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Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Fiat Racing News from Midwest-Bayless

Midwest-Bayless Racing Fiat X1/9

Our friends at Midwest-Bayless Italian Auto have sent us an update on their latest racing activities. Run by Matt and Marnie Brannon, Midwest-Bayless Italian Auto is North America’s one stop source of replacement parts for “classic” Fiat and Lancia vehicles. Additionally, Midwest-Bayless Italian Auto does service, restoration and race prep at their facility; so if you want to update, upgrade, restore or turn you classic Fiat or Lancia into something even more special, this is the place to go.

Midwest-Bayless Racing Fiat X1/9

Matt knows his way around the Fiat X1/9, building show winning street cars and also competitive racing X1/9s. Driving his personally prepared SCCA Fiat X1/9, Matt is one of the nations best known Fiat racers and is having another successful season. Below are his latest racing exploits. You can get the latest updates on his Facebook page and website here:

For Immediate Release:

Midwest-Bayless Italian Auto continues the 2012 SCCA National Club Racing season with very successful outings at Nelson Ledges Road Course and Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, completing four sanctioned SCCA National races in 10 days between May 25 and June 2, achieving three podium finishes with a Fiat X1/9 in H-Production class.

Matt and his Fiat X1/9 were solidly in contention at each of the venues, recording two wins at Nelson Ledges, along with a 2nd and 4th place finish at Mid-Ohio.

“The 2012 races at Nelson Ledges and especially the BFGoodrich SuperTour events at Mid-Ohio were great experiences. After winning both races at Nelson Ledges, we qualified on the outside pole both days at Mid-Ohio, in sloppy conditions with a field that included three past national champions. Our Fiat X1/9 led the Mid-Ohio races on both days, but unfortunately a broken exhaust header relegated us to a 4th place finish in Saturday’s race, and tire management problems resulted in a 2nd place finish on Sunday. Even with these issues, the races were some of the most competitive regular season battles we’ve ever had, and we turned our best lap times ever at Mid-Ohio, close to the track record. We really got the car dialed in after making some big changes to the driveline and suspension before the event. This gives us a lot of momentum for the rest of the season” said Matt Brannon, owner/driver of the #22 Midwest-Bayless Fiat X1/9.

Midwest-Bayless is now looking forward to remaining regular season SCCA races leading up to the 2012 SCCA National Championship Runoffs at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin.

Midwest-Bayless Italian Auto (, based in Columbus, Ohio, is one of North America’s largest sources of replacement parts, service, restoration and race prep services for “classic” Fiat and Lancia vehicles. The Midwest-Bayless classic Fiat racing program has top-5 finishes in their last 5 appearances at the SCCA National Championship Runoffs, including two podium finishes of 3rd in 2006 and 2nd in 2008.

Midwest-Bayless Racing Fiat X1/9

Fans can follow the Midwest-Bayless racing season progress on Facebook, with live updates from each track, photos, and in-car video uploaded to YouTube!

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