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An amateur endurance auto racing team hoping to show everyone that they too can participate in performance driving or racing. We are a relatively new team and learning right along with you. Our assumption is that you know very little to nothing about the sport but are interested in learning to drive better and eventually maybe even race in a local event of interest. We will cover all forms of racing and hope to be entertaining as well as educational.
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We share the stories and inspiration that will help get more people behind the wheel and on the track. Track days, HPDE, SCCA, NASA, ChampCar, LeMons, and autocrossing - we interview drivers and industry insiders that will help drivers along their motorsports journey. The name, Late To Grid? In the past the host, Bill Snow, was always late to the track, late to get the car ready, and hence - Late To Grid. His goal with the podcast is to grow the sport and highlight the tools and resources th ...
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Formed in 2015, Team Hugh Jass got their start competing in online endurance events through the iRacing simulation platform. Since then they have expanded rapidly, competing in multiple events, launching a broadcast channel, running the ChampCar Sim Series, and racing their own Miata in endurance races around the USA. Hugh Jass Paddock Pass is the latest venture, a biweekly podcast where members of the team get together to discuss the latest news in global motorsport, updates from their own ...
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It was great to have Devan on the podcast again. In this Beers with Bill episode I catch up with Devan to chat about his 2023 season and what he has planned for 2024. We cover Gridlife, SCCA Time Trials, the Ultimate Track Car Challenge, his ChampCar build, and lots more. Have a guess what tool that Devan loans out most at the track? We talk about …
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GHiT 0554: Waka Motorsports with Rich Russo We were instant fans of the Waka Motorsports YouTube channel and first met Rich Russo and teammates at NJMP and then Thompson on their initial scouting trips to Lemons racing. They race an almost identical car to our Honda Civic and have had quite a few stories in such a short time. We also talk about the…
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How did you February go for you? Are you in a better place than you were on February 1st? Let's keep the momentum rolling!! Here’s the Late To Grid March Challenge: Live a healthy lifestyle Connect with three friends Register for your events Step outside your comfort zone Set (or revisit) your goals Are you up for the challenge? I know you can do i…
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DwD 0553: Brakes: Rotors, Pads, and Bleeding We have already gone deep into the area of brakes, brake pads, fluid etc. with Wendy from Porterfield’s a few years ago but we thought that it may be beneficial to go into the maintenance and replacement of these components and options that you have to replace and service the braking system. A link to th…
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Sarin Kodappully takes to areas we never thought of when thinking about racing and life. He proposes the question, Where do you the joy from by being involved in racing? Think about that! Powerful. Sarin is a pure racer who has been passionate about motorsports for his entire life. His pursuits in motorsports have taken him to kart racing, sim raci…
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GHiT 0552: Anthony Magagnoli – Record Setting Racing Driver Anthony Magagnoli is a unique combination of racing driver, racing coach, and working for various OEMs on vehicle dynamics and set up. In addition, he runs and owns a coaching service that focuses on improving driver’s performance centered near Michigan. Having set several track records, i…
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DwD 0551: Arrive and Drive – The Hardcore Way Taking a note from the Mighty Car Mods YouTube channel, we take a stab at what we would do for a heroic arrive and drive. On their episode they entered a 24 hour endurance race in another country by building their race car from scratch after they arrived. We decided that sounded like a challenge, so we …
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Will Nonnamaker from Team Shalen joins Bill on this episode to talk about racing and business. Will started racing in SCCA club racing and grew through the racing ranks eventually getting into Grand Am racing. He and the Shalen team are now focused on the ChampCar Endurance Series and are constantly on the podium. Will's great quotes from this epis…
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GHiT 0550: Celebration with Ross Bentley Helping Our Team Drivers Improve - Santa Style Ross Bentley returns to help celebrate our 550th episode. Ross indulges us in helping refine Vicki’s racing improvement plan for the upcoming season and then helps each of our drivers refine their driver goals and plans for 2024. Since each of our drivers is at …
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GHiT 0549: ST-4 with Griffin Gamcsik-Uly Griffin Gamcsik-Uly is the Super Touring Director and races in the ST-4 group with NASA Northeast. During this episode, we finally start to break down the various run groups in wheel to wheel (ST) and time trials (TT) as well as what the numbers mean in terms of cars and performance. It turns out that Bill m…
