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MAP Proving Grounds 2013 Events – PG2013.2 Dates Set!

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You asked for a second PG event and as promised we delivered! Lets all make sure and show our support for PG2013.2 by sharing this event and planning in advance to be sure we have a great turnout!

PG2013.2 Will surely be THE must attend event of the season. With over 5,000 enthusiasts in attendance this unique event provides a smorgasbord of different racing such as Drag, Drifting, Auto X, and Time Attack. Although the event is tailored to drivers (both novice and experienced) we have also seen exponential growth in spectators and campers alike coming to enjoy not only the daytime racing but the post racing party / nightlife as well.

Brainerd International Raceways facilities are truly incredible and
all I can say is if you haven’t been to Proving Grounds, you’re missing out.

PG2013.2 Will be the 2nd of 2 MAP Proving Ground Events at Brainerd International Raceway!

More details on classing, pricing, etc will be announced in the near future. For now please SHARE this event with any and all enthusiasts and help up make this years PG even bigger and better than the last.

 

The date is SET for PG2013.2

Mark your calendar for Sept 6th-8th!

 

Let us know you are attending! CLICK HERE for the Facebook Event Page!

Check the MAPerformance page for more updates!

PG2013.1 Blog Post

 


MAP Proving Grounds 2013 Events – PG2013.1 Dates Set!

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This will surely be THE must see event of the season. With over 5,000 enthusiasts in attendance this unique event provides a smorgasbord of different racing such as Drag, Drifting, Auto X, and Time Attack. Although the event is tailored to drivers (both novice and experienced) we have also seen exponential growth in spectators and campers alike coming to enjoy not only the daytime racing but the post racing party / nightlife as well.

Brainerd International Raceways facilities are truly incredible and all I can say is if you haven’t been to Proving Grounds, you’re missing out.

PG2013.1 Will be the 1st of 2 MAP Proving Ground Events at Brainerd International Raceway!

More details on classing, pricing, etc will be announced in the near future. For now please SHARE this event with any and all enthusiasts and help up make this years PG even bigger and better than the last.

 

The date is SET for PG2013.1

Mark your calendar for June 21st-23rd!

 

Let us know you are attending! CLICK HERE for the Facebook Event Page!

Check the MAPerformance page for more updates!

PG2013.2 Blog Post


Proving Grounds 2012 Road Racing Event & Class Info

Road Course / Time Attack Presented by Competition Clutch & Stance USA

$3000 in Cash Payouts

Looking for the ultimate driver’s experience? The Time Attack event will be running both Saturday and Sunday on the 2.5 mile BIR Competition Road Course. Both days will be ran in a typical HPDE format with 20 minute sessions. You will be placed in a run group with similar driver skill level and car performance. New for 2012, you will have the option to compete in Time Attack by simply buying an RFID tag ($20/day, $30/both days).

Event structure and coordination will be handled by CWSCC. Pre-registration is available on their page here.


$500 in cash payouts: $300 for 1st Place / $150 for 2nd Place / $50 for 3rd Place
All Wheel Drive Street (AWD/S) sponsored by Stellar Autoworks
Class Requirements
Must have interior — OEM Dash, Heater, Carpet, 2 Front Seats, Headlights and Tail lights
Tire Restrictions: 140+ Treadwear, DOT legal tire


$500 in cash payouts: $300 for 1st Place / $150 for 2nd Place / $50 for 3rd Place
All Wheel Drive Unlimited (AWD/U) sponsored by GSC Power-Division
Class Requirements
Any modifications allowed
Tire Restrictions: unrestricted


$500 in cash payouts: $300 for 1st Place / $150 for 2nd Place / $50 for 3rd Place
Front Wheel Drive Street (FWD/S) sponsored by Ferrea
Class Requirements
Must have interior — OEM Dash, Heater, Carpet, 2 Front Seats, Headlights and Tail lights
Tire Restrictions: 140+ Treadwear, DOT legal tire


$500 in cash payouts: $300 for 1st Place / $150 for 2nd Place / $50 for 3rd Place
Front Wheel Drive Unlimited (FWD/U) sponsored by Boomba Racing
Class Requirements
Any modifications allowed
Tire Restrictions: unrestricted


$500 in cash payouts: $300 for 1st Place / $150 for 2nd Place / $50 for 3rd Place
Rear Wheel Drive Street (RWD/S) sponsored by Wiseco
Class Requirements
Must have interior — OEM Dash, Heater, Carpet, 2 Front Seats, Headlights and Tail lights
Tire Restrictions: 140+ Treadwear, DOT legal tire


$500 in cash payouts: $300 for 1st Place / $150 for 2nd Place / $50 for 3rd Place
Rear Wheel Drive Street (RWD/U) sponsored by Whiteline USA
Class Requirements
Any modifications allowed
Tire Restrictions: unrestricted

Only production based, closed wheel vehicles are allowed to compete in the PG2012 Time Attack. The Time Attack Competition Director has the ability to move anyone out of the “Street” class as he/she sees fit. Street class is designed for Street driven cars. If your car was trailered to the event, chances are you should be in the unlimited class.

MAPerformance sponsored Professional Awesome picks up another 1st place finish

In what is surely one of the strongest showings from a grassroots-level team in the Redline Time Attack series, Professional Awesome took another victory at the world famous Sebring International Raceway. Along with the team’s first place finish comes the title of East Coast Champions and an invite to the final race November 12-14 at California’s Auto Club Speedway. Dan led the Street Tire class with a very impressive 2.25.113 lap, beating out his nearest competitor by over 2 seconds, braving the 3.7 miles of challenging curves of the legendary Sebring racetrack. Sadly, yours truly was unable to attend, so I can only speculate on how incredible the experience must have been, so we’re going to shake things up a bit and let Dan step up and take us through the event.

