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SPEED NEWS June 2016

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M E M B E R S P O T L I G H T A fter a few laps on track, Tristan Littlehale steers his BMW E36 M3 into the paddock, climbs out of the car and within a few minutes is on a laptop to parse over the data from his track session. Littlehale isn't focused on the performance of his car. The 24-year-old racer looks inward to improve his lap times. "Everybody wants to throw the next change at the car, and Tristan is willing TRISTAN LIT TLEHALE Age: 24 Region: Norcal Hometown: Saratoga, CA Racing Class: GTS3/ST3 Sponsors: TC Designs, Bimmerworld, Red Line Oils, Motion Control Suspension Day Job: Mechanical Engineer Favorite Food: Italian Favorite Movie: "Gone in sixty Seconds" Favorite Track: Sonoma Raceway Dream Racecar: GT3 Cup to throw the next change at the driver," said racer Glen McCready, who paddocks with Littlehale and leads the data analytics role for the TC Design Motorsports racers. It's this data-driven approach that has helped Littlehale win NASA's Western States championships during his rookie season in GTS2 in 2014, which enabled him to compete in the Mazda Race of NASA Champions, and in GTS3 in 2015. Littlehale, who races in the Northern California Region, is aiming to make it three in a row. Whether on the racetrack or a mountain bike course, Littlehale is accustomed to winning. Spend a few minutes talking to him and Littlehale sounds more like a motivational speaker than a mechanical engineer. "Success starts with the love of it and then comes the passion," said Littlehale, who lives in Saratoga, Calif. "From the passion brings all the preparation. I want to succeed in with whatever I'm trying to achieve." Littlehale got into auto racing at age 16 after his father, Kent, took him to a car-control clinic for teenagers. After the class, Kent Littlehale encouraged his son to do autocross. They shared an old Lexus and the younger Littlehale turned his attention to auto racing instead of mountain biking, despite being on a team that advanced to a national championship. By the end of his junior year of high school, Littlehale wanted a faster car, so he bought an older BMW. The BMW served as his daily driver and track car as he graduated high school and went to the University of California, Riverside, to pursue a degree in mechanical engineering. Southern California has a thriving autocross scene and he felt right at home. Littlehale was so good he won two autocross championships, BRET T BECKER BRET T BECKER 64

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