LIVE! Powered by Sioeye - Updates and Preview

Photo Credit: Danielle Trakney - Click photo to be redirected to LIVE! Powered by Sioeye page.

Photo Credit: Danielle Trakney - Click photo to be redirected to LIVE! Powered by Sioeye page.

Well here we are, with a week before Danielle and I fly out for the WRL 24 Hours of High Plains Raceway, or otherwise known as the the "WRL 24 @ 5280".  If you have read the announcement I released about a week ago (link below):

Then you already know that I will be participating in the 24 Hours of High Plains Raceway in a week's time (more like 9 days). I will be co-driving with Dave Balingit, Dan Aweida, Trevor Aweida, and Chris Sarian. All of which are experienced and great drivers in their own right, so we will have quite the driver line-up. 


Photo Credit: Danielle Trakney

Photo Credit: Danielle Trakney

Special for the 24 hours, Sioeye and myself will be running a multi-camera live stream using the Sioeye Iris4G live streaming action cameras. As of right now the plans are to have one camera running in the car for most, if not all of the 24 hours (with periodic breaks). Two cameras for behind-the-scenes, interviews, and special live streams; and a fourth camera as a back-up camera. Danielle and I are working on scheduling and organizing the live streams; we will have a solid idea of how the live streams will go on the Friday before the race. So expect an official stream schedule on Friday night. You can tune in to the live stream in several ways. First and foremost, you can download (IOS and Android) the Sioeye App for free, sign up for an account (also free) and be able to watch the live video feed on the go and from your home, as well as join the stream chat. My official website will be streaming the live video on the LIVE! Powered by Sioeye page. You can also catch the live video from my official facebook page: www.Facebook.com/JesseGroseRacing and my Twitter: @JGroseRacing. I will have a live feed connected to my Youtube: www.Youtube.com/JesseGroseRacing as well. In addition to the Sioeye live stream, we will be using Facebook Live for some interviews, tours, and behind-the-scenes action.

The race schedule is as follows: (Mountain Daylight Time UTC -6:00)

Friday:

Open Practice, Driver and Team Scrutineering.

Saturday:

Cars on Grid: 9:40 AM

Pace Laps: 9:55 AM

Race Start (24 Hours): 10:00 AM

Sunday:

Race End: 10:00 AM

Podium and Awards: 10:30 AM


The NASA Elan NP01

BODY

  • Center Single Seat Enclosed Prototype Component Race Car for NASA Prototype Competition
  • Composite Body with Easily Replaced Sections to Reduce Repair Costs
  • Opening Prototype Style Doors with Latches
  • Functional Front Splitter
  • Adjustable Full Width Rear Wing
  • Head, Tail and Rain Lights Windshield Wiper
  • Polycarbonate Windshield and Side Windows

CHASSIS

  • 1018 Steel Tube Frame, Tig Welded with Integral Roll Cage Structure
  • Side Intrusion Protection Bars
  • Force Attenuation Nose Box Structure
  • Fully Adjustable Suspension with MCS Double Adjustable Shocks
  • 235/40/17 Toyo Proxes RR Tires
  • 17 x 9 OZ Wheels
  • StopTech Forged aluminum 4 Piston Brake Calipers
  • HUGE 2-piece rotors with aluminum hats
  • 11 gal Pyrotect Fuel Cell
  • Safecraft 5lb electric Fire suppression system

DRIVETRAIN

  • Sealed Mazda 2.0 Liter MZR Engine with Dry Sump (Approx. 185 HP)
  • 6 Speed Sequential Sadev SL-75 Transaxle
  • ACT 8lb steel Flywheel and race clutch disc
  • AEM Infinity8 Sealed ECU
  • AIM MXL2 Dash (Upgrade to MXS/MXG available)

SPECIFICATIONS

  • Approx. 1450 Lbs.
  • 102” Wheelbase
  • 161.0” Overall Length
  • 43.9” Max Height
  • 75.4” Max Width
  • 155 Max Speed

There will be another update on Friday night (the 26th), before the 24 hours. We have a few things to setup and make 100% before we commit to a full 24 hour broadcasting schedule. Another issue is battery life in the Sioeye. The Iris4G can last a little over an hour while broadcasting, so during pit stops we will be changing the batteries. This will require us to stop and restart the broadcast each time, so there will at least be hourly breaks for the live stream. What we need to figure out is if a full 24 hour broadcast is feasible, compared to say, taking a few hour break between live streams. This is the most of our planning we need to do. Stay tuned to my official Facebook, Instagram, website, and Twitter pages for updates on our live streaming schedule. 


