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The Story -Super Lap Battle USA COTA 2019

By |February 27th, 2019|

While it’s still fresh in my head. Epic, if I had one word to describe Super Lap Battle COTA. What a place, what a time, and what an experience. It’s always been my dream to come to Circuit Of The America’s during a Formula One Season, but it never happened. It took me 7 years to finally step into this beautiful track, and in a way I never thought would be.

Just like the old saying goes, you’ll never know where you’ll be 3-7 years down the line in your life. You can predict and try to manage fate but in some cases like mine it didn’t work out the way I intedend it too. In 2012 the F1 Season first time at COTA had my long time hero Michael Schumacher on the roster, and after announcing his retirement again halfway through the year, I knew I had one last chance to see him in person and watch my first F1 Race on American Soil. Being an F1 fan for years, this is what dreams are made of. But that same year I lost my job, and went through some of life’s tribulations and i didn’t end up going.

Fast forward to 2019 I’m now here shooting for Super Lap Battle USA, Global Time Attack, and my company Motolyric. What a great start of the Time Attack Season, with so much to do in such a short 2 days. It was obvious I had my work cut out, and the angles, locations and everything else to be in it was going to be fun. First and foremost this track and it’s facility is of the Best. Hands down, one if not the Best Location and Track I […]

#3 Monster in Sheep’s Clothing -TX Track NC Mazda Miata

By |February 27th, 2019|

Monster in Sheep’s Clothing -Definitely the Biggest Surprise to me at Super Lap Battle USA COTA. And not to down talk on Miata’s or the Owners. Lol. But I still remember seeing the roster list prior to the event, and Jenson Little’s NC Miata was in the Unlimited Class. At the time, the only knowledge I had was the photo of the car, and without any stickers, or livery I was definitely interested in what this Little Beast had in it. Now keep in mind, I did the research and look around sparingly prior to SLB for more info. Well Jenson of TX Track NC, and the owner are more likely known in a few forums, but trying to find him on Instagram, or Facebook would be no luck.

Fast Forward to Race Weekend, and on the first session, I saw this Miata fly down the Main Straight like a Bat out of Hell! I then knew from that Speed Perspective it was a Car to check out and watch. After getting a closer look, and finding a few more details about this beloved machine. Turbo Check, HGT Trans Check.. Hmmmm.. I’m really enthused about this Car. It not only podium’ed in a respective 3rd Place in the Unlimited Class, but this car did a 02:16.311 against cars that looked far more acknowledged in the same field. -Rommel #weloveit #racecarsalways #motolyric

#860 Local Hot Shoe – Voodoo Racing Toyota AE86

By |February 27th, 2019|

The Honda Powered AE86 Coupe. Owned, Built, and Driven by Texas Native Joshua Garcia. A Dream come true, and a car that has to be seen in person to understand the capacity of what this car brings to the table. Granted it was also this cars Debut at Super Lap Battle USA COTA 2019.

If you’ve been following me personally, you already know that I once had a Honda S2000, and have owned 5 different AE86’s with One K24 powered Coupe still in my possession that I have been working on for years. (Another Story, another Day) But this is not about me, but my friend Joshua of Voodoo Racing, who I’ve been following since GTA Road Atlanta 2014! Now after 5 years I finally get to see him again back on track in his latest F22C powered Toyota Corolla AE86. Built with quality, and tasteful mods, from the JSP FabMounts, to the Sparco Seat it has so many good things going for it, that I can only sit behind my lens in awe and appreciate all the hardwork and dedication he’s poured into this amazing car. -Rommel #weloveit#racecarsalways #motolyric

#76 Fast Honda – WRD Racing Honda Prelude

By |February 22nd, 2019|

Fast Honda -Something you would say when you see a decked out Honda Civic, or Integra. But the other models like the Honda Accord, or Prelude don’t come to mind right off the bat. But make no mistake, there are several out there making wind on the track, and when someone mentions to me about a Time Attack Honda Prelude, the first car that comes to mind is Cory Wells of WRD Racing Race Machine.

Now weight, aftermarket options, and other factors usually are the challenge. But for as long as I’ve been watching Corey through my lens. He’s surely taken this car further every single time. Here it is in the flesh in it’s newest rendition, chasing the clock at the last Super Lap Battle USA COTA 2019. -Rommel #weloveit #racecarsalways #motolyric

Gridlife Track Battle 2019 by Rommel Estrada

By |February 14th, 2019|

What turned out to be a quick visit, ended up becoming more of a catch up on some old friends I haven’t seen in awhile, to making a few new ones in our World of Time Attack.

This Gridlife event was the first West Coast trim from my knowledge, and I wish I could have stayed longer to enjoy and capture more cars. Super Bowl (yes I know, I do watch other sports, lol) happened to be on the same day, and arriving early to capture some quality content while catching up with the drivers and their cars was straight to the point. It’s been a minute since I last drove a car on track, and I still find it very pleasing seeing these people unfold and perform on track. This time it was under a different banner, but nonetheless the same concept. Attacking time in a certain way, getting the best that you can do on a given day, with your current car setup and goals.

This is also the first Gridlife event I have attended or captured, and the Track Battle format is something interesting, but before I say more about it, I definitely need more field time to understand and dissect this new style of Time Attack. Hence the traditional format of Time Attack is still and will always be the foundation of the Time Attack Sport, but giving it different perspectives can enhance the Fan experience, and for many others I can understand why. Regardless, I had a great short time, and it was a good 2019 entry for more Time Attack events to follow this year. -Rommel Estrada