2023 iRacing Rolex 24hrs of Daytona

This weekend, January 21-22, Jason and his team will be racing in the iRacing 2023 iRacing Rolex 24hrs of Daytona.  The team will drive an LMDH, which is the most powerful car in the race.  They have been practicing and planning the driver shifts, pit stop schedule.   Just like the real race they will have to drive through the night darkness, make pits stops, and avoid other traffic.

Currently. we expect that you will be able to watch the action live from this twitch stream. https://www.twitch.tv/jakebrownperformance.  

We will also be posting update on social media. 

The race will start approximately at 7:15 AM EST. and continue for the next 24 hrs.

2022 Recap

The 2022 season was a real mixed bag.   It started off with some great promise. Jason raced with the Road To Indy eSeries and spent a lot of time practicing with the Road To Indy USF Juniors only to have that collapse at the first race.   He then pivoted to racing Spec MX-5 Miata which went reasonably well, though he did crash twice.  The season was capped with a great weekend racing a Spec Racer Ford and then 4 days of testing in a USF Champions USF 2000 at Indy.  All in all while it was very challenging to pick up new cars and tracks, Jason made the most of it.

“The year brought on a lot of challenges, but, I think, the fact we are still racing means that 2023 will be that much better” – Jason

Sun Rise over the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Jason in the Turn3 #32 USF 2000Some Season Statistics 

Jason in the Elite Autosport Spec Racer Ford Gen 3 at Blackhawk Farms

Best Memories

Jason on the high bank of Daytona in the #59 Spec MX-5

Worst Memories

  • Not Racing at Ozark
  • Crashing in turn 5 at Atlanta
  • Crashing in turn 2 at Daytona

Most Popular 2022 Video

The 2023 season is still in the works and we hope to have some announcements soon, stay tuned.

2023 USF Championships Combine

Its time to put the show on here at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.  The USF Pro Championships presented by Cooper Tires combine starts today.  The Turn3 Motorsports team have a good plan for Jason and his USF2000.  

10/22/2022
  • 8:00 AM-9:00 AM  Test Session 1
  • 11:00 AM-12:00 PM  Test Session 2
  • 2:30 PM-3:30 PM  Test Session 3

10/23/2022

  • 8:00 AM-9:00 AM  Test Session 4
  • 11:00 AM-12:00 PM  Test Session 5
  • 2:30 PM-3:30 PM  Test Session 6


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We will be posting frequent updates on social media and YouTube.

Jason is back at Indy, this time in USF2000

Jason has spent the last two days at Autobahn Country Club testing a USF2000 under the Turn3 Motorsports banner.  Turn3 Motorsports is lead by Peter Dempsey a former Indy Light driver.  The USF2000 Series is the second step of the Indy Car ladder.  Jason is determined to get back into formula cars.

This coming weekend he will be traveling to Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the 2023 United State Formula Pro Championships combine.  Much like the NFL combine this is an opportunity for up and coming drivers to show their on and off track skills on one the greatest tracks in motorsports.

We will be posting frequent updates on social media and YouTube.   Watch for updates in your mail box as well.  

TOP SPEED: 145+ mph
WEIGHT: Min. 1285 lbs./582 kg (including driver and fuel)
LENGTH: 172 inches/4370 mm
WIDTH: 75 inches/1915 mm
TRANSMISSION: Six-speed sequential
ADDITIONAL: PFC brakes; Cosworth CFW277 steering wheel with integrated dash and gear change paddles, Cosworth data logger; Dynamic dampers; and Hyperco springs. z

VP is the Official Fuel of USF2000.