Jesse Grose to compete in the WRL 24 Hours of High Plains Raceway

August 10th 2016

Jesse Grose to Compete in the WRL 24 Hours of High Plains Raceway. 

Dave Balingit at the Pikes Peak International Hillclimb - Photo Credit: Terri Dean (A-List Photography)

Dave Balingit at the Pikes Peak International Hillclimb - Photo Credit: Terri Dean (A-List Photography)

Jesse Grose will be co-driving the Dave Balingit Racing Elan NP01 sports prototype at High Plains Raceway on August 27th - 28th. Jesse will be one of five drivers taking on the twice-around-the-clock event in the Elan NP01.


KENNOL Performance Oil and Sioeye will be taking heavy supporting roles with the team for the race weekend. Jesse and Sioeye have worked out a deal to try and make a full live-streaming experience for most if not all of the 24 hour race. The live stream will entail several camera angles and live updates with behind the scenes streaming and interviews. 

KENNOL Performance Oil will be supplying performance lubricants for the Elan NP01 for the entire race weekend. 


Expected Content Plans

Sioeye Live Streaming - Multiple Angles, Interviews, Behind the Scenes, exclusive angles. Connected through Jesse Grose Racing Website, Sioeye App, Facebook, and Twitter.

Facebook Live - Behind the Scenes, Interviews, and Q&A sessions. (Jesse Grose and Jesse Grose Racing)

Instagram Updates - (@JesseGroseRacing)

Twitter Live Updates - (@JGroseRacing)

Film/Video and Photography - Has to be edited and uploaded before being released, may be released upwards of two months after event in case of video. 


Next week I will begin to release the race weekend and broadcast schedule. Stay tuned!

PRESS RELEASE - Jesse Grose to Test for Ligier USA

Racing Line Designs - www.racinglinedesigns.co.uk

Racing Line Designs - www.racinglinedesigns.co.uk

June 20th 2016

Jesse Grose to Test for Ligier USA

Cocoa, Fl - Jesse Grose is to complete a testing event with Ligier USA in mid July  at Palm Beach International Raceway. This will be the second sports prototype test for Jesse Grose this year.

Jesse will be driving a Ligier JS51 CN-class sports prototype owned by Dominique Fornage of Ligier USA. The testing sessions will consist of dusk into night testing and will add plenty of new experiences to Jesse's repertoire of racing experience.   

Jesse's test will take place with the HPDE's (http://thehpde.com/) July 15th event. 

"I am very excited to take the first step into prototype racing. This is the first step for me in reaching my goals in my racing career."
-Jesse Grose

 

Ligier USA is the importer and dealer for Ligier CN sports prototypes and LMP3 in the United States. They provide arrive-and-drive services in Florida as well as provide parts sales, car preparation, and Ligier repairs. 

For more information visit: www.LigierUSA.com

 

Racing Line Designs - www.Racinglinedesigns.co.uk

Racing Line Designs - www.Racinglinedesigns.co.uk

Contact

Dominique Fornage - Ligier USA

LigierUSA@aol.com 

+1-954-850-3801 

2832 NW 22nd Terrace Suite #1
Pompano Beach FL 33069

www.LigierUSA.com

 

 

 

PRESS RELEASE - KENNOL Performance Oil Partners with Jesse Grose for 2016 Racing Season

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May 24th 2016

KENNOL Performance Oil partners with Jesse Grose for the 2016 Racing Season

Cocoa, Florida, USA - KENNOL Performance Oil officially partners with Jesse Grose for the 2016 and possible 2017 racing seasons. KENNOL Performance Oil is now the official technical partner and supplier of high performance motor oils and fluids for Jesse Grose. Jesse will be debuting the oil at the first SCCA bracket endurance race at Sebring International Raceway on July 23rd - 24th. In addition to Jesse's SCCA Spec Racer Ford Endurance campaign, KENNOL Performance Oil will be included in Jesse's rise into prototypes as he climbs the proverbial ladder. 

