* SCCA – SAFE is FAST – How to get started racing -
* NASA CHAMPIONSHIP – Spec Miata event -
* NASA CHAMPIONSHIP – Event coverage -
2015 is going to be a BLAST! Several new venues for championship races will make for some serious competition. With the NASA championships at VIR and the Runoffs at Daytona GET YOUR RESERVATIONS now!
You also have a choice in March. . once we see the attendees choices this will be a definite decision with no changes. Please pick and let me know by the middle of December if you want to do the event at NOLA or The VIR March Memories. Majority will rule on this one!
As always it helps us plan our year for crew, shop help, transport drivers and rigs the earlier you make your race weekend choices. We have had some great changes in our staff in 2014. These changes will make the 2015 season a new level of excellence and success for your race weekends and OPM. We also have added a new dimension of service to the shop with the addition of our OPM Dynojet. Tom now has easy access to tune and improve your cars performance whenever you want that extra level to your competitive edge.
As most of you know that Ryan has been back for quite a while as our shop foreman and lead technician. While you do not see him at the track that often he is a vital part of your race weekend success. He and the other techs are in the shop M-F prepping your cars and working on the multiple new car builds we have going on right now.
Also back in October 2014 Ricky Downton – Ricky has come back to OPM full time and will be one of the full time weekend crew for all travel and local events. Ricky has been working for pro teams and helping to get a Kart company back on track for a while. But he missed OPM and all you great customers so he’s back to stay and we couldn’t be happier. AND he just got married to a fab gal – Mrs. Amber Downton – another great addition to the OPM family.
One of the most important parts of the team is having a top notch transport driver and logistics person. Tim Meek rejoined the OPM team this past season. He is full time at the shop in charge of a multitude of fleet and shop duties. As the full time transport driver, this allows Tom Fowler to not have to drive the big black thing. And me to not need therapy after race weekend trips in and out of Atlanta. At the track, Tim is also in charge of all the tire inventory and track tires for the weekend and the car fueling and much more. I am very glad to have him back for ECR pit stops and fueling. He is super to have during the Enduro events – calm and proficient – it makes the fuel stops go smoothly and I know it’s done correctly.
2015 is going to be one awesome year with OPM!
If you have questions about the schedule give me a call 770-889-7630
Jan. 9-11 – Homestead Miami Speedway, Homestead, Fla.
Jan. 16-18 – Sebring International Raceway, Sebring, Fla.
March 7-8 – NOLA Motorsports Park, Avondale, La. (With Mid-States)
March 20-22 – Road Atlanta, Braselton, Ga.
April 17-19* – VIRginia International Raceway, Alton, Va. (With Northeast)
May 1-3 – Summit Point Raceway, Summit Point, W. Va. (With Northeast)
* – Pending track date approval
Northeast Conference Events
April 17-19* – VIRginia International Raceway, Alton, Va. (With Southeast)
May 1-3 – Summit Point Raceway, Summit Point, W. Va. (With Southeast)
May 29-31* – Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, Lexington, Ohio (With Northern)
July 3-5 – Watkins Glen International, Watkins Glen, N.Y.
July 31-Aug. 2 – New Jersey Motorsports Park, Millville, N.J.
Aug. 14-16 – Pitt Race (new 2.9-mile circuit), Wampum, Pa. (With Northern)
* – Pending track date approval
Northern Conference Events
May 2-3 – Blackhawk Farms, S. Beloit, Ill.
May 29-31* – Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, Lexington, Ohio (With Northeast)
June 12-14 – Road America, Elkhart Lake, Wis.
July 11-12 – GingerMan Raceway, South Haven, Mich.
Aug. 14-16 – Pitt Race (new 2.9-mile circuit), Wampum, Pa. (With Northeast)
Aug. 22-23 – Michigan International Speedway, Brooklyn, Mich.
Mid-States Conference Events
March 7-8 – NOLA Motorsports Park, Avondale, La. (With Southeast)
April 11-12 – Hallett Motor Racing Circuit, Jennings, Okla.
July 4-5 – High Plains Raceway, Byers, Colo.
July 25-26 – Pueblo Motorsports Park, Pueblo, Colo.
TBA – Two additional events will be added
Western Conference Events
Jan. 16-18 – Auto Club Speedway, Fontana, Calif.
March 21-22 – Chuckwalla Valley Raceway, Desert Center, Calif.
April 11-12 – Thunderhill Raceway Park, Willows, Calif.
May 1-3 – Buttonwillow Raceway Park, Buttonwillow, Calif.
May 23-25 – Pacific Raceway, Kent, Wash.
July 3-5 – Portland International Raceway, Portland, Ore.
More information on the Sports Car Club of America and the U.S. Majors Tour can be found at www.scca.com.
OPM is off to Florida for the Sebring Regional Races this weekend. With a Spec Miata field of 73 this is going to be BIG! Tom Hart – http://tomhartracing.com/ – will be running his new MX5 in T4 and also his #44 SM.
Also running are the team of Shoffner/Hil in their new OPM 99 Rides. They are off to a great start in SM and are ones to watch for some fast movement up through the ranks this coming season. Racing in both the SM series and the Enduro series they make a formidable team for Enduro racing.
On track for a great season is Keith Andrews. Keith is running for the SE Championship and has everything it takes to end up at the top of that podium in September.
The first two months of the year offer a kick start to the Majors Championship for 2014!
For the Florida races in January we are full and not accepting any more booking! But, you can still book for the inaugural NOLA Majors Event Feb 7-9, 2014. I am only offering 8 places for this event so if you are interested please reserve your spot now!