Carolina Cup Pro Series Presented By Race Engineering
For Immediate Release: March, 2017
Salisbury, NC – Race Engineering teams up with the Carolina Cup Pro Series to mark the first Race Engineering series sponsorship. This opportunity offers support for an already credible, popular racing series as well as adding new energy to this great organization.
As part of the sponsorship, Race Engineering will be giving away a $100 voucher at each Carolina Cup race. Each class winner will be put into a hat and one will be chosen at random at the winner’s circle or podium. Double Carolina Cup weekends means a double chance of winning. Along with the give away we will have a new trophy for the series, the Race Engineering Championship Cup. This Championship Cup will also be at each race event. After each race the overall winner will have a name plaque added to the Cup and at the end of the 2017 season, the driver with the most overall wins will be presented with this trophy.
About Carolina Cup Pro Series
The Carolina Cup Pro Series (CCPS) is a regional automobile racing series based in the southeastern United States. The series is designed to promote fun, hassle free racing with a professional atmosphere. CCPS is a points-based, team series, with cash awards for top finishers in each race and a cumulative cash prize for the overall points winner at the end the season.CCPS races are all 45 minutes in length with a mandatory 2 minute pit-stop. Many teams opt to run one driver per race, however rules allow for a driver swap allowing more drivers to participate and gain valuable seat time.
To learn more about this sponsorship, Race Engineering, or Carolina Cup Pro Series, please contact:
Chris Graham 864-542-4018
Richard Mesick: 864-838-1801
Race Engineering Partners With Alex Phelps Racing
For Immediate Release: January 10, 2016
Salisbury, NC – Chris Graham, with Race Engineering, is proud to announce a partnership with Alex Phelps Racing for the 2016 racing season. Alex Phelps races a Mazda MX5, lovingly titled “Sharkbait”, and has been recognized as SCCA North Carolina Region’s 2015 Driver of the Year in both South Atlantic Road Racing Championship and Enduro Championship Racing series! There’s no doubt that Alex Phelps is one of the premier drivers in SCCA and with the power of a Race Engineering partnership this creates a unique and powerful force in any racing series.
“Both teams are excited about this partnership as we pursue a 2016 National Championship together!” – Chris Graham
“Chris Graham and his team will be helping us develop a 2.5 liter engine for Sharkbait to become even more competitive in STU with our end goal being a shot at the 2016 SCCA National Championship Runoffs. Can’t wait to see what this season has in store for us!” – Alex Phelps
For more information about Alex Phelps Racing, please visit their Facebook page:
Race Engineering Announces New Ownership
For Immediate Release: March 10, 2014
Salisbury, NC – Race Engineering is proud to announce today that we have new ownership. This opportunity brings new energy and fuel to an already great organization.
Race Engineering expects this new energy to improve customer confidence and widen its customer base. In addition to providing the best product, Race Engineering will strive to continue to grow and improve all facets of the company. Race Engineering will continue to improve our processes and delivery times, while concentrating on quality assurance with streamlined and well organized support.
The new ownership will permit Race Engineering to broaden the horizons and support more areas of the racing communities. Work will continue in Salisbury, NC with more offerings than ever. The new R&D will include work for several teams looking to spread their wings along with Race Engineering and look to the future as champions.
More information is expected to be released as the 2014 season continues, please stay tuned for promotions and call with any questions.
About Race Engineering and the new ownership
Race Engineering has built over 3500+ Miata and Mazda engines as well as factory work for Ford and Pontiac. Our goal is to provide the best product for your application and racing goals.
We are proud to announce Race Engineering has been purchased by Chris Graham. Chris has been building engines and racing for over 20 years. Balancing this passion with his technical experience as a premier IT specialist, working over the years for one of the most prestigious car companies in the world at the plant located in Spartanburg, SC, this is a match made in heaven.
“I am very excited for the opportunity to provide the same great product, and adding my technical expertise to spread my wings as the new owner of Race Engineering.” – Chris Graham
“Having Chris carry on this company is a perfect match, and I know the company will continue to be successful. This also gives me the opportunity to continue to pursue my professional equestrian career throughout the transition and into the future!” – Bob Thornton
To learn more about the new ownership, please contact:
1442 N Main Street
Office: (864) 542-4018
Freedom Autosport’s Cooke and Thornton Bring Similar Backgrounds to Mid-Ohio
For Immediate Release: June 4, 2012
LEXINGTON, Ohio — Bob Thornton might be the new guy at Freedom Autosport, but he has something in common with his teammates: a successful history in Spec Miata racing. Thornton is now turning his sights to winning in the ST class of GRAND-AM Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge.
Thornton joined Freedom Autosport at New Jersey, and he is co-driving the No. 27 Mazda MX-5 with Tyler Cooke. Like Thornton, Cooke transitioned from Spec Miata to professional racing through Freedom Autosport’s MX-5 program. He earned 10 wins and 21 top-fives in SpecMiata before advancing to Freedom Autosport’s ranks.
