Mathews Racing Blog

Matt and Chuck will return this weekend to compete in the 2019 SCCA Peru Championship Tour at the Grissom Air Reserve Base.
Chuck is coming off a win at Chicagoland Speedway over defending National Champion, Bartek Borowski, and Matt is returning from Packwood Washington at the 2019 SCCA Packwood Pro Solo. 
Both Matt and Chuck have have been performing strong all year, despite some dissapointments in the results.
During the weekend live results can be found here:
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I was reading a bunch of Facebook posts today and came across something interesting. As many of you know, I recently appeared on the Cone Coach Podcast with Neil Tovsen and Shane Donahue. I discussed my approach to tuning and why I think bump stops are such a big part of what makes for a good street-class setup. 
During that conversation, Neil asked if this was something only applicable to Miatas or if it could be used on any modern car. I suggested that while I didn’t know...
It's often fun to look back at where we started. It can also be funny at times. 
The video I'm sharing today is from back before I became a setup guru or a really good autocrosser. I started recording video back then with a Flip camera mounted to the hood of my 2001 Mazda Miata LS. If I recall correctly, this was the first event where I was faster than my dad in a rear-wheel drive car and the first time I'd beaten National Champion and family friend, Jane Vinton on the ov...
Chuck Mathews made his way over to Tire Rack headquarters on Sunday, June 30 to represent #TeamOverkill with Michiana BMW at their Autocross event #2. 
It was an exciting event where Chuck earned a class win in addition to doing some driver coaching and tire testing. Several drivers requested his assistance, including brand new autocrosser, Aaron Grise, who prior to the event, had only ever done Track Night in America with SCCA. Due to the rapid-fire nature of autcross, it ...
Let me start by saying that what you read here is my opinion, based upon lots of trial and error over the years and theories that I currently hold to be true. YMMV
These setup instructions are specifically for the 1999-2000 NB1 Miata with the Hard-S suspension. My car is a 1999 Miata Base Sport Package car with no A/C or power steering. Setup shoud be similar on the NB2's. Bump stops were the same length on my 2001. Other years should be verified for compliance. You can check par...
It's been a difficult season so far. The car seems to be performing adequatly, but the results haven't met our expectations yet. 
It seems that based upon the data we're getting off the RaceCapture/Pro that we're using that there's still development work that needs to be done to optimize the car. Matt Waldbaum and I were able to make some progress on developing a good wet setup. My initial impressions are leading me to believe that our shock settings, while produc...
I didn't have the event I wanted, but it's hard to be too disapointed when you consider the results. My mind was elsewhere and I was struggling to concentrate enough to really get in the zone. It was also a little frustrating that Bartek ran in the off heat, as its always more fun to go back and forth searching for time each run. 
However, it was really good seat time against some of the best drivers in the country the weekend before an important Pro Solo in Toledo, Ohio. So,...

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