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Simon Tibbett
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Region: ATL
Year : 1990
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I'm looking to join you all in 2011 and have a few questions.

I am 99.8% sure I want to buy a car to run or rent one, anyone for some reason think otherwise? [Razz]

What are the benefits with the series and what are some downsides? I love how it's ran on major race weekends which is a plus for the potential sponsors I am speaking to.

What does a usual weekend rental cost, is it cheaper to sign/pay for a whole year?

Does anyone have a car I could rent for a track day to get a feel for the car sometime early winter? I have lots of Miata experience but not any MX-5 Cup car experience.

Simon Tibbett
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Should say Looking...not lookint. lol

Danny Steyn Verified Driver
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Welcome Simon

do not let the BS on these forums discourage you. These forums are the venting of the few. The vast amjority of SM drivers are EXSTATIC about their class, but you would not realize that from the whining that goes on in this forum.

I started two years ago like you. I rented a car from Tom Fowler at OPM Autosports in Atlanta. I was immediately hooked. I rented a few more times, and I realized that I was completely committed to the class, and had Tom build me a car. (he has built two for me to date).

Try the class out for size. In my opinion it is by far the BEST class in SCCA, has teh closest racing of any class, and IMO, if you can win in SM you will do well anywhere in any car. It is such a great driver training ground.

You just have to look at the LONG list of pro-drivers in Grand-AM, Koni etc. that got their start in SM.

So welcome on board, call Tom at OPM and I look forward to saying hi at a race somtime soon. Be warned - this thing is TOTALLY ADDICTIVE and will become ALL CONSUMING.

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Danny
http://www.dannysteyn.com
http://www.adeptstudios.com
OPM Autosports | Traqmate | Rossini Racing Engines
2010 June Sprints Champ, 2010 ARRC SMX Champ
2009 SARRC Champ, 2009 SEDiv ECR Champ, 2009 FES Champ
2008 SEDiv ECR Champ

Simon Tibbett
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Does OPM do MX-5 Cup? I'm very aware of their success in regular SM though.

Do you run at Road Atlanta often? If so, I'm there every event so I'll stop by!

Johnny D Verified Driver Made Donation to Website
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FYI, there's a cup car for sale in the classifieds here, up top. ^^^
J~

Danny Steyn Verified Driver
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Simon - OPM does not run pro races other than the PRO-IT at SCCA club events.

And yes, Road Atlanta is pretty much my home track, since that is where OPM is based, and Stop on by anytime.

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Danny
http://www.dannysteyn.com
http://www.adeptstudios.com
OPM Autosports | Traqmate | Rossini Racing Engines
2010 June Sprints Champ, 2010 ARRC SMX Champ
2009 SARRC Champ, 2009 SEDiv ECR Champ, 2009 FES Champ
2008 SEDiv ECR Champ

Johnny D Verified Driver Made Donation to Website
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Your Facebook says your a corner worker at RA?

http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=770645227

http://simontibbett.weebly.com/about-me.html

J~

mat pombo Verified Driver
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Simon,

I'm at Rd Atlanta most events also. I ran the series for the first 1/3 of this season. I can help you with costs of each option. Send me a pm and we'll catch up.

Simon Tibbett
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I corner work sometimes up there for the track, not volunteer work. We get paid to stand in the heat! haha No but I started doing that in 07 just to stay around the track, I started racing when I was 7 in karts and have been in debt since.

jimmy23
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Simon:

I have my car listed for sale in the classifieds. This car ran the first three races with PFM/Pombo Racing and is set up and preped by Chris Degioanni. The sister car driven by Matt Pombo had 2 poles and 1 win in the first 3 races.

PFM Engineering can offer set up and maintenance help. You can contact me at jimmy (at) pfmengineering.com.

TimBuck Verified Driver Made Donation to Website
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Jimmy's car is a first class build. It's definitely worth looking at.

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Tim Buck

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Lance Snyder Made Donation to Website
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Simon,

Welcome to the party, since you won't be starting until 2011 and are in the Atlanta area come flag the ARRC with us. It's a little bit different then working for track and the training you will receive will do wonders when you do the double @ Roebling. Oh yeah, you'll see some fantastic racing too.

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All this has happened before, and will happen again

   

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