Welcome to the home of the Momentary Laps Racing Team.
Dean Thomas is a "regular" in NASA and SCCA Club Racing in northern California.
Through Momentary Laps Racing, LLC, Dean offers driver coaching and racing instruction to local racers looking to improve their competency in pace and race craft.
Dean had the opportunity to race with Porsche Racing Club at Thunderhill Raceway in April in a GTS class "spec 911". This is a competitive class in Northern California fielding late 70's and early 80's bodied Carreras with approximately 240HP, weighing in at 2400lbs. With torsion bar suspensions and single adjustable shocks, the class allows for enough setup and build development to make it interesting while still providing performance containment to keep the cars close. Dean was able to hop into a Rothsport prepared GTS car and be within a couple tenths of the class leaders immediately. Dean qualified 3rd and then worked with Jeff Gamroth, owner of the car and Rothsport Motorsports, to make some small setup changes to bring the handling of the car into line with his expectations. Given the change, Dean was able to not only win the race, but set the fast lap by almost 8 tenths of a second, setting a new class lap record in the process.
Dean got the opportunity to participate in testing a Superlite Eagle prototype race car at Thunderhill Raceway. This incredible beast has a driveline from an LMP1 car, boasting over 780HP, 340mm Daytona Prototype slicks, real downforce and a no-lift paddle shifter arrangement. While Dean only got 10 laps in the car before a mechanical issue sidelined it, he was able to get a feel for what real power in a race car feels like. He hopes to be included in future test sessions as the team shakes the car down for a possible run in the 2012 25 Hour.
Dean was involved again this year with the Art of Road Racing school of race craft. Nearly 50 students and two dozen instructors joined forces to raise the bar in club racing in northern California. Dean lead all the lectures and video discussions on Saturday night but then had to jet off to Tel Aviv on Sunday while the other instructors helped the students put their new race craft knowledge into practice on the track.
Dean and the entire 949 Racing Team absolutely dominated the 25 Hours of Thunderhill, bringing home 1st and 3rd in the highly competitive E2 class. More importantly, they finished 8th and 11th overall in the 70 car field, beating all of the E3, E2, E1 AND E0 teams! The only cars to beat the class-winning 949 car "Enzo" were open-class no-rules big dollar teams. Dean couldn't be prouder to be part of such a well-organized, well-run team. Check out all the details here.
Dean has joined the 949 Racing Team for the 9th running of the 25 Hours of Thunderhill on December 3rd and 4th. The team is fielding a pair of E2 Mazdas and will only be satisfied with a 1-2 in class and a pair of top-ten finishes. We've put together a line-up of seven drivers to pilot the two cars to victory. Check out the 949 Racing Team facebook page to follow along as we plan, prepare and then execute.
Laura and Dean were featured in the Marin Independent Journal. You can see the article here.
Dean competed against 5 other drivers from around the country in Utah at Miller Motorsports Park in the Ford Racing Mustang Challenge Driver Shootout and emerged victorious! That won him the opportunity to race in the final two races of the Grand-am sanctioned Mustang Challenge racing series. Dean would like to thank everyone with Ford Racing, BFGoodrich, the Mustang Challenge and Miller Motorsports High Performance Driving School for their generosity and support. Individually, Dean would like to acknowledge and thank Lynda Randall of the Mustang Challenge, Dan McKeever and James Burke of the Miller Motorsports Park High Performance Driving School and Joe Foster of Dempsey Racing for their support and assistance through the Shootout and race weekend.
You can see the Mustang Challenge recap of Dean's races here:
Dean's first race.
Dean's second race.
In-car footage from the second race.
Check out Dean's entry video below:
Dean's video on YouTube