|MPACT Scores 2nd Place at San Jose Grand Prix
US Touring Car Championship website
|08/03/05- We would like to congratulate the MPACT Motorsports for scoring a second place finish in
their BMW 328is at the US Touring Car race at the San Jose Grand Prix. In front of 55,000 fans attending the inaugural CHAMPCAR street race in downtown San Jose, Dale Sievwright drove to his best finish of the season.
On this new street course, Dale was second fastest in practice and was able to put the BMW on the inside of the second row after qualifying.
At the start of the race the rear-drive BMW had a great launch and Dale was able to hold on to third place down the long front straight. Sievwright's speed on cold tires
and the phenomenal braking performance from the Stoptech brakes allowed him to make a clean pass on Erickson's GTI for second position. The MPACT 328 then began closing the gap
to Dave Brown's Spoon/Opak JDM RSX but was unable to get close enough to make a pass for the win.
On the heel of this result, we look forward to more podium finishes for the MPACT team. The next race for the MPACT Motorsports Team will be at the US Touring Car Race
at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, CA on August 6-7.
|UnlimitedLaps Parking Corral at October '05 ALMS Laguna Seca
Brought to you by:
Monterey Sports Car Championships website
|08/02/05- UnlimitedLaps is pleased to announce the availability of the UnlimitedLaps/MPACT Motorsports
parking corral at the Monterey Sports Car Championships featuring the American Le Mans Series at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.
Together with our long time partner, MPACT Motorsports, we are able to offer a
limited number of complimentary parking corral passes during the October 14-16 race weekend. The parking corral will be situated at Turn 5 and there is no better way to enjoy a dramatic 4-hour conclusion to the 2005 ALMS
To qualify for the complimentary corral pass, you will need to purchase at least one 2-Day Admission & Paddock pass($45) through the UnlimitedLaps website. Purchasing details will be posted in the coming days so stay tuned!
|Carbotech offers UnlimitedLaps participants discount on brake pads.
|09/18/04- UnlimitedLaps is pleased to announce a discount program in conjunction with
Carbotech Engineering. Registered UnlimitedLaps participants will receive 15% discount off the list price of any Carbotech high performance brake pads.
Carbotech Engineering, a leader in braking technology, manufactures custom brake pads from their own line of high performance compounds. Carbotech brake pads
are race proven to outperform the competition and are increasingly the choice of drivers looking for the ultimate in braking performance for their street cars
as well as race cars. For more information regarding Carbotech's high performance brake pads and their application, please visit
Carbotech on the web.
|Happy April Fool's Day!
|04/01/04- Unfortunately, we're not really going to get rides in the Audi R8! Did anyone actually believe Audi would
bring their Le Mans winning R8 race car out to the June 25th Thunderhill event?? Wish it were true...but our humble connections in the motorsport cicle aren't going to be able to pull off
something this exciting!
However, we expect a good sized turnout of VW and Audi enthusiasts together with regular UnlimitedLaps track junkies. So you won't get to ride in an R8 race car but it should a still be a fun
and exciting event. If you haven't registered for this event, do so soon to avoid disappointment.
Details available on our
6/25/04 Event Details page.
|Audi R8 to make guest appearance at June 25 Thunderhill event
|04/01/04- UnlimitedLaps is pleased to announce the guest appearance of the 3-time Le Mans 24 Hours
winner Audi R8 race car at the June 25th Thunderhill event. We are very excited and honored by the prospect of having such a celebrated motorsport icon in attendance at our event. Driving
the Audi R8 will be multiple Le Mans winners Fred Biera and Imanuele Pillo. As we expect a large turnout of VW and Audi enthusiasts at this event, this will surely be a real treat for
everyone in attendance.
Fred and Imanuele will be doing demonstration laps around the 3.0 mile 15-turn Thunderhill Park and will be offering rides to all attendees. Both drivers have also kindly agreed to an autograph
signing session at lunch time. Don't miss out on this great opportunity to take a ride in a REAL racecar. If you haven't registered for this event, do so soon to avoid disappointment.
Details available on our
6/25/04 Event Details page.
|Club Day hosted by UnlimitedLaps, Tomas Sport Tuning and NorCal VW
|03/15/04- We are pleased to announce a club day hosted by UnlimitedLaps in conjunction with
Tomas Sport Tuning and NorCal VW. This event is scheduled for June 25, 2004 and will take place at Thunderhill Park in Willows, the increasingly popular Northern
California motorsports venue.
This is an opportunity for customers of Tomas Sport Tuning, as well as members of NorCal VW to put their cars and driving skills to the test at Thunderhill's 3.0 mile
road course. Customers of Tomas Sport Tuning and members of NorCal VW qualify for a special entry price of only $185 if they register and send in their payments by
the June 4th 2004 deadline. This event is also open to the general public and the normal entry price of $215 applies.
Registration for this event will begin
shortly. Details available on our
6/25/04 Event Details page.
|MPact Motorsports announces expanded inventory and clearance sale
|01/16/04- With the addition of Dale Sievwright as Vice President and Technical Director,
MPact Motorsports is poised to strengthen its foundation as the West Coast's premier suspension and brake tuner. With expanded inventory, MPact seeks to become one
of the largest West Coast Ground Control distributors. If Ground Control makes it, MPact has it. MPact continues to be one of the largest testers of BMW street,
track, and race kits.
