time attack

#54 / #420 – Racing with a Passion. Project Import/Bobby Lane Racing Hondas

By |February 27th, 2019|

Racing with a Passion -If I had the chance to document drivers and their teams 2-3 weeks prior to an event. The Project Import/ Bobby Lane Racing Shop and Crew would make one helluva a documentary.

Hailing from Cali, and on the quest to make a mark at Super Lap BattleUSA COTA. This team worked 247 weeks prior on building, testing, rebuilding, retesting, and just making sure both these cars would make it to the event and run. Make it they did, and ran they did. But just likesome racing stories, even with the best hands or parts, sometimes it’s just not in the cards for some of them. While their Pilots are truly Industry Known Race Car Drivers, bad-luck came around and took out their beautiful Unlimited Class Honda S2000 on the first day. Their Honda Accord on the other hand stayed together and managed to keep their Hired gun “Racing Ray Williams” from New Zealand driving through the weekend with a Best 02:27.135. I can only hope they are geared and will be back at it for GTA Road Atlanta in May. -Rommel #weloveit#racecarsalways #motolyric

#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

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

Gridlife Track Battle 2019 by Jeremy Adajar

By |February 7th, 2019|

Wind chills made it difficult to shoot but the rain from yesterday and fast-moving cloudy skies provided a nice backdrop for a track that’s typically just clear skies and dry yellow dirt.  I’m all in for photo ops and it being my first Gridlife event, I’m excited to see their time-attack “TrackBattle Brackets” format.  Its Superbowl Sunday and I expected low attendance but its a good turnout.  A nice mix of talent of drivers, track/race cars and media.  Met up with friends and new people; putting a name to a face, car, camera or a social media @account is always fun.  The first half of the event ran like a typical track day, run groups out on track for HPDE and Qualifying.  But for the other half, that’s when everything gets turned up a few notches.  Two cars are released onto an open track in a Tōuge style lead-follow battle. Green flag… gap ’em.  Blue flag, switch positions.  Green flag, close the gap and take the win at the checkered.  Live commentary and post-race interviews over the PA loudspeakers, as well as the crowd cheering, heightened the excitement.  This was a great experience, and I’m a fan of this time-attack format.  I hope we get more of this here in the West Coast.  But for now, check out these photos – Jeremy Adajar

SEMA 2018

By |December 30th, 2018|

Another year or another SEMA for some. For me it was one out of 13 past SEMA’s, but since 2014. Lol. Either way, I had a great time and saw cars, parts, and builds that made me realize the direction of the Motorsports Industry is going well.  […]