"I am extremely proud to be partnered with such a prestigious brand. To be working with a brand that has several world championship titles in GT, prototypes, and GP2 under its' belt and works with the likes of ByKolles LMP1 and Racing Engineering [GP2] is such a privilege." - Jesse Grose
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KENNOL Performance Oil is high performance oil and fluid manufacturer from France. Not only do they manufacture racing oil for a wide range of high performance engines, the company produces passenger car oils, diesel semi [Lorry] oils, anti-freeze coolants, specialty oils and greases, Dot 5.1 brake fluid, gear oils, and automatic transmission fluids.

KENNOL Performance Oil is not limited to just four-wheeled vehicles, they also produce a range of two and four-stroke motorcycle oils. The motorcycle range covers everything from 2-stroke scooters all the way to four stroke racing bikes and everything in between. 

To learn more about KENNOL Performance Oil and their product line, please visit: www.Kennol.com

Contact Information and Social Media

Jesse Grose

JLGRacing@yahoo.com                                                                          

www.JesseGroseRacing.com                        

Instagram: @JesseGroseRacing                                                

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Youtube: www.youtube.com/JesseGroseRacing

 

KENNOL Performance Oil

Info@kennol.com

www.KENNOL.com

Facebook: www.FB.com/Kennolperformanceoil

Youtube: www.Youtube.com/kennol 

 

 

 

 

 

Daytona Live Streaming Schedule and Notes

I will be live streaming video on-board the #131 Prism Motorsports (Sioeye, Racingist, Racing Line Designs, XR Limited Supply Co, Kennol Performance Oil) Spec Racer Ford in tomorrow's (Saturday the 7th of May) 1.25H endurance race at Daytona International Speedway. 

Here is the tentative (not set in stone) schedule for broadcast: (All times Eastern Standard GMT-5/UTC -5/ EST)

Qualifying: 10:00 AM EST

1.25H Endurance Race: 1:30 PM EST 

Both times are approximate. You can check my Twitter: www.Twitter.com/JGroseRacing for live updates through out the day. I will be updating relative times of broadcast and events through out the race day. 

You can follow the action in three ways. 

The first is to download the Sioeye App and sign up for a free profile. You can do this off the Apple App Store or Google Play. 

The second is to follow the LIVE link posted to my Twitter account (@JGroseRacing). Finally the third is to follow the LIVE link posted on my official Facebook page. (www.Facebook.com/JesseGroseRacing)


PRESS RELEASE - Sioeye Inc. and Jesse Grose Form Partnership for the 2016 and 2017 Racing Seasons

April 23rd 2016

Fans can join Jesse Grose in the cockpit for races and interviews

Cocoa, FL - Jesse Grose officially joined the Sioeye Brand ambassador program. As a member of team Sioeye, Jesse will be using the Sioeye Iris4G live streaming action cam to bring exciting point of view video to fans as it happens. For the first time, fans will be able to ride along during race days and get an intimate look. The Sioeye Iris4G brings the live experience to life by adding speed and altitude information to the videos, letting viewers really feel what’s happening on the racetrack. 

"Sioeye completely changes the way people share their experiences. For the 2016-2017 season, I’ll be broadcasting my races and interviews with my followers and fans in real-time via the Sioeye mobile app where they will be able watch, interact with each other and view my speed and altitude as I race. This is something that was not possible before"  -Jesse Grose

The Iris4G action camera was specially made with live-streaming as the main priority, making the ability to live stream your videos simple and easy without the need for complicated routers, transmitters, receivers, or other mobile devices. All you need to do is set-up your Sioeye Iris4G, acquire a data SIM card from a top wireless service provider and you are ready to go. The Sioeye Iris4G is a self-contained, unlocked Android device that offers an all-in-one live streaming experience for extreme and action sports. Connected through 4G LTE, easily broadcast to friends and fans with the press of a button. No mobile phone required.

