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Join Mike Lewin, Devin Giles, Dan O'Donnell and Hayden Lowe from Professional Awesome as they discuss American Time Attack, Race Engineering, and other Grassroots Motorsports

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Join Mike Lewin, Devin Giles, Dan O'Donnell and Hayden Lowe from Professional Awesome as they discuss American Time Attack, Race Engineering, and other Grassroots Motorsports

    EP.59 Micah, Again An Ex-Redbull Racing Specialist

    EP.59 Micah, Again An Ex-Redbull Racing Specialist

    Today, we have Micah McMahan from  3MI Racing LLC again. We talk about the lack of parity within the time attack organizers. We go DEEP into the weeds on shock shafts. You need a strong shaft! How you can find a good engine builder for your needs. What about oil, the truth about oil in your car?

    Micah’s Socials

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/3MIRacing

    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/gingermicah/

    This episode is presented by Fuel Lab ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠https://www.fuelab.com/  ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠

    Our Socials Instagram: ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠www.instagram.com/professionalawesomeracing/ ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠

    Facebook Group: ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠www.facebook.com/groups/2950472345184860 ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠

    Website: ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠professionalawesome.com⁠⁠

    • 1 hr 20 min
    EP.58 Micah, an Ex-Redbull Racing Powertrain Performance Design Team Leader

    EP.58 Micah, an Ex-Redbull Racing Powertrain Performance Design Team Leader

    Today, we have Micah McMahan from  3MI Racing LLC. Micah has a storied history, including going across the pond to work for Oracle Red Bull Racing (Yes, that Red Bull Racing) as a powertrain team lead. He has also worked for  Roush Yates Engines, so to say the least, he is experienced in powertrains. In this episode, we explore all things to do with an engine and some of the internal testing/working in F1 powertrains. Why do people skimp out on their cooling system? What else cools your engine besides coolant? We also talk about materials and their properties for engines. 



    Micah’s Socials

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/3MIRacing

    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/gingermicah/

    This episode is presented by Fuel Lab ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠https://www.fuelab.com/  ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠

    Our Socials Instagram: ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠www.instagram.com/professionalawesomeracing/ ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠

    Facebook Group: ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠www.facebook.com/groups/2950472345184860 ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠

    Website: ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠professionalawesome.com⁠⁠

    • 1 hr 36 min
    EP.57 Wind Tunnels Are A Dumb With Ido Waksman , A Pratt Miller Aero Dynamicist

    EP.57 Wind Tunnels Are A Dumb With Ido Waksman , A Pratt Miller Aero Dynamicist

    Join us in this episode as we delve into the fascinating world of aerodynamics with Ido Waksman, an aerodynamic engineer at Pratt Miller. The company that builds the C8R GT3 cars. With a rich background that includes work with Honda as an aero dynamist in Ohio, Ido shares the intricate steps involved in transforming the C8R base model into a high-performance GT3 racing car. Discover the challenges and regulations set by the FIA for GT3 cars, exploring the aero and body considerations.

    In our conversation, we tackle the age-old debate: multiple race cars or streamlined working cars? Uncover the unique insights that reveal the commonalities among car development, where every second in a real car wind tunnel costs a staggering $1. Learn about the meticulous precision demanded in the industry—drop a tool, and it's dollars of valuable time lost. And yes, we agree, wind tunnels can be a bit dumb for some testing.

    Ido also draws inspiration from the world of Formula 1, offering a nuanced perspective on how F1 designs can be incorporated into GT3 cars, all while emphasizing the need for a discerning approach. Buckle up for a riveting exploration into the world of aerodynamics, racing, engineering ingenuity , and hot takes with Ido Waksman.

