National Auto Sport News
Published on July 23, 2019 16:37
The Team Racing Endurance Challenge (TREC) is a new NASA enduro series that focuses on fun and lots of track time — and you don’t need a competition license to be part of the action.
Anyone with a driver’s license can participate in a TREC race. Minors who race with NASA are also eligible to participate. Cars are classed using a combination of time brackets and base classing listed in the TREC rules, and all vehicles compete on tires marked with treadwear 180 or higher by the manufacturer. This new series is a definite departure from the typical NASA competition event with a heavy emphasis on fun above all else.
“NASA’s High Performance Driving Events have introduced thousands of people to the joys of driving their cars on track,” said NASA Vice President Jeremy Croiset. “Now, with our new TREC series, drivers with little to no experience can get in on the fun of wheel-to-wheel endurance racing with a professional sanctioning body like NASA. This new program establishes a new pathway for people to attain a NASA Competition license.”
Drivers who complete four TREC events may apply for a TREC license qualifying them to participate in the fastest TREC class. Anyone with previous racing experience may apply for a TREC license. Those who holds a TREC license and successfully complete six TREC events will be eligible to apply for a full NASA competition license.
TREC events will be offered in various NASA regions in the latter half of 2019 with many additional regions coming online for the 2020 season. Check out #DRIVENASA Community for updates when new TREC events are added to the calendar. You can also contact your local NASA region to find out when their first TREC event will be.
Published on July 19, 2019 20:30
NASA members nationwide now can take advantage of a singular source for Toyo competition and Hoosier DOT Tires, with excellent pricing and expedited shipping.
In an agreement that stretches to the year 2021, all NASA members will be able to take advantage of TrackDayTire.com’s enormous inventory and technical support team focused solely on helping members extract the most from their competition tires on the track.
“NASA members will have direct access to tires and up-to-date inventory in a one-stop shop to redeem their Toyo Bucks, HPDE Awards, and get their tires quickly and efficiently,” said NASA Vice President Jeremy Croiset. “It’s a multiyear contract, which demonstrates a firm commitment to NASA and its members.”
Here’s how the Trackday with Toyo Tires HPDE program works. NASA HPDE drivers who move from HPDE1 to HPDE2 get $100 in Toyo Bucks good for any Toyo Proxes tire, except for RR models. When moving from HPDE2 to HPDE3, drivers get $200 in Toyo Bucks good for any Toyo Proxes tire, except for RR models.
Drivers moving from HPDE3 to HPDE4 get $300 in Toyo Bucks good toward any Toyo Proxes tire, including RR models. Drivers who graduate from HPDE4 to Time Trial competition earn $600 in Toyo Bucks good toward any Proxes tire, including RR models.
All tire sizes that Toyo offers are included in the Trackday with Toyo Tires HPDE Program. No other sanctioning body, track-day organization or tire manufacturer offers such a program to HPDE drivers.
You can find all the details on the Trackday with Toyo Tires HPDE Program HERE.
To get started, visit: TrackDayTire.com
Published on April 03, 2019 18:18
Contingency prizes are a big part of amateur racing. Now, drivers in NASA’s HPDE program can take advantage of contingency prizes, too.
NASA’s new HPDE Awards Program lets drivers who advance from one HPDE level to the next to collect awards good toward the purchase of Hawk Performance brake pads.
“NASA is the only sanctioning body ever to offer contingency prizes for track-day drivers,” said NASA Vice President Jeremy Croiset. “With this new program, people who drive their car to and from work, and to and from the track, can take advantage of this great new contingency awards program.”
Here’s how the HPDE Awards Program works.
Drivers advancing from HPDE1 to HPDE2 earn a 25 percent discount off any Hawk Performance pads. When a driver advances from HPDE2 to HPDE3, the discount increases to 30 percent. From HPDE3 to HPDE4, the discount increases to 35 percent, and those who advance from HDPE4 to Time Trial get 40 percent off.
“Hawk Performance loves being involved in the grassroots racing scene, and is very excited to help welcome new racers through the HPDE program,” said Lindsey Nikolai, Marketing Manager for Hawk Performance. “We love helping novice racers as they develop into better racers and learn how important their brakes are to their growth.”
A NASA National sponsor for more than a decade, Hawk Performance offers pads and rotors for thousands of high-performance applications, and even more for daily-driven vehicles, from pickups and SUVs to sedans and motorcycles.
This program is available beginning immediately for NASA HPDE drivers, who can look forward to more prize announcements in the near future. For details, click HERE.
Place your orders directly at www.HawkPerformance.com.
Published on April 03, 2019 18:16
NASA racers interested in getting a jump on the competition can register beginning Tuesday, April 9th for the 14th annual NASA Championships Presented by Toyo Tires at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, which takes place Sept. 18-22, 2019.
For the sixth time since NASA held its first Championships event in 2006, the NASA Championships are returning to Mid-Ohio, home to such marquee races as the IndyCar 200, the NASCAR Xfinity Series and the Acura Sports Car Challenge.
“Mid-Ohio is a track racers love. It has everything from long, fast straightaways to corners with tricky elevation and camber changes, and lots of opportunities for passing,” said NASA Vice President Jeremy Croiset. “It’s a great facility for our Championships event.”
The last time NASA was there was in 2012, and it was a fantastic event, with tons of great racing on track and the paddock life you’ve come to expect at the NASA Championships.
“We look forward to welcoming some of the country’s best amateur racers back to Mid-Ohio next September for the NASA Championships,” said Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course President Craig Rust. “Crowning national champions in over 20 race classes is going to provide a great ending to our 58th season of racing in 2019.”
Published on March 14, 2019 21:24
Designed to be a driver development program and the first rung on the ladder to professional sports car racing, the NASA Teen Mazda Challenge has grown even more for the 2019 season. More drivers. More cars. More competition. New for 2019, the TMC has unveiled a new logo to be used for drivers’ suit patches and windshield banners, which will help identify the cars on track.
Drivers as young as 13 who wish to take their karting careers to the next level can sign up for the Teen Mazda Challenge and capitalize on the benefits and contingency prizes it offers.
“Teen Mazda Challenge isn’t necessarily a replacement for karting, but it is a great way to build upon the skills these young drivers learn in a kart,” said NASA Vice President Jeremy Croiset. “This is a one-of-a-kind program that can help drivers from age 13 to 20 line up with competitors from across the country to show they have what it takes to climb the motorsports ladder. That said, if drivers want to continue karting and also race in Teen Mazda Challenge, they can do that, too. The prize packages are the same for all TMC drivers.”
Mazda Motorsports will make each regional TMC champion eligible for nomination to the Mazda Road to 24 Shootout, which is typically held each November or December. The grand prize is a scholarship valued at $100,000 applicable to a season of racing in the Battery Tender Global Mazda MX-5 Cup presented by BFGoodrich Tires. The nominations will be based on regional points standings at the end of the TMC season on October 13. In addition to the opportunity to earn the MRT24 scholarship, Mazda Motorsports also offers contingency awards for each region. Visit MazdaMotorsports.com for contingency awards information.
“We are proud to partner with NASA, Toyo and Hawk in Teen Mazda Challenge to provide a unique opportunity to young drivers interested in trying their hands at sports car racing,” said David Cook, Business Development Manager for Mazda Motorsports. “Running with Spec Miata, this high-visibility series provides a proving ground of tough competition that can help propel drivers in becoming professional racecar drivers. Sports car racing offers some of the best odds for becoming a career pro driver, and TMC is certainly one of the best places to start or continue that journey.”
NASA Driver Advancement Scholarship
NASA will offer each TMC regional champion complimentary entry fees for a full season in Spec Miata racing for 2020 in any NASA region where there are three or more TMC competitors in at least half the races in that region. The significance of this benefit is that if a competitor doesn’t win the Mazda Road to 24 Shootout, he or she can return to competition in the Teen Mazda Challenge the following season to further develop his or her skills and get another opportunity to advance to the Shootout. These scholarships will be tallied after each NASA region has completed its full season of racing.
Toyo Tires Ron Cortez Memorial Award
In honor of TMC founder Ron Cortez, who passed away in January 2018, Toyo Tires created this unique rewards program. TMC regional competitors finishing in the three podium positions in their regions will be eligible for $1,000, $500, $300 in direct cash benefits to assist them with attending the NASA Championships. This will be open to all TMC competitors in all regions who run the five required races that make them eligible to race in the Championships.
These positions will be tallied according to regional points standings July 1, to give drivers a chance to prepare for the Championships September 18-22 at the Mid-Ohio Sportscar Course in Mansfield, Ohio.