Congratulations 2022 Spec MX-5 Challenge North

Congratulations Jason on finishing 3rd in the Spec MX-5 Challenge Series Presented by Toyo Tires
Thank you to every on who made this season possible. 
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Spec MX-5 at Road America

For the last 6 or so weeks Jason and his team have been getting the #59 Mazda Spec MX into shape.  Jason and the car have been picking up speed every session as he becomes more comfortable.   The test races over the last few weeks has started to show the potential of the car and Jason.  The weekend of July 9th was the SCCA Cat Majors at Road America.  It’s also next Spec MX-5 challenge northern and national series race and the next opportunity for Jason to go racing. 

It was good to be back at Road America and Jason’s previous experience will help him continue to build confidence.   Getting off to a slow start, Jason qualified 10th.  Saturdays race started well but a mistake and spin in the kink put him back to 15th on the first lap.  He spent the rest of the race catching up and then moving forward to 12th, that said, he showed top 10 speed.   He stared the second race on Sunday in 10th, and stayed clean on the start but dropped a few spots.  He picked up three spots in the 2nd lap and one more in the third.  He then played a bit of catch up chasing down the lead pack with the help of a drafting partner.   In the closing laps he moved up, trough some luck and good speed, to 6th place.  Those last couple of laps where very busy with Jason having to dodge some misplaced cars. All in all a great weekend of racing.

Up next is a weekend of testing at Road Atlanta in preparation for a race the next Spec MX-5 race at the same track.  This will be the 5th new track in this year alone.   Jason, the car, and the team are continuing to move forward are the results are starting to come.

Fathers day racing and beyond

There are few things more enjoyable then spending Fathers day weekend at the SCCA June Sprints at Road America.  Unlike last year this weekend was more relaxed but still there was important work to be done getting Jason and the car ready for Cat Majors in a few weeks.  Jason,  managed to do quite well running his under powered car in the Super Touring Light class finishing 6th on Saturday and 5th on Sunday.  We celebrated and remembered Grandpa Joe with Grandma Mary and Mom.  We all had a blast watching all the racing at the incredible race track. 

Some real progress was made the following weekend, June 25-26, at Firecracker Bonneau Bbl Divisional at Blackhawk Farms.  This is the ideal track for Jason to become one with his car.  He has a few thousand laps on this track in a few different vehicles and really knows the track.  In addition to running the with the more powerful STL(Race Group 4) class he also raced in the SMX(Race Group 2) class by himself but with T3 and T4 cars that could potentially be faster.  

His performance on Saturday was amazing. It did start on rain tires and some humble pie. In group 2 qualifying in 5th having been beat out by significantly less powerful but more manageable B-spec cars.  B-Spec cars are based on small front wheel drive cars and handle well in the rain while Jason was still getting his feet wet. In group 4 he qualified 2nd and was building confidence in driving in the wet.   For race 2 the B-spec guys elected to start from the back and Jason started in P2 on slicks with a light rain.  On the green he jumped out to the lead by turn one and carefully pulled away from the field as the track dried.  By the time he took the checked he was 72 second ahead of 2nd place and had lapped all but 3 cars in the field.  The group 4 race started on slicks in a light rain.  He again jumped to the lead but had a very competitive spec miata on his tail.  As the race progressed the rain increased and Jason remained in the lead gingerly defending his position.  Toward the end it was a matter of which driver was going to make a mistake.  In the closing of the last lap the spec miata dropped a wheel and spun off the track, while Jason remained steady to the checker earning his second over all win of the day. 

Sunday’s racing was much different as the previous days rains had dried and a new found confidence in his car and ability.  He qualified in group 2 on the pole,  At the start he pulled away and didn’t look back finished first, 25 second ahead of 2nd place.    In group 4 only made 4 laps before he experienced brake failure but still qualified 2nd.  At the start he again jump ahead and again was pursed closely by an potentially faster STL car.  Jason initially pulled away but a few laps later the faster car caught.  However, by that time they both had started to work through lapped traffic.  Jason had spent the previous three races passing cars and now put that skill to work timing many passes perfectly to stymie the chasing car behind the slower car he just passed.  The chase continued this way till the end last lap of the race when the STL car spun and Jason drove his way to his forth victory of the weekend.  Jason and his car received may cheers and ovations as he made his victory lap. 