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DwD 0548: The Pizza Episode – Where is the best pizza, where is the worst pizza, and where is the worst pizza? We welcomed Ben back with one of the most technical question we have ever had. We asked Ben where to get the best pizza? Where is the worst pizza? And finally, what is the most overrated pizza? We did go into pizza types and specific pizza…
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GHiT 0547: Towing and Trailering for Racing-Part 1 While we love almost everything about racing, one thing that is at best a necessary evil is towing. When we started, we knew nothing. If you look at our past towing exploits, we prove that over and over. Besides being expensive, towing errors can be dangerous. This is part one of the episode we nee…
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DwD 0546: You Are The Stig – How Would You Teach the Guest of the Week This question originated from a listener comment. The premise is that you are the Stig and part of your responsibilities is to teach this week’s guest for their hot lap. What would you do? We discuss. Did we get it correct or do you have a better plan? A link to the episode is: …
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GHiT 0545: Randy Bish Returns for His Second Lap Randy Bish has been a friend for many years, even after his rally car broke down at the starting line near our home and he stayed to “fix” it for longer than the rest of the rally. On this episode, we catch up with how things have been going, what the team The League of Legitimate Nigerian Businessme…
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How did you January go for you? Are you in a better place than you were on January 1st? Let's keep the momentum rolling!! Here’s the Late To Grid February Challenge: Limit alcohol consumption Continue a weekly exercise routine Follow a nutrition plan that supports your fitness and health goals Reach out to three people that can help you Get seat ti…
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DwD 0544: Listener Goals for 2024 We love goals and apparently it is rubbing off on our listeners. We had several write in with their 2024 goals. We congratulate everyone on their goals and add a few suggestions to help with each of the goals mentioned. If you have goals for this season, please let us know. Hopefully this is part one of many. BEST …
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GHiT 0543: Spec3 Racing with Taylor Johnson We love talking all thing racing and about as many series as we can. Today, we talked with Taylor Johnson about the Spec3 series and how this may be the just the things for your E36 BMW. The series started a few years ago but has recently been seeing significant growth in many areas of the country. It is …
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In this episode of the Late To Grid podcast Bill sits down with Chip Manuel to learn more about Chip's motorsports background and how he approaches autocross competitions. Chips says that he was first a car guy (think Fast & Furious) and then found motorsports. Hi did his first autocross while studying at Clemson. He shares some awesome insights ab…
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GHiT 0542: Ben Marouski on Racing Mini Cooper’s and FCP Euro Ben Marouski races his Mini Cooper in Grid Life’s GLTC series and is the Director of Creative Services for FCP Euro. During this episode, we talk about all things racing related in Mini Coopers, GLTC, and FCP Euro. If you haven’t seen the Mini Cupper series on YouTube already, we highly r…
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DwD 0541: Revving out the Engine: What it is, Why, and Why Not On this DwD, we go into what it means to rev out an engine. We also go into the reasons why you would do that from a performance perspective. We then go into some of the factors that may affect whether you want to do this routinely or whether you would prefer to shift a bit earlier or o…
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The Neohio SCCA held its January Social at Track First in Akron Ohio and Bill set up the Atomic Autosports studio in one of the McCann Racing lounges and boy did some of the attendees have some great goals and motorsports advice to share. Listen in as attendees share their 2024 racing and motorsports goals as well as the best motorsports advice the…
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GHiT 0540: Lara Vernon Returns with Tons of Exciting News It has been a while since we had Lara Vernon on the podcast. Since our last episode, she has been racing with tons of cars and in a wide variety of series. We were long overdue for an update and always love to catch up with Lara and her exceptional racing exploits, including her new race car…
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DwD 0539: Passing: On the Inside vs On The Outside One a racing driver we know has a favorite aspect of racing. His name is Ben and he is our resident expert and namesake for Dominating with Dawson. As a gift, we let him talk about the details of passing in a turn and aspects that differ when passing on the inside versus passing on the outside of a…
