Late to Grid Motosports Podcast

Late to Grid Motosports Podcast

This podcast is about everyday motorsports. Whether you autocross, enjoy track days, enter endurance races or race with SCCA/NASA - this is the podcast that covers the topics you are interested in. Friends since high school, hosts Bill Snow and John Thorne both have careers in the automotive industry and they enjoy everything about motorsports and cars.The topics covered include getting on track, how to get involved in local racing, and learning more about the motorsports industry.The name? John & Bill always seem to rushing to get their cars done, then hustling to get the track and hence, are Late To Grid.

Episodes

April 30, 2022 52 min

Can you believe that a trip to the dentist resulted in a lifetime of motorsports involvement?

The Boreens have been in involved with the Sports Car Club of America since 1970 and have been hooked ever since.

They were the driving force behind the creation of the Classic American Muscle (CAM) class in SCCA Autocross.  This program has been very successful in attracting new members to the SCCA.

They ran over 15 events in 2021 and have a...

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It was great to have Marlon Sumlin on again .  He was first on with Jay Andrew in Season 1, Episode 7.

In this episode we talk about Marlon's B Spec racing, his new role at Rad Air in Wickliffe as their Motorsports Manager, and Marlon's 2022 plans which includes NASA Great Lakes, Grid Life, One Lap of America, and spotting in the Skip Barber series.

Learn more:
Contact Marlon
Hereditary Cancer Awareness: www.facingourrisk.org
NA...

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Betsy McIntyre is an active member of the Neohio Region of the SCCA and was introduced to motorsports by her friend, Tim Fulgham.  She attended an Autocross event, said looked fun, bought Tim's MINI Cooper and she was hooked.

So what keeps Betsy coming back and getting even more involved in regional motorsports?  The fun and friends!  Plus, she likes being involved and helping people.   

We talk a bit about Betsy's motorsport...
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If you want to get into motorsports - this is the episode to listen to!!

Want to learn more about Time Trials events - this is the episode to listen to!

So why listen to this episode?  My guest, Vinnie Taibi, does an awesome job of explaining the progression from volunteer to being an on track racer.   Plus he walks us through what Time Trials event looks like.

Vinnie is the Social Media Director and Time Trials Chair for the Indiana...

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Jimmy Peters from Resolute Motorsports Club joins me on the latest edition of the Late To Grid podcast.

It all started with a 1972 Chevy Nova  that was built for Autocrossing and track days.  Jimmy found a gap in track day offerings and wanted to create something that would fit everyone's schedule.  So now he's building a 500 acre motorsports venue!

Lots of great insights in this episode from how to tackle a big project to ho...

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Like many of our guests Chris grew up in a motorsports family.

Chris raced jet skis and has a funny Late To Grid story that he shares.  He made it to the Jet Ski World Finals in 1998! When he was done racing on water he found the SCCA and started racing RX-7s.

In 2004 he started LMS-EFI and has been focused on engine management systems, data loggers, dashes, and complete vehicle wiring.  While his focus is on Mazda and rotary, Chris ...

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Dave was our most listened to episode in our first season and he won races after being on the show.  Podcasts work folks!!   Learn more about Dave In Episode #9

Dave had a great 2021 racing in SRF. 

  • 2nd in Great Lake Division (SR3)
  • 4th in a major at Mid-Ohio
  • 4th at Grattan
  • Wins at Nelson Ledges
  • He also raced in AER in the Junk Player Special at Mid-Ohio.

    For 2022 Dave is planning to race four endurance races in Champcar and AER with the J...

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    Karting is where it starts for many racers so it only makes sense that we have two guests on this episode that are heavily involved in karting in the midwest.

    Like many in our sport, family got them involved in motorsports.  At age six Dan started going to the Indy 500 and Eric's dad had a vintage car business and was dragged to Lernerville Speedway.

    Dan's worked in the Motorsports industry for over 20 years first as writer, ...

