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    Of course all of you are aware of Global Time Attack and perhaps some of you recognize it as the place that the fastest Time Attack cars in the USA come to compete (or at least we hope that you do). So what does one do if they find themselves wanting to compete in Time Attack at a more local level or just break in to the sport for the first time? Well, if you are nearby Phoenix Arizona the UMS Time Attack series offers a perfect venue for exactly that! Global Time Attack is very familiar with the UMS TA events as Global Time Attack’s own Anthony Szirka is the very brains behind the series.

     

    We all start somewhere and in this case many of us begin running with NASA in their HPDE program and potentially their Time Trial competition. UMS has figured out a way to allow HPDE graduates a way to compete in Time Attack without going the full blown Time Trial route and have also allowed NASA TT competitors an opportunity to gain more track time and exposure to the Time Attack format.

     

    On any given NASA Sunday NASA registered drivers can enter the UMS TA event for just $20. In order to enter you must be a NASA HPDE4, TT, or Race license holding driver; if you are in HPDE 3 you may be permitted to enter pending instructor approval. The UMS format provides for one session broken in to 3 run groups to represent each class. The UMS series uses the tried and true horsepower to weight ratio to classify their cars. This keeps the ruleset slim and allows varying types of cars to compete in a level playing field to battle it out for cookies!

     

    A vehicles class is determined by its weight DIVIDED by its peak HP (W/H=Class)

    • TA-A: 15.00 and up

    • TA-B: 14.99 to 10.00

    • TA-C: 09.99 and below

     

    Classing eligibility is based upon a vehicles declared weight, its HP and inspection:

    • Dyno/HP (Dyno’d at UMS)

    • Weight

     

    For a full version of the entire series ruleset please click here:

    http://www.umstuningtimeattackseries.com/uploads/6/3/0/7/6307716/ums_ta_rules_2012.pdf

     

     

    Once classified the cars are broken in to their respective run groups and will use the following format to settle the “who is fastest” question.

     

     

    All competitors will be given 1 warm up lap then 2 “hot” laps and 1 cool down lap. Special attention and launch interval from the grid will be done to attempt to avoid passing situations, however if a pass occurs on track there is no penalty for either driver. While all drivers are going for their absolute best time, if a passing situation presents itself, proper track etiquette would be for the slower vehicle to allow the faster vehicle by in the safest manner possible.

     

     

    The goal is to give every driver an opportunity to lay down their fastest lap. After all, this is not wheel to wheel racing and everyone wants to be given optimal conditions! Following the TA session all cars must report to impound immediately where the officials will collect all rented transponders as well as audit and prep. the session results. Within about 20 minutes they hold their award ceremony and hand out prizes immediately. This makes for an exciting event that preps you for a real Time Attack competition. Get out, get fast, get schtuff! In all honesty we have been to alot of events, seen many different forms of prizes, and while our Steak Knives rank among the most prestigious accolade in all of motor sports, UMS hands out COOKIES. Seriously class winners get glossy cookie stickers denoting their place in the competition. See the “warplane like” kill roll car on Markos Mylonas’ WRX!  If you accrue enough points to win the class championship for the season you will be donned with a custom jacket; members only has NOTHING on UMS.

     

     

    We had the occasion to witness a UMS event first hand as we ventured to Firebird Raceway on March 16th and 17th. The only thing we have to add is that we are pissed that we are not closer to the Phoenix area to compete in this event. Seriously for $20 you get an extra session and real exposure to the time attack format. Hell we would pay double that for a crack at one of those cookie stickers. When running the Firebird Circuit UMS managed to field 34 competitors within the 3 classes for their event without a single hitch or glitch. When the dust settled (literally shooting in AZ was quite a dusty affair) the results were as follows.

