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2017 NASA Eastern States Championships Presented by Toyo Tires Attracting Nation’s Top Amateur Drivers

Published on October 13, 2017 00:12

Napa, Calif., Oct. 12, 2017 — The fourth annual NASA Eastern States Championships presented by Toyo Tires is receiving entries from across the country, which will ensure strong competition October 20-22 at Sebring International Raceway.
 
In American Iron, Mike Patterson is coming in from the NASA Texas Region to compete for the top spot in one of NASA’s signature racing classes. Patterson finished third at the Eastern States Championships in 2014 and sustained car damage last year the day before the Championships race, and didn’t make the starting grid.



Patterson has more than 100 NASA wins, multiple regional championships and 11 wins this year alone. American Iron is dominated by the Ford Mustang in regions all over the country, but Patterson is hoping to put his owned-since-new 1999 Chevrolet Camaro on the top step of the podium.
 
“The car took a while to transform from a glorified street car, so to speak, into a competitive American Iron car,” Patterson said. “I run the car on a pretty limited budget and it took a while to accumulate and acquire the right parts for the car to make it go fast.”
 
In 944 Spec, NASA Southeast’s Jason Stanley is hoping to follow up his 2016 Championship with another at Sebring International Raceway. Competition in 944 Spec will be hot this year, with more than 15 cars taking the grid.


 
Stanley has never driven at Sebring before, so he’s been watching video of pro races to pick up race craft and technique, and driving the track on a simulator.
 
“I have an iRacing setup with Sebring on it, which I’ve turned a bunch of laps on in other cars like the Mustang,” Stanley said. “Usually whenever I go to one of these National Championships events, I pick a momentum car like a Miata or a Solstice and I just turn a bunch of laps to try to get a good estimation of line and how I can carry apex speed through the corners.”
 
For competition in GTS3, NASA Florida’s Randy Mueller is busy prepping his car, tuning it and adjusting weights for the class. 2015 was the last year Mueller competed in a NASA Championships event. Mueller said he’s replacing worn parts and setting the car up as he would for every race weekend.


 
“There are some new names on the entry list with a variety of cars that I don’t recognize, so that makes it exciting!” Mueller said. “At an event of this caliber, it is always energizing to see what everyone brings to the table. I am also equally as excited to seeing how my teammate Michael Camus measures up as I am to race myself. He has been on a steep learning curve and has progressed amazingly fast. I believe the competitors in his class are going to have a tough competitor to deal with.”

2017 NASA Western States Championships Presented by Toyo Tires – Event Coverage

Published on October 12, 2017 00:14

Watch as NASA drivers compete in the 2017 NASA Western States Championships Presented by Toyo Tires at Thunderhill Raceway Park. Lots of race action from Spec Miata, 944 Spec, Spec E30, Spec E46, American Iron, Super Unlimited, Super Touring, NASA Prototype, Honda Challenge, German Touring, Legends, Thunderoadsters, Performance Touring, and Time Trial series.

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Watch as drivers of Spec Miata compete in 2017 NASA Western States Championships Presented by Toyo Tires at Thunderhill Raceway Park

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Drivers Clinch Titles at the 2017 NASA Western States Championships

Published on October 10, 2017 22:22

Willows, Calif., October 10, 2017 — Culminating a full season of racing, the nation’s top amateur auto racers earned titles in 18 classes on Sunday at the NASA Western States Championships presented by Toyo Tires at Thunderhill Raceway Park.
 
A wind-fanned grass fire during Sunday morning’s practice session delayed the start of the Championships until the afternoon. Drivers had to contend with wind gusts up to 70-mph on the 3-mile-long road course.
 
More than 150 amateur drivers representing seven states competed at the 12th NASA Championships, which featured a deep and talented field of competitors. The NASA Eastern States Championships will be held at Sebring International Raceway, October 19-22.
 
“All our drivers put in a lot of hard work this year just to get to the Championships, and they drove their hearts out this weekend,” said Jeremy Croiset, NASA Racing’s director of business development. “Championships are earned, not given, and our guys definitely earned their place in the record books this weekend.”
 
NP01
 

 
Brian Lock admits he was a little nervous going into the NASA Prototype race because his car was just a tick faster than his competitors, despite winning the qualifying races on Friday and Saturday. A setup tweak made the difference and Lock won his second consecutive NP01 Championship.
 
“It’s great to defend the title,” Lock said. “This year winning both qualifying races and the feature race was great. This year was a little more complete for us.”
 
Spec Miata
 

 
Teen Mazda Challenge driver Nick Sommers crossed the finish line first with a 5.4-second gap over Littlehale, but officials later determined the 18-year-old Sommers had jumped the start, and awarded the Championship to Littlehale.
 