The 17-year old Cooke has raced a number of times at Mid-Ohio. “I like Mid-Ohio a lot,” he says. “It’s a competitive track for the MX-5. I like the roller coaster section; it’s all blind turns so it’s always interesting.”
On the flip side, Thornton will be making his first visit to the 2.258-mile track. Thornton is prepared after learning both a new car and a new track during his Freedom Autosport debut at New Jersey Motorsports Park last month.
“It’s going to be tough, but I feel good about what I’ve learned about the car, though it is a steep learning curve,” Thornton says. “I’m extremely excited about Tyler’s abilities to get the job done. He’s incredibly composed and mature for a 17-year old. I’m really excited about what the future holds for him.”
Thornton has learned how to spot talent during his years as both a racer and engine builder. Thornton owns Race Engineering and has been building Spec Miata motors since 2003. In the decade since, Thornton has built 3,000 motors en route to helping drivers win countless championships.
Cooke also has a lot of positive things to say about his new teammate, noting, “We’re getting on really well. He has great feedback after each session, and we’ve been able to hang out outside the track, too. I think we’ll have a bright future together. I think we can get a top five at Mid-Ohio, at least a top 10. We’ve had the car for it at every track, but something has always hindered us.”
The Freedom Autosport lineup also includes Derek Whitis and Tom Long in the No. 25 Mazda MX-5. The car is currently fourth in ST team points. Rhett O’Doski and Andrew Carbonell will co-drive the No. 26 Mazda MX-5.
The EMCO Gears Classic at Mid-Ohio starts at11:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 9.
ABOUT THE INJURED MARINE SEMPER FI FUND
The Injured Marine Semper Fi Fundis a nonprofit organization that provides immediate financial support forinjured and critically ill members of the U.S. Armed Forces and their families.Urgently needed resources are distributed to post 9-11 Marines and Sailors, aswell as members of the Army, Air Force or Coast Guard who serve in support ofMarine forces. Freedom Autosport is a longtime supporter of the Semper Fi Fund. For more information please visit: www.semperfifund.org
On any given weekend, there are more Mazdas on the road-race tracks of America than any other brand of vehicle.At the track, you’ll see MX-5 Miata, RX-8, MAZDA3, MAZDA6, RX-7 and othervintage Mazda models competing, because every Mazda has the Soul of a SportsCar. In fact, the largest road-racing class in the world is Spec Miata, withmore than 2,500 first- and second-generation Miatas tearing up America’s racetracks,making it the most-raced production car in the world. Mazda’s involvement inmotorsports extends to its relationship with Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, one ofthe world’s premier road-racing circuits, and the Skip Barber Schools fordriving and racing. For more information visit:
Long Road Racing and Race Engineering Form Strategic Alliance in Spec Miata Competition
Contact: Glenn Long Phone (919)614-4797 Email: email@example.com
For Immediate Release: May 2, 2012
RALEIGH, NC —Long Road Racing and Race Engineering are proud to announce a new strategic alliance in Spec Miata Racing. Both companies have extensive histories in Spec Miata, and now they are coming together to give racers professional car preparation, maintenance and engine building based on years of Spec Miata success.
Long Road Racing and Race Engineering first teamed up in 2005, when Long Road Racing’s Tom Long went on to win the Pro MX-5 Cup Championship. That season, Long amassed four wins, eight podiums and two track records. The championship was the beginning of a long standing partnership between the two companies, which garnered Long Road Racing 15 Spec Miata wins.
Race Engineering has been building Spec Miata motors since 2003. Since that time, owner and engine builder Bob Thornton has built over 3,000 Spec Miata engines and won countless championships. As a racer himself, Thornton has three Spec Miata championships and 53 wins. The most recent championship for Race Engineering came in 2011, when Nathanial Sparks took the NASA Spec Miata National Championship.
Since 2001, Long Road Racing has offered pro racing preparation and support, Spec Miata and club racing support, and custom street tuning. After their superb run in Spec Miata, Long Road Racing advanced to professional racing. Since 2008, they have handled management, preparation and trackside support for Freedom Autosport. Freedom campaigns three Mazda MX-5s in the Street Tuner class of GRAND-AM Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge. In three years, Freedom Autosport earned six race wins, became the first ST team to win with a Mazda MX-5, and helped Mazda earn the 2011 Manufacturers Championship.
Now, Long Road Racing is looking forward to renewing their Spec Miata presence through their new strategic alliance with Race Engineering. Long Road Racing will offer three in-house cars—all built with Race Engineering engines—for arrive and drive programs, including full trackside support. Alternatively, Spec Miata competitors can race their own cars with full trackside support from Long Road Racing. Car preparation and installation of Race Engineering-built engines is also available.
Additionally, Long Road Racing has successfully built a ladder program to allow drivers to progress to the pro racing ranks. Drivers hone their craft under the guidance of Long Road Racing and the coaching skills of Tom Long as they prepare for professional racing.
