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Spec MX-5 Cup Team is Hiring NC Miata Mechanics / Crew / Techs

Update: WOW! Quickest rejection response I’ve ever gotten. Good luck to all y’all that may qualify.


If you are starting your New Year off looking for a Motorsport job like me, you may be in luck. Atlanta Speedwerks is now hiring full time mechanics, techs, and crew to work on their fleet of Spec MX-5 Cup NC Miatas…

Interested?

I definitely am!

 

If the cars in the top photo (borrowed from ATLSpeedwerks/Level-Up Facebook page) look familiar… you are not wrong. You have seen them on this blog before. They are the ex-Skippy Racing School Miatas that were auctioned off at Road Atlanta recently… all 16’ish of them.

I’m not only happy to see them restored from this:

To this:

But Mazda Motorsport has created a companion / feeder series for their established Global MX-5 Cup to run these cars in. You’ve heard of Spec Miata race groups in Club racing. Now we have Spec MX-5 Cup too.

Good stuff… and good luck if you choose to pursue this job. My fingers and toes are crossed.

Skip Barber Racing School Bankruptcy Liquidation Buy Your MX-5 Race Car!

One man’s misery is another man’s blessing…. or however that saying goes. I should point out that Skip Barber the man is no longer affiliated with the Racing School he started and one that bears his name. He’s doing fine and happy owning Lime Rock. The school on the other hand has gone bancrupt. And there are a lot of unhappy people who haven’t gotten paid looking for some of their hard earned money.

This weekend a facebook post popped up about a Liquidation Sale of all of Skip Barber Racing School’s assets. Someone may be very interested in this. The press release is below.

I’m just going to go out on a limb and speculate here that soon there will be a ton of NC Miata’s hitting the track in club and amateur racing scene that were once Skippy cars. In fact I always said that the reason I bought my Miata was because one had crashed into my station at Road Atlanta during the Playboy MX-5 Miata Cup race… well there were two classes in those races, with the slower field being Skip Barber Racing School cars/drivers. Looking at the pictures the Skip Barber Miata’s even use the same BFGoodrich g-Force Sport Comp tires I use on my car!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Liquid Asset Partners to Acquire Skip Barber Racing School

New York, NY – Skip Barber Racing School has received U.S. Bankruptcy Court approval in New York to sell all their assets and intellectual property to Liquid Asset Partners. The school is one of the largest racing institutions in the world. It has a 40+ year history providing racing instruction, defensive and high-performance driving classes, amateur and professional racing championships, and corporate entertainment experiences. Their list of Alumni includes top racers, business professionals, and world famous actors.

While most of the physical assets will be sold in a three month liquidation sale starting August 29, the iconic brand is available for outright purchase offers or potentially for licensing to regional race schools or tracks that want to grow their race programs. Liquid Asset Partners utilizes a unique approach to Intellectual Property and values the enormous brand recognition of the Skip Barber Racing School. Other schools and race tracks with instructional programs could add quality and demand to their race programs from the Skip Barber Racing School association.

A three-month liquidation sale will be held in Braselton, GA starting August 29. The sale will include hundreds of race cars and high-performance engines, transmissions, and components for Barber formula race cars, Mazda Miata, Porsche 911, Mustang GT, semi-trailers, trucks, fleet equipment, race equipment, memorabilia, and historical vehicles.

“Skip Barber Racing School has built a great track record for over 40 years as the leading race and performance driving school. We feel honored to have this opportunity and are starting to talk to different parties about options for its future,” said Bill Melvin, owner of Liquid Asset Partners. “The demand for Skip Barber Racing School training is very high, and it’s amazing how most men know the Skip Barber Racing School as the best of the best. It just needs the right structure for it to grow for another 40+ years. Licensing to numerous tracks could be an option. Adding the Skip Barber Racing School to any track curriculum would be a huge draw for any local race community, or a national player may emerge to acquire the brand for a national program already in place.”