In addition, Toyo Tires awards the top finishing TMC competitor at the 2019 NASA Championships with $2,500 regardless of overall finishing position.
Hawk Performance Benefits
The top five finishing TMC competitors at the NASA Championships will be eligible for $400 in product certificates that will assist them in purchasing brake pads for the season.
More details may be released as the season progresses.
Published on March 05, 2019 21:11
For the 17th consecutive year, Toyo Tires has been named the official tire of the National Auto Sport Association.
“We’re proud of our long partnership with Toyo Tires,” said Jeremy Croiset, Vice President, NASA. “We have worked hand-in-glove with Toyo Tires to develop this new 2019 program, which rewards NASA competitors with generous contingency awards while providing unparalleled support throughout the race season.”
Offering the deepest tire contingency payout plan in amateur sports car racing, Toyo Tires and NASA also have streamlined the processes for claiming contingencies. Competitors in spec tire classes now fill out one annual registration form with four photos of each side, and the front and rear of their cars with the required decals, then submit claim forms online as their race season progresses.
After the successful debut of its contingency program for open-tire classes in 2018, Toyo Tires will offer the same prize package to competitors in classes where there is no specified tire again in 2019.
Now, competitors in open-tire classes need only submit the four photos of the front, rear and sides of their cars, plus one of the Toyo Tire mounted on the wheels, and geotag the photos. Claims are done online the same way as competitors in spec tire classes. Geotagging instructions are explained in a link on the claim form.
The Toyo Tires contingency plan also includes a revised payout structure for endurance racing events, with prizes determined by the length of the race and the size of the tire. The newly announced Spec Enduro class has also been added to the list of classes eligible for contingency.
“Offering best-in-class products and a segment-leading contingency plan is part of our long-standing tradition at Toyo Tires,” said Marc Sanzenbacher, senior manager of motorsports, Toyo Tire U.S.A. Corp. “We want NASA competitors to know that we stand with them as they go for the win and hope this enhanced contingency program provides the support they need.”
These programs are available beginning immediately for NASA competitors. For complete details on the Toyo Tires Contingency Program please visit prizes.drivenasa.com.
Published on January 28, 2019 20:33
Building on the success of its updated Super Touring rules structure, the National Auto Sport Association is excited to announce that it also will adopt Super Touring rules for its endurance racing series across the country.
That means the new endurance class rules will apply to the Western Endurance Racing Challenge series and will also be eligible for NASA’s new Team Racing Endurance Challenge that debuted in 2018. Existing endurance classes will equate to the new ST classes as follows:
ESR = SU
ES = ST1/ST2
E0 = ST3
E1 = ST4
E2 = ST5
E3 = ST6
NASA has also created a subset of E3 called E3S. The “S” stands for spec and will include NASA’s most popular spec classes: Spec Miata, Spec E30 and 944 Spec.
“The new class rules provide a clear long-term strategy for our enduro classes to grow and offer greater levels of competition and parity as we expand our enduro program around the country with the new TREC series,” said NASA Vice President Jeremy Croiset. “We’ve adopted our ST rules because they are the fastest growing classes in NASA, and they include virtually all makes and models of cars allowing practically any competition vehicle to race with us — in sprints and enduros.”
The change to a single rule set ensures NASA competitors will enjoy far better class parity while also allowing for NASA to conduct more thorough technical compliance should the need arise. The new rules complement NASA’s high standards of safety and professionalism to provide competitors the safest and more well organized place to race while providing even greater value for their endurance racing dollar.
For the latest rules, visit: https://www.nasaproracing.com/rules
Published on January 02, 2019 19:10
The National Auto Sport Association (NASA) is proud to announce Competition Motorsport (CMS) as the new Official Motorsports Equipment Supplier of NASA for 2019. As a leader specializing in premier motorsports equipment, NASA members will be able to take advantage of CMS’s extensive knowledge and industry-leading customer service with a massive selection of motorsports gear and equipment. Through this partnership, NASA members are immediately eligible for an exclusive Members-Only discount program providing special discounts on motorsport products from the most popular brands. In addition, Competition Motorsport will offer other programs unique to the industry that will benefit all NASA participants and allow them to save money all year long! CMS created a special announcement video that includes more details on the new program that can be viewed here.
“We’re extremely excited to forge this new partnership with NASA beginning in 2019,” said Maelstrom Kiewiet, CMS Vice President of Business Development. “Our mission is to connect with the NASA racing community using our extensive product knowledge and expansive product selection from the most popular brands in motorsports to ensure NASA members have what they need when they need it. This partnership will enable us to provide NASA members with exclusive programs and product offerings unrivaled in the motorsports community.”
“We’re privileged to welcome Competition Motorsport for the 2019 season”, said Jeremy Croiset, NASA Vice President. “They’ve quickly established themselves as a leader in the motorsports equipment industry and I believe their combined industry-leading customer service and wealth of knowledge will be a benefit to all our fantastic NASA members. This new partnership program with Competition Motorsport brings even more benefits to NASA membership, as it launches unique programs and exclusive offers available only to NASA members. We look forward to working closely with CMS to bring those benefits and programs to the NASA community.”
Competition Motorsport will provide a comprehensive NASA Membership Benefits Program to all NASA members beginning in 2019. All NASA members are eligible to sign up and save on every item they order at https://competitionmotorsport.com/ (tires excluded). This program is available beginning immediately. For complete details on the 2019 NASA Membership Benefits Program, please visit: https://www.nasaproracing.com/benefits
Published on October 11, 2018 22:26
Continuing the trend of moving its National Championships to a new track each year, the National Auto Sport Association is excited to announce that the 2019 NASA Championships Presented by Toyo Tires will continue as a singular event set to take place at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio.
Just two short weeks ago, NASA hosted its largest Championship event in the company’s 28-year history with nearly 500 competitors taking part in the historic event at Circuit of The Americas. The 14th annual NASA Championships will take place at the track where it all began, where NASA held its inaugural championships back in 2006. Mid-Ohio is a track renowned among drivers for its nuance, its ever-changing weather and for Midwestern hospitality.
“I still remember our first Championships event at Mid-Ohio,” said NASA Vice President, Jeremy Croiset. “We took in all the feedback we received at our Championships event this year and ultimately decided to return to the singular Championships event format. The 2019 Championships will be our sixth time at Mid-Ohio, and it’s a track racers love. It has everything from long, fast straightaways to corners with tricky elevation and camber changes, and lots of opportunities for passing. It’s a great facility for our Championships event.”
The 2019 NASA Championships Presented by Toyo Tires is scheduled to take place Sept. 18-22, 2019.
“We look forward to welcoming some of the country’s best amateur racers back to Mid-Ohio next September for the NASA Championships,” said Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course President Craig Rust. “Crowning national champions in over 20 race classes is going to provide a great ending to our 58th season of racing in 2019.”
When more information becomes available, it will be posted at nasachamps.com.
Published on September 19, 2018 17:04
The official results from Time Trial competition at the 2018 NASA Championships Presented by Toyo Tires are in. Time Trial drivers from across the country competed at the Circuit of The Americas Sept. 14-16 for the top honor of being the fastest of the fast. Here’s a breakdown of the 2018 NASA Time Trial champions.
No. 256 Timothy Bidwill was competing in Super Touring 1 and TT1 at Circuit of The Americas, and he won the ST1 qualifying race in the rain on Saturday. Bidwill also posted the fastest lap time in TT1 in his Porsche GT3 Cup car by more than 2 seconds. Bidwill’s lap time, a 2:21.431, also was the second fastest in all of Time Trial this year at the NASA Championships.
Running the only Lotus Exige S at the NASA Championships, No. 119 Kevin Fennell took the big win in TT2 by more than a second over his competition. In a class comprised predominantly of high-horsepower cars, Fennell proved that lighter is better by laying down a scorching 2:23.648 at the 3.4-mile track.
No. 61 Paul Costas has won his class in every Time Trial he has entered in the Texas Region since 2014. At the NASA Championships, he was driving a Corvette rather than the Camaro-bodied Trans-Am chassis he has been driving, but that didn’t seem to matter. Costas bested his competition by nearly 2 full seconds and came within .200 seconds of the faster TT2 class winner.
Shaun Webster drove his No. 38 Team Edge Motorworks BMW to a TT4 Championship and took second place in Super Touring 4, the racing class equivalent to TT4. Webster beat his closest competitor, which also was his teammate, by just over 1 second to take the TT4 Championship with a 2:29.248-second lap.
