he says. “I was craving a fresh
challenge, something different,
and I said, ‘That’s it – that’s the
next step that I want to take.’
“I love driving on tracks and
participating in Track Night in
America events, but I also love the
competition aspect of autocross,” he
explains. “So, when they announced
Time Trials, that was exactly what
I was looking for. A fresh challenge – a
competitive event on the track, but
still accessible to real street cars.
You don’t need a full roll cage and
you can drive your car there.”
Two cars later – I told you, Brian
does not lack for project cars – and
he competed at the 2019 Time
Trials Nationals in a 2007 Cadillac
CTS-V that he’d modified for the
event. He also finished third in the
Tuner 3 class, an impressive feat
considering the competition.
Time Trials National Tours and
Time Trials Nationals utilize two
distinct competition types in the
same weekend: Time Attack and
TrackSprint. Time Attack involves
Despite the similarities between
autocross and track driving,
Brian points out that for him, no
cone is safe on the track. “The
Time Trials staff likes to make
fun of me,” he chuckles. “They
always joke with me that I should
learn to drive on the track,
autocrosser, because I manage to
hit every apex cone, or take out
all of the cones on the track.”
Next, I posed the obvious
question: Between autocross and
Time Trials, which is his preference?
“Honestly,” he laughs, “whateverit is that’s making me enjoy myself,test my limits, and challenge myself,that’s what I’m going to do. I haveno intention of never going backto the Solo Nationals – I want to goback very badly. And I also want togo back to the Time Trial Nationals.
I have a lot of fun doing both.
“I just want to have fun withcars,” he concludes. And at that verymoment, I snap back to the harshreality of the day, and I realize justhow meaningful that statement is.
(TOP) Briancompeted at the
2019 Time TrialsNationals in aCadillac CTS-V, withimpressive results.
(ABOVE) In 2015,Brian drove his SMFHonda CRX to hisfirst Solo NationalChampionship title.
traditional lapping for the fastest time.
TrackSprint, meanwhile, resemblesautocross in that it’s a point-to-pointcompetition, but this time on thetrack. Ironically, Brian struggledthe most at the 2019 Time TrialsNationals during the TrackSprint atNCM Motorsports Park. Despite that,TrackSprint is what he loves the most.
“It feels like home,” he says. “Youhave this heightened sense of, ‘Itneeds to happen right now.’ Youcan’t blow an apex and then backoff and get it on the next lap. Nope,this run is all that matters – youneed to get it done right now.”