Press contacts or interested parties should contact Liquid Asset Partners at 616-719-5917 to discuss.

About Skip Barber Racing School:
Since 1975, Skip Barber Racing School, based outside Atlanta, GA, has operated a fully integrated system of racing schools, driving schools, racing championships, corporate events and special projects across North America. The organization delivers a combination of high quality instruction, equipment, facilities, and memorable experiences. Their history includes associations & ventures with Mazda, Dodge, Porsche, Ford, and more. Some of their best know alumni include Michael Andretti, Danica Patrick, Juan Pablo-Montoya, Bill Elliot, Jeff Gordon, Kyle Petty, Al Pacino, Charlie Sheen, Jerry Seinfeld and more.
www.SkipBarber.com

About Liquid Asset Partners:
Since 1974, Liquid Asset Partners, based in Grand Rapids, MI, is an acquisition and disposition leader in motorsports, retail and wholesale industries across North America. Liquid Asset Partners specializes in creative ways to assist companies in unlocking value from underperforming assets. Some notable projects include Erik Buell Racing (motorcycles), BarcLounger, Circuit City, the Indian Motorcycle Company, and more.
www.LiquidAP.com

And of course the pix:

photo credit: Liquid Asset Partners facebook page

So if you’re in a market for new or used parts, tires, engines, transmissions, complete and incomplete cars, haulers, vans and trucks do reach out to this company and get a little piece of the action probably at greatly reduced price…

 

Liquidation Sale! Skip Barber Racing School liquidation starts Aug. 29th & will run 3 months until everything is sold! 5489 Technology Parkway Braselton GA. Call for info 616.719.5917

Postcard from 2015 Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta Presented by Mazda and Interrupted by Joaquin

All ya’ll ain’t gonna believe what happened. Well, maybe you will, but here’s my little preview of the “season finale” at Road Atlanta during the 2015 Petit Le Mans presented by Mazda (the presented by Mazda bit is obviously a joke, while accurate, it was repetitively used by the flag chief in a NASCAR-style shout-out to the sponsors). I like Mazda even though their booth babe tricked me into taking a survey without actually giving me the hat I was promised for my participation. So screw Mazda! or at least the people they outsourced the marketing duties to during the event.

2015 petit le mans mazda owner's lounge

On a positive note, when Corvette Racing advertises a FREE t-shirt for completing their survey, they actually give you a t-shirt… get it Mazda?

2015 petit le mans mazda owner's lounge 1

I will make a few posts about each of the topics I wanted to share from Petit Le Mans, but this entry will act like a snapshot of things to come accompanied by some teaser pictures.

This year’s Petit Le Mans was wet… so wet it was cut short, thanks to Hurricane Joaquin stirring shit up in the Atlantic. But I was well prepared. I had a great station assignment that I actually requested, and as luck would have it, I stayed pretty dry throughout this soaker of a week(end).

hurricane joaquin
credit: borrowed from Facebook

The saddest part of the trip was catching a glimpse of the MX-5 Cup graveyard near the Skip Barber facility at Road Atlanta. I took some pix, they aren’t pretty:

skip barber mx-5 cup miata graveyard road atlanta

skip barber mx-5 cup miata graveyard road atlanta 1

The action on track cheered me up a bit. I was close to the action and close to the pits, which means I was super close to cars. I love being this close to cars! Like this close:

2015 petit le mans continental tire sports car challenge

This is the view from station, with flags in the foreground.

2015 petit le mans pit lane lamborghini super trofeo blancpain

mazda mx-5 cup during petit le mans 2015 miatas galore

I got a chance to meet up with some great people that fed me well. I love southern BBQ. I couldn’t get enough of it! I’m also glad to see some European friends that I last met in Belgium during Spa 24h.

