Mendon, Mass.-based Flatout Motorsports was founded by Nick Leverone, Andy Bettencourt and Steve Ufelder in 1993 to be a service provider for autocrossers, but a decade later retooled itself as a Spec Miata rental company and now adds Spec MX-5 to its fleet.
Whether the racers want to rent a Flatout rental car or have Flatout build and support them, they’re in good hands. More than just building and maintaining top Spec Miata’s, and now Spec MX-5 race cars, Flatout’s leader – Nick Leverone – is an accomplished pro and club racer who also coaches his drivers.
According to Leverone, “We work hard to provide a fun and safe weekend with the opportunity for our racers to further develop their craft. We do this 30-35 times per year all the way up and down the East Coast, as well as into the Midwest. Our racers show up; bond; learn; compete; then fly home.”
“Nick and his team at Flatout have been a staple in the racing community for years, developing all their drivers – young and older,” commented Mazda Motorsports’ business development manager and lead for Mazda’s grassroots racing program. “We’ve been fortunate for years to work with the team and are thrilled for its entry into the Spec MX-5 Challenge Series, which is quickly becoming known as THE driver development series. This really is a perfect fit, whether you’re interested in Spec Miata (1990-2005 Miatas) or Spec MX-5 (2006-2015 Miatas).
Flatout’s Pro Racing Background
Flatout Motorsports has built and fielded cars for a variety of styles of competition and series, including not only every level of club racing, but also Grand-Am Koni Challenge (now known as the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge), where it has been a winner, and the Idemitsu Mazda MX-5 Cup presented by BFGoodrich® Tires championship, where they also stood on the podium.
Nick Leverone’s Background
As president and co-founder of Flatout Motorsports, Nick handles the company’s strategic and day-to-day operations both in the shop and at the track. Nick has been a nationally competitive autocrosser and road racer for nearly two decades. His driving resume includes more than a dozen wins in Pro Solo and National Tour autocrosses; too many victories to count in SCCA Regional road racing; six season points championships in New England and northeastern race series; and more than 20 races in professional series such as SCCA’s World Challenge and Grand-Am’s KONI Challenge. Nick graduated from the Rochester Institute of Technology in 1991