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February 2015

Audi sportscar experience Helping Bay Area Leaders Accelerating Change

Audi sportscar experience recently paired with San Francisco Magazine to help spotlight five Bay Area leaders who are “accelerating change” in their world. Five honorees and guests from their favored non-profits were given the chance to really put their passion, vision and commitment to test driving a host of ASCE’s Audi performance cars.

1180-SFMagRaceway-150123After a ground school on vehicles dynamics it was off to the Audi TTS autocross where they practiced what they were preached. Lots of screeching, revving and safety cone destruction ensued before it was time to put them all to the clock with a team vs team relay race.

Then it was time to move to the big track at Sonoma Raceway where helmets were strapped on and knuckles were clenched as everyone got the chance to drive the same track that NASCAR and Indycar race on following the Audi sportscar experience’s professional drive team. Everything wrapped up on a high with a special bonus. As spectators sipped on champagne and canapés, the instructors brought out the Audi R8 supercars to give everyone a real thrill at racing speeds to end out the day.

Sonoma Raceway SF Magazine

Here is our list of the change makers as well as supported nonprofits:

Andrea Armeni, Transform Finance
Claude-Alix Bertrand, Haitian Polo Federation
Stacey Boyd of Schoola, supporting the National Council for Teacher Quality
Amy Errett of Madison Reed, supporting GLIDE
Mikkel Svane of Zendesk, supporting St Anthony Foundation

Jim Russell F3 Winter Series by Simraceway – Race 6

Round 6—the final race of the Jim Russell F3 Winter Series by Simraceway—saw Kevin Woods claim his second pole position on the trot.With fellow front-runner Chase Murray unable to attend the second race of the weekend, top Championship contender Brian Frank got to see an open track ahead for the green flag in P2.


The battle for third on the grid was very close. Third spot was changing hands every lap with six different drivers in the frame. Ultimately Pat Daly put together a great session and threw down a 1:27.272 on lap 9 of qualifying—his fastest of the weekend. John Schauerman finished fourth with a time of 1:27.449, while Gus Doppes (1:27.661) would start fifth, Bill Sheilds (1:27.788) sixth, Jim McGuire (1:27.816) seventh and Doug Tuttle (1:28.229) in eighth.


Click here to read a full race report and view the race gallery and leaderboard.

Jim Russell F3 Winter Series by Simraceway – Race 5

The final two rounds of the Jim Russell F3 Winter Series by Simraceway were greeted by more beautiful weather in Monterrey. Many lessons had been learned since the previous month’s visit to Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca and the multitude of upgrades developed by the Simraceway technical staff, allied with the drivers’ increased familiarity with the famous old track, brought a significant drop in times from January’s rounds.


Lining up in first place was Kevin Woods, whose mighty effort in the Lola SRW F3 saw him post a time of 1:24.128—a new lap record for the car by a margin of over 3.5 seconds! Alongside him at the front of the grid was Championship leader and winner of the previous two rounds held at Laguna Seca, Chase Murray. The next six drivers qualified within a second of each other, with Brian Frank—a strong finisher in the last round—inside row two.


Click here to read a full race report and view the race gallery and leaderboard.

Fuss-Free Racing is Back in 2015!

The ultimate kart racing series returns later this year with prices from $395 per race. The Simraceway Performance Karting Center’s 2015 Arrive-and-Drive Race Series ensures everything is ready-and-waiting for you, so you can concentrate on the road ahead. Find out more.

Warming Up for Winter Series Showdown

A return to the mighty Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca for the final two rounds of the Jim Russell F3 Winter Series by Simraceway is just around the corner–and it looks like 2014 Summer Series champion, Chase Murray is in the Catbird seat for back-to-back titles.


For the rest of the pack, things aren’t quite so straightforward though. Late charger Brian Frank will hope to put in a stronger qualifying and start effort this time so he doesn’t have to pull more last-lap heroics out of the bag. Who knows, maybe a front-row start could see him finally get to dice it up for the lead and stop the Texas Flash from dominating the upcoming races.


Biting at Brian’s ankles will be the ever-aggressive Pat Daly, while old sparring partners John Schauerman, Quentin Wahl and Doug Tuttle are always more-than-capable of fighting it out for podium spots. With one weekend and two races at the Monterey facility under their belts, everyone should be ready to go, so it should be quite a show!



Championship Standings

1. Chase Murray: 235pts
2. Brian Frank: 185pts
3. Pat Daly: 183 pts
4. John Schauerman: 179 pts
5. Quentin Wahl: 179 pts
6. Doug Tuttle: 169 pts
7. William Shields: 160 pts
8. Gus Doppes: 159 pts
9. Roy Block: 158 pts
10. Jim Mcguire: 154 pts

The final two rounds of the Jim Russell F3 Winter Series by Simraceway will take place on February 21 and 22.


Be a part of the action this summer in the 2015 Simraceway F3 Series

Road Safety: Don’t Leave Anything to Chance

A recent study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has shown that modern cars are safer than ever before, largely thanks to recent design implementations. However, despite these reassuring findings, we all hope we will never have to see a deployed airbag or utilized crumple zone.


The best way of ensuring that is to be the safest driver you can possibly be–something that the Simraceway Performance Driving Center can help you with thanks to its acclaimed Safe Driver Training programs. Click the red tab at the bottom of the screen to find out how you can make your loved ones safer on the roads.

Get Hands On with the MTP in 2015

Our latest Mechanics Training Program course is off-and-running with students already supporting our recent F3 Race Series events at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca! The next class will be kicking off in June–sign up now to avoid disappointment!

Rev Up the Romance this Valentine’s Day

What better place to spend Valentine’s Day weekend than in the heart of Wine Country, complete with majestic surroundings, first-class dining options and some of the sexiest cars in the world! There’s only a few spots left for the February 13th Audi Autocross Challenge–sign up quick before they’re gone!

Grab your Annual Pass for Non-Stop Karting!

The best place for karting just got better! Purchasing a PKC Annual Pass will get you on the track for the entire year, not to mention $5 off Grand Prix Karting sessions! It doesn’t take many visits for it to pay for itself–and the rest of the year is gravy!
The PKC Annual Pass will only be available until February 28th, so grab one now!