It has been some time since the last update here, I will work on updating the news more often from here on out. It has been a fantastic year of racing and coaching with the future looking to be more of the same. Some Highlights so far have been coaching Ron Farmer in his #474 ST2 corvette for the year where he racked up countless wins, poles, track records and put a cherry on top by winning the NASA National Championships in ST2. There were many other great happenings such as Greg W. starting his first race in his new Spec Boxster where he had a great showing at HPR in CO. Another great Spec Boxster highlight was the year long performance of Micheal H. running up front all year and grabbing his first race win as well. In historic racing action Alex W. went on to grab his first win and dominate his class at multiple events in his 75′ Porsche RSR. Alex’s good friend Darren C. went on to take many top 5 finishes as well as a top 5 in points in Ferrari Challenge racing his F430C. Corey H. had an impressive showing at every track he showed up to in PCA Group G competition taking home top honors across the country in his RS America. Rob C. found the go button in his x51 powered 996 racecar in NASA and PCA competition across the country and is still out there chasing checkered flags as his season is still going strong. Although I am highlighting most of the racers I have been involved with this year, I must give a nod to all those who chose to have me as their coach for driver development as well. It is a joy and pleasure to assist those looking to improve their skills at the track and I really have a great time being part of their progression. A few folks have taken on iRacing and I have delivered some custom fabricated setups costing them many midnight hours of sleep in the process. If you have not yet experienced iRacing I highly recommend it. Drivers of every level can learn a few bits by practicing on a sim. As for my own seat time, I have had a great time with Steve H. and his #45 Chumpcar/24hr Lemons Integra this year. We have a great group of drivers on and off the track experience is a blast. As a team we were able to win the only 24hr race held at Texas Motor Speedway and I still can’t believe the car did not break after breaking during tech inspection before the race. I was also able to race with the Hill’s in their 360 Ferrari Challenge Car during the NASA 8hr race at TWS and with Scotty P. in his Porsche 996 Cup in the same race. The Ferrari finished 2nd and the Porsche DNF’d due to a right rear wheel bearing failure. Thanks for the seat guys, it was a lot of fun! Other than some karting, riding bikes and a 1st time barefoot skiing this about sums up the past year. Look for shorter updates coming soon and thanks for taking the time to read this one, J.
Scott had just finished a PCA weekend at Road America and wanted the data and video analyzed in preparation for his running of the SCCA National Championships. After going over everything Scott came over and we reviewed all of his outings finding valuable information and forming a strong strategy for the SCCANC. When he returned he was the fastest car in the GT2 practice sessions and missed the last due to a mechanical. Come race time the mechanical resurfaced and Scott was not able to take the green…watch out for the #65 in GT2 next year! Great drive Scott, J
Well, Guy and I have been to the track a few times this year and as you can see from the left front tire he is really starting to use the car to it potential. His lap times have improved by around 5 seconds and best of all he is getting more and more consistent at this pace. I expect good things from Guy next season and have enjoyed every time to the track with him. As always…my pleasure, J
We had a tough, wet, cold weekend at Texas World Speedway. The real credit of the weekend goes to the 5th Gear Motorsports crew as they changed all three cars back and forth from dry to wet set-up on every session. Guy (GT3 Cup Group GT3C), Corey (RS America Group-G) and Steve (944 Group-E) all did and awesome job and proof of that is in the fact that all the cars were loaded up to go home in the same condition they showed up in. This weekend was surely proof that a bad day at the race track is better than a good day at work. Congratulations to the team and drivers as we had a best finishs of, Guy 1st, Corey 2nd and Steve 2nd. Good Times, J
Barry started doing coaching in 2003 and is now racing in the professional ranks. He continues to hone his drving skills and has become a consistant driver. This weekend we worked on utilizing the full potential of the GT3 Cup brakes. We found some time there as well as carring more momentum through the difficult double apex corners ECR presents.