Late to Grid Motosports Podcast

Bill Snow & John Thorne

This podcast is about everyday motorsports. Whether you autocross, enjoy track days, enter endurance races or race with SCCA/NASA - this is the podcast that covers the topics you are interested in. Friends since high school, hosts Bill Snow and John Thorne both have careers in the automotive industry and they enjoy everything about motorsports and cars.The topics covered include getting on track, how to get involved in local racing, and learning more about the motorsports industry.The name? John & Bill always seem to rushing to get their cars done, then hustling to get the track and hence, are Late To Grid.

AWR Racing: Family business, engine & transmission mounts, and the motorsports communityThe Boreens!  Autocross, SCCA, and Life in MotorsportsMarlon Sumlin - B-Spec Driver, NASA Great Lakes Instructor, Rad Air Motorsports ManagerBetsy McIntyre - Women In Motorsports, Autocross, Time Trials, And Getting On TrackVinnie Taibi - Autocross, Time Trials, and the Indy SCCA Region
If you want to get into motorsports - this is the episode to listen to!!Want to learn more about Time Trials events - this is the episode to listen to!So why listen to this episode?  My guest, Vinnie Taibi, does an awesome job of explaining the progression from volunteer to being an on track racer.   Plus he walks us through what Time Trials event looks like. Vinnie is the Social Media Director and Time Trials Chair for the Indianapolis Region of the SCCA and is the new Great Lakes Division Time Trial Admin.  Man, he keeps busy!We talk about how Vinnie got into motorsports which was, of course, influenced by family as it many times is.  We also cover the cars that Vinnie has owned and there's a great Integra story in there too.  We need more people like Vinnie in our sport.  He's not afraid to share and try new ideas. He's generous with his time and he has lots of energy.One of the best quotes from Vinnie is, "Come from the cars and stay for the people."  This is really what's it about.  It's about having fun with others, building relationships and helping each other get better.How to connect with Vinnie:Personal InstagramLime Motorsports Team Instagram and FacebookHow to Connect with Indy SCCA:Indy Region SCCA InstagramIndy Region SCCA FacebookIndy Track Days & Time TrialsCheck out our sponsors:Show Sponsor LMS-EFI Website, Facebook, InstagramShow Sponsor Track-First Website, Facebook, InstagramShow Sponsor Rad Air of Wickliffe Website, Facebook, Instagram, ASMOILFollow us!Late to Grid - InstagramLate To Grid - FacebookLate To Grid - Twitter
Mar 30 2022
50 mins
Jimmy Peters from Resolute Motorsports ClubChris Ludwig from LMS-EFI is an ITS Champion and Engine Management GuruDave Lancaster Talks SCCA Enduro, Neohio Updates & His RacingDan Schlosser & Eric Vukich - Pro Kart Concepts
Karting is where it starts for many racers so it only makes sense that we have two guests on this episode that are heavily involved in karting in the midwest.Like many in our sport, family got them involved in motorsports.  At age six Dan started going to the Indy 500 and Eric's dad had a vintage car business and was dragged to Lernerville Speedway.Dan's worked in the Motorsports industry for over 20 years first as writer, photographer and managing editor for TrackSide Online - an online content service provider working primarily in IndyCar. He also provided PR work for drivers and teams which lead me to a relationship with BeaveRun Motorsports Complex (now Pitt Race), where his kids raced karts.Eric is a fan of start-ups and has been in karting since 2010.  He's just getting his four year old daughter into a kart and his two sons have raced karts for years.  Eric enjoys being at the track and supports PKC's goal to get more involved in motorsports.Pro Kart Concepts was born out of a few opportunities.  Pitt Race's continued karting program growth, two new kart tracks being built in Ohio and an opportunity with the OTK brand.PKC will provide karts sales, set-up, tuning , trackside support, arrive and drives, and consumables.  Coaching will be part of their offering as well.  These services are needed to grow a success karting program.  The goal is to keep their customers on track and out of the garage. Although we talk about data, karting is simple.  It's all about getting on track, running laps and having fun.Dan was asked what I want to people to learn from this episode he replied,  "I’d like to let people know that getting in to karting with their family is about making memories together that can’t be replicated. For a fortunate few it may result in a lifetime career but for all it’s a lifetime of memories. "How to connect with Pro Kart Concepts:PKC on FacebookPKC Website (Eric's & Dan's emails are on the site)Other resources, companies mentioned:OTK KartsPitt Race Karting
Feb 12 2022