2015 petit le mans marshal dinner with teddy racing

I had some fun in my rental vehicle which I probably overpaid for, just like the flight, and like the cost of the way to get to the flight… I flew out of Philly International the day after Pope Francis left town. But the rental was worth every penny in the flood that literally took over the camp site. I was dry. I was comfortable. And I was happy! I even got a chance to sit in the truck during the red flag period of the race, with the heat on full blast pointed at my sox… shoes off, getting some much needed rest and warmth from the heater and IMSA radio called by John Hindy from Radio Le Mans thru the car’s stereo!

2015 petit le mans red flag

Yep… I got to park on the pit lane for the main event!

petit le mans 2015 rental car and camping vehicle

All in all an excellent weekend. There were some people that went out of their way to sort of shut me down and rain on my parade, and I wasn’t really in a position to ignore them, but shit like that happens. I was just happy that the good moments outnumbered the bad.

2015 petit le mans grid walk 7

I don’t hate Teddy!

PS. I got to win another “Mazda” hat during the marshal party! So thanks but no thanks Mazda booth! But I’m happy I got to take some pix with an ND Miata, both the safety cars and the display models.

2015 petit le mans presented by mazda marshal swag

2015 petit le mans grid walk 2

I also got a chance to sign the nose on the #60 Ligier P2 prototype, they didn’t win and crashed often… but a GTLM car won. A Porsche… which I suspect was done for publicity, both for IMSA and for Porsche in their North American headquarters home of Georgia. Hmm…

Up to 40% Off! Happy 40th Anniversary Skip Barber

I don’t know who added me to the Skip Barber Racing School mailing list but they are freaking persistent! I’m getting two e-mails per week sometimes. So allow me to share the great news with all of you in case someone has $2-$3 grand burning a hole in their pockets… with up to 40% savings I wonder how they even stay in business being so generous?

Maybe they should start a marshal training program for their very successful driver training program? I think that’d be a great idea.

I would sign up!

 

skip barber the gateway to motorsports it all starts here

It did for Ryan Hunter-Reay, Juan Pablo Montoya, Sergio Perez, Marco Andretti and countless others.

40 years ago, it all started here with dedication, passion and greatness!
Celebrate our anniversary with up to 40% off upcoming programs.
Book a program and save up to $2198 until Monday, July 13, 2015 by midnight.
Celebrate with us and save big by booking your seat today!

 

skipbarber.com | 800.221.1131

Why doesn’t Skip Barber Racing School offer the FIA Institute Marshal Training Program?

Over the past few months I’ve been bombarded with marketing e-mails from the Skip Barber Racing School… Enjoy the $3k-$5k intro to performance driving/racing… Mom will enjoy the Mother’s day specials of similar pricing… Celebrate 4th of July with some seat time behind the wheel, etc. But today’s e-mail got me wondering: Why doesn’t the Skip Barber Racing School offer professional Marshal training?

Why not?

They advertise the following in today’s e-mail:

“Skip Barber Racing School is excited to participate in the third annual FIA Sport Conference taking place July 8-10, 2015 in Mexico City, Mexico… blah blah blah…. [the conference] ,,,enabled more than 74 ASNs and 250 delegates from all over the world to exchange ideas and to work together on common topics and issues, to meet the main protagonists in motor sport as well as FIA senior management and staff members.”

Well ain’t that just grand!?!

Wouldn’t it make sense that an organization, the only one of it’s kind in the US, that cranks out professional young drivers, on par or  accredited by the FIA… why wouldn’t they also not want to produce some professional marshals for the very competitive American market?

Who’s going to pay for this? That’s a valid bottleneck in such an endeavor. Let the FIA Institute for Motorsport Safety and Sustainability pay for whatever the minuscule charge would be. Or bill the SCCA. Why not? I mean how much would it freaking cost? They’re already putting on a show for all the drivers that paid a few grand to be there. So what’s the cost of training marshals on scene to work the turns where the new prospective drivers also train. It makes sense to me. Skip  Barber wouldn’t need more than one qualified marshal trainer to add to their driver training program, two at most. The cost of operations would be covered under the driver training, although they might have to spring for maybe a dozen more lunches, but come on, food is cheap in America. What else would it cost? Insurance? Maybe some Skip Barber Racing School “Marshal” t-shirts, those are cheap too. Maybe some marshaling equipment? Flags? Whistles?

