more frustrating. We had an exceptional qualifying run that left us positioned to podium on both races of the weekend, but much to our dismay, the car was not interested in such an idea. We had an engine failure in the second lap of the race on Saturday that put a quick end to our weekend. On the bright side of things, we will be working diligently with Synaptic3 Engineering over the next two weeks two get the car back in top shape for our next race on July 23rd at Watkins Glen. It is a short period of time to complete a lot of work, but if anyone can do it and do it right, it’s Synaptic3!
Until next time!
June 5 , ‘06
Memorial Day weekend turned out to be a beautiful weekend for racing. Unfortunately, it turned out to be not such a good weekend for Team GPRacing!
The first of three races started out well with a fifth place qualification, and ended with the same result. Each driver’s fastest lap time in the first race was used as their qualifying time for the second race. Again, that meant a fifth place start for us. The second race was held on Sunday morning and was an incredible battle, in which we had moved into third place with only two laps remaining. Unfortunately, the competitor in fourth place used the passenger side of our car to help himself slow down while leading into a turn. The driver was penalized for crashing into us, but because of the hit and subsequent spin, we were passed by the fifth place car and finished in a very unsatisfying fourth place. Again, our fastest lap time was used as a qualifying time for the third and final race Sunday afternoon. This time, however, we had the third fastest lap time and would have been poised to finish quite well. Yes, I said “would.” In the interim between races, we realized that we had a right front brake caliper failure, probably as a result of the crash in the second race. Although we tried everything to fix it, we were unable to compete in the third race. That, as they say, is racing.
Moving on to better news … we are greatly anticipating our next race, which falls on June 17 at Lime Rock Park. Named “America’s Most Beautiful Racetrack,” Lime Rock is a very exciting track to drive and typically one of our more competitive tracks. Check back after the weekend to see our result!
May 3 , ‘06
Another season of racing is off to a great start!
On April 23, Team GPRacing visited NHIS for the opening of the 2006 SCCA NERRC and NARRC seasons. It was a very cold, rainy day in New Hampshire, and we seemed to benefit from the weather in the morning qualifying – our result was an impressive second place.
With rain falling intermittently all day, it came down to a last minute choice of rain tires or dry tires. As it turns out, we chose correctly, and as the green flag flew, the track was relatively dry. A hard fought race ensued and left us with an impressive start to the season with a fourth place finish.
Our next three races all fall on Memorial Day weekend. We will be competing on the 27th, 28th, and 29th of May at NHIS, and it is sure to be a long and hopefully rewarding weekend. As always, we hope to see you at the track, especially considering the holiday! Keep checking back to the site for new sponsorship announcements and a recap of our Memorial Day weekend races.
April 16 , ‘06
Well, the first race is almost upon us and I am just writing a quick update to get everyone up to speed on our sponsorship situation.
We are excited to announce two new partners for the 2006 season. Ironclad Performance Wear will be our sole provider for racing and pit gloves, and they will also be providing clothing that includes their advanced sweat-wicking technology. An impressive line of apparel is available from Ironclad, and I encourage you to investigate their entire product line at www.iclad.com
Also partnering with us this season will be the MSPCA (Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals). They will be featuring our car and race team in advertisements that encourage Massachusetts residents to “race cars not dogs” (an ad campaign that deters greyhound racing). Please take a moment to check out this great cause and learn how you can help at www.mspca.org
We are still in contact with many companies about sponsorship for this season, and we are always interested in ideas and inquiries about sponsorship opportunities. I will keep the site updated with any new announcements, so check back often!
March 5, ‘06
Hello everyone! The 2006 racing season is just around the corner, and I am writing a quick update to catch everyone up on the events of the off-season.
We had an exceptional banquet for all of our supporters in November, and I am glad that everyone had a great time. We premiered some in-car video from the previous season’s races, had a DVD of some of the year’s photo highlights and, of course, enjoyed some great food and drinks!
We also attended the 2005 end of the year awards banquet for the NERRC, where I received a beautiful trophy and other goodies for our 3rd place overall finish. We also plan on attending the upcoming NARRC banquet.
Please note that we have posted our schedule for 2006, and we hope to begin announcing our sponsors for this year very soon. The first race is right around the corner, and I’m sure we will have lots of news to post, so keep your eye on the website!