56 mins
Michael Ribas, Professional Development Coach & Indy 500 Winning Mechanic
Can you believe that we have an Indy 500 winning race mechanic on the show?  Not only that though - he has an awesome background in motorsports which includes Penske's Indycar and IMSA programs, worked with Mario Andretti and Paul Newman, and graduated from the Jim Russell Racing School. Michael Ribas gives us some great advice, "Show up,  work hard, and have a good attitude."  He applied that advice each and every day and he went from graduating from racing mechanic school to an exciting career in professional motorsports.In case you didn't know, I'm a huge Roger Penske fan and Michael shares some insights about Roger's work ethic. It's not all about hard work though - you have to have the opportunity as well.  Make the most of the opportunity!We transition from Michael's motorsports background and talk about his coaching program.More and more people are engaging with coaches whether it's for personal fitness, career growth, personal development, or getting better on the track.I love this quote he gives, "It's for first time through for all of us."  Think about that.   This is where a coach can help.  Coaching isn't about giving you the answer, it's about helping you find it.  Michael shares a few ideas on steps you can take to set your goals.  What's the goal?   What do you want?  It's OK to think big, but be realistic. We've all heard that writing down goals is important.  Michael wrote down that he wanted to win the Indianapolis 500.  17 years later he did!Michael also shares a funny story about the Indycar movie, Driven.Connect with Michael & Exceed Transition Coaching:Exceed Transition Coaching on FacebookExceed Transition Coaching on InstagramExceed Transition Coaching on TwitterMichael Ribas on LinkedIn
Feb 6 2022
56 mins
Aaron Quine SCCA Trans Am, IGT Porsche Driver, and a Good Guy
We catch up with Aaron Quine at his race shop and learn more about his racing and motorsports career.  Aaron's story is another great example of how networking, being a professional, and looking for opportunities can pay off.Like many of our guests, Aaron got the racing bug from his father who raced Corvettes and Aaron grew up at Mid-Ohio and Nelson Ledges.  In fact, his dad gave him some great advice, "Meet as many people as you can.  You help them and they'll help you."  Last year he won the Great Lakes series championship in TA2, started racing in the IGT series and won at Daytona.  It was his first time in a Porsche and went from 7th to 1st in the rain.Aaron will be racing in SCCA's GT2 series, the IGT series, and SRO in 2022. Aaron instructs and coaches at the Mid-Ohio School and the Ford Performance Racing School at the Charolette Motor Speedway.Aaron's Corvette was featured in DEI's PRI Road Show - Here's the burnout!Looking for race tires?  Check out Stupid Fast Tires.  His shop in Wadsworth can get your tires ready to go, but he also offers trackside services.  44 foot, gooseneck trailer, with four tire machines and four tire balancers.  They can handle it!  Also, he can help with your car's handling.  Aaron helps his clients better understand how tires can help their vehicle's on-track handling and performance.Aaron shares news that there might be a Camping World NASCAR Truck race in his future.   This is another awesome example of networking.  Good luck Aaron!!We learn about a scary coaching moment where a student didn't listen and they ended up on the roof.  Yikes!Plus, check this out, Aaron's so cool that Summit Racing has a special Aaron Quine paint kit you can purchase.How to connect with AaronAaron's FacebookStupid Fast Tires FacebookCall: (330) 573-4338SponsorsSummitDEIQuartermaster
Jan 29 2022
48 mins
Andrew Rains from APEX Pro & Former Pirelli World Challenge Driver
If there's a lesson to be learned here it's, Say yes to any opportunity. As you'll listen Andrew Rains has had a busy career in motorsports and he's still a young man.  From working at a performance auto shop to flying on a private jet with a Grand Am team as a pit crew member, Andrew has built a foundation for solid career in our sport.While at Auburn University he was on the Formula SAE team and handled driving duties and was responsible for sponsorships.  This program connected with him his business partner and they realized the need for better and simpler data systems.He's also a tenured professional coach and racer with wheel to wheel experience in the Pirelli World Challenge series (2015 -2017) and he raced a stock car for a year.  Andrew has taken the APEX Pro technology beyond motorsports to offer custom engineering and technology development services for entrepreneurs and companies with needs in the connected device space (Internet of Things) - see Moxieint link below. Andrew also has worked at the Porsche Track Experience at Barber Motorsports Park and still offers coaching to drivers looking to get better. The APRX Pro offers a free app for your iPhone and there's the APEX Pro Unit that provides better GPS data and gives real time, visual feedback.  