MM Driver Sam Myers Charges Hard in #33 ITA CRX

Lexington, OH – After spending the previous 3 days crewing for Freedom Autosport in the Grand Am CTSCC Street Tuner class, Sam Myers hopped into the driver’s seat of his #33 ITA Honda CRX Si at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.  The morning qualifying session would prove to be a soggy one, and Myers would struggle to get a grip on the rain line at Mid-Ohio, spinning on lap 4 and settling for a 25th place qualifying effort in the 55 car field.  Myers’ luck in the 10-lap Qualifying race wouldn’t prove to be any better, as he would pull into the pit lane at the completion of lap 1 after the car had died and he was unable to refire.  After a flat tow back to the paddock a quick diagosis found that a wire going from the kill switch to the distributor had pulled out of it’s connector, and follwing a quick 30 second wiring fix, the car was ready to go for the 19-lap feature race.

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MM Drivers Struggle to Find Grip

Greencastle, IN – After a successful season opener at Mid-Ohio, MM drivers Doug Kowalczyk and Sam Myers took to the rough surface of Putnam Park Road Course for the 2nd NASA Great Lakes event of the season.  Both drivers would compete in the Performance Touring E class for this event, and at the end of Saturday’s wet qualifying session Kowalczyk would earn pole position and Myers slotted in P5.  After failing to report to post-qualifying impound, Doug would forfeit his P1 qualifying effort, being moved to last in class, thus moving Sam up to P4.  The race would prove challenging for both drivers, with Myers working his way up to P3 and unable to mount any type of charge at the 2 front runners.  Kowalczyk was unable to bounce back after his post-qualifing infraction, searching for grip in every corner and starting to develop a transmission issue in the later stages of the race.

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Team MM Sweeps Honda Challenge 4

Lexington, OH – Team Myers Motorsports with drivers Andrew Locke and Sam Myers opened the 2013 Honda Challenge 4 Season with a pair of wins.  Locke handled the driving duties on Saturday and was able to keep his nose clean and cruise to an uncontested win.  Myers hopped into the car and took to a wet race track on Sunday, and after taking the Green Flag from mid-pack of the second wave, he used a great start to pick off 6 cars by the end of the back stretch.  As the track started to dry, Myers would continue to move forward and as the Checkered Flag flew he found himself P1 in class and at the front of all the second wave racers. Continue Reading

MM Driver Eric Waddell Pilots #133 CRX to the Top Step of the Podium

Lexington, OH – After encountering brake issues in the first round of qualifying races, MM driver Eric Waddell chose to hop out of his #13 Honda Civic hatchback and into the #133 MM Honda CRX Si to compete in the Performance Touring E class at the 2012 NASA National Championships at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.

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Myers Motorsports Welcomes Lee Grimes of KONI-NA to the Driver’s Seat

Centerburg, OH - Looking to build on a podium finish in the Sunday afternoon race at this event last year,  Myers Motorsports is again taking its ’91 CRX Si to the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course to compete in the I.T.SPEC-tacular in the Improved Touring A class.  This event is being hosted by the Cincinnati Region of the SCCA and is also a primary stop of the CoolShirt Systems IT National Tour.  Long time friend and coleague of the team Lee Grimes will be handling the driving duties this year.  Lee has been involved in motorsports for 20+ years, racing in several classes including IT and Production, and now also hosts Track Days with his One Hundred Speed track day group.  Getting Lee back behind the wheel of an IT car is great to see, and we are very honored that Lee chose Myers Motorsports to help.

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Near Record Temperatures Make for HOT on-track Action!

Lexington, OH – The Myers Motorsports crew made the trip toThe Mid Ohio Sports Car Course for the 2nd time in the 2012 racing season, this time with 2011 PTE and TTE National Champion Brian Makse behind the wheel of the #133 CRX Si.  This would be Brian’s first time on track with NASA in 2012, and despite the near record high temperatures, he picked up right where he left off in 2011 on Saturday in grabbing the pole and taking the win in the PTE class, charging out to over a 10-second lead and cruising to the win.  In TTE, Makse was able to go out and thow down a fast lap early in the day and sit on his time, and as the track went cold at the end of Saturday’s competition he would walk away with the win in TTE as well.