    Ido Waksman's Socials
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/waksman_racing/
    Tiktok: https://www.tiktok.com/@waksman_racing

    Ido Waksman's Shout outs
    https://www.hawkperformance.com/
    https://ssbc-usa.com/
    https://apexwheels.com/

    • 1 hr 38 min
    EP.56 Fastest Corvette In North America, Feras Qartoumy

    EP.56 Fastest Corvette In North America, Feras Qartoumy

    Today, we are joined by Feras Qartoumy. Arguably, it is the fastest Corvette in the world, but let’s settle on North America for now. Feras, let’s dive into what made him choose the Corvette over his sick Nova—another racer with a drag racing background. Feras shares the background information on how the car got to Australia for World Time Attack. He also shares his first-hand account of driving at Sidney Motorsports Park. Going into a blind turn at well over 160mph is a game-changer. Feras talks about some of his upcoming events, including Tsukuba. This is a great one to get some insight into one of the fastest-time attack cars in the world.

    feras's Socials

    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/feras_qartoumy/






    This episode is presented by Fuel Lab ⁠⁠⁠⁠https://www.fuelab.com/  ⁠⁠⁠⁠

    Our Socials Instagram: ⁠⁠⁠⁠www.instagram.com/professionalawesomeracing/ ⁠⁠⁠⁠

    Facebook Group: ⁠⁠⁠⁠www.facebook.com/groups/2950472345184860 ⁠⁠⁠⁠

    Website: ⁠⁠⁠⁠professionalawesome.com⁠

    • 1 hr 23 min
    EP.55 Jason Kanakry LOVES blowing up cars especially McLarens

    EP.55 Jason Kanakry LOVES blowing up cars especially McLarens

    On this week's podcast, we have a chat with Jason Kanakry. Jason talks about his history in racing, where he can't seem to stop blowing up cars, from Ford Taurus SHOs to McLarens. No vehicle appears to be safe. Jason also sheds some light on his adventures in his 720s. From cruising in Mexico at triple-digit speeds to watching his 720s drift away on a trailer with no tow vehicle attached. This man has been through it all! He also shed some light on what he does for a living, hinting that he ensures you don't get radiation poison from things like your phone. Mike nerds out about some of the incredible uses for carbon, and you won't believe how much an OEM crate 720s engine costs. Another E9x GLTC mate as well.



    Jason Kanakry Socials: https://www.instagram.com/the.kanakry/



    This episode is presented by Fuel Lab ⁠⁠⁠https://www.fuelab.com/  ⁠⁠⁠

    Our Socials Instagram: ⁠⁠⁠www.instagram.com/professionalawesomeracing/ ⁠⁠⁠

    Facebook Group: ⁠⁠⁠www.facebook.com/groups/2950472345184860 ⁠⁠⁠

    Website: ⁠⁠⁠professionalawesome.com⁠

    • 1 hr 22 min
    EP.54 Nerd Talk About Steering Systems

    EP.54 Nerd Talk About Steering Systems

    In this podcast episode, Mike delves into his professional history, focusing on his experience in the realm of steering systems. We explore the essential elements that contribute to an exceptional steering system and challenge the notion that assessing a system's quality solely based on its "feel" is flawed. Additionally, we discuss the unique aspects of tuning a steering system compared to the more familiar process of tuning an ECU. Buckle up, as today's episode promises to dive deeply into technical details. On a different note, Hayden showcases his expertise by unveiling a new design for the MK1 GTI, aiming to extract an additional 6hp—a significant 10% boost from the factory horsepower.



    This episode is presented by Fuel Lab ⁠⁠https://www.fuelab.com/  ⁠⁠

    Our Socials Instagram: ⁠⁠www.instagram.com/professionalawesomeracing/ ⁠⁠

    Facebook Group: ⁠⁠www.facebook.com/groups/2950472345184860 ⁠⁠

    Website: ⁠⁠professionalawesome.com⁠

    • 1 hr 12 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
56 Ratings

56 Ratings

GT-R guy ,

IDO!

I always enjoy your podcast, but I can’t get enough of Ido. Please have a part 2 or 3 or more!

TF_Tim ,

Good stuff.

Some good ol’ boys with great insight and knowledge into the time attack scene.

Jmuracn ,

Great info for a aspiring racers and time trial folks

They provide a lot of up front info about time trail/time attack… and if you can read between the lines the I formation can be like drinking from a fire hose! Thanks guys!

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