Episode 33 – Lana Tsurikova Trains for GS Trophy

Kathy, Jess, and Audra met with a special guest, Lana Tsurikova, who told us the fabulous story of her driving and riding path starting from a small girl to a national Autocross Champion. Now she is looking to conquer the GS Trophy|BMW Motorrad competition in a motorcycle. 

We talked about:

  • The value of taking instructors.
  • If you are contemplating going to Nationals, do not wait until you think you have a chance to win. Just do it for the experience.
  • Value of autocross in daily life and in training for the motorcycle competition.
  • The intensive training needed to prepare for the GS Trophy (off-road challenges on a 550-pound bike).
  • Women in motorsports.
  • How Lana wants to help educate and empower the younger generations.
  • Follow her on Instagram and YouTube 
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Episode 32 – The Yikes Peak Escudon’t

In this episode we find out what happens when you decide to enter a LeMons race and the car you’re building breaks in half. For these two brothers, Josh and Mark Fuller, you build an inside joke that turns into an internet sensation.

Join us for the journey of the car called The Yikes Peak Escudon’t. We had a great talk and lots of laughs with them and covered many topics, including:

  • How to prep yourself and your car to pass inspection your first time out.
  • The importance of reading the rules and playing by the rules.
  • Craft projects better known as a giant red wing.
  • The trouble with passing Cressidas.
  • Shoutout to Roger Getsner, who built their rollcage and was part of the team Jason Hopkins, who did a ton of networking for them, and Brian Hirth, who fed them really awesome food.

And we picked our new favorite quote:

“It was awful. It was terrible. It was the most fun I’ve ever had.”

Josh Fuller

You can find them on Instagram: @YikesPeakEscudont

Episode 30 – Brandelanie – Chicken Wings and Competitive Mancala

Kathy, Jess and Audra talk to husband and wife team Brandon Dryer and Melanie Kwong about cars, autocross and:

Brandon Dryer and Melanie Kwong
  • Brandon’s history and the saga of how they got started in autocross.
  • Drifting on on-ramps is a bad idea.
  • Transitioning from front wheel drive to rear wheel drive and automatic to manual.
  • Communication challenges with couples.
  • Driving from the passenger seat.
  • Turning it up to 11 – going harder is really hard.
  • Brandon’s role in the EV evolution and the future of EVs in motorsports.
  • Don’t throw parts at it – nothing is better than seat time.
  • We all miss after autocross food.
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Episode 29 – Driving Forward Together

Audra and Jess had a great conversation with Rachel Baker and Heidi Ellison from Driving Forward Together. Their mission is “To encourage, connect, and support women in Autocross, as drivers in their own right, and to embolden them to exercise their power to vie in open competition, embracing ideals of strength and inclusion to radiate through all forms of Motorsport.” They actively promote inclusivity and are working hard to normalize women in motorsports.

Heidi Ellison and Rachel Baker

We talked about:

  • Levelling the playing field. This includes ensuring that women are represented without being treated as an anomaly. 
  • Their origins, their cars and how they got into autocross.
  • How to recruit women.
  • It is actually less stressful to run in open class.
  • Autocross is a cult.
  • DFT is partnering with Autocross Evolution School and Beyond Seat Time.

We also debated whether or not Rachel actually likes people and she tells us how much she really likes Porsches. Check out DFT on Facebook and Instagram as Driving Forward Together and on their website  https://drivingforwardseries.wixsite.com/drivingforwardseries where you can find information about their contingency program, data and trends on women in autocross and their fabulous Showcase series. You may even see some very familiar faces for their March showcase!

Episode 28 – Garage Heroes in Training

Audra and Jess sit down with Bill and Vicki Fischer who are endurance drivers with a podcast called Garage Heroes in Training. They discussed the differences between autocross and endurance racing, and the similarities with advice about how to get started. Their podcast focuses on new racers and they aim to help people learn from what they did and they augment their knowledge and experience with guests.

The Garage Heroes In Training crew!

We also heard about:

  • how Vicki’s sister, and co-host, learned how to drive a stick 5 days before her first race.
  • that Bill is a “the more the merrier” kind of guy and this definitely shows in how they built their team and in his immediate generosity with the Shifting Points crew.
  • that the goal for them is to learn, have fun and get better every time they race. 
  • it is a huge accomplishment to finish an endurance (and they frequently do!).
  • $500 is not really the cap; it’s just the beginning.

And, if it’s worth doing, it is worth over-doing and that’s something we can really get behind! 

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Episode 27 – Citrus Racer Lounge and Hot Mess Race Group

Audra and Kathy have a conversation with Jason Hopkins, from Citrus Racer Lounge, and Roland Hahn, from Citrus Racer Lounge and Hot Mess Race Group. Jason is the admin and the creator of Citrus Racer Lounge in 2015 and it has grown to almost 5000 members. It is a hub for endurance racers to connect and share information. Roland has been racing competitively since 1984. He assists with Citrus Racer Lounge and is the co-owner and head mechanic for Hot Mess Race Group.

In this episode, we talked about:

  • Different types of endurance racing, with Lemons being the clear favorite as the entry-level event. They tell us that Lemons is safe and cheap with very friendly people and great camaraderie amongst the competitors.
  • The best way to start Lemons is to find a team. Alternatively, if you start with a car the base price has to be $500, prior to all the work to make it safe (rollcage, brakes and other safety equipment).
  • Most Lemons races are about 14.5 hours. They usually only have 1 or 2 24-hour endurance races per year.
  • A good endurance driver needs to be very consistent. Roland recommends that drivers drive at 75% and leave room to make mistakes.
  • Driver comfort is key, even if that results in a wet seat. 

You can find both on Facebook:

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Episode 26 – The Jack EN-sight

Audra, Jess and Kathy talk with Jack Nguyen about a variety of autocross topics including:

  • Looking ahead to plan your attack. 
  • How with Icecross everything moves a lot slower, you have to slow down your inputs to balance the car and how this can make you better at autocross.
  • How an alignment can help handling, depending on your drive train.
  • What an exhaust mod can do for you.
  • Scary clanking noises.
  • All the best highlights of National events, especially the food.
  • Don’t waste time spinning your tires when robbing a bank.
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