No. 33 Bryce Kliewer came all the way from Colorado to take on the best TT5 competitors in the country — and became the best TT5 driver in the country, beating his rivals by nearly 4 seconds, a huge gap in NASA Time Trial. Piloting his BMW 330i with the ZHP package, Kliewer ripped a 2:34.945-second lap time, securing his place on the top step of the podium.
In TTD, Marcelo Vine scorched his nearest competitor by more than 8 seconds, a margin nearly unheard of in NASA Time Trial. Vine laid down a 2:42.920-second lap time in his Porsche 944 on the last day of competition to take the TTD Championship.
Chris Kopitski has had a string of bad luck at Championships events in recent years. Mechanical troubles had kept him out of the running, but in 2018, Kopitski’s car was firing on all cylinders. He not only captured the TTE Championship with a lap time of 2:40.706, but also won the Championship in PTE, the racing class equivalent to TTE.
TTU is the run-anything, bring-anything class in NASA Time Trial. No. 176 Troy Messer brought his Chevrolet Corvette to take on some of the fastest cars in NASA competition. He came away with the TTU Championship, notching a win over Brian Faessler in his high-power Ford Mustang.
Published on September 16, 2018 17:03
In a little over a month, Formula 1 will be racing at Circuit of The Americas, but the weekend of Sept. 15-16, it was all about the NASA Championships Presented by Toyo Tires. The record number of attendees, more than 450 competitors, came from NASA regions all across the country to race at a track many drivers and even race fans have placed high on their bucket lists.
“There’s no better place than COTA to bring back the combined event as a single NASA National Championships,” said NASA Texas Regional Director Will Faules “COTA Vice President Eric Paradis has been totally instrumental in not only getting NASA Texas regional events here, but also putting on this huge National Championship. I’m really pleased with how the event turned out, and we’re grateful for everyone at COTA for helping us make it happen.”
The weekend of racing was packed with the kind of competition that only a singular national championships event can bring. Here are the big winners from the 2018 NASA Championships Presented by Toyo Tires.
Michael Lapaglia had to wait a few minutes to enjoy his first National Championship until officials sorted out a protest that was ruled in his favor.
The Southern California resident outdueled Michael Patterson and Corey Weber to earn the checkered flag. Lapaglia celebrated with his family who traveled to Austin, Texas to watch him compete.
“Corey and Michael had a tough time keeping their tires hooked up out there, and I tried to focus on that and was able to put down clean laps,” said Lapaglia, who has been racing with NASA for a year. “I just focused on myself and I’m stoked to win a National Championship. It’s unbelievable to say that.”
American Iron Xtreme
Brian Faessler was feeling snakebit Sunday morning when his car broke during a Time Trial session about 40 minutes before the Championship race. His father, Paul, loaned him his Ford Mustang, and the younger Faessler drove it home to a National Championship.
Faessler was going to run in Super Unlimited, but by swapping seats with his dad and running in American Iron Xtreme, he had to start at the back of the group. It didn’t matter as Brian Faessler finished ahead of second-place finisher Robert Shaw for the checkered flag after some very close racing before and after the restart.
“It feels good to finally have some good luck,” said Faessler of Cincinnati, Ohio. “I’ve usually had pretty bad luck here at the Nationals, so it feels good to finally bring a Championship home to Paul’s Automotive Engineering.”
Super Touring 1
In his first time running at the Circuit of The Americas, Mark Burt is going home with more than memories. Burt can call himself a National Champion after winning the Super Touring 1 race.
Burt had a rough Saturday, completing just one lap in the rain-soaked qualifying race as he watched Timothy Bidwill capture pole position. What a difference a day can make with a dry race track.
“The top three or four got bottled up in Turn 1 and a couple of guys got taken out and it was basically given to me at that point,” said Burt, who lives in Orange City, Fla. “I was just trying not to make a mistake. Keep it smooth, keep it going, tires down.”
Super Touring 2
The start made all the difference as Chad Gilsinger brought home his first National Championship as he slipped by Todd Clarke for the victory.
Gilsinger and Clarke were battling all weekend, with Clarke getting the better of Gilsinger in qualifying races heading into Sunday’s final race.
“It really came down to the first turn, honestly. I had a really good start. I knew Todd (Clarke) was a lot quicker than me, so I had to get as big of a gap as I could,” said Gilsinger of Marysville, Ohio. “I was able to get by a lot of the ST1 cars, which he ended up having to battle through a lot, and then with lapped traffic you really just had to be aggressive to get by him or else you get held up too much.”
Super Touring 3
Running just the fifth race of his career, John Hyer went into the Circuit of The Americas hoping to just finish the weekend. He’s going home as a National Champion with a large first-place trophy to prove it.
“I drove 16 hours to get here, we just wanted to do it as a bucket list kind of thing,” he said. “I wanted to gain more experience and compete with the best in the nation.”
Hyer said four or five cars were battling it out for the first couple of laps when he found himself around 15-time NASA Champion David Schotz, who finished in third in the race that was black flagged because of an accident.
Super Touring 4
Setting the fastest lap time in Friday qualifying got Andy Kwitowski a good spot on the grid for the qualifying race, and he managed to take pole for Sunday’s Championship race, too. It’s Sunday that counts and that’s when Kwitowski got the job done in a race shortened by a red flag due to a wreck.
“It just kind of went to plan. Starting P1, I just wanted to create a little gap, so I pushed it a little extra hard on the first two laps, built a gap,” he said. “The front tires were going off a little bit, so it just became a management thing and I just watched the rest of the field and maintained the same gap throughout. Unfortunately, we stopped short again. It’s bad to see another bad wreck like that. We were steady all weekend long. Everything worked out just the way we wanted it to.”
Super Touring 5
Calling it one of the most exciting races in his 19 years of racing, Nik Romano won a thrilling Super Touring 5 race to win his first National Championship.
Romano started on pole, but lost the lead quickly to Charles Buzzetti. Romano was in second-place on the last lap when he did what he called a “Days of Thunder” moment by diving in to get past Buzzetti and holding him off for the last stretch to win the championship.
“Charlie and I were going at it for the entire fricking race,” Romano said. “I was in second on the last lap. I gave it to him earlier, I missed third gear coming out of one of the hairpins and I was about ready to turn the car right and run into the wall and end it right there, I was so pissed off at myself. Just kidding.”
When defending Western States National Champion Brian Frisselle started having trouble with his car, it opened the lane for James Devenport to earn his first NASA National Championship.
“Obviously, the defending champ had some issues,” Devenport said. “We’ve never run against (Frisselle) but we wanted to. That thing is a rocket ship. We do it in corners and brakes, they do it on a lot of horsepower. Unfortunately, they broke so we didn’t really get to see how it played out.”
Second-place finisher Jimmy Casey was able to narrow the lead to 1.6 seconds but Devenport was able to hold on.
Sunday’s National Championship was three years in the making for Jeremy Croiset, who was consistently the fastest driver all weekend in NPO1.
“I couldn’t be more thrilled with this weekend,” said Croiset, who sat in his car soaking up the victory. “It’s a pretty big personal triumph simply because I’ve been working toward this event for three-plus years and to see it all come together, everybody to have a good time, I can’t say enough about this NASA crew, the staff, all these racers that come here to make this event happen and I’m proud to be part of that.”
A slow start didn’t stop Croiset who won the race by 5.3 seconds over runner-up Sam Mangiamelli.
Kevin Jander has been a man on fire in Camaro-Mustang Challenge this weekend at the NASA Championships. After scoring the fastest time in Friday’s first qualifying session and winning Saturday’s qualifying race to nab pole position, Jander still had to prove himself through 45 minutes of hard racing.
“The cautions made things fairly interesting, and with the full-course caution, once we got grouped back up and did the restart, we were right at the back of the Spec E46’s and it was a bit tough navigating the traffic,” Jander said. “It was a good race. There was a little bit of frustration with some of the out-of-class cars, but I managed it and managed to get around them and everything ended up well.”
Rocking the old-school Miller High Life logo on his car and racing suit, Tim Barber was celebrating the good life in Spec E30. Barber continued his strong performance from earlier in the weekend to pull a 5.9-second victory over Sylas Montgomery.
“I hope the wrap on the car and the suit gets a lot of press because it was a big waste of money,” he said with a laugh.
Montgomery pushed Barber most of the race but found himself caught up in lapped traffic. “Sylas kept getting screwed by lapped traffic, to be honest with you,” Barber said. “But that’s racing.”