The new team is starting to come together just in time for the SCCA Cat Nationals at Road America.  This will be Jason’s second Spec MX-5 Challenge race.  The work we have been putting in since April to build the car, the team to support it and Jason is starting to pay off.  Hopefully, we can keep this momentum going bring home more success.  

New Car: Mazda Spec MX-5 Mid-Ohio

Racing at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course has been a Father’s Day tradition for the team, ever since Jason started racing there as a 12 year old.  He knows where the bump is in the carousel they talk about on TV, he knows the line through the key hole, and some secrets you only find when running 1 inch off the ground in a kart.  But we won’t be there for Father’s Day this year – more to come on that later – so we went for Memorial Day weekend instead.

This trip was to shake down the new Rennkraft Motorworks Spec MX-5.  The Spec MX-5 Series Challenge is a feeder series for sports car racing like Mazda MX-5 Cup, IMSA, and Le Mans.  The car was built by Formidable Racing Development who was also the support team for the weekend.  The Spec Miata races so far this season have been in preparation for the transition to this more powerful and MX-5.

The weekend started with the crew putting the finishing touches on the car so Jason could take it out.  Being a new car, Jason needed to break in the motor and set the the brake pads.  With only a braking session and one short practice he qualified the car in 11th.  During the first race, he took the car up to the battle for 8th and 9th before having a moment and falling back to 15th.  He spent the remainder of the race catching and passing cars, moving up to 12th.  He started the second race in 12th and worked on moving up until a mechanical issue slowed him down, but was still able to finish 12th.  The last race of the weekend was a club race and many of the cars chose not to join.  Jason, needing the seat time, started 5th and finished 5th.

Thanks to Chris Nunes for the great coaching and to the Rennkraft and Formidable Racing Development for the awesome car.   The car started off good and it got better every session.

Jason, Chris Nunes, and Alex Searle

In few weeks it will be Father’s Day but this year we will be at Road America running the SCCA June Sprints in the Spec MX-5 in the STL class.  It is a practice race for the SCCA Cat Nationals and Challenge Series race a few weeks later.  This will be Jason’s second Sprints as a car driver but he has entered the club kart race on Saturday night on several occasions.

Historic Milwaukee Mile

Jason was back in a Spec Miata the weekend of May 14th at the historic Milwaukee Mile.  The track started as a horse track in 1876 and has been the center of the Wisconsin State Fair since 1891.  It also happens to be the 4th new track and the 4th car he has raced this season.   

It was a great weekend of racing and fun at the track.  Once again he, drove an Advanced Autosports rental car but this time it was the #39 car.  He started the weekend on Friday learning the track and the car with the help of this weekend’s coach Michael Borden.  Jason picked the track up very quickly and spent the day getting comfortable in the car.

Saturday’s qualifying run went well.  He qualified 3rd against a tough field, setting his fastest laps without being able to draft from any other cars.  Due to a technical DQ of another driver, he started on the front row in second position.  He got off to rough start ending up in 5th and staying there for the 22 lap race.  On Sunday he announced that he was going to set his qualifying time within 5 laps and come in to save tires for the race.  He did exactly that, setting the third fastest time.  Again he got shuffled back – this time to 6th place – and finished there.  All in all it was a great weekend.  Jason showed some great speed and with some more practice, started up front and stayed there.

We had another ‘this is why we race’ moment that weekend with some drivers from Badger Kart Club and Road America racing along with Jason.  These gentlemen are part of the new generation of racing talent.
Next up is a race with National Auto Sports Association at Mid-Ohio Sports car course, this time in a Mazda Spec MX-5 and the 3rd round of the Northern Region Spec MX-5 Challenge presented by Toyo Tires.  The remaining schedule will be announced in the coming days but this race will be the beginning of the new 2022 season.