Photo Credit: Danielle Trakney

Photo Credit: Danielle Trakney

 

Jesse Grose will be live streaming video across the internet during his endurance race events through out the rest of 2016 and in 2017 to showcase the Iris4G. To join the action from the Daytona International Speedway on the 7th of May, download the Sioeye mobile App and follow Jesse Grose or watch for links on his twitter and Facebook accounts. 

 

Contact Information and Social Media

Jesse Grose                                                                           Sioeye Inc.

+1-321-652-0462                                                                   +1-206-701-0343    

7205 Kimball Ave,                                                                 1518 First Avenue South #200             Cocoa, Fl, 32927,                                                                   Seattle, Washington, 98134                 United States of America

www.JesseGroseRacing.com                                                www.Sioeye.com

Instagram: @JesseGroseRacing                                           Instagram: @Sioeye      

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Youtube: www.youtube.com/JesseGroseRacing

Round 1 - Palm Beach International Raceway SCCA SARRC 1.5 Hour Debrief

Photo Credit: Mark Russell 

Photo Credit: Mark Russell 

I was absolutely ready for the 2016 racing season. I felt as though 2015 ended as a low in my career with certain plans dissolving before my eyes and feeling stuck. So I spent my off-season mentally preparing myself for the 2016 season. I took time away from self-marketing and from the never ending search for sponsorship to really focus in on my racing career. I felt mentally and emotionally exhausted by the last six months of 2015. It all culminated when I lost a great friend to a stroke in October. I still loved racing, but I felt like I was stuck in a rut and was devastated in the loss of my friend, James Swain.  

In order from left to right: Maggie Kinlaw, James Swain, Quentin De Boever, Doug Mead, Tilden Kinlaw, Matt Kersting, Me. 

In order from left to right: Maggie Kinlaw, James Swain, Quentin De Boever, Doug Mead, Tilden Kinlaw, Matt Kersting, Me. 

I took all of these emotions and used them to work hard to really kick start my 2016 season. Let's just say the hard work paid off. The race weekend was extremely successful as a whole. It was my first race on the new Hoosier race tires so I had a small hurdle to get over to be fast for the race. Luckily I was collecting data for the team when some of our customers were racing on the new Hoosiers earlier in the year. We had the car setup very well for the tires and we had a great range of data for the tire pressures. All that had to be completed was my understanding of how hard I can push the car. It did not take long to realize how great the tires really handled.  

Photo Credit: Danielle Trakney

Photo Credit: Danielle Trakney

Qualifying 

The first session of the race weekend was practice/qualifying. It was only 20 minutes long, which meant I needed to learn the new tires; and fast. I split the session in half, I pushed hard for the first half then I made a quick pit stop to check pressures; and back out I went. I didn't quite qualify as well as I wanted and I was left feeling like I could get a lot more out of the car and the tires. (which I definitely could). Matter-of-fact I didn't just drop a few tenths off my lap times in the race, I dropped seconds. 

Photo Credit: Danielle Trakney

Photo Credit: Danielle Trakney

The Race

I started outside on row one (starting second overall and class pole position) behind the Spec Racer Ford Gen 3 of Grant/De La Torriente. It didn't take long after the start for Mitch Grant and I to take off from the rest of the field and battle among ourselves. By the sixth lap we managed to pull a decent gap between us and third place overall. I was all over the back of Grant's SRFG3 for quite a few laps until I managed to slip by him in turn four and continued to pull a gap while managing lapped traffic. After a while I couldn't see Grant in the mirrors anymore indicating one of a few possibilities, he either pitted behind me and started his mandatory pit stop or he had an off. The Spec Racer Ford Gen 3 is about four or five seconds a lap faster than my Spec Racer Ford Gen 2. Most of the difference is the overall improved balance and lighter weight of the Gen 3 coupled with the additional thirty horsepower. 