Jason Fraser had never driven the Circuit of The Americas, but spent plenty of time on a simulator to prepare for the weekend. The homework paid off for Fraser, who took home the National Championship in the deep and competitive Spec E46 group.
Fraser posted his fastest laps of the weekend on Sunday morning before heading into the Championship race. The simulator proved invaluable to learn the turns and the nuances of the 3.4-mile track.
“I’m not a rookie, but I’m newer to the road racing stuff,” Fraser said. “This is the first road racecar I ever built, I ever raced. I came from NASCAR—circle track stuff—so I feel I had that expectation coming in. We had plenty of practice time. The way I look at it, if I can’t figure this place out in three days, I don’t deserve to win.”
Spec Miata Deux
Tim Barber was the only two-time National Champion over the weekend after winning Spec Miata Deux and Spec E30. By winning the second chance race in Spec Miata, Barber took home a $2,000 check courtesy of Toyo Tires.
Barber didn’t make it into Saturday’s 60-car Spec Miata race because his rental car had issues cutting in and out before they corrected the problem. Once the problem was fixed, Barber pretty much led his race from start to finish.
Asked what it was like running two cars in hot and humid conditions in Texas, acknowledged it was tough especially the last race of the weekend.
“I didn’t throw up in my helmet, that’s what I can tell you about that. I kind of wanted to,” Barber said. “It was warm, I started getting a ripping headache half way through that one. I had my hand out the window just trying to cool off.”
Performance Touring D
Racers often talk about the NASA spirit when it comes to sharing parts and racing knowledge. Brett Westcott knows firsthand as a fellow competitor let him use his car, which he powered to a National Championship in Performance Touring D.
“We’ve been trying for five years and we only get it done when my car doesn’t work and a fellow competitor lets me use their car,” Westcott said with a laugh. “It’s that spirit of NASA, right? It’s the racers that will do anything, they’ll give you their extra car, they’ll help you set it up, they’ll throw their own tires on it.”
Westcott, who ran the car for the first time Saturday afternoon, had to adjust from driving a front-wheel-drive car to a rear-wheel-drive racecar.
“The thing is dialed in, it’s a really good car,” Westcott said. “They’re not really that different. Slipping is slipping.”
German Touring Series 2
Kerry James didn’t necessarily have the speed to stay with his fellow competitors, so he considers himself a little lucky to win a National Championship. Late in the race, the three front runners got tangled up in the Esses and spun off track.
That moved James from fourth to first. Doug Young and Will Choice were close behind at the checkers. Waiting to go up on the podium, James said winning a championship was surreal.
“I didn’t quite have the pace of the three in front but I was staying with them and then hoping that something would happen and they would come to me,” James said. “In the end it did.”
German Touring Series 3
Roberto Crescencio had such strong qualifying races that it didn’t seem his car needed any changes going into the German Touring 3 series National Championship.
He kept the setup on the car, but decided to swap his front windshield for a Lexan windshield. The change proved to be the difference as he beat second-place finisher Jeff McGuinness.
“I put it on for today only,” Crescencio said of the windshield. “I guess it’s not a secret anymore.”
Crescencio’s victory on Sunday was redemption for last year at the 2017 Eastern States Championships where he fell short of a championship.
German Touring Series 4
Michael McAleenan’s lead toward the end of the GTS4 race was more than 30 seconds. So, when he saw the red flags come out due to a crash late in the race, he was thinking about the possibility of a green-white-checkers finish that could jeopardize the lead he’d worked so hard to establish. When the black flags came out and he returned to the paddock, he knew his lead — and his win — were safe.
“I was worried we were going to bunch up again and have to restart,” McAleenan said. “Gerald Lowe and the guys at Lowe Group Racing put the car back together. They rebuilt the front end of the car and it was almost perfect, so I’m pretty happy with the result after that. They did a great job and everyone hustled. Our other teammates did well in GTS3, so this session went a lot better for us.”
Honda Challenge 2
Winning his second Championship in a row, Robert Paszkiewicz led from Turn 1 on the first lap until the finish. But his fellow competitors in the 16-car field made him earn the victory.
“This one I had to work for, so I’m really happy,” said Paszkiewicz, who won the 2017 Eastern States Championships. “I couldn’t ask for more. I don’t think I’ve driven this hard in a while now.”
Paszkiewicz held off Christopher Michaels of Glen Burnie, Maryland, who trailed by 1.453 seconds. Brian Shanfeld of Raymond, Ohio placed third.
Honda Challenge 4
Few drivers had as good a weekend as Rob Krider in his Acura Integra, winning every race he competed in during the weekend. Krider was so dominant, he led every race from flag to flag in the seven-car field.
“We have a sign in our shop that says that champagne is victory at the track but races are won weeks before in the shop,” Krider said. “All we did this week was shine our cars. We just polished them in garage 18, it made all the difference.”
Krider has two Western States Championships but considers Sunday’s victory the top prize.
“That’s junior varsity,” Krider said of his Western States titles. “I wanted to win the Nationals, so I got it done today.”
Tom Kaminski knew he needed to bring his A-game if he had a chance at beating Daniel Williams in the Spec Z National Championship race.
“Dan is an excellent driver. This is the first time I ever raced with him. I just kind of know his pedigree,” said Kaminski, who celebrated his championship after the race. “I kind of knew going in that if I lose focus one or two times, it’s done. I got that in my head at the beginning and was full bore, 100 percent and I just tried to run as aggressive as I could. The car held together so I’m happy.”
Traveling from Utah for the race, Kaminski considers it a victory their trucks and trailers didn’t break down on the trip to Austin.
“I’m just so glad we made it here,” he said. “We all kind of have older trucks, rigs and trailers. I’m so happy my car even made it.”
Thunder Roadsters are the smallest, lightest cars that race in NASA. They’re also among the fastest, but they take a light touch to drive well. Gary Tinker had just the right touch in Sunday’s Championship race. He found his way to the front and held on the for the win.
“I didn’t lead all of it. I got passed quite a few times. They worked me real hard,” he said. “It was back and forth for the first few laps. By lap three, I kind of burned my brakes up, which made me a little bit faster. I was just trying to save the tires and not slide it through the corners, and that eventually paid off for me. That’s why at the end of the race I had cool rear tires and I could just walk away.”
Post-race inspections resulted in a disqualification of Marcelo Vine, who led the entire race. That DQ meant that second-place finisher Charlie Buzzetti was bumped up for the win and the Championship in 944 Spec, a class he’s won twice before.
“It’s my first time here. The track is pretty tough. It takes a bit of time to get comfortable with it,” Buzzetti said. “There are high-speed corners, slow-speed corners, really demanding esses that have a decreasing speed as you get deeper and deeper into them. It’s really difficult to have the car under control in that area, because you want to be as fast as you can, but too fast and you’re going for a big ride.”
Performance Touring E
Chris Kopitski’s luck hasn’t been the best at National Championships in past years. His car always seemed to be plagued by mechanical gremlins at the time when they were most unwelcome. You know, when he’s racing for a Championship. This year was different. Kopitski notched the fastest lap in PTE qualifying on Friday and went on to win the qualifying race on Saturday. That put him on pole position for the race, a position he never relinquished.
“It was unbelievable. I couldn’t have asked for a better start in this perfect race all the way through,” Kopitski said. “I missed a couple of apexes and missed a shift about three quarters of the way through the race. Other than that, it was flawless. This has been a long time coming. I’ve been waiting for this. I’ve been trying so hard to get this Championship. I’ve had mechanical issues every year, but this year I finally pulled it through, and this car is capable of so much more than this. It feels great. I’m on top of the world.”
Published on August 14, 2018 17:00
IRVINE, Calif. (Aug. 14, 2018) -- Since its inception nearly 20 years ago, Mazda’s Spec Miata (SM) has grown to become one of the most popular and competitive classes within the Sports Car Club of America and National Auto Sport Association. The low-cost, high-excitement platform has drawn thousands of racers, and that will continue with today’s announcement that Mazda Motorsports and Penske Racing Shocks have teamed up to produce a new, spec shock package to enhance the SM racing experience in the coming seasons.
In a recent dry- and wet-weather session at Carolina Motorsports Park, pro drivers Joel Miller, John Dean and Randy Pobst tested Penske’s race-engineered shocks head-to-head with offerings from several other brands over four days. Four different versions of the Mazda Miata were tested, and runs were made on Toyo and Hoosier tires. Test drivers didn’t shy away from curbing, running the cars to simulate qualifying and long runs. In all, 72 different combinations of driver, damper and tires were tested.
