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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