How to describe this weekend? Perhaps a few numbers would help.

2,208 Miles traveled.
110 Degree in car temperatures.
60 Gallons of E85 Fuel used.
3 Car crashes into the wall. (Thankfully not ours! -Alec)
1 East Coast Championship secured.

My feelings about this weekend are tough to put into words. Here we are, a race team with a car built in a townhouse garage, our first true year of motorsports competition, on the halo’d ground of Ferrari, Porsche, Gurney, Andretti and countless racing legends.

I’ll start at the beginning. Mike Lewin and Grant Davis trailered the #777 Evo from our base in West Lafayette, Indiana straight down to Sebring. In the processes of their 20 hour drive a wheel bearing failure on the trailer caused the wheel to come perilously close to falling off. Seriously within a few millimeters. No big deal for arguable the best amateur race crew in existence. 3 Hours later the wheel bearing was fixed and upgraded with better than Taiwanese parts and 17 hours of smooth sailing later all was well.

I (Dan the driver) was lucky enough to fly down to Florida. Due to timing and budget we were almost out of our Amsoil Brake Fluid when Mike and Grant left Indiana and apparently there are some sort of TSA regulations against flying with Brake Fluid in your carryon luggage. After meeting with two of PA’s great supporters, Mike Fleege and Jordan Gilsinger, a massive search of Ft. Meyers for more Fluid commenced. Luckily we found a sweet motorcycle shop that carried exactly what we needed, little did we know how important this fluid would end up being.

Once we were all at the track on Friday the last remaining car prep was finished up. This included alignment, additional cooling ducting, fluids and the usual check over of the car. This left a little time to sit back and soak in the greatness that is Sebring. We also tossed the Duke (it’s the house football, for those not in the know – Alec) around, mandatory if you know me.

First on the track and last off is a sign of good preparation (or being inefficient as Fleege says) so PA was up and at the track at 6am Saturday morning. The car started out strong and quite quickly I became comfortable on the track. A few thoughts come to mind about the track. Narrow, lots of walls and just a tad bumpy. The KW Suspension proved its worth by handling everything I threw at it. Between flying off the curbing, 130mph-40mph in braking zones that feel like the surface of the moon and 80mph drifts across slabs of concrete, the car felt very stable through it all. One side note, we could use almost 10 gallons of fuel in one 25 minute session (6 laps)… This is an incredible rate of fuel usage for us, just staggering.

The only issue with the car could have been a big one. A brake caliper cross-over tube becoming loose and started leaking brake fluid. At this point of the track I was doing 130mph. Luckily I had plenty of run off and stayed calm and brought the car to a controlled stop. After carefully making it around the track and back to the pits Grant quickly diagnosed the issue and from then on the car was problem free and our car was the quickest in Street Class by a good margin.

I wish I could say the same about our competitors in Street AWD. Our good buddy Justin Matthews had rod bearing issues. Fortune Auto had a massive crack on both or of their brake front rotors. There were additional car crashes and our bro mates at Turn-In Concepts snapped a crankshaft in half! I don’t even know how that happens.
Sunday is were all the preparation and hard work paid off. Fast and reliable is how I would describe the car. A slight alignment tweak and the car was a rocket. I spent most of the practice sessions just going 7/10s to dial in a good line and cracked off only a few fast laps to ensure our position as first on the grid. We got our best time of the day at a 2:24.547  Our first timed session I over drove the car a bit and times weren’t as fast as in practice, but I did lap 3 cars and in the process secured the first place finish with a 2:25.113! Fortune Auto had a vacuum tube issue and couldn’t lay down a fast lap. This worried us slightly as we thought they might be able to pull a Hail Mary lap in the second session and beat our time.

We bumped up the boost controller in the final timed session to ensure we wouldn’t leave anything on the table, but issues cropped up with it feeling funky so I had to turn it back down. I drove consistently in the final session and the cheers from the pit as I drove by let me know that we had done it. Secured the fastest Street time of the day and along with it, the East Coast championship.

Only the Super Session was left, the wheel to wheel 5 lap race that always proves to be exciting. We were grided 4th place and even though Grant and Mike wanted me to take it easy, I had decided long ago that I was going to drive 100%, they were displeased. I passed Doug Wind in his SRT-4 and Fortune Auto’s Mod class Evo (both cars did have issues) on my way to a solid 2nd place finish.

After two bottles of champaign, a trophy and a few pictures with the models (Average day for us – Alec), talk was already to Autoclub Speedway in California. It never stops at Professional Awesome.

I wanted to thank Mike Fleege and Jordan Gilsinger as well as Lewin’s Mom and Grant’s parents for helping with not only support, but food and manual labor as well. I’d also like to thank all the sponsors, for all their help in making this year possible. And of course Redline Time Attack for putting on a great event.

And again a special thanks to our sponsors

(I second the many thanks to our sponsors, we couldn’t have done it without you! – Alec and the rest of the Professional Awesome team)

Gates311 Evo X visits BIR

BIR hosted it’s Porsche Club of America event this weekend July 30 – August 1st.  With Porsche’s of all ages, shapes, and colors there, it made for quite the event to watch.  Being in Minnesota we often times don’t get the opportunity to see huge events come to our neighborhood.  Upon finding out that Ryan Gates, and his crazy Evo X were going to be at Brainerd International Raceway, it seemed like a great reason for a road trip.

Fighting some car issues he only had a chance to make a few laps on Sunday while we were there, but it was certainly entertaining to see.  I’m sure he surprised more then a few Porsche owners as he went flying back on the back straight.  Here are some of the other pictures from the weekend.

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