Results show the new Penske shocks to be similar in qualifying lap times compared with shocks currently used by the SM field. But on overall pace, particularly starting on the fifth lap, the Penske product showed brilliance. And on 30-minute to hour-long runs, where the current spec’s lap times slowed by three-plus seconds on the high-wear track surface, the Penskes never fell off to even two seconds compared to qualifying lap times. An in-depth look at the test findings is available at the Mazda Motorsports website.
“The Penske Racing Shocks package is a major step forward for Spec Miata, upgrading the cars from an underdamped street shock to an uncompromised race piece intended solely for the track,” Pobst said after testing. “The shocks allowed the tires to maintain more grip because the suspension worked properly, rather than constantly crashing down on the bump rubbers. With every car, driver, tire and track condition, the Penske provided superior control."
Miller and Dean added that the Penske shocks had a ride quality that was very, very good. The damper had great compliance and soaked up exit curbing, and did not skip the car. Tire life had a predictable, linear and subtle fall-off because of good compliance. Tires also had a large window of operation and never gave a knife-edge feeling at stint’s end.
Josh Smith, Mazda Motorsports Technical Specialist, noted that the “street shock” currently used in SM is not entirely ideal for racing. The off-the-shelf shock, while cost-effective, was not initially designed to handle the spring rate on race cars and sometimes has trouble “dampening” movement. This causes the suspension to bottom out, which impacts wear-and-tear on other components of the car, including tires, hubs, bearings and subframes.
“The Spec Miata community will receive tremendous value from the new Penske shock in terms of drivability, consistency, improved areas of compliance, longevity, and great long-term value for the cost,” said David Cook, Business Development Manager for Mazda Motorsports. “This new shock doesn’t raise the performance of any single SM generation car over another. What it does accomplish is to enhance the SM platform as a whole, and bring in a shock partner interested in servicing customers with trackside support and contingency awards.”
According to Aaron Lambert, Penske Racing Shocks Director of Competition, another round of testing and honing of the new shocks will be conducted next month. But ultimately, Penske Racing Shocks will provide an offering that competitors -- novice or pro -- can drive consistently. With the new shock comes a new upper mount that uses a spherical bearing and a new bump stop designed specifically for the application. Issues caused by riding on bump stops will be eliminated, and stress to other parts minimized so a race car’s longevity can be maximized.
The new shock price will be set at $198.74 apiece, with the complete upper mount/bump stop kit retailing at $249.90. Parts will be available exclusively through Mazda Motorsports with a total cost for conversion; including four shocks, top mount, bump stops and lower spherical mounts for less than $1,050. Unlike the current Spec Miata shock, the Penske will be tamper-proof, and rebuildable through Penske at $100/shock. It is recommended that shocks be inspected by Penske after 100 hours of track use to determine whether a rebuild would be valuable.
“Penske Racing Shocks is the world leader in suspension technology and proud to be the majority supplier in F1, NASCAR, IndyCar, IMSA DPi, NHRA Pro Stock, and now Spec Miata,” Lambert said. “With such a rigorous schedule, high volume of competitors and demand for equality, the Spec Miata series is a perfect platform to show off performance, reliability and repeatability, which is why Penske Racing Shocks is honored to be part of this racing class.”
Both NASA and SCCA have approved the new Penske shock for SM competition beginning Jan. 1, 2019. It is anticipated the new shocks will be available starting November 2018 through Mazda Motorsports. The new shocks will not be immediately required for NASA or SCCA competition. Both sanctioning bodies will communicate with competitors at a later date regarding a sunset timeline for the shock package currently in use.
About Mazda Motorsports
Mazda Motorsports boasts the most comprehensive auto racing development ladder system of any auto manufacturer in the world. The Mazda Road to 24 (#MRT24) program offers a number of scholarships to advance drivers up the sports car racing ladder, beginning with the Global MX-5 Cup series and culminating with the Mazda Prototype team. The Mazda Road to Indy (#MRTI) is a similar program that includes Mazda-powered categories of USF2000, Pro Mazda and Indy Lights. In grassroots road racing, more Mazdas race on any given weekend in North America than any other manufacturer. Follow all of the latest news at MazdaMotorsports.com, @MazdaRacing on Twitter, and MazdaMotorsports on Instagram and Facebook.
About Penske Racing Shocks
Penske Racing Shocks is the world leader in suspension technology. Penske Racing Shocks strives to supply the latest technology to all forms of auto racing, and is the major supplier in the world’s largest markets. From asphalt road racing at its highest levels in F1, NASCAR or IndyCar; to dirt tracks across the USA, Penske Racing Shocks is the industry leading manufacturer. More champions choose Penske Racing Shocks over any other brand. The engineering staff and industry leading technical support of Penske Racing Shocks has led to numerous championships in all forms of motorsports.
NASA was founded in 1991 on the premise of providing motorsport competition programs that allow owners of both racecars and high-performance street-driven vehicles to enjoy the full-performance capabilities of their cars in a safe and controlled environment.
The Sports Car Club of America®, Inc., founded in 1944, is a 67,500-member motorsports organization that incorporates all facets of autocross, rally and road racing at both Club and professional levels. With headquarters in Topeka, Kansas, the SCCA annually sanctions over 2,000 events through its 116 Regions and subsidiary divisions. Much of the SCCA's activities are made possible with support from the following Official Partners: Chevrolet, the Official Truck of the SCCA; Hawk Performance, the Official Brake Products of SCCA; Mobil 1, the Official Oil of SCCA; Sunoco, the Official Fuel of SCCA; and Tire Rack, the Official Tire Retailer of SCCA. To learn more, please visit www.scca.com.
Published on April 26, 2018 17:43
Promoting from within, the National Auto Sport Association has appointed Brett Becker as its new communication director. In addition to his role as the editor of Speed News, the official publication of NASA, Becker will operate in a multifaceted role, from planning communication strategies that accompany NASA initiatives to assisting management in marketing events. He will also serve as the media contact and spearhead the company’s efforts to publicize and garner media coverage for its events, drivers and series.
“It made perfect sense for us to expand Brett Becker’s role with NASA,” said NASA Vice President Jeremy Croiset. “He joined NASA as a member in 2007, and came up through our HPDE program and races a Spec Miata in our Southern California Region, where he is the series leader. He knows our programs and our people, and we’re glad to have his as part of our NASA family to see him grow in his role within NASA.”
Becker took over as editor of Speed News shortly after it launched in 2012. He developed the magazine’s editorial content to include in-depth profiles of NASA drivers and classes, hands-on tech stories and driving instruction. He also expanded and improved coverage of NASA’s signature events, such as the NASA Championships and the 25 Hours of Thunderhill.
“This new position is a great way to further two of my passions: motorsports, and clean, lively copy,” Becker said. “To represent NASA and its members, and to act as its liaison to the media is a great honor, and I’m proud to be part of the NASA team.”
Published on April 02, 2018 20:52
April 2, 2018, Napa Valley, Calif. — The National Auto Sport Association (NASA) is pleased to announce that registration for the 2018 NASA Championships presented by Toyo Tires will open April 6, 2018 at 9 a.m. PST. The NASA Championships move this year to the world-famous Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas. The four-day event will take place September 13-16, 2018.
This world-class facility, home to the United States Grand Prix, and some would say the pinnacle of motorsports in the world, also will be where we find out just who are the fastest drivers in the country! This top-level event will feature the inaugural Toyo Tires Classic for Spec Miata competitors, along with 28 classes of wheel-to-wheel competition joined by nine classes of Time Trial competition.
Registration for the 2018 NASA Championships presented by Toyo Tires will be strictly based on a first-registered, first-entered basis because space for what is sure to be the biggest amateur motorsports event in 2018 is limited.
In addition, NASA once again will make an early-entry reservation option available later this month to anyone who wants to take advantage of the lowest entry prices available for the year. Be sure to log in to nasachampionships.com on April 6, 2018 at 9 a.m. PST to secure your spot.
Published on March 15, 2018 17:13
NASA is pleased to announce that Toyo Tires® will continue as the Official Tire of The National Auto Sport Association in 2018. This represents the 16th year that NASA and Toyo Tires have been committed to expanding the sport of amateur road racing throughout the US. As part of that long-standing partnership program, NASA is excited to announce the official 2018 Toyo Tires Contingency Support Program.
A few seasons ago, we were privileged to announce a newly revamped spec tire program that dramatically increased awards for competitors. New for 2018, Toyo Tires has done it again with their open tire class contingency offerings. Racing, Enduro and Time Trials are again included in the industry-leading program and your chance at winning “Toyo Bucks” for the 2018 race season has never been better.
