#64 - Satellite Racing
SCCA Autocross events brought Matthew out of the early 2000's street racing scene and provided a foundation for chassis tuning and pushed his understanding on the limits of car control while running within the ESP class guidelines. These early challenges brought a podium finish in the 2008 Redline Time Attack, Street FWD class at Summit Point. A few years later, league and endurance races in concession karts became the bedrock on which he honed his racecraft where chassis performance could vary wildly from one kart to the next in a given field. This environment demanded he be able to quickly analyze the strengths and weaknesses of a given chassis, track, or opponent and then adapt his driving techniques to exploit constantly changing race conditions. The payoff was multiple podium finishes in the NASA Mid Atlantic Kart, Summit Point Kart, and Endurance Karting race series from 2012-2016, as well as a clean sweep of the 2014 NASA Mid Atlantic Kart Enduro series; taking P1 of Northern Division, P1 of Southern Division, and P1 Overall. Stepping into amateur endurance racing in 2014 with the "LeMons" and "Champ Car" series, Matthew has continued on with the American Endurance Racing (AER) series since 2018 and is steadily racking up podium finishes, and loves exhibiting head-turning performances in the rain.
Gene picked up the racing bug after his Dad took him as a young child to Watkins Glen to see a Formula One race back in the early 70s. In 1981 he stripped the lights and turn signals off his 750cc motorcycle and started road racing at Bridgehampton N.Y, Pocono Pa. Loudon NH. and Summit Point WV. in AMA club events for the next 10 years. In 2003 Gene got involved in arrive and drive karting and has done seven 24hr karting races the last two being for team Satellite at the Simcraft 24hrs at Orlando. With two 3rd place Masters finishes and 8th overall in both events. The team will be looking for the Masters win and a top 5 overall.
Chris started racing sportbikes in 1998 in Texas. In addition to amateur sprint races, he enjoyed the teamwork and seat time in 8 hour bike endurance races. In parallel, Chris realized he had more talent with four wheels than two, and switched to cars. He started in SCCA autocross and competed nationally, trophying finally in 2007 with an STS classed Miata. About that time, roadracing Spec Miata and TTB in Louisiana and instructed PCA HPDEs in his Miata. From 2010-2015 full attention was given to sprint and endurance karting. From 2016 to present, car endurance racing in ChampCar and AER is his focus.
Patrick started racing from a very early age when he was going down steep hills on his tricycle and got his first stitches. This rite of passage taught him the harsh realities of racing and did not deter him as he made his way through different go-kart leagues.
He got competitive indoors and outdoors in France (Kart'in), San Francisco (Gokart Racer), Boston (F1 Boston), Mt Kisco, NY (Grand Prix New York), Brookfield, CT (On Track) and Cuddebackville, NY (Oakland Valley Race Park).
Over the years, he dedicated himself to the craft of endurance racing with EnduranceKarting (Charlotte 24, Daytona 24, NOLA 24, Bushnell 24, Lime Rock Park, Monticello, OVRP, Stafford), Simcraft 24 (Orlando Kart Center) and GoPro Motorplex 12+ in Mooresville, NC. running against stiffer competition in regional and national events, posting impressive results including winning the top spot several times in a row.
In 2018, Patrick added a car racing program to his regimen with American Endurance Racing, Champcar, World Racing League, putting to work his experience, craft and strategic skills learned on the ground level. He is a frequent podium finisher in multi-class racing formats.
He used to race motorcycles on the West Coast at Laguna Seca, Sonoma, Thunderhill, Willow Springs and Reno. Now on the East Coast, his usual tracks are Lime Rock Park, Monticello, NJMP-Thunderbolt, NJMP-Lightning, Summit, Thompson, Palmer, Mid-Ohio, Pitt Race, Indianapolis, Watkins Glen, Nelson Ledges, VIR.
Tracks he wants to race at: Road Atlanta, Road America, Mosport, Barber, Thunderhill, Sebring and COTA. Please reach out and see you at the track!
Jim Paulette hails from Augusta, Maine and just completed his second season in L206 Senior with the New Hampshire Karting Association. Jim is best known for his smooth, consistent and steady driving, which makes him a natural fit for endurance racing. This is Jim’s first Simcraft24.
When Jim isn’t behind the wheel, he’s slinging a buffer as an internationally-certified professional Detailer.