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Podium Finishes Highlight a Weekend of Struggles

Summit Point, WV – Hoping to follow up on a very successful weekend at HyperFest in 2011, the Velocity BHP / Myers Motorsports crew would again welcome driver Angelo Dinkov back to the fold, this time in the #787 Honda Civic.  The team would also be providing support to Myers Motorsports driver Xavier Calderon in his #9 Honda CRX Si.  Transmission issues and a leaking oil pan gasket on 787 would cost the team 2 of the 4 on-track sessions on the Friday Test Day, and with the Dyno company that was providing support to NASA for the weekend MIA, the team was left with a lot of uncertainties for 787 going into the weekend.  Xavier made the most of his track time in all 4 sessions, running up front in each, leaving him very confident heading into the next day.

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#133 CRX Competes in TTE as well

Mount Meridian, IN – Long time friends and on-track rivals Eric Waddell and Sam Myers teamed up for the 2nd event of the 2012 NASA Great Lakes Region season, and Team Myers Motorsports made its debut at Putnam Park Road Course.  Waddell handled the driving duties in the race group, piloting the Myers Motorsports #133 CRX to a 2nd place qualifying effort on Saturday in Honda Challenge 2 and then backing it up with a very strong drive in the race, finishing 2nd behind season points  leader Eddie Sadauskas, with Myers Motorsports driver  Andrew Locke rounding out the podium.  In TTE, Sam Myers would return to the driver’s seat for the first time since 2010, shaking off the rust and an early morning run in with the tire wall to put down a solid lap in the final session of the day, securing a P2 finish.  Myers Motorsports driver Rob Demorest made his debut in TTE and was solid all day, gaining speed and lowering his lap times each session on-track.

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3 New Track Records Provide Exclamation Point to Unbelievable Season

Elkhart Lake, WI – The last race of the 2011 season for the Great Lakes and Midwest Regions of the National Auto Sport Association would mark the return to Road America for the first time in two years. The Myers Motorsports crew would set up shop in the upper paddock in preparation for a busy weekend competing in their usual PTE and TTE classes, as well as in the E3 class in the weekend ending three-hour enduro.
The extra preparations that the team made for this high speed, high horsepower track were very evident from just a quick glance at the National Championship winning #786 Honda Civic Si, sporting a new front airdam and undertray, both in an attempt to make the car go through the air better, thus placing more of an emphasis on straight-line speed as opposed to the usual emphasis on handling. The team would start the event running their “all-square” setup of 205-width Hoosiers on all for corners, feeling that the lower rolling resistance of the 205′s up front would be quicker than the normal 225 front and 205 rear setup. After a handful of on-track sessions, the team mounted up the 225 fronts to see how much of a difference the tire width actually was, and quickly found out that the added front grip was more important as driver Brian Makse would pick up almost 1.5 seconds. As Saturday’s on-track activities came to a close, the team would walk away with wins and track records in both PTE (2:47.1) and TTE (2:47.3).

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MM driver Bradley Allen sees Mid-Ohio for the first time from behind the wheel

