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Old 02-16-2009, 05:53 PM   #421
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Well....that was my first trip to the Fort......SHEESH! Awesome racetrack...Awesome people...awesome racing! The guys...starting with Jim were all great! First class all the way. Congrates t the winners...So many fast cars...so much mayhem! Thanks to Ralph Burch,Scott Rister,And Feb. Had a great time...hope to make the trip next year from cold Chicago to redeem myself! Thanks to all for a great week of racing. Thanks to Dan Louis who made it all possible for the chicago guys to show up!
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Old 02-16-2009, 08:22 PM   #422
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well this was my 3rd year at the winternats, and i have to say it was the best one yet!!! i love driving the new 1/8 car. i will be retiring my sedan after this forgas season. i would like to congradulate dj, paulo and maxy on their wins this year great job. i would like to thank jim rice and david larry for all the help and sponsorship for without them i would not have been able to race this year. i would also like to thank tony rice, shane burnley and chris levefere for all the fast pit stops and fine tuning and answering all my dumb questions. i would like to thank mike swauger and harry hannihucci (spelling?? sorry) for all their help and thanks to mike for letting me have the body from the main.
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Old 02-16-2009, 08:49 PM   #423
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We will like to thanks first of all all the Ft Myers Crew for all the effort in the past months in order to bring the "Fort" to his famous status: "Test track of the World". You guys did an outstanding job. The event was superb, relaxed and very well organized.

Next we will like to thanks all our supporter in every corner of the world, for believing in us, for sticking together in the hard times and show your continuous support. A big thanks to all of you, we appreciate it a lot!

Last but not least, we will like to thanks all our team present at the event, and not only the drivers, but everyone involved in the process. It takes a lot of team effort to reach good results.
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Old 02-16-2009, 09:07 PM   #424
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It was my first time at this event and I cant wait till next year. The race was run flawlessly. Everything was done in a fare manner. The people and the atmosphere at this event are amazing.

Get those brownies ready
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Old 02-16-2009, 09:10 PM   #425
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Thanks for all the props. Congrats to DJ and Maxy for their result. Thanks to all our crew for your hard work (you know who you are)

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Jim Rice and all the Red Cup Team: you guys rock!

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Old 02-16-2009, 09:14 PM   #426
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A great event, well run and just plain fun. It doesn't get much better than that.
Thanks to the Red Cup crew for making it all happen flawlessly as usual.
Congrats to DJ, Maxy and Paolo for there well deserved wins.
See everyone very soon.
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Old 02-16-2009, 09:23 PM   #427
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I gotta thank Team Kamimaze Nigel and Sam, and the whole Serpent team, they made me feel like I've known them forever, and they were always helpfull. Congrats to Paolo, DJ and Maxy for their wins. Congrats to Nigel Sim for making the A for the first time. Cant forget Paolo's dad, either, always with an encouraging word.
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Old 02-17-2009, 03:50 AM   #428
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Thank you Fort Myers Crew, track was unreal, best its ever been! Paolo, sorry about what happened on the back straight. Would like to thank Rick Pinard.,Tommy D., and Jack Anderson for the pitting during the week. And Gary Tuttle for the pit space.
Am I going back racing?...Hmmm.. Not anytime soon... But soon enough.

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Old 02-17-2009, 05:01 AM   #429
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Congratulations to Scott Rister, on his 2nd place finish. Not bad considering he is an unsponsored driver. Scott also has a couple of national go kart wins in the 125 open shifter class. His next race will be in Texas, if we can get his stuff ready. I heard Ralph is going to come drive a kart that week.
Congrats to rcfoolz, for making the A, good job.
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Old 02-17-2009, 05:39 AM   #430
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Well, what a week. The Fort Myers crew did a great job. The track was at its best and everyone seemed to have a great time. Congrats to Paolo and Maxy on a job well done. Serpent with the clean sweep. Makes me pround I am a part of the team. Special thanks to Rick Pinard for the great food all week. Also to Kevin, Ronnie and Rafael Angulo for the pit work. Also thanks to my sponsors for the awesome products.

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Old 02-17-2009, 06:35 AM   #431
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Awesome race! All week the weather was incedible. Thank you Jim Rice and the Red cup racing crew for another well run race, Smoooooth! Wanted to give props to the people that traveled from around the world to race this race....Good stuff!
Also wanted to Thank Leandro and his friend for helping Mike and I in pit lane. Great job! Jason, Monica and Mike Thanks for the stay at the house.

Will be back next year!

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Old 02-17-2009, 09:10 AM   #432
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This was my first Winter Nats. I will like to thanks all those who I meet this week. I meet so many people that I don't want to miss a name.

Thanks to the Fort Myers crew. They made an excelent job. Thanks to the whole Serpent Team that said present to help all the time. Also thanks to those that trust in our products. We were the only company with full support for all racers. I hope that our service can help everybody, not only Serpent Drivers, we are back to help the hobby grow again.

Thanks everybody for this wonderfull week.

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Old 02-17-2009, 12:28 PM   #433
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Cool Wow I just hit the rewind button for my first winternats racing experience

Wow I just hit the rewind button for my first winternats racing experience and I’m going to have memories that will last me a life time. I should or could write a book on how so many good moment and some bad but the high ratio of good thing win!!!
I really enjoy the friendship with Team Serpent and congratulation to Paolo, Maxy, and DJ on their first place wins!!! And thank you for making us proud.
Mother nature was at her best and we couldn’t ask for any better weather so as the brownies and cookies from Mr Larry. P.S. good thing almost every body had to leave early to go wrench on their car because they were going fast.
Another Wow for the dedications of Mr Jim Rice and the crew for such a great smooth event. My family and friends around the world were able to view and keep updates for this racing event, Thank you guys!!!

And how can I say thanks James Borrows for letting me pit for you and making the bump up to the A main and almost made the podium but finish the race. Thanks you made me proud of my work.

And Doug McNeely you are the man such a great dedication for the Team Serpent and the RC community, you were ready with tools, parts, tires, shirt, you name it, it was there. And thanks for your help and pit work making me bump up and coming home with second place trophy d main and after I been through a rough time the d don’t matter because next year every one better watch out I heel fast.

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Old 02-17-2009, 09:54 PM   #434
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Big thanks to Red Cup Racing for the Winternationals!

Also thanks to the whole Serpent Crew and all the homies at the Winternats!
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Old 02-18-2009, 05:07 AM   #435
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Hi guys you can check out my race report at the following link.


The new M353R engines are awesome. They are super fast, reliable, and easy to tune. I must say that this engine made up for some not so perfect driving from me during the week. I was able to turn some 12.8 second laps during qualifying, and in practice even faster. Now I just need to work on that driving line.

Speaking with Vincent Jackson, he said he never pulled full throttle during his A main qualifying run, and he was able to run almost 25 laps on fuel. Now that's an awesome combination of power, and runtime.

Congratulations to all my team drivers who went to Winternats. You all did a good job.

Thanks to the Ft. Myers crew for making the great traction this year. It sure helped lay down the power. They run a pretty smooth race program too.

Congratulations to the winners DJ Appolaro in sedan, and Paolo Morganti in 8th scale, and Maxy in masters 8th scale. They sure know how to get it done at team Serpent! A clean sweep for the team.

Thanks to my pit crew Bobby, and Chay for staying an extra day. I met a lot of new friends this year, and I am already looking forward to next year.
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