Photo Credit: Mark Russell

Photo Credit: Mark Russell

Leading an entire field was a great feeling, especially to the tune of leading a faster car and leading in class. I spent another thirty minutes or so cutting and forcing my way through lapped traffic. I saw the Grant/De La Torriente Spec Racer Ford G3 one more time for a few laps before I opened up another gap on the car. A few laps later I made my five minute mandatory pit-stop. 

While I was in the pits, Hector De La Torriente regained the lead. Knowing he was in a faster car and back on the lead lap, I really needed to push hard to finish remotely close to him. I managed to work my way back to second overall and stayed there until the end of the race. I officially finished first in class (SRFG2) and second overall behind the Spec Racer Ford Gen 3 of Mitch/De La Torriente. I finished on the lead lap a mere one minute behind De La Torriente. We managed fifty-six laps without a full course caution and opened a gap of one complete lap on third overall.  It was an amazing and extremely enjoyable race. I am looking forward to our next race at Daytona in six weeks time. 


Don't forget to check out my 2016 partners!


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2016 Racing Season Tentative Schedule

I am pleased to announce my return to SCCA Spec Racer Ford once again for the 2016 racing season with Prism Motorsports. Hopefully I will be adding events to this schedule through-out the year. I hope to race in a few different championships and types of racing cars this year as well. Here is the tentative 2016 racing season schedule:


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Palm Beach International Raceway

SCCA SARRC Spec Racer Ford Endurance

March 5th - 6th 2016


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Daytona International Speedway

SCCA SARRC Spec Racer Ford Endurance

May 7th - 8th 2016

 

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Road Atlanta

SCCA SARRC Spec Racer Ford Endurance

July 23rd - 24th 2016


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Sebring International Raceway

SCCA SARRC Spec Racer Ford Endurance

September 10th - 11th 2016


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Palm Beach International Raceway

SCCA SARRC Spec Racer Ford Endurance - 3 Hour Finale

November 12th - 13th 2016


Possible Drives for 2016

The events listed above are the tentative planned events for the 2016 racing season. I am currently working deals to race in several different championships this year. Some of these deals are purely for driving experience and the others are focused on my career and development as a racing driver. Not included in the schedule above are any possible karting events. Recently I have run into a dilemma I would like to resolve before continuing my return to karting. Listed below is a set of championships that might see me enter one or more races in 2016 if all goes well with funding and planning. 


If you like my racing or follow my racing career, please take a minute to check out my 2016 partners:

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PRESS RELEASE - Jesse Grose becomes brand ambassador for XR Limited Supply Co

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Jesse Grose becomes brand ambassador for XR Limited Supply Co.

January 28th 2016

Cocoa, FL - Jesse Grose becomes brand ambassador for XR Supply Co. for the 2016 racing season. Jesse has been chosen to become an advocate for the XR Supply Co. clothing line while at and away from the track. 

XR Supply Co. has started a clothing line to promote and reflect the spirit of racing and its lifestyle. Their aim is to create premium, high quality apparel for racing and Motorsport enthusiasts in the United States. Their products, whether it be their clothing line or their carbon fiber products are all proudly created in the United States. 

The official partnership launch will begin at Jesse's first race of 2016 at Palm Beach International Raceway on the fifth of March.

Contacts and Social Media

Contact@XRLimitedSupplyCo.com

www.XRLimitedSupplyCo.com

 

www.Twitter.com/Xrlimited

www.Instagram.com/xrlimitedsupplyco

www.Facebook.com/xrlimitedsupplyco

JLGRacing@yahoo.com

+1-321-652-0462

7205 Kimball Ave,

Cocoa, Florida, 32927,

United States of America

 

www.JesseGroseRacing.com

www.Facebook.com/JesseGroseRacing

www.Instagram.com/JesseGroseRacing

www.twitter.com/JGroseRacing

www.Youtube.com/JesseGroseRacing

 

2015 - Year In Review

Photo Credit: Danielle Trakney 

Photo Credit: Danielle Trakney 

2015 was filled with many highs and lows for me in all aspects of my career. I think this year was better than any other year of my career thus far. I felt that not only did I achieve great results this season on track but I also reached some personal goals off track. Improving yourself in any way is definitely an important part of being a racing driver. You need to be able to handle your driving, business relations, self-market, and manage your technical knowledge of the cars; while at the same time balance work, family, and personal relationships. It's definitely a lot of work and can become overwhelming at the worst of times. It's almost like living two lives at once. You have your everyday life with schooling, work, family, and friends. Then you have your racing life; a completely different monster. 