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GHiT 0538: Mechanical “Saves” or What to Do When Things Go Sideways How many times when you are working on a car have thing gone as planned? One of the things we have noticed is that as you grow as a mechanic, you learn more and more ways that things can go poorly and that one of the things that the great mechanics know is how to get out of the pro…
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Matt Harbert is an automotive technician at Atomic Autosports and Rad Air in Wickliffe. He's also the team lead on the Rad Air Racing team and I finally had him on the podcast. Matt's full of energy and represents the great part of our sport. I am excited to see people like Matt taking an interest in grassroots racing and contributing to the indust…
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DwD 0537: Jargon 101: What is Car Handling and What We Prefer We realized that we talk a lot about the handling of a car and have never really defined it. So We do. Jargon 101 is back! Plus we talk about what type of handling we prefer or would like to have when the car is refined to our preferences/liking. A link to the episode is: https://tinyurl…
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GHiT 0536: Adam Jabaay – Discusses GridLife 2023 and 2024 Adam Jabaay returns to talk about what a great year 2023 was for the GridLife season and all the changes going forward for 2024. If you haven’t tried a GridLife event, you should not miss one that’s local to you. The original goal for GridLife was to hold the racing events that they wanted f…
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DwD 0534: Maintaining Your Tires in Amateur Endurance Racing Anyone who watches Formula 1 hears all about the importance of maintaining the tires during the race and the strategy implications. However, does this matter in amateur endurance racing, especially when racing 200 tread wear tires. Fact or Friction. A link to the episode is: https://tinyu…
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The new year is here and it's the perfect time to hit the reset button on whatever has taken your focus away from being your best. In this episode I offer up a challenge to start the year off by taking steps to be a better you. Participate in Dry January. No alcohol for the entire month. Write down and detail out your 2024 goals (racing, business, …
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DwD 0533: Rubbin’s Racin’ – Welcome to Ben’s Soapbox In this week’s Dominating with Dawson, we go into the old saying that rubbin’s racing, and out thoughts on where this belongs in amateur racing. Many long time listeners knows where this will go, but the soapbox discussion was fantastic. A link to the episode is: https://tinyurl.com/RubbinsRacin …
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The new year is almost here and it's time to get your goals in place to make sure that you won't be late to grid. Why is goal setting so important for racers? We have a lot to do and having goals will help us make decisions that get us to the desired outcome that we have for our racing efforts. In this episode I walk you through how to set goals an…
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GHiT 0532: Goals: 2023 Review and 2024 – The Best is Yet to Come Pre-Podcast Question: How was YOUR 2022 season? In this episode, we talk about how our team did over the 2023 season. We also go into what we are targeting for 2024. The upcoming year is going to target quite a bit of growth as drivers and racers. As always, look back and see that we …
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DwD 0531: Options to Balance Risk vs Lap Time When on track, there is always a certain degree of risk. During this episode, we cover some of the aspects where the initial assumption would be that faster lap times increase the associated risk. However, this may or may not be the case and also there are ways to take small risks and still push the lim…
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Tim Obert from High Voltage Indoor Karting joins the Late To Grid Podcast to share his motorsports journey. Tim talks about hanging at the track with fellow Corvette families and wanting to build a go kart everywhere there wasn't one. He's worked for Penske, Springsport Speedway, and Pepsi. Tim's a big collector of IndyCar memorabilia. We talk abou…
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GHiT 0530: Garage Update - Cage Party and Replacing an Engine It was a very productive series of weeks at the GHiT Garage. During this episode, we go over our latest cage party, where we helped our friends with caging their 1993 Honda Civic. We go over the process and what we have learned working with our friends at the Three Pedal Mafia/Everyone R…
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DwD 0529: Burnout – How to Know and How to Avoid We start with two different definitions of burnout that are related to racing. We then focus on what happens with “too much” racing, how to identify when this occurs and what you can do to avoid this or recover from this. This can take all the fun away from racing and that is just wrong. We then retu…
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GHiT 0528: Club Spec Racing with Heyward Wagner for the SCCA When we first started, we were looking for one car to race in every endurance racing series. Obviously, Heyward Wagner is a long time listener who never misses an episode and wanted to help us with this but take it even another step further. (Tongue firmly planted in our cheek) With the C…