Clearance sale items are currently being offered while stocks last. For product and ordering information, please visit MPact's online shop by clicking on the
MPact Motorsports logo on the left.
|UnlimitedLaps schedule for 2004
|01/15/04- We have finalized the rest of our schedule for 2004 and we hope to continue
to offer the best high performance driving experience for the money. As details are still being finalized, we will be publishing them as soon as they become
available. UnlimitedLaps thanks all past participants for their support in 2003 and we hope to see you back at the track soon! To see what we have in store for 2004,
please check out the schedule page.
|UnlimitedLaps particpants energized by Red Bull(R)
|09/01/03- We would like to thank Red Bull for providing complimentary Red Bull(R) energy drinks
to all participants at our recent event on August 27 at Thunderhill Park Raceway. UnlimitedLaps participants were excited about having Red Bull(R) to energize them,
especially after lunch.
Red Bull(R) Energy Drink is an energizer, developed particularly for periods of mental and physical stress and strain. It can be drunk in
virtually any situation: during sports, at work, whilst driving and in leisure activities.
For more information on Red Bull(R) Energy Drink, please visit the Red Bull
website at http://www.redbull.com.
|Domenico Merlino scores top podium finish
|08/07/03- Domenico Merlino scored an impressive 1st place finish on Sunday in the USAC Formula Russell
series race weekend held at Infineon Raceway on July 19 & 20.
Domenic qualified second on the grid, his tenacious and consistent driving saw him close the gap on
the race leader mid way through the race and he eventually captured first place despite a stubborn shifter and less than ideal track conditions. It was a tough race
mentally and physically, which made the victory that much sweeter!
You can view Domenic's latest racing results on this website. Domenic is a regular instructor at UnlimitedLaps events.
|UnlimitedLaps Instructor Spotlight
|07/23/03- Tony Colicchio started racing in 2000 in the Russell Racing ARC and Graduate runoffs.
In the 2001 Russell series, Tony earned two second place and a third place finish in eight races. Tony did several tests with ALMS teams during the 2001 season,
ultimately running with The Racer's Group in the Laguna Seca round of the ALMS Championship in a Porsche 911 GT3R and finished an impressive second out of the non-factory teams in
his first pro race.
Tony also runs a racecar fabrication shop that he started in 2002. TC Design specializes in rollcages and suspension design. When he is not tuning racecar suspension, Tony enjoys
instructing at UnlimitedLaps, Tracquest, Audiclub, and NCRC. He is also available for private instruction.
Be sure to check out TC Design's website and say hi to Tony
at the next UnlimitedLaps event and talk to him about racing and suspension design.
|UnlimitedLaps Instructor Spotlight
|06/02/03- Meet Domenico Merlino, an introspective young man who is the type
of racer who thrives on achieving the precise balance between car control and absolute speed. Domenic began his racing career in S.C.C.A. autocrossing
and today, he drives Formula Russell open wheel racers and competes in the USAC Jim Russell Championship Series.
Domenic's smooth and consistent driving style has earned him many impressive finishes. He finished 1st in class during the August 12, 2000 Russell
Championship Series race at the former Sears Point International Raceway.
When he is not racing, Domenic gives back to the community by instructing for UnlimitedLaps events and the Thunderhill S.C.C.A. Street School. You can read
more about Domenico's racing on this website and be sure to say hi to him at the next UnlimitedLaps event and talk to him about open wheel racing.
|UnlimitedLaps sponsors SCCA ITA driver
|04/27/03- UnlimitedLaps is proud to announce the sponsorship of one of it's own driving
instructors, Greg Umbay, who is campaigning a 1994 Honda Civic in the very competitive
SCCA ITA series.
Greg started out autocrossing and before long, earned his SCCA competition license to compete in ITA. When not racing, Greg can be
seen instructing at Thunderhill's Street School as well as UnlimitedLaps events.
UnlimitedLaps was at the SCCA season opener at Infineon Raceway in
Sonoma California on April 5 & 6 to lend support to Greg and his wonderful crew. Greg turned in a gutsy performance despite 70 cars on grid at the start!
We will check in on his progress throughout the race season. You can find out more about Greg's racing at his website.
|Drive Thunderhill Park in reverse!
|04/21/03- Do you think you have mastered Thunderhill Park? While most people are familiar with
Thunderhill's 3.0 mile configuration in the counter-clockwise direction, many don't know you can drive this fantastic track in reverse.
Our next event on June 20th lets
you do just that. Drive Thunderhill in the clockwise direction for a new perspective on the track for only $195 lunch included. Details available on our
06/20/03 Events Details page.
|Sunny skies over Thunderhill Park
|04/20/03- Unlike the Buttonwillow event in March, we had the biggest turnout yet at Thunderhill.
It was a beautiful spring day, a little cool but lots of sun. Thanks to all for making it another incident free day. Check out the Gallery
for pictures from this event.
|Small turnout but the rain never came
|03/17/03- Instead of rain, we had plenty of sunshine as well as plenty of track time due to the small
turnout. Thanks to everyone for being well behaved, which made for another fun and safe UnlimitedLaps event. We hope to be back at Buttonwillow Raceway in the not too
|Brake pads special offer
|02/03/03- UnlimitedLaps in conjunction with MPact Motorsports is pleased to offer all UnlimitedLaps
participants special offers on brake pads. All pad orders placed by participants will be discounted 15%. In addition, MPact Motorports will offer free delivery of all
orders to any UnlimitedLaps event.
MPact Motorsports is the exclusive Northern California dealer of Cobalt Friction Brakes. Cobalt is a premier sponsor of the 2003
OTC with MPact Motorsports being official representation for this event. In addition Cobalt is the official pad supplier for NASA Spec Miata, Honda Challenge, USTCC,
American Iron, and Camaro-Mustang Challenge. MPact carries an extensive line of pad brands to meet your every need.
This partnership is the first of many that
we hope to bring to the participants of UnlimitedLaps events to help address their track and driving needs.