     

    TA-A

    TA-A

    1

    Aaron Hiar

     01:10.507

    1994

    Mazda

    Miata

    TA-A

    2

    Dominick Langer

     01:11.474

    2000

    Acura

    Integra GSR

    TA-A

    3

    Jaryd Ronquillo

     01:11.975

    1990

    Mazda

    Miata

    TA-A

    4

    Christopher Meritt

     01:12.307

    1994

    Acura

    Integra

    TA-A

    5

    Sergio Perez

     01:12.456

    2000

    BMW

    328i

    TA-A

    6

    Karl Wehrle

     01:12.810

    1994

    Mazda

    MX-6

    TA-A

    7

    Al Bellamy

     01:13.098

    1991

    Nissan

    Sentra SE-R

    TA-A

    8

    Steven Williams

     01:13.114

    1996

    Acura

    Integra

    TA-A

    9

    Jake Casto

     01:13.675

    2007

    Honda

    Fit

    TA-A

    10

    Todd Hiar

     01:13.838

    1994

    Mazda

    Miata

    TA-A

    11

    Joe Kientz

     01:15.384

    2002

    Acura

    RSX Type S

    TA-A

    12

    Patty McGray

     01:15.667

    2006

    Honda

    S2000

    TA-A

    13

    Paul Kuzma

     01:17.582

    1997

    Acura

    Integra

     

     

    TA-B

    TA-B

    1

    Justin Markiewicz

     01:06.875

    1991

    BMW

    E30

    TA-B

    2

    Jeff Abrams

     01:08.329

    1993

    Mazda

    Miata

    TA-B

    3

    Chris Plumlee

     01:08.699

    2005

    Mazda

    Speed6

    TA-B

    4

    Brian Comstock

     01:09.029

    2007

    Subaru

    WRX STi

    TA-B

    5

    Jon Via

     01:10.508

    1990

    Honda

    Civic

    TA-B

    6

    Zach Spisak

     01:10.773

    2006

    Subaru

    WRX

    TA-B

    7

    Jeremy Ward

     01:11.436

    2012

    Subaru

    WRX

    TA-B

    8

    Shawn Johnson

     01:12.210

    1990

    Honda

    Civic

    TA-B

    9

    Fady Salama

     01:12.521

    1990

    Mazda

    Miata

    TA-B

    10

    Mark Hathaway

     01:12.770

    2005

    Audi

    S4

    TA-B

    11

    Nick Frunzi

     01:13.315

    2001

    Acura

    NSX

     

     

    TA-C

    TA-C

    1

    Travis Barnes

     01:00.827

    2003

    Subaru

    WRX

    TA-C

    2

    Timothy Schoeppner

     01:01.753

    2006

    Mitsubishi

    EVO

    TA-C

    3

    Anthony Szirka

     01:01.913

    2003

    Mitsubishi

    EVO

    TA-C

    4

    Taylor Wilson

     01:03.634

    2008

    Subaru

    WRX

    TA-C

    5

    Markos Mylonas

     01:06.287

    2006

    Subaru

    WRX

    TA-C

    6

    Russell Whelan

     01:06.644

    1994

    Nissan

    Skyline

    TA-C

    7

    Jim Cozzolino

     01:07.937

    1991

    Acura

    NSX

    TA-C

    8

    Chris Doyle

     01:08.032

    2003

    Nissan

    350z

    TA-C

    9

    Robert Smithson

     01:08.655

    2005

    Mitsubishi

    Evo

    TA-C

    10

    John Milster

     01:10.704

    2012

    Ford

    Mustang GT

     

     

    UMS puts on an amazingly successful and efficient series that proves to be alot of fun. Just by looking at the results you will spot many GTA regular competitors honing their skills for future GTA events a well as many grassroots competitors out there having fun, some of them for the very first time. If you are looking to step up from the HPDE ranks or looking to try your hand you owe it to yourself to get involved in Time Attack in some way. We have been saying for years that it is some of the most fun you can have on 4 wheels.

     

     

    We look forward to our first event of the season at Road Atlanta where we partner with Formula Drift for an amazing weekend at the track. Get yourself out there!

    Thank you Wes Dumalski and MotoIQ for the coverage and insight into the UMS Tuning Time Attack!

     

     

     

     

     

     

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