The Lows

Let's start with the low points of this year first. It'll kind of be like being presented good and bad news at the same time. Most would rather hear the bad news first right? If not, maybe it's just me. Either way, every aspiring professional racing driver has a low point in their season every once in a while. I would rather not call them "low points" or "the lows" because you can always learn from a bad situation but there are times when you wish something would have gone your way. These few lows are those times. 

1. Palm Beach International Raceway - March 2015 

This low is purely a case of bad luck. I had qualified outside row one (2nd), about .200 of a second off pole. We made some changes that would help the car's understeer issues that plagued the handling in slow sweeping corners. Then the skies opened up. It was clear that the day was over once the tech sign started to skate across the paddock on the river that ran across the facilities. This was accompanied by large amounts of lightening and sudden gusts of wind. A typical Florida spring thunderstorm for sure. SCCA Florida Region announced that the one and half hour endurance race was to start at the end of the day on Sunday. That worked fine for me, I stayed the night with a team mate happily knowing that my race would start the next day. All that had to be done was to make sure the driver that rented the car out for the sprint races on Sunday would bring the car home in one piece. Sadly this was not the case. Thus ending the first race weekend of the season and making it to number one on the (thankfully) short list of lows for 2015.  

2. Sebring International Raceway - September 2015

Photo Credit: Danielle Trakney 

Photo Credit: Danielle Trakney 

Last but not least on the list of lows for 2015 is my somewhat disappointing and perplexing race at Sebring International Raceway. I came into this race weekend ready to capitalize on my recent podium streak spanning across the previous three race weekends (more on that in the highs). The car had just gotten a newer engine to replace the original that was damaged on a test day a few events earlier.  So it was up to me to benchmark and take note of the engine in the car. It felt strong, not nearly as strong as the original engine but it was close in power. The only thing that concerned me through out the warm-up and qualifying sessions was that the rear of the car danced quite a bit under braking. Naturally I thought of turning the brake bias towards the front a bit. This didn't solve the problem. We looked at the rear suspension and torqued the wheel and axle nuts around the car. We even checked the wheel bearings and shocks. Nothing was wrong with the car. I could not just feel something was up with the car's balance, but the time sheets showed it as well. I was a second and a half off my times at Sebring from 2014. Something was definitely a miss. I went out for the race, starting third. About five laps in, I started noticing strange movements from the car on the back straight-away between turns 16 and 17 (Sunset Turn). The rear was swaying back and forth, almost like it was starting to crab walk. After a few laps of dealing with the problem, the car started to wash out entering turn 17. I decided it was time to pull the car in. We checked the car in the pits, still nothing. I made the decision to pull the plug and park her for the rest of the race. I didn't need the ever-growing chance of stuffing the car in the tire wall to become a reality. Later that night the team found the problem to be a wallowed-out axle nut. The nut would tighten and torque properly with a torque wrench, but would come loose because of the car's vibrations. 


Photo Credit: Danielle Trakney

Photo Credit: Danielle Trakney

The Highs

Now we can move on to the good stuff. The meat and potatoes if you will. The greatest part about the highs of a season is knowing that everything came to a nearly perfect or perfect moment of blissful success for you because YOU worked hard at it. There are a plethora of factors that go into winning or scoring a podium finish in a race. Hard work and dedication are only half parts of the equation. Sometimes luck is more of a deciding factor than anything else, as you can tell from number one in "The Lows" above. 