American Iron, Spec Iron, Spec Z, and CMC classes will be eligible for over $5,000 in awards per weekend. Participants in the NASA Prototype NP01, Spec E46 and Factory Five classes will be eligible for up to $4,000 per weekend while the classes of Spec Miata, Spec E30, Honda Challenge, and 944 Spec will be eligible for up to $2,000 in awards per weekend. The open tire portion of the Toyo Tires contingency program has also been revamped, offering competitors the chance to grab up to $1,800 in Toyo bucks per weekend.
“Giving back to the racing community and offering best-in-class products is part of our long-standing tradition at Toyo Tires,” said Marc Sanzenbacher, senior manager of motorsports, Toyo Tire U.S.A. Corp. “We want NASA competitors to know that we stand with them as they go for the win and hope this bigger contingency program provides the additional support they might need to go for that championship.”
“We always strive to secure the best programs in the industry for NASA competitors and having Toyo Tires with their commitment to the amateur racing community makes it much easier,” said Jeremy Croiset, Vice President, NASA. “This new 2018 program rewards competitors with large contingency awards while providing tremendous support throughout the race season. This, plus the newly announced Toyo Tires Classic to take place during the NASA Championships, makes it an outstanding year to be a Toyo driver! We couldn’t be more thrilled to continue this relationship with Toyo Tires as the Official Tire of NASA.”
As announced earlier, Toyo Tires will offer the most lucrative NASA Championships prize package to date with nearly $275,000 in cash awards and almost $50,000 in product support to competitors during the NASA Championships at Circuit of The Americas in Austin, TX in October. Toyo Tires is also offering the largest single payout in the history of amateur road racing during the inaugural Toyo Tires Classic. This unique race will award the overall winner with a cash payout of up to $80,000 and over $130,000 in total cash awards to the Spec Miata competitors during this historic event. All told, Toyo Tires is making well over $1,000,000 in awards available to NASA competitors during the 2018 racing season!
These programs are available beginning immediately for NASA competitors. For complete details on the Toyo Tires Contingency Program please visit prizes.drivenasa.com. For information about Toyo® Proxes® competition tires, go to toyotires.com/tires/competition-tires.
The National Auto Sport Association was formed in 1991 with the premise of delivering high-quality motorsports events to enthusiasts at major racing venues throughout the United States. NASA has created programs that allow owners of racecars and high-performance street-driven vehicles to enjoy the full performance capabilities of their cars in a controlled professionally managed environment. NASA offers many different programs that will allow you to enjoy motorsports on a number of different levels, including our High-Performance Driving Events (HPDE), Rally Sport, Time Trial, NASA-X and Competition Racing programs.
Media Contact: Brett Becker, Speed News Editor
About Toyo Tires®
Established in 1966, Toyo Tire U.S.A. Corp. represents the innovation, quality, performance, and excellent service that Toyo Tires has delivered worldwide for 70 years. The company offers a full line of premium tires for nearly every vehicle including light trucks, SUVs, crossovers, sports cars, luxury cars and hybrids as well as commercial trucks. Many of the tires are built in the United States at their state-of-the-art factory in White, Georgia. To find the right tire for your vehicle as well as an authorized dealer, visit www.toyotires.com. Join the Toyo Tires community on: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube.
Media Contact: Jay Jones, TMC
Toyo Media Site: http://media.toyotires.com/
Published on March 15, 2018 00:11
Giving young drivers a helping hand is what the Teen Mazda Challenge (TMC) has always been about, and the National Auto Sport Association (NASA) is excited to announce it is expanding the TMC program nationally. The new TMC will add value and help drivers up to age 20 climb the ladder to success in racing and help them develop skills they need in their careers. The program also will deliver a suite of contingency prizes to help make racing more affordable. For the 2018 season, NASA and a few select sponsors will offer the following benefits for the TMC:
Mazda Motorsports will make each regional TMC champion eligible for nomination to the Mazda Road to 24 Shootout, which typically is held each November or December. The grand prize is a scholarship valued at $100,000 applicable to a season of racing in the Battery Tender Global Mazda MX-5 Cup presented by BFGoodrich Tires. The nominations will be based on regional points standings at the end of September. What’s more, each TMC regional champion will earn the opportunity to win a $500 cash award from Mazda.
NASA Driver Advancement Scholarship
NASA will award each TMC regional champion complimentary entry fees for the 2019 Spec Miata racing season. This applies to any NASA region where there are TMC competitors. The significance of this benefit is that even if a competitor doesn’t win the Mazda Road to 24 Shootout, he or she can return to competition in the Teen Mazda Challenge the following season to further develop his or her skills and get another opportunity to advance to the Shootout. These scholarships will be tallied after each NASA region has completed its full season of racing.
Toyo Tires Ron Cortez Memorial Award
In honor of TMC founder Ron Cortez, who passed away in January 2018, TMC regional competitors finishing in the three podium positions in their regions will be eligible for $1,000, $500, $300 in direct cash benefits to assist them with racing in the NASA Championships. This will be open to all TMC competitors in all regions who run the five required races that make them eligible to race in the Championships.
These positions will be tallied according to regional points standings July 1, which will give drivers a chance to prepare for the Championships September 13-16 at Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas.
In addition, the top finishing TMC competitor at the 2018 NASA Championships will be awarded $2,500 regardless of overall finishing position.
Hawk Performance Benefits
The top five finishing TMC competitors at the NASA Championships will be eligible for $400 in product certificates that will assist them in purchasing brake pads for the season.
“The strength of this new program is to give young drivers coming out of the karting world a clearer path to racing in Spec Miata and, ultimately, a career in professional racing,” said NASA Director of Business Development Jeremy Croiset. “The skills they develop racing with NASA in the Teen Mazda Challenge will be invaluable to them as they advance their racing careers, and by expanding the Teen Mazda Challenge to all NASA regions nationwide, more young drivers will be able to climb the motorsports ladder.”
Visit https://tmc.drivenasa.com/ for more information.
Published on March 08, 2018 20:06
The National Auto Sport Association is pleased to announce the promotion of Jeremy Croiset to the position of vice president.
Formerly the director of business development, Croiset has worked for NASA since 2005. The new promotion marks an important milestone in NASA’s history and in Croiset’s motorsports career. Croiset’s duties now include strategic planning and managing daily operations of the company.
“Everything I’ve accomplished in motorsports has led me to this moment,” Croiset said. “NASA gave me the opportunity to join the company more than a decade ago and it’s been an amazing journey. I love working everyday to bring new programs and ideas to fruition that NASA members can take advantage of on and off the track. My new role will provide me an even broader opportunity to continue that mission. NASA is a fantastic company and the product we put on track is second to none. I’m grateful for the opportunity, and looking forward to growing the organization even more.”
Croiset was instrumental in the development of the NASA Prototype Élan NP01, and the class in which it runs. Croiset also has played a major role in developing the NASA Championships, and creating prize packages and contingency awards that went into this year’s Toyo Tires Classic, the largest purse in amateur motorsports history. The Toyo Tires Classic will take place at this year’s NASA Championships at Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas.
“Jeremy is now positioned to bring great things to NASA in the coming years,” said NASA National Chairman Ryan Flaherty. “He’s dedicated himself to NASA for years and he knows our program better than anyone. He tackles problems head-on and has the creativity that make him a great fit for the role of vice president. I look forward to working with him in his new executive role.”
Published on March 08, 2018 18:02
The National Auto Sport Association (NASA) is pleased to announce the continuation of the 2018 Hawk Performance Contingency Program. As the Official Brake Product of NASA, competitors finishing 1st through 5th are eligible for Hawk Bucks’ and up to $400 per class will be available every race weekend to competitors.
“Hawk Performance is thrilled to partner with NASA once again and support the great racers all across the country,” said Hawk Performance Marketing Manager Lindsey Nikolai. “We continue to take pride in aligning ourselves with one of the best racing organizations in the US and are looking forward to another fun and exciting season. Good luck to all of the racers!”
“We’re excited to continue our partnership with Hawk Performance in 2018,” said Jeremy Croiset, NASA Vice President. “Hawk Performance support of NASA competitors is stronger than ever in 2018 and we look forward to announcing some new programs with them later this season that NASA participants will benefit greatly from.”