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    Can you believe that we have an Indy 500 winning race mechanic on the show?  Not only that though - he has an awesome background in motorsports which includes Penske's Indycar and IMSA programs, worked with Mario Andretti and Paul Newman, and graduated from the Jim Russell Racing School.

    Michael Ribas gives us some great advice, "Show up,  work hard, and have a good attitude."  He applied that advice each and every day ...

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    We catch up with Aaron Quine at his race shop and learn more about his racing and motorsports career.  Aaron's story is another great example of how networking, being a professional, and looking for opportunities can pay off.

    Like many of our guests, Aaron got the racing bug from his father who raced Corvettes and Aaron grew up at Mid-Ohio and Nelson Ledges.  In fact, his dad gave him some great advice, "Meet as many people ...

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    If there's a lesson to be learned here it's, Say yes to any opportunity.

    As you'll listen Andrew Rains has had a busy career in motorsports and he's still a young man.  From working at a performance auto shop to flying on a private jet with a Grand Am team as a pit crew member, Andrew has built a foundation for solid career in our sport.

    While at Auburn University he was on the Formula SAE team and handled driving d...

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    David Kalb Jr is a young and upcoming professional race car driver out of Aurora, Ohio.  At age 4, David's love for racing sparked through playing with matchbox cars, and watching NASCAR with his uncle Tom. A year later, he would begin his racing career in a kid kart racing at Thompson Raceway Park. After Thompson, David started kart racing at Pittsburgh International and won 2 track championships. David then gained recognition...

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    If you've been around motorsports for any length of time you know the fast rise in popularity  that endurance racing has seen.  It's one of the easiest ways to get into wheel to wheel racing - and it's a blast!

    We caught up with the Dana and Bill from the ChampCar Endurance Series to learn more about their series and the 2022 season.

    Plus, they have a podcast coming out called Inside ChampCar.  Be sure to find it and hear...

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    In our first episode for season two we chat with Luca Mars.  As you'll read below, Luca is an accomplished racer and he is only a sophomore in high school!

    Connect with Luca on Instagram & Facebook.

    Luca talks about his recent announcement to race in the Michelin Pilot Challenge in 2022 and he's participating in the third edition of the HPD in the Acura GT3 for 2022.  He is just coming off a successful season in IMSA MX-5...

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    Aaron and I kept the recording rolling and talked about SCCA, racing and life.

    Thanks for your support during our first season of Late To Grid!


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    Aaron Johnson is an accomplished SCCA race car driver that has an awesome passion for our sport.

    While Arron's racing resume is impressive, what's more impressive is he's accomplished all of this while raising six children and relocating  domestically and internationally.  Plus, he's a budget minded racer that doesn't break the bank to go fast.

    In the early years he had a Triumph TR-6, then raced a Spitfire in H P...

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    November 7, 2021 24 min

    Bill interviewed a few of the exhibitors at the 2021 SEMA show.

    Hawk Performance Brakes:
    Taylor Allen shares more information about Hawk and announces the new endurance racing brake pad.
    Hawk's Instagram

    EBC Brakes:
    Candice and Steve share more about EBC brakes.  We learn RP1 & RPX pads with floating discs and they tease us about a new release that will be announced at PRI.
    EBC Brakes Instagram

    RacingJunk.com:
    Ian Downey tells us ...

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    We talk about Miatas with two Miata drivers, Jim Tramontano (No Money Motorsports) & Dave Peters (HPDEjunkie).

    Jim created No Money Motorsports - A site with the primary goal to get folks on track, as much as possible, by spending as little money as possible.  He started autocrossing in 2007, started track days by volunteering with NASA in 2012 and moved up the HPDE ranks in his Daily Driver Miata.  He's in his 5th year raci...
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    We sit down with Reed Kryder from Kryder Racing and boy did we learn a lot!  What a background!

    Reed's a former IMSA and SCCA driver who now coaches aspiring racers and owns Kyder Racing which provides car set up services, offers an arrive and drive program, and builds cars for customers.

    We talk about Reed getting his old GTU car back on track for a vintage race, Reed's background at Goodyear, and get his insights into bett...
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