1. Daytona International Speedway - May 2015 

Trying to qualify with nearly fifty pounds of air in each tire is a difficult prospect. Although it was quite surprising to me when I qualified 3rd in class and within the top ten overall even with my car's setup being off substantially. Even though I qualified some what well, it wasn't enough to keep traffic from bogging me down at the start. I eventually worked through slower production car traffic and the rest of the field started to spread out. That's when I caught up to Stuart Mullen, who was the class leader. Stuart and I started an epic battle overtaking each other several times during a fifty minute battle that would finally end as I pitted for my five minute pit-stop.  As I was starting to turn off onto the Daytona road course pit exit, the new class leader passed me. He had a gap of a second and a half on me but we matched our lap times every other lap. I ended up finishing second place in class and third overall. My first double podium finish of my car racing career! 

2. Homestead-Miami Speedway - June 2015

Photo Credit: Danielle Trakney

Photo Credit: Danielle Trakney

The endurance race at Homestead was almost a carbon copy of my success at Daytona International Raceway a month earlier. Except with a lot more rain...and lightening. I qualified decently for my first ever race at Homestead-Miami Speedway, third in class and fifth overall. The start of the race was very clean. It didn't take long for everyone to spread out and for the lead pack to reach lap traffic. In the distance you could see a typical Florida summer thunderstorm making its' way to the track. Just after we made our pit stop the skies opened up. We decided to stay out on slicks to save time. I was to consolidate and try to pound out some fast laps, while keeping the car on track and out of trouble. The plan worked out well but it wasn't enough to close the gap to first in class who had pulled a five second gap while I was in the pits. Just like the previous race at Daytona International Speedway, I finished second in class and third overall. 

3. Roebling Road Raceway - June/July 2015

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I was only planning to work this race with my team, Prism Motorsports, but Tilden and Maggie Kinlaw (Owners of Prism Motorsports) gave me the opportunity just a few days prior to leaving for the race. Needless to say I had to rush to clean and prepare my racing gear as I just returned from Homestead-Miami Speedway the week before. The rush was well worth it. Armed with a set of twelve and thirteen cycle tires my plan was to focus on learning more car control and less on event performance. Instead of my usual endurance race, this weekend was a double sprint formatted event. We had one qualifying session and one sprint race per day. On Saturday the twelve cycle tires proved their worth with struggle (that was sarcasm). It was difficult to keep up with the race leaders with a set of tires that had already peaked and fallen off in grip levels. I pushed hard enough to still earn a nice second place finish behind a fellow team mate. Sunday was a different story. I missed my qualifying session to help get all of our drivers out on track, so I started from the back in the sprint race. It started to rain on the pace lap, which was perfect for my tires. In the dry the tires were worn out, but in the rain it didn't matter anymore. I quickly shuffled through the field missing quite a few small incidents and ended up right behind my team mate. I was turning consistently faster times than him but couldn't find a gap to slip through with out taking us both out. So I finished second once again. These two podiums plus the other two double podium finishes earlier this year made a total of six podiums, three double podium weekends in a row. 

4. Inverness Grand Prix - November 2015

In early September I decided to rebuild my Gillard Daytona from my last years in karting to make a return to the karting scene in between my car racing seasons. When I mean rebuild, I literally meant I stripped the kart down to the bare frame, cleaned all of the parts, and rebuilt every system that I could in preparation for this year's Inverness Grand Prix. My girlfriend (Danielle), my father (Jeff), and my mentor (Mark Eaton) all helped me reach my goal of competing at Inverness Grand Prix and finishing the kart prep in time. I get on track for the first time since 2013 and immediately find my bearings and settle right in to the kart. There's only one problem, the kart is stiff. The frame isn't flexible enough to properly handle the bumps on the course, let alone the corners. Mark and I made some changes and it instantly pays off. I end up turning a lap three-fourths of a second faster than the second fastest kart. We both know there is more we can get out of the kart, chassis-wise and engine-wise. So we made some more changes that would have guaranteed us dropping at least another half of a second. Sadly we never got the chance to try out our changes. Again, for the third time this season we had a day shortened by Mother Nature. Let's just say a river running across the paddock and racing surface ankle deep puts a damper on any kind of racing... We were definitely looking at a sweep of the race event. This was our first pole of the year as well.


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