“In 2014, Skip Barber Racing School and Mexico’s OMDAI were awarded the highest level of accreditation in the Federation Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) Institute’s Young Driver Safety Programme which qualified the two organizations to become Regional Training Providers (RTPs) for young drivers. Skip Barber Racing School is the only motorsports education company in the United States to earn this accreditation.”

I’m going to speculate here and say that the reason Skip Barber Racing School is the only U.S. company to become a Regional Training Provider for the FIA is because no other American club or Motorsport organization really gives a fuck about the FIA… most of the other American racing is either geared for SCCA club racing or NASCAR pro racing, and neither one of those organizations really give a shit about the  Federation Internationale de l’Automobile… the only common link between them and the FIA is through a loosely formed ACCUS organization that liaisons international matters. Although to be fair there are plenty of American drivers that make it big and leave these here shores for greener pastures in Europe to race directly under FIA supervision.

But Skip Barber Racing School is so proud of their program with the FIA Institute Regional Training Provider status and their fancy FIA Sport Conference in Mexico attendance that they feel the need to share that news through their marketing e-mails… I’d be thrilled to discover that Skip Barber extends the training program to train marshals as well. Imagine that? Both young drivers and young marshals trained together at the same facility(ies) around the country. Both learn to work together following the same procedural criteria like consistency in flagging, consistency in communicating, and consistency in response to incidents. Same rules reinforced over and over again so both marshals and drivers are on the same page. Teaching both young marshals and young drivers the same professionalism that FIA dictates in their rules.

Skip Barber Racing School probably brags about their alums making it big:

“Skip Barber Racing School launched the auto racing careers of Juan Pablo Montoya, Ryan Hunter-Reay, Marco Andretti, Sergio Perez, Scott Speed, A.J. Allmendinger, Raphael Matos, John Edwards, Conor Daly, Josef Newgarden, Spencer Pigot and many more.”

They could do the same for their marshals… or at least contribute to it in a meaningful way. I’d be very proud to wear a Skip Barber Racing School Trained Marshal patch while volunteering at the Nurburgring, or Le Mans, or Bathurst, or Singapore, or Circuit of the Americas or Laguna Seca!

Think about it Skip Barber Racing School… it’s a win win idea, and you’re free to use it. I’d be the first person signing up to take advantage of such a prestigious opportunity.

Someone Added Me to the Skip Barber Racing School Mailing List, I like it!

Earlier this month I started getting e-mails from Skip Barber Racing School. The first one said that they haven’t heard from me in a while and that I should learn more about their programs. Subsequent e-mails promised to help me spend my tax return with a 25% discount on a variety of events they offer around the country. The latest one claims that Sportscar Racing is within reach…

How I wish that was true!

The last time I remember subscribing to their mailing list was when I was looking for a new job in late 2008. Right around the time I got the idea to vacation in Australia which turned into a wonderful working holiday trip abroad that started my adventures in the Pacific and Southeast Asia. I’m pretty sure I had send Skip Barber an e-mail looking for some work, but obviously never heard back. I wish they would have at least responded about the volunteering possibilities, especially since Skip Barber owns Lime Rock Park and they always need marshals. But for whatever reasons the business side of the racing school and the volunteering requirements of the circuit don’t seem to be aligned.

But I respect Skip Barber Racing School and will paste the e-mail I got below so hopefully someone else may find it useful information. For me racing school participation was and continues to be way out of reach. I’m having a hard time volunteering due to budget constraints.

Sportscar Racing Is Within Reach

skip barber miata mx-5
photo: Skip Barber Racing School

 

Whether you’ve always wanted to try Sportscar racing, or just looking for ways to sharpen your skills on track, we have the perfect opportunity for you!

