July/August 2014 Photos
Autobahn Practice Weekend
Autobahn Country Club is an auto racing themed country club
located in Joliet, Illinois. The facility includes a configurable
main track with a 1.50-mile north track, a 2.06-mile south track, a
full track of 3.56 miles, skid pad, and a 0.8-mile kart track. Peter
Jankovskis was our host as some Elite team members practiced their
form and also the Generation 3 Spec Racer. Testing this car at
different tracks and under race conditions is the only way to learn
about the car and the Elite Team is doing a lot of learning. It was
also a very chill day as fathers and sons got together to do some
racing, Steve Greenhill, Car 19 and his son Kyle, who eventually
drove Car 22, and Beau and Buck Martin, who eventually drove the Car
02. (Aunt Elizabeth Martin, Car 03, still beat Buck, though.)
Kyle is in Steve's 19 car and Steve is in the 22 car. (Old
spec racers will recognize this car as beloing to Becky Bach
back in day. Still looks good)
Some families go fishing or fly kites and some families go
racing. From left to right; Steve Greenhill (Car 19) and son
Kyle, Buck Martin, Car 01 (for now) and Beau Martin.
Team Martin: Beau, Car 8, Buck, Car 01, Elizabeth Car, 03,
and Bill, top crew chief. And for this bunch, you know he's
If you race with Beau, you know
that after every practice and qualifying, he will ask you
about the car with his trusty yellow pad in tow. He's
used for it for years and since it produces winners, it
shows you can't always rely on technlogy to win. Often the
art of listening is more important than gadgets.
Dave Tagte, Car 02, Bob
Lojkovic, Car 65 and Steve Greenhill, Car 19, lined up in
the paddock and ready to leave for the race.
Peter Jankovskis, Car 6, in an unnatural state ... he's not
in a race car. Peter was the gracious host for the weekend
at the Autobahn.
The Elite Autosport Team is a family and
here's one of its key members, Burdette Martin, Beau's dad.
He was involved in sportscar racing and in 2004, retired as
the president of the Automobile Competition Committee for the
United States (ACCUS) which governs U.S. racing as part of the
Federation Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA). While
that's really impressive, he's also one of the nicest people
you will ever mee
Steven Greenhill with his son and daughter.
The son already has the racing bug, she's next!!
Elizabeth Martin's boyfriend Gary played chef
on Sunday and was rewarded with a track drive, courtesy of Steve
Chef Gary. Nice hat and nice legs!
Peter Jankovskis, who normally drives the 6
car, got to take the Generation 3 car out for a spin. Top technician
and crew chief Bill looks over the data from the run.
Buck in his driver suit, getting ready to
Buck in the spec racer ... Beau providing
advice and telling him not to wreck the car.
A crowd gathered to watch Kyle Greenhill and
Buck Martin the SRFs. Gary, the chef, Keith Conroy, who still drives
Car 35 once and while and Steve. Does Steve show some concern
as Kyle drives his SRF? No, probably not.
The Elite Team heads out after another
Here are two photos showing Beau in the
Generation 3 car at corner 5 at Blackhawk and Elizabeth
Martin, Car 03, in the same turn.
Circus CAT Nationals
Beau in a discussion with
driver Mark Hutchins (Car 95).
After each session, Bill
McGovern, Elite Crew Member, will download your files so you can see
where you kicked butt and areas where you may need to improve. Mark
Hutchins and Mike Dirienzo, another Elite Crew Member, talk about
Fred Sasser (Car 72) looks over
this results. The sport today offers so much information for drivers
to help them improve.
During lunch, the drivers and
crew members get to kick back and tell ... racing stories, what
else? The gentleman in the plaid shirt is Beau's dad, Burdette
Martin. you can find him on Wikipedia or learn
Close up at the hospitality are
with Dave Tatge (left) and Mike Dirienzo (right).
Elite Autosport has many crew
members that have been with Beau for years (we will not say how
many.) I will say that you are getting some of the best in the
business. Here's a photo of Tom Udee, preparing a car.
This is one of Elite's crack
crew loading up the umbrellas to keep the drivers cool on the grid.
This is Bill McGovern, another
Elite Crew member and caught in a very rare moment because he is
smiling. Bill is very intense at the track, but that is
because he is totally focused on help Elite team members win races.
Mike Dirienzo, a former Madison
fire fighter, race car driver and Elite Crew Member for many years.
Mike's driving experience helps novices and veterans alike.
Mark Forgarty, Car 16, getting
ready to race.
Fred Sasser, Car 72, also
getting ready to race.
Peter Jankovskis, Car 6, game
face on and ready to roll.
Steven Greenhill, Car 19, also
ready to go.
Family members of the race car
drivers heading to favorite corners to watch the race at Road
America. (And at Road America, it helps if you have a golf cart,
it's a big track.)
After every qualifying and
race, the best part (almost) talking it over in the paddock.
I had to post this photo for drivers who
used to race with Beau back when Buck was a young pup.
know I feel old.
Beau hosted a hospitality sutie, when
driver could get some shade and converse and races and
Here is a photo of your very hardworking
Elite Autosport crew! Just kidding .... these guys really
hustle when it counts and there is no one better at setting
up a car .... just ask the Elite team winners!