There's an OBDII unit as well.Andrew talks about getting stuck at the Canadian border while having his truck and trailer searched, selling a bunch of assets to buy the remains of the Grand Am team only to sell the cars a year later and then build a Honda Accord.  We also talk about coaching and how using a coach can save you money in the long run.  How to Connect with Andrew & Apex Pro:APEX Pro WebsiteAPEX Pro InstagramDownload the APEX Pro App (it's free)APEX Pro FacebookAPEX Pro User's GroupMoxieiot WebsiteHow to Connect with Late To Grid:Late To Grid InstagramLate To Grid FacebookLate To Grid TwitterShow Sponsor: Track First InstagramTrack First WebsiteTrack First Facebook
Jan 22 2022
1 hr 6 mins
David Kalb Jr. Sprint Car Driver & National Karting ChampionDana & Bill from the ChampCar Endurance Series & Bill Shares Updates On The RX-7
If you've been around motorsports for any length of time you know the fast rise in popularity  that endurance racing has seen.  It's one of the easiest ways to get into wheel to wheel racing - and it's a blast!We caught up with the Dana and Bill from the ChampCar Endurance Series to learn more about their series and the 2022 season.Plus, they have a podcast coming out called Inside ChampCar.  Be sure to find it and hear about all the exciting ChampCar updates.These guys have so much going on, I don't know where to start!  From having Bob Varsha and David Hobbs in the broadcast studio for upcoming events to having partners like Race Suit Rentals and Discovery Parts for equipment rental - ChampCar has it going on!Listen in as we talk all things endurance racing including how to get involved, volunteer opportunities, what sponsorships means to their organization, and the ChampCar class structure (hint: it's simpler than you think).  Right now they have 29 events scheduled for 2022 and are working a couple more...one they are super stoked about - but, they wouldn't spill the beans.Connect & Learn More:ChampCar WebsiteChampCar FacebookChampCar InstagramChampCar TwitterSponsors:Title Sposnor:TireRack.comSeries Sposnors:RVA Graphics and WrapsLifeline USAUUC MotorwerksFrozen RotorsNLA PartsRacing RadiosBell RacingChampCar Endurance Series Sportsmanship award:The Chandler SchoolChampCar Endurance Series – Class Sponsors:Class A – Krispy KremeClass B – Discovery PartsClass C – Money Shift Racing
Jan 9 2022
1 hr 15 mins
IMSA MX-5 Cup & Michelin Pilot Challenge Driver Luca Mars
In our first episode for season two we chat with Luca Mars.  As you'll read below, Luca is an accomplished racer and he is only a sophomore in high school!Connect with Luca on Instagram & Facebook.Luca talks about his recent announcement to race in the Michelin Pilot Challenge in 2022 and he's participating in the third edition of the HPD in the Acura GT3 for 2022.  He is just coming off a successful season in IMSA MX-5 Cup.  We talk being at the track and how karting can be the start to it all.If you are interested in sponsorship opportunities with Luca contact Brett Mars at 412-310-0980Special thanks to Dan Scholosser for helping to arrange this interview.  Anyone wanting to get into karting or get better at karting needs to connect with Dan.  Luca's Racing Resume: Karting History: 2012: Started karting in the Pitt Race Karting Series winning Kid Kart and Rookie Championships first two seasons. 2014: Began Regional and National racing winning 26 of 31 races and scoring Championships with Pitt Race Karting Series, Great Lakes Sprint Series, USPKS and WKA. 2015: Moved up to the Mini ranks continuing success with wins and Championships in Rotax US Nationals, Florida Winter Tour, USPKS, SKUSA Pro Tour, Rok Cup USA and WKA. 2018: Granted the opportunity to move to Junior ranks a year early and produced results quickly winning Rok Cup USA, Florida Winter Tour, Rotax US Finals and SKUSA Winter Tour Championships. 2020: Granted the opportunity to move to Senior early and in a single year of competition ranked First in the US with an average finishing position of 3.43 in major races with Seconds in Florida Winter Tour, SKUSA Winter Series and Pro Tour Championships. International Opportunities: Earned invitations to represent Team USA at the Rok World Finals in Lonato, Italy 3 times with a best finish of 4th. Earned invitations to represent Team USA at the Rotax Grand Finals in Italy (2), Brazil and Portugal 4 times with a best finish of 6th. Have the unique distinction as the only American driver to achieve this at the Mini, Junior and Senior levels. Earned an invitation to be the sole Team USA representative at the CIK/FIA Academy Trophy Series in 2019 finishing 6th and 8th at events in Germany and Italy before an injury prevented competing in the Final event. Competed in additional International Events with the German DKM Kart Series and Italian ACI Karting Championship CIK Series with best finishes of 5th and 4th respectively. 