Finesse your racing skills by learning from the best instructors in the world at some of the most famed tracks in the country.
Book Your Seat Today! 800.221.1131 or visit skipbarber.com
Check out some of the program options for we have to offer:

skip barber miata mx-5
photo: Skip Barber Racing School
Intro To Racing School 
Our Intro To Racing School program is the easiest way to hop in the driver’s seat of an MX-5 Cup car and sample what the world of Skip Barber Racing has to offer. Based on our popular 1 DayRacing School, the three hour Intro to Racing curriculum begins with a detailed vehicle dynamics lesson that will teach participants the fundamentals of professional racing. Participants then head to the race track where they take to the wheel of our MX-5 Cup cars in intense lead-follow sessions.

Program

Track

Program Date

Cost
MX5 Intro to Racing
ROAD ATLANTA
7/6/2015
$595
MX5 Intro to Racing
ROAD ATLANTA
7/7/2015
$595
MX5 Intro to Racing
ROAD ATLANTA
7/8/2015
$595
MX5 Intro to Racing
ROAD ATLANTA
7/9/2015
$595
MX5 Intro to Racing
SEBRING NEW COURSE
7/20/2015
$595
1 Day Racing School 
The 1 Day Racing School is the perfect program for a person new to racing. This day long experience allows the driver to experience the  Mazda Miata based MX-5 Cup Car. This schoolbegins with an in-depth classroom session going over the racing line and vehicle dynamics. The program rapidly picks up the pace as you experience the thrill of the MX-5 Cup Car. This is the ideal program for helping the motorsport enthusiast.

Program

Track

Program Date

Cost

1 Day Racing School – MX5 Only
ROAD ATLANTA
7/9/2015
$2195
skip barber miata mx-5
photo: Skip Barber Racing School
3 Day Racing School
The 3 Day Racing School is every driver’s  gateway to motorsports and racing. This is Skip Barber RacingSchool’s  signature product – with a curriculum that combines classroom sessions with practical hands on seat time. The 3 Day Racing School is a prerequisite for racers interested in obtaining a club, professional or international racing license. In this unique program, students master the fundamentals of racing in classroom and driving sessions. The cars used in the program are either the Formula Skip Barber 2000 open wheel single-seater or MX-5 Cup cars. The MX-5 Cup car has braking and cornering capabilities that vastly exceed any street or sports car. 1 in 3 professional racecar drivers in motorsports is a 3 Day RacingSchool Graduate. So whether you want to be a pro, or just drive like one, it all starts with the 3 Day RacingSchool.
Program
Track
Program Start
Cost
Mazdaspeed MX5 3 Day Racing School
ROAD ATLANTA
6/10/2015
$4,725
Mazdaspeed MX5 3 Day Racing School
ROAD ATLANTA
7/6/2015
$4,725
Mazdaspeed MX5 3 Day Racing School
SEBRING NEW COURSE
7/20/2015
$3,845
Mazdaspeed MX5 3 Day Racing School
ROAD ATLANTA
8/17/2015
$4,725
Mazdaspeed MX5 3 Day Racing School
SEBRING NEW COURSE
9/28/2015
$3,845
2 Day Advanced Racing School

  • The 2 Day Advanced Racing School is just as it sounds, advanced. This school picks up right where the 3 Day Racing School leaves off and helps the participant transition from student to racer. In this school, students are able to polish the skill sets developed, while adding speed and consistency.
  • Upon the successful completion of the 2 Day Advanced Racing School, graduates are eligible to compete in the Skip Barber MX-5 MAZDASPEED Challenge.
Program
Track
Program Start
Cost
Mazdaspeed MX5 2 Day Advanced
ROAD ATLANTA
8/20/2015
$4,175
skip barber miata mx-5
photo: Skip Barber Racing School
5290 Winder Highway | Braselton, GA 30517 US
800.221.1131

Best of luck to Skip Barber Racing School for recruiting new participants. And remember if people can’t afford to go racing, entice them to come out and volunteer!

Tracks around the country and the world could certainly use some more newbies…