FOUR days of racing and it was fantastic! Wednesday I flew to New Jersey to participate in the Grand Am races at New Jersey Motorsports Park. As most of you know by now, I am driving the #27 Freedom Autosports MX-5 Miata in the Sport Touring Class. Thursday was a test day and it was a steep learning curve! I had never been to New Jersey Motorsports Park, nor had I been in a Sport Touring car. My co-driver, Tyler Cooke, and super wheelman/coach, Tom Long, shared their video and data which made things much easier! I always had an idea of how good of a driver and coach Tom Long was, but I had no idea he was THIS good! WOW!! It was very surprising how different the Grand Am MX-5 car is from a Spec Miata. They share the same brand name but that is about it! Saturday was qualifying and Sunday was race day. Unfortunately we did not finish due to electrical problems. I am relatively sure we would have had a solid top ten finish if we would have been able to finish.
My co-driver, Tyler, showed amazing maturity for a 17 year old. He was very accommodating, helpful, enthusiastic, and VERY fast! This kid is the real deal, I feel very privileged to have the opportunity to be working with Tyler. The entire Long Road Racing crew did a fabulous job the entire weekend! It’s amazing how professional they were! Just keeping 3 cars on the track, keeping everyone fed, and going in the right direction is a task in and of itself! Not only were they able to do that, but they kept all 3 cars capable of winning the race all while still having time for a laugh!
I flew to Raleigh and drove to Danville, Virginia Saturday night for the SARRC/MAARS challenge. There, Long Road Racing Spec Miata team had my #7 car ready to race. While I was in New Jersey on Saturday, Jason Owenby acted as my substitute and won the race! The combination of his feedback and the set up from Shea Hughes and Clay Dillashaw of Racing Analytics had my car on rails! Sunday’s qualifying had placed me in 7th, but I managed to get it to the front and pull off a win!
It took a lot of people and a lot of orchestration to make this happen and I would like to personally thank everyone involved: The Grand Am crew, the Spec Miata crew, everyone at Long Road Racing, and the Freedom Autosports organization!Follow us
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