Competitors are eligible to win up to $100 per weekend toward the purchase of Hawk Performance products that can also be combined toward higher value purchases. This unique and very easy participate in program is available to all NASA competitors beginning immediately. For complete details on the 2018 Hawk Performance contingency program, please visit our new contingency portal at: prizes.drivenasa.com
Published on March 07, 2018 18:48
NASA is pleased to announce the launch of the newly created Contingency Portal. This new system has been designed specifically to make the process of contingency redemption easier for NASA competitors. This new website allows members quick and easy access to essential information with features that offer a more streamlined process to claim contingencies. The updated look with improved functionality includes easier navigation and secure electronic forms that will be used to submit contingency claims. New and existing programs will be located in one central location and members will find that the easy to navigate design and responsive mobile interface will showcase the large amount of support to the amateur racing community from aftermarket companies and manufacturers.
“We are excited to launch our new contingency portal as we continue to update it with new programs for 2018”, said Jeremy Croiset, Vice President of NASA. “Our dedicated team of professionals are always working to provide NASA members with an experience second to none in motorsports and we believe that harnessing the power of today’s technologies will do just that. The ease of use this new system provides to all of our NASA members is right in line with that goal and we couldn’t be more thrilled to present it to the NASA Community. We want our members to be able to find and submit all the information they need in one place, while significantly reducing the amount of time it takes to claim a contingency prize and that’s what this new system provides.”
The new website will be located at prizes.drivenasa.com and will be updated with new programs throughout the 2018 Racing Season. Members are encouraged to explore the new site and reach out to us with any questions or feedback.
Published on March 06, 2018 17:33
The National Auto Sport Association (NASA) is proud to announce the continued support of Winding Road Racing for 2018 as the Official Motorsports Equipment Supplier of NASA. As a leader in motorsports equipment supplies with three retail locations including their main headquarters in Austin, TX, NASA members are able to take advantage of their extensive knowledge and experience with a massive selection of motorsports gear and equipment offerings. Through this partnership, NASA members are also eligible to access an exclusive Members-only loyalty program providing special discounts and lucrative savings, in addition to a Contingency program unique to the industry which helps NASA participants save even bigger!
“We’re excited and proud to continue our partnership with NASA for 2018,” said Thomas B. Martin II, owner and President of Winding Road Racing. “The partnership has enabled us to continue to connect with the racing community and support the achievements of NASA club racers. We’re able to do this via our online store, at national and regional track events, and our retail locations in California, Kentucky, and Texas.”
“Through our partnership with NASA, we have been given the opportunity to support amateur racers with our member benefits program and contingency sponsorships,” said Shawn Stout, Winding Road Racing’s Retail Product Director. “We are very excited to continue our partnership and help foster that community growth.”
“We’re privileged to be able to welcome back Winding Road Racing for the 2018 season”, said Jeremy Croiset, Vice President of NASA. “They have quickly established themselves as the leader in safety equipment supplies with top level customer service and knowledge that I know each NASA member can benefit from. With unique programs benefiting all NASA participants and periodic exclusive offers, we’ve found ourselves a great partner in Winding Road Racing that will go the extra mile to make every NASA members journey into motorsports just that much easier.”
Along with the racer support programs offered to NASA members, Winding Road Racing also operates the Spec MX-5 Challenge Series – Central hosted by NASA. Winding Road Racing also builds race cars at their Austin, TX, and Sonoma, CA shops. From building race cars, nationwide arrive and drive programs, and being racers themselves, Winding Road Racing staff have the expertise and first-hand experience to assist NASA customers with what they need.
Competitors who register with Winding Road Racing are eligible to win up to $100 per weekend toward the purchase of motorsport gear and equipment. NASA members can also enjoy a loyalty discount on eligible gear. The program is available to all NASA competitors beginning immediately. For complete details on the 2018 Winding Road Racing contingency program, please visit: prizes.drivenasa.com.
About Winding Road Racing
Winding Road Racing is a leading provider of road racing equipment and services. With locations in Austin, Los Angeles, and NCM Motorsports Park, and online at windingroadracing.com, the company offers a full line of safety and performance equipment from leading manufacturers like Stilo, AiM, Sparco, Bell, Schroth, and Motorola. From shops in Austin and Sonoma, the company runs teams in Pirelli World Challenge as well as building cars and providing full service for NASA. Winding Road Racing and ATL Speedwerks recently co-launched the Spec MX-5 Challenge Series, a new pro sports car racing option sponsored by Yokohama and Mazda.
Published on February 07, 2018 18:41
NAPA VALLEY, CA (Feb 7, 2018) – NASA is pleased to announce that beginning with the 2018 racing season, Shawn Meze will assume the position of Technical Director of Racing. Shawn will be responsible for interacting with all NASA series leadership, assisting in cultivating grown, in addition to continuing his role as National Series Director for our very popular Spec E30 series. Shawn will also assist with the oversight and management of NASA’s growing top-level series, NASA Prototype which features the world’s first affordable to operate prototype race vehicle, the NASA Prototype Elan NP01.
Shawn joined NASA in 2005 where he won his first regional Championship moving then toward focusing his sights the following year on his first National Championship where he would come out with 2 podium finishes. In 2010, he took on his first leadership role with NASA as National Super Touring Series Director before eventually moving into the world of Spec E30. Choosing to focus on Spec E30 instead, he assumed the role as SoCal Spec E30 series leader which eventually transitioned into the National Series Director for Spec E30 in 2015.
“I couldn’t be more thrilled with this new opportunity,” said Shawn Meze, NASA Technical Director of Racing. “I’ve raced with NASA for a long time and feel very honored to now work for this fantastic company. I’m really looking forward to working alongside the strong series leadership NASA already enjoys to continue growing this great sport we all love”.
“We’re really pleased to have Shawn on board with us,” said Jeremy Croiset, NASA Director of Business Development. “He’s a long time member of NASA, a respected member of our community, and a real team player. He should make a valuable addition to our growing team”.
NASA Announces the Creation of the Toyo Tires Classic Offering the Largest Payout in the History of Amateur Road Racing
Published on December 09, 2017 03:55
Indianapolis, IN – Dec 8, 2017 – The National Auto Sport Association (NASA) is excited to announce that the inaugural Toyo Tires Classic will take place during the 2018 NASA Championships presented by Toyo Tires to be held during the Circuit of the Americas, Sept 13-16, 2018. This newly created event will include Spec Miata competition during the championships and will provide competitors with the largest purse ever in modern amateur competition history.
This unique race will award the overall winner at the event with a cash payout of up to $80,000! More than $131,000 in cash awards will be made available to Spec Miata racers taking part in the competition with two different random cash awards totaling $5000. A hard charger award will land a $10,000 pay day for a lucky driver, while many more unique incentives will be announced! Qualifying requirements to enter the Toyo Tires Classic will be very straight forward and follow our typical NASA Championship qualification format.
“This will be the richest purse in Spec Miata competition”, said Marc Sanzenbacher, Toyo Tires, Senior Manager of Motorsports. “Our goal was to put together a program that would bring Spec Miata competitors together in a way that has never been accomplished before. Our hope is that this new program will provide Spec Miata competitors with an annual pilgrimage that combines the camaraderie and festivities that NASA events are known for -- combined with a financial benefit that has never been seen in the community. We look forward to the tremendous competition we expect to see at this event.”
“We’re really excited to announce this new program with our long-time partner Toyo Tires”, said Jeremy Croiset, NASA Director of Business Development. “This new program demonstrates a level of commitment to the amateur racing community that is nearly unprecedented. We fully expect this to be the largest Spec Miata competition in history at one of the best tracks in the country and we’re just getting started. Folks can expect much more info on this program in the coming weeks as we announce further details.”
Additional event format details will be posted to www.nasaproracing.com following New Years Day.
Toyo Tires/Flying Lizard Motorsports Audi Wins Third Consecutive NASA 25 Hours of Thunderhill Presented by Hawk Performance
Published on December 03, 2017 22:18
Willows, Calif., Dec. 3, 2017 - The Toyo Tires/Flying Lizard Motorsports team took its third consecutive overall win in the NASA 25 Hours of Thunderhill presented by Hawk Performance on Sunday, marking only the second time in the endurance race’s 15-year history that a team has won three overalls in a row.
The Audi R8LMS took the overall lead just after sunrise Sunday and never looked back as the team’s main competition, a pair of Ginetta G57 prototypes, dropped out late in the endurance race because of mechanical issues.
“It’s still fun to win them,” said driver Darren Law, who has helped drive the team to victory the past three years. “We literally didn’t touch any other car. There’s not a mark on it and we didn’t have anything go wrong. It was perfect.”
