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Congrats Blake! Well deserved! One of my favorite people to race. Blake is Very fast, talented, and a no excuses guy....as well as being one of the most entertaining paddock personalities!
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Congrats Balakey!!!!


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Congrats BFC. Wheelman and Spec Miata ambassador. Always enjoy my dices with Blake


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Congratulations Blake, that’s a really cool honor.
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Ademir Fedumenti

 

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S.A.C. Racing owner not only provides cars for champions, but he has raised a champion himself

 

Elivan Goulart knows quite a bit about what makes a champion. He’s won SCCA National Championships in Formula 500, Spec Miata and STU, as well as the 2016 Pirelli World Challenge Touring Car A title driving an MX-5. He gives much of the credit for his success to the man who owns S.A.C. Racing – a man he also knows as his father – Ademir Fedumenti.

 

“He put a lot of time, love and effort into the sport, specifically with Mazda,” says Goulart. “His place in history goes back to the ’70s and ’80s in Brazil. He’s always tinkering to the last little bit to gain that extra edge while still playing by the rules, and we really respect him for that. He’s a great man, always studying the sport, studying people, and he’s done very well.”

 

Anthony Geraci is a client of Fedumenti’s, having raced with him since 2012. He echoes Goulart’s sentiments about pushing the envelope – but always within the rules – and his love of the sport. “He loves to see the evolution not only of the car, but of the drivers; so when you talk about passion, it’s at every level,” Geraci says. “He’s been a big part of the advancement in my racing career and I’m blessed to have him in my life, because he’s not been just a business associate, he’s become like family. I can’t tell you how many races, and there’s always been at least three teammates other than myself, and none of us have ever missed one race. The word is perseverance. No matter what, he got us on track. I’ve never experienced another team that has gone over and above like him.”

 

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Last year, S.A.C. Racing defended its TCA championship, this time with Matt Fassnacht winning the title and Goulart finishing second, after switching from the NC MX-5 to the Global MX-5 Cup car. Not only that, S.A.C. won Crew of the Year and Team of the Year, despite Fedumenti suffering a stroke mid-season yet committing that the team would finish the year.

 

“That speaks volumes about stepping into a series and becoming a huge force to be reckoned with,” says Goulart. “That was a high achievement and I think it brought a lot of joy to him. More importantly, though, being his son, he’s also been a huge mentor to me, from karts all the way to racing, and it gave him a lot of joy to see the development. Of course, we have our family time that we argue back and forth, but always in the spirit of getting better. Together, it really helped us excel and move forward. And he just loves the Mazda brand.”

 

It’s one thing to be loved by family and the people who are driving for you. It’s another to be loved and respected by competitors, and Geraci says that Fedumenti has achieved that.

 

“In every business, you’re going to have that person that people love to tease – his peers, his competitors,” he says. “But they also have mutual love and respect. They know he’s the guy they love to tease, and he’s the fighter that’s going to come back at them. But he’s well respected because he’s the person they’ll go to when they need something. Not just on the team level, but on a series level, you can talk to any competitor in the paddock and they won’t have one bad thing to say about Ademir Fedumenti.”

 

For Flawless Execution and Continuous Kaizen, Ademir Fedumenti is the Spirit of Mazda winner for February.


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Congratulations to Ademir and to Elivan. A great team, a great family and well deserved.

 

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Congrats!!!! Certainly a fantastic addition to the spirt winner family!!
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Chris Graham

 

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Engine builder places people before profits

 

There are a lot of good engine builders who are excellent at what they do, and for all of them, the goal is to deliver the best powerplant they can. That is Chris Graham’s goal as well, but that’s because he’s all about making the customer happy.

 

“What I like about Chris is his willingness to help people for the good of the sport,” says Shea Hughes, owner of Racing Analytics and a customer of Graham’s. “He is the owner of Race Engineering, which has built a ton of Spec Miata engines. He’s really done a tremendous job of rebuilding that business, [and] he’s done that through relationship building. He has a tremendous ability to accommodate the needs of racers at all levels, from club racers on a shoestring budget to someone that wants to test the pro ranks and build something on the higher end.”

 

Hughes isn’t alone in his feelings about Graham. Like Hughes, Charles Carden is in the prep shop business and, like Hughes, is a beneficiary of Graham’s services.

 

“He’s a great guy with a big heart,” says Carden. “He’s really conscientious about his business. Last year we had an issue with an engine, and he made three six-hour trips from his house down to Atlanta to help us get the problem solved. We left the same day we put the motor in and went racing, and it ran flawlessly after we got the hiccups solved.”

 

Carden attributes much of his success, and the success of drivers in his cars, to Graham. Carden’s customers have competed and won in a variety of venues such as SCCA, American Endurance Racing, World Racing League and SVRA. Building Spec Miata engines these days has some significant challenges, but Graham has proven up to the task.

 

“It’s a complicated rule set, and I don’t envy him, at least where Spec Miata is now,” says Hughes. “You have to be right at the edge, but you can’t be over – that’s a lot of pressure for an engine builder. As prep shops, we have a habit of calling and saying, ‘I want the biggest, best engine you’ve got, but it can’t be over.’ He’s got to comply with the current specifications. That’s a tough job and a lot of pressure from guys that want to see big numbers on a dyno but don’t know what goes into making that number.”

 

Both Carden and Hughes also note Graham’s fun side, and that plays a big part in how Graham has run his business. Graham doesn’t just build engines; he builds relationships. “That’s the root of his business,” says Hughes. “It’s not about profit margins, not solely about performance, it’s about making sure that his customers are happy and making sure he does everything he can to accommodate those customers.”

 

For adhering to the principle of flawless execution, Chris Graham is the April recipient of the Spirit of Mazda award.


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Jonathan Black

 

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Panic Motorsports tech has mastered the art of flawless execution

 

“He is the hardest working guy in motorsports,” says Panic Motorsports owner Steve Bertok, without a hint of hyperbole. “You’ve heard the joke that every shop has that one guy who is filthy by 8:30 a.m.? That’s Jonathan Black. He dives right into everything.”

 

But it’s not just enthusiasm and hard work that makes Black, Panic’s tech and race strategist, worthy of the Spirit of Mazda winner – it’s the attention to detail and making sure everything is done absolutely properly.

 

“He is hell-bent on winning,” says Becca Bertok, Steve’s wife and co-owner of Panic Motorsports, who has known Black since they were in seventh grade together. “You don’t really see it in enthusiasm, but you see it in detail. He’s very quiet and reserved, but he’s going to make sure that whether it’s Steve’s or one of our clients’ cars that it is done the right way, without question.”

 

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Black is not only a great tech, but a pretty good driver as well, running Spec Miata and occasionally Touring 4 in an MX-5. “Somehow he learns by osmosis, because for the little time he gets in the car, he’s really pretty quick,” says Steve.

 

That helps Black with chassis setup and data analysis, which are a couple of areas where Steve says Black excels. As in the other things, it just comes down to an excruciating attention to detail.

 

“He’s got just enough OCD about him that he always does the job 100 percent,” says Steve. “It’s always the same way and repeatable and I know the job is going to be done right. He does all my data work and chassis setup, and the setups are always right. When it comes to data, he’s always got data to share with customers and other people in the paddock. If you want a 2:21 lap or a 2:25 lap, he’s most likely got data and video. He can help anybody at any level.”

 

For Flawless Execution, Panic Motorsports’ Jonathan Black is the Spirit of Mazda award winner for May.


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Congrats Jonathan!


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