2020 Car Racing Details: Lucas Oil School: Sebring Short Track & New Jersey Motorsports Park Thunderbolt – 2 Day Schools F2000 Testing Program – John Walko Racing: Carolina Motorsports Park, Roebling Road, Pitt Race, Nelson Ledges – Private and Open Testing Formula Race Productions – F2000 Championship Series – John Walko Racing: Mid-Ohio (P2), Pitt Race (P2/P3), Road Atlanta SCCA Hoosier Super Tour – Formula Continental – John Walko Racing: Pitt Race (P2/P2) Great Lakes Championship Series – Formula Continental – John Walko Racing: Pitt Race (P1/P1) USF2000 – Testing: Arms-Up Motorsports/Greg Borland - Road America & Exclusive Autosport/Michael Duncalfe – Sebring 2021 Car Racing Details: IMSA MX5 Cup: First ten races include 7 Top 10, 3 Top 5, 1 Podium and 3 Hard Charger Awards Competed at Daytona, Sebring, St Pete Grand Prix, Mid-Ohio & Road America SCCA Hoosier Pro Tour&a
Jan 3 2022
39 mins
Late To Grid: E32 - Aaron Johnson - Part 2 (SCCA, Life, and Racing)Late To Grid: E31 - Aaron Johnson SCCA EProd S2000 Racer
Aaron Johnson is an accomplished SCCA race car driver that has an awesome passion for our sport.While Arron's racing resume is impressive, what's more impressive is he's accomplished all of this while raising six children and relocating  domestically and internationally.  Plus, he's a budget minded racer that doesn't break the bank to go fast.In the early years he had a Triumph TR-6, then raced a Spitfire in H Production and now races a Honda S2000 in E Production.Aaron's Racing Resume:Obtained SCCA Regional Competition License in 2002Obtained SCCA National Competition License in 2004Over 50 SCCA Races Won a few regional races between 2002 and 20051st SCCA National Win H Production – Heatwave National 8/12/072007 SCCA Runoffs – Qualify 28 Finish 21 H Production2008 blew up an engine big time and took 2008/9/10 to fix2011/12 ran regional races to get the car back up to speed 2013 SCCA Mid-States Conference Champion H Production2013 4th Place National Points H Production2013 2 US Majors Tour Victories, 4 Second Places H Production2013 SCCA Runoffs – Qualify 14 Finish 8 H Production2014 year off and some regional races2015 ran 1 race in the s2000 before he bought it 2017 SCCA Runoffs – Qualify 26 Finish 24  E Production2020 2 US Majors Tour Victories E Production2020 SCCA Runoffs – Qualify 14 Finish 11 E Production2021 2 US Majors R Victories, 4 2nd Places E Production2021 US Majors Tour Northeast Conference Champion E Production2021 SCCA Runoffs Qualify 9th Finish DNF E ProductionHow to connect with Aaron FacebookYoutubeSCCA Majors  Schedule 2022
Dec 18 2021
1 hr 13 mins
Late To Grid: E30 - Bill's at PRI and interviews a few industry insidersLate To Grid: E29 - Bill's SEMA Recap
Bill interviewed a few of the exhibitors at the 2021 SEMA show.Hawk Performance Brakes:Taylor Allen shares more information about Hawk and announces the new endurance racing brake pad.Hawk's InstagramEBC Brakes:Candice and Steve share more about EBC brakes.  We learn RP1 & RPX pads with floating discs and they tease us about a new release that will be announced at PRI. EBC Brakes InstagramRacingJunk.com:Ian Downey tells us more about RacingJunk.com services  and reminds us that it's a free site.  Buying or selling a race car, trailer, to rig has never been easier!Racing Junk InstagramOhlins:Brian Fowler tells us more about the products that Ohlins offers and reminds us that Ohlins was selected as the damper provider for  Next Gen NASCAR car.  He also shares a few new product launches.Ohlins Instagram NRG Innovations:Jason the VP at NRG Innovations talks about their affordable product lines for your daily driver and your track car.  They are releasing a new line of reclining seats and designer steering wheels.NRG InstagramBig Kids Garage:James Packer tells us more about his new project, Big Kids Garage.  He's a NASA racer and has a long history in motorsports.Big Kids Garage InstagramEssex Racing:Jack from Essex Racing which is the exclusive AP distributor in America talks about AP Racing's products which includes brake components and clutches.  He also discusses the selection of AP to part of the Next Gen NASCAR car.Essex Racing InstagramG-Force Racing Gear:Craig Robinson tells us all about what G-Force Racing has to offer and highlights their new helmet. We learn that a new suit, glove and  shoe line is coming out next year.  For this year there is the Super Nova T800, full carbon fiber helmet.G-Force Instagram
Nov 7 2021
24 mins
Late To Grid: E28 - We talk Miatas with Jim Tramontano, Spec Miata Driver & Dave Peters, HPDE Driver
Oct 30 2021
1 hr 1 min