Toyo Tires/Flying Lizard Motorsports is only the second team to have three consecutive overall wins at the 25 Hours of Thunderhill since the race began in 2002. Team Mercer Motorsports won overall in 2009, 2010 and 2011.
The Toyo Tires team did have a brief scare with 90 minutes left in the race when driver Nathan Stacy went into the dirt in Turn 3 and for a moment it didn’t look like Stacy would be able to restart the Audi. Stacy got the car started and the team won by six laps over second-place overall finisher Calvert Dynamics/Competition Motorsports. Third-place overall finisher was Crowd Strike/One Motorsports.
By the time race ended Sunday, Toyo Tires/Flying Lizard Motorsports drivers Darren Law, Nate Stacy, Charlie Hayes and Tom Haacker had put in 2,200 miles — nearly the equivalent of driving from coast-to-coast across the United States in 25 hours.
More than 50 teams participated in the famed endurance race that tested drivers’ resolve against machine and fatigue. Much of the race is run in darkness, further challenging the field of amateur and professional drivers.
In additional to the overall champion, there were seven class winners crowned Sunday.
Despite having just one gear (fourth) for 12 hours of the endurance race, RK Motorsports/TC Design brought home the class championship in a 19-car-deep and competitive E0 class.
RK Motorsports/TC Design’s Tony Colicchio was wondering if the string of bad luck at NASA’s 25 Hours of Thunderhill would continue. He’s competed in six Thunderhill races and has crewed nearly every race since its start 15 years ago.
“I’ve had some really bad luck here, especially given all my sprint races,” Colicchio said. “I’ve actually qualified a car three times and not been able to start because the car has had some sort of problem. Winning it is pretty awesome.”
What a difference a year makes for the Trim-Tex Racing team. Last year, the team had transmission issues and just missed winning the class.
“We were having transmission issues in 2016 and the same curse hit us again, but thankfully we were able to salvage it,” said driver Britt Casey Jr. “We only lost one gear this time, and last year we lost every gear but one.”
Just two laps separated Trim-Tex Racing and second-place class finisher Team MooreWood Racing.
KD Motorsports captured back-to-back 25 Hours of Thunderhill victories in E2 as the team dealt with a host of issues with the racecar.
The team was dealing with issues on the 1989 BMW 325is, from brakes to the transmission.
“We lost every gear but fourth,” said team owner Kevin Doyle. “We had oil pressure issues. We were down to our backing plates on the rear brakes, so it was metal on metal on the back. We were getting everything we could.”
The team turned its fastest lap of 2:06.045 during the middle of the night, which crew chief David Stenner credits his drivers.
“How we won the race was down to incredibly fast laps at night,” said Stenner, who beat second-place finisher RDR by five laps.
Team RAmotorsports40 had a Mazda Miata stuck in fourth gear, but the drivers made the most of it to get the E3 class win at 25 Hours of Thunderhill. Even with the transmission problem, the trio of drivers were able to beat second-place finisher CorkSport Performance by 22 laps.
“Likely something is going to break on the car before the end of the race,” said driver David Biggar. “It’s just how you manage it and then how you get through the rest of the race with that, and I think we did a great job.”
Toyo Tires/Flying Lizard Motorsports’ strong performance left the rest of the teams in ES class chasing the Audi R8 LMS and second place. Calvert Dynamics with its Porsche GT3
took home second and Prototype Development Group was third.
Crowd Strike/One Motorsports won its first 25 Hours of Thunderhill, but it didn’t come without complications.
A problem with the alternator required creative solutions to keep the open-cockpit car running. The team had to shut down fuel pumps, reduce headlight output and even turn off the steering wheel heater despite racing in temperatures that dipped in the low 40 degrees.
“It was five hours of absolute thrashing,” said driver Kenton Koch. “We had a couple issues with the alternator and keeping things charged, so we had half the lights shut off all night and we could hardly see straight. The only thing we had were the lights that point out so I could see the marks.
A pair of Ginetta G57 cars that were favorites to win the overall race and class had mechanical issues and dropped out late in the race. Norma’s Last Chance finished in second, two laps behind Crowd Strike/One Motorsports.
The lone car in the class, Toyo Tires/Flying Lizard Motorsports team had a water-line failure, but got it fixed and was able to get the car out in time to grab the checkered flag. The Porsche Cayman ended up 24th overall.
“It was obviously a little disappointing the other teams dropped out, and I do believe that next year is going to be a pretty big group, because obviously anything Toyo does, they do it right,” said team manager Thomas Blam. “So, we were happy to run the tires. We had a phenomenal run for the first 20 hours, and at one point we were sixth overall, which I think is pretty remarkable for a DOT tire. We’re hoping to be back next year and hoping to bring a couple of more cars with us.”
Published on November 28, 2017 21:18
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Published on November 21, 2017 21:50
The 15th running of the NASA 25 Hours of Thunderhill presented by Hawk Performance is attracting past winners and teams who are still looking for their first class win. The twice-around-the-clock plus one-hour race is set to run Dec. 2-3, 2017.
Peter Hopelain with Team Technik/AGM Racing is still chasing a class win at Thunderhill, and the team has come close in years past. Team Technik lost an engine in the middle of the night while enjoying a two-lap lead in 2014, then scored a third-place finish in 2015. The team sat out the 2016 event and has spent the majority of 2017 prepping their BMW E46 chassis and crew for competition in the E1 class.
“We have spent the last six months developing the car and developing the team,” Hopelain said. “The specifics of what we’ve been working on is that there is not much left we can do, per the rules, to speed up our pit stops. It’s become a real distance-traveled-over-time type of race, and a matter of survival. So, we’ve changed around a lot of the setup over the last few years to get the car to run more efficiently, and at the pace of the leaders. So, we’re able to get two hours of driving time on 15 gallons of fuel.”
Hopelain will start the race as the first driver, but will act as crew chief for the remainder of the event. Other drivers include 25 Hour veteran Shawn Sampson, owner of Sampson Racing Communications, Robert Dietz who just won the PTE Championship at Thunderhill in October, and Patrick Avakian.
The E2 class wins in the last two 25 Hours of Thunderhill presented by Hawk Performance have gone to the Robert Davis Racing team driving “Kermit,” a green and silver Mazda RX-8. That car has since been retired and the team has a new Mazda RX-8 to compete in this year’s event. It will be the only rotary-engine-powered entry on grid.
Team driver Jeremy Barnes said the team has taken everything it learned from racing “Kermit” over the years and poured all that knowledge and experience into the new car, which the team has been quietly developing this year.
Although rotary engines make prodigious power relative to their displacement, their fuel economy presents some challenges in endurance racing, and with a stock fuel tank that holds 16.9 gallons, the team has to stop every hour to refuel. Barnes said the team incorporates fuel consumption into its strategy.
“We know we’re a lot more fuel thirsty than any of the cars that we run against, so it’s making sure that the rest of the package is so good that we don’t have a reason to stop other than putting fuel in the car and doing driver changes and tire changes,” Barnes said. “So, if we can stay out of the pits and stay on track as much as possible, and just take care as much as we can the weaker points of the car, then we think we’re going to be in a good place, and we certainly proved that the last few years with Kermit. I think we’ve made a car that everyone said couldn’t be competitive and couldn’t be reliable both competitive and reliable.”
The team’s driver lineup includes Barnes, 25 Hour veterans Jim and Dennis Holloway and Lee Papageorge, and Mazda’s long-time IMSA driver Joel Miller.
Team RA Motorsports owner Ron Gayman has two wins in the E3 class, in 2015 and 2016, and he’s bringing the same two Mazda Miatas again this year, plus another to compete in the E1 class. The E1 Miata is powered by a General Motors 2.4-liter EcoTec engine, which is roughly 30 percent more powerful than a stock Mazda 1.8-liter. It also will be a little faster thanks to suspension, tire and aerodynamic upgrades.
“This year, we hope to gain a few seconds in lap pace, and be more competitive,” he said. “We were not competitive in lap times last year. The fastest in the class were running 1:59s and we barely did a 2:03.”
Gayman notes that luck plays a role in the 25 Hours of Thunderhill presented by Hawk Performance, and that he’ll take it when he can get it, but there’s much more to winning than good fortune.
“People say it’s all about luck. Well, luck is in the preparation,” he said. “The simple thing is I put new parts on the car that we consider wear items or break items. We put new hubs, fresh brakes and rotors and a fresh motor, typically.
“Last year, we got lucky,” he continued. “We were the only one that didn’t break. We would have had a one-two finish if our other car hadn’t broken.”