MANSFIELD, Ohio – After a rough shakedown weekend at Grattan Raceway two months earlier, the Myers Motorsports team addressed all issues and prepared their ’91 Honda CRX Si race car for the SCCA IT Spectacular. The annual trip to Mid Ohio Sports Car Course is the second leg of the SCCA Triple Crown, and the team’s concentrated efforts brought them home with a podium.
Sam Myers, President of Myers Motorsports, grinned while saying, “We came here with a very specific set of goals. We had some hiccups at the last event and our driver had never driven Mid-O before. We still have some work to do before the NASA Championships in September, but we accomplished our goals.” The team felt a Friday Test-n-Tune would be necessary, given the first session Saturday morning is qualifying. Bradley Allen put some final touches on the car Friday morning, Tab Hunter of RoadHunter’s Café helped load the truck and trailer, and Matt “Tinman” Johnston unloaded and set up the garage for the weekend’s festival.
Bradley is extremely familiar with the track from the eyes of a Crew Chief/Engineer. With some help from video, simulation, and riding with other drivers, he picked up the line rather quickly. He drove the #13 CRX to a mid 1:44 before the sun set on the Twilight Test-n-Tune, nearly four seconds off the ITA track record. We knew the car would be stronger in the morning with slightly newer tires and cooler temperatures. In fact, he qualified the car at a 1:43.775, just two seconds off Joe Moser on pole, and good enough for P4 on the starting grid.
The car still suffered from a bit of understeer, so the team made some adjustments before the afternoon 20-lap race. Bradley had nothing for the top three competitors, but while holding off the other contenders close behind, he radios in, “I think I just blew up the clutch” and rolls into pit lane only four laps into the race. Later investigation unveiled a failed hub, which tore the splines off the axle and the car had no drive. Fortunately for the team they had all the necessary spare parts, and Sunday’s qualifying order was determined by fast lap time.  Bradley’s time of 1:44.163 was good enough for a fourth place start yet again. With more help from Tinman, the team had the car back together with time to spare.
The start of the Sunday morning qualifying race was similar to Saturday’s race, aside from the lack of pressure from behind. The goal was to keep Ruck and the Mosers in sight as long as possible. At the end of the eight lap battle, Bradley finished fourth and the top three were still within sight! Bradley shattered his fast time, running a 1:42.203 on the last lap.  The next competitor was over 13 seconds behind. This lap time is lower than the current NASA Performance Touring E track record, and the car is 115 pounds overweight! The car will wear #133 and run PTE at the NASA National Championships.
The team knew temperatures would be warmer in the afternoon, and the longer race would play a factor on handling.  The team continued to make adjustments. It would be necessary to take care of the old tires on the #13 car or they will not last the entire race. About an hour before the race, Kevin Ruck found a large crack in his rear trailing arm, and he decided it was unsafe to run. That moves the team into a third place starting position. Both Joey and Bob Moser arrive on grid with brand new 225 A6 Hoosiers up front. Joey holds the track record on the Club Course configuration at Mid Ohio, and has been shooting for the Pro Course record all weekend. Bradley should have an easy podium position, or he could try and force one of the Mosers into a mistake. As the green flag drops on the back straight, the cars take off. Some commotion mid-pack ends up with contact and a cut tire for one of the competitors.  Bradley sets his focus on the two CRX race cars up ahead. The first time through turn one would be lap two. He is much faster than Bob through the high speed left hander and picks up several car lengths before the keyhole, unfortunately missing his braking point, putting the car off track in the gravel. As he avoids getting stuck, he watches the entire ITA field drive by. “Sorry Sam, I just went off in the keyhole.” Sam responds with a sigh, “Go get ‘em driver.”
Bradley went from battling for second place, to 13th. The team was disappointed as they just gave away an easy podium position. Bradley spent the next couple laps shaking out the gravel and getting his mind back into the race. Sometimes it is difficult to shake a competitive mindset, but the team was not at the track this weekend with any finishing position goal. The team needed to determine if the car would be reliable, to get the driver experience at the track, and dial in a good suspension setup for NASA Nationals. Aside from a fluke hub failure, we have accomplished our goals. This race is just another practice session. With frequent updates over the radio the driver knew he was working his way back through the field. He worked on track awareness, finding grip on and off the typical racing line, and working through traffic. By the halfway mark the team was in sixth place, but the rest of the ITA field was out of view.
A few laps go by and the driver hears, “The red Civic ahead is for position…and the Miata in front of him.” At this point, the cars are merely dots. “Wait…the white Miata?” “Yes, the white Miata is for P3.” Bradley is astonished. His original starting position is actually in view. It took several laps to catch up to these cars, all the while passing slower lapped traffic at various locations around the circuit. Bradley set his fastest lap of the race at a 1:43.121 tracking down these competitors. He finally catches Greg Vandersluis in the #41 Civic hatch, and gets another great run through turn one. Greg graciously moves left and makes the pass easy into the keyhole. Charlie Boehly was not too far ahead in the #51 Miata, yet it took another full lap to catch him. With yet another great run through turn one, Charlie moved to the left and gave a point by.
With engine coolant temperatures above the comfort zone, the driver backed off a bit. With three more laps to go, the car just needed to stay out of the gravel to finish on the podium. Charlie had other ideas. He set his fastest time on lap 19 of 20 and made the last lap extremely difficult for Bradley getting a tremendous run out of the keyhole.  With Bradley choosing a defensive line into madness, the Miata pulled alongside, but could not make the pass stick. Single file through the esses brought the two upon slower traffic into turn 11. Unsure if the lapped traffic was aware, Bradley again took a conservative approach. The Miata succeeded in passing the #13 car on the outside, but was held up and was forced to tuck in behind. Bradley knew his demise would be giving up the inside into the carousel, and he heard the same over the radio; “DON’T give up the inside…DO NOT give up the inside!” He didn’t and finished third, less than a half second in front of the Miata.
“I have been to Mid Ohio over half a dozen times, watched hours of video, but never drove the track. I love it, and can’t wait to drive it again! We were here this weekend to shake down the car and dial in a good setup. I’d say we did that and much, much more! I know with more seat time and new sticky rubber we’d have something for Ruck and the Mosers, and I never expected that!”
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