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DwD 0527: Breaking Plateaus or Getting Out of a Rut As a high performance driver or a racing driver, many drivers will reach a point in their progression where the improvement ceases and you can find yourself stuck at a certain level of performance or even stuck in a performance rut. In this episode, we try to cover a few of the ways to break out o…
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Johnny Miller is a very accomplished race car driver and he shares so much! The conversation ranges from Johnny's racing career which started in SCCA autocross to why being relevant is important in your racing career (hint: this helps with getting sponsorships for grassroots racing). He grew from Autocross to racing professionally in Trans Am, IMSA…
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GHiT 0526: Dion von Moltke – Author of “Send It – The Art and Science of Racing Cars” Dion von Moltke has been a professional racing driver and is created and is currently coaching using the Blayze platform to personally coach drivers across the world, including several members on our team. And then last week, we saw that he had written a book and …
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GHiT 0525: Zach Caldwell Returns and We Discuss the Upcoming Vannonball 2024 – Once Wasn’t Enough? or how a $500 race van does 50,000 miles of racing When last we spoke to Zach Caldwell, we were reviewing the inaugural Vannonball Run. He was a bit weathered and had survived the event. Naturally after some recovery and an exceptional example of sele…
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DwD 0524: Autocross v Track – Differences and Similarities We take advantage of Audra and her vast experience at autocrossing to discuss where autocross can help your track driving and several of the differences that may need to be modified when on track. In a future episode, we will talk about translating from track driving to autocross. Cross tra…
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GHIT 0523: Our 2024 Gift Ideas for the Driver/Racers and Mechanics in Your Life Here are some of our newer ideas for the gifts for the driver, racer, and mechanic in your life. We give a few ideas from stocking stuffers and gifts from the kids to pretty much every budget. If you think of others, please let us know and we can add them to the social …
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Here's a replay of Bill's popular sponsorship episode. As we head into the new year your sponsorship planning should be well underway and this episode will help. Bill Snow shares his insights into how to build a sponsorship plan for your racing program. Sponsorships have to go beyond product sponsors if you want to get to the next level of getting …
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GHiT 0522: Gary McCormick – Second Lap (or Few) in our B Spec Fit Gary McCormick flew in for our surprise Vicki weekend at NJMP Lightning and explored his first HPDE with NASA Northeast in our 2015 B Spec Honda Fit. We talk about how the event went, what it is like to HPDE in a super slow car, and compare the event with NASA vs Gary’s usual SCCA gr…
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DwD 0521: Race Starts – Standing and Rolling Starts Ben is all about saving time and passing our fellow drivers and one of the key areas where this can be accomplished quite easily is at a race start or restart. In this episode, we provide many of the tips that we use to help us save a bit of time and pass a few friends. A link to the episode is: h…
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Camp Teague is just wrapping up his first season of racing and he jumped right into wheel to wheel racing with ChampCar. It was through networking and meeting Kyle Lockrow (who was a previous guest on the podcast) that Camp was able to get into racing. He first caught the car bug by watching the Disney movie, Cars. With Camp being so new to racing …
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GHiT 0520: Brad Lee – First HPDE - Finally Brad Lee has been with our team for about 5 years but it had never quite worked out to get him on the track. Luckily, Brad was able to attend the Vicki surprise weekend at NJMP Lightning with us and get out on track. This is a great example of what its like to get on track for the first time. Plus a ton of…
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GHiT 0519: Vicki’s Surprise Weekend at the NJMP Lightning HPDE with NASA Northeast Another podcast example that the post race weekend hangover is real, but we wanted to cover the big race weekend. This is part one of 3 or so and this event wraps up our 2023 season. As frequent listeners know, we had a big surprise in store for Miss Vicki and now we…
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DwD 0518: Planning for an Upcoming HPDE – For Vicki We have a huge event planned for our upcoming HPDE event at NJMP Lightning (Much more on that in an upcoming episode) and we wanted to walk through potential ideas for Miss Vicki to get the most out of the event. The idea was to demonstrate some of the ideas that you may use to maximize the improv…
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