Seventeen-year-old Tyler Cooke is the most recent driver to find success through the Long Road Racing ladder program. Cooke competed in the Spec Miata NASA Championship and select Playboy Cup Series events in 2011, working closely with driving coach Tom Long. After ten wins and 21 top-five finishes, Cooke was ready to progress to GRAND-AM and is now a full-time driver with Freedom Autosport.
For Race Engineering, this new alliance is a chance to continue their tradition of building race- and championship-winning engines. Thornton says, “We’ve been friends and business associates since we met. Some of our first big successes happened because of our partnership. In terms of their success, I couldn’t be more impressed. I feel honored to be able to team up with them in a way we’ve never done before. I’ve got a lot of my fire and motivation back to take their Spec Miata program to the same level as their GRAND-AM program.”
“Long Road Racing has had a lot of success in Spec Miata, and part of that is due to the partnership we’ve had with Race Engineering since 2005,” says Long Road Racing owner Glenn Long. “We look forward to taking all of the knowledge and experience we’ve gained in professional racing and applying it to our new Spec Miata program. It’s a chance for competitors to run with a professional organization that features the best professionally-built engines available.”
Racers who are interested in the new program offered by Long Road Racing and Race Engineering should contact Glenn Long at (919) 614-4797 or firstname.lastname@example.org. More details about Long Road Racing can be found online at LongRoadRacing.com, and information about Race Engineering can be found at RaceEngineering.org.
2012 News and Updates
As we wind down 2011, we take time to reflect on the great year we’ve had. For starters, Nathanial Sparks won the 2011 NASA Championship driving a Race Engineering powered 1.6 Miata. Part of the proven formula for success, several of the top 10 cars also had Race Engineering power. We must also give the nod to Charlie Hayes who stepped up, had a great year, and nabbbed the 2011 Rookie of the Year award amongst some stiff competition!
As we kick off 2012, Race Engineering power is already at the top of several Championship points races. With a new Rookie of the Year contest underway, we’re excited about the potential for another stellar year. The leader in power, reliability and research, Race Engineering continues to be the industry leader in Championship Proven Spec Miata Engines!
Race Engineering Announces 2011 Rookie of the Year
Race Engineering is proud to announce that the 2011 Race Engineering Rookie of the Year has been awarded to Charlie Hayes! Charlie began racing in 2011 and has managed to turn heads already! With earning respectable points by the end of the season, Charlie sets the bar even higher for 2012. Charlie plans on chasing a NASA National Championship and also plans on competing in the Teen Mazda Challenge. We’re proud to have him represent Race Engineering on and off the track.
As a reward for winning the Race Engineering 2011 Rookie of the Year award, Charlie will receive a fully prepped Race Engineering motor and the support to go along with it. He will also be offered driver coaching and set up help throughout the year. Throughout the 2012 season, Charlie will play an integral part of Race Engineering testing for our future engine development programs.
Race Engineering Offers Contingency for 2008 NASA Southeast Spec Miata Series
For Immediate Release: March 12, 2008
Atlanta, GA, March 12, 2008: Bob Thornton and Race Engineering will be offering contingency to competitors in the 2008 NASA Southeast Spec Miata regional championship. The payouts are as follows:
1st place in series – $500 cash and complete Race Engineering engine
2nd place in series – $300 cash
3rd place in series – $200 cash
In addition to the championship prizes, $1000 dollars in prizes will also be given away at the different events.
Additionally, a Race Engineering prepared Miata cylinder head will be raffled off at the end of the year. Each sprint race entry will provide a competitor with a ticket to use in the raffle. The more entries, the greater chance at winning!
For additional information and questions, contact Jason Holland, NASA SE, email@example.com
Bob Thornton Retires From Driving & Racing Spec Miatas
Race Engineering owner and founder Bob Thornton has decided to retire from the lead driver position for the Race Engineering team. After years of continued success and growth at Race Engineering, Bob has made the decision to stop racing Spec Miatas and put 100% of his time and energy into the further engine development and race program for Race Engineering and our Race Engineering customers.
Bob has always taken great pride in giving Race Engineering customers strong engines and outstanding service. Obviously, racing takes a great amount of time and energy. Now, Bob will be able to put all that extra time and energy into building even stronger more powerful championship winning engines for the Spec Miata class and Mazda’s in general.
“I want to better serve all Race Engineering customers and take R&D to a whole new level. We are making some big changes to our shop with some double throw down state of the art HAAS CNC equipment for some serious R&D and improvements for the years to come. To commit that kind of time and energy doesn’t leave any room for racing. My Race Engineering sponsored drivers and customers is where my heart is and I feel it is best to dedicate myself to building on our continued success and achieving a new level of excellence for my customers”.
You will still see Bob at the track just as much, but he won’t be racing with you anymore. “We will still be there to support our customers and enjoy the company of the so very many incredible friends we have made through Spec Miata and the SCCA. Some of my fiercest on track rivalries have turned into some of the best friendships I could ever wish for. We have been blessed to meet and know such incredible people as the Spec Miata racing family.” Bob would like to especially thank our customers for their continued support. It has been with their help and satisfaction that Race Engineering has grown into the company it is today. And for this my friends I thank you.