The class had the deepest field of the weekend, with 29 cars running on the road course.
 
“The officials were already looking into the start, and requesting videos from us,” Littlehale said after the decision was rendered. “It feels pretty good to win. We worked really hard for this weekend.”
 
Sommers said the strong winds made racing a challenge.
 
“The wind was a big factor and it made every lap different,” Sommers said. “The car was very twitchy. It was just a hard race to control and stay consistent.”
 
Spec E46
 

 
As one of NASA’s newer racing classes, Spec E46 is in growth mode. The class this year brought more cars to the Championships event than last year. That’s good because four of them were DQ’d after the race, one of which was Marco Gallaher, who passed the leader Michael Shawhan under yellow on the white-flag lap. 
 
“I was sitting behind this 944. I couldn’t pass because it was yellow, and then he passed me, so I celebrated the rest of the lap,” Shawhan said. “He had the race won. He had the pace on me. If he had just waited till after the last flag, he would have easily won it. The only chance I had to win the race was traffic. I did not have the pace.”
 
Spec E30
 

 
Larry Fraser had to work hard to earn his second Western States Championship after a dyno violation during Saturday’s qualifying race required him to start on the back row. It didn’t matter because Fraser methodically chased down 14 Spec E30 competitors to take the lead about midway through the race.
 
“My approach was to get to the front as fast as I could,” Fraser said. “I wish I would have been starting up front a little more to make it a little easier, but it was definitely a hard-fought race.”
 
American Iron
 

 
Chasing gremlins earlier in the week, Ryan Walton didn’t know what to expect when he hit the track for the Championship. The team corrected the problems by setting the K&N-sponsored Mustang up to handle the corners that Walton was having problems with in qualifying.
 
“We struggled the whole week,” Walton said about the qualifying races. “I tore a splitter off twice, went off the track a bunch of times. We pretty much had a second-place car. They were quicker than us but at the end we got it together when it counted.”
 
944 Spec
 

 
John Pentelei-Molnar won his second Championship in two years, but he dedicated the victory to his identical twin brother, Steve, who had spent the morning fighting a grass fire that broke out on the back half of the Thunderhill Raceway track. His brother serves on one of the Thunderhill safety teams.
 
With his brother watching, Pentelei-Molnar diced through traffic to pass Marcelo Vine with three laps left in the race to earn the victory.
 
“We’re talking about New York City traffic out there, no different than the taxis out there,” Pentelei-Molnar said, later adding, “I knew if I got in front of Marcelo and didn’t make any mistakes that would be it.”
 
Honda Challenge 4
 

 
Rob Krider knows how to win. He proved it at last year’s Western States by winning Honda Challenge 4 in a car he built specifically for that event. Early in 2017, when the rules changed and certain parts of his car didn’t meet the requirements, he changed the car again and brought it to Thunderhill to throw down — and took home his second consecutive Honda Challenge 4 Championship.
 
“This was a very sweet Championship for us because last year they made a bunch of rule changes based on my car’s engine management system,” Krider said. “So, my feeling was, fine, we’ll put a stock computer back in it and still kick everybody’s butt, and that’s what we proved today.”
 
Super Touring 1
 

 
Ronald Swenson earned his second Championship after spending the entire race fending off challenges from George Smith, who pressed Swenson to make a mistake.
 
Swenson started from fourth place, but by the time they completed the first lap, it was Swenson’s race to lose. Smith and Swenson finished within 1.2 seconds of each other.
 
“I had to maintain my pace because I had George on my tail the entire race,” Swenson said. “It was good fun.”
 
Super Touring 2
 


Wiping the champagne from his eyes, Skip Rebozzi smiled as he talked about his first Championship and what it means to him.
 
“I’m thrilled. I love NASA,” Rebozzi said. “I’ve been running with NASA since 2005, but it seems we’re always somewhere else when they run Champs.”
 
Rebozzi led from start to finish and never looked back by putting some significant distance between himself and second-place finisher Drew Wadolny.
 
“The car was flawless. It ran really good,” Rebozzi said. “We worked on the handling all weekend long to make it better and better.”
 
Super Touring 3
 

 
Scott Smith had scored enough points in the qualifying races to start from pole, but when it was time to take the green, conditions were nothing like he’d experienced all weekend, and his tire choice ended up working against him in the early going.
 
“It was super windy out there and everybody else was on a different tire than I was. They were able to have grip right away. I got passed by three guys by Turn 3,” Smith said. “But then, it was just a matter of being methodical and staying with them, and one by one, the people in front of me spun or slid off and I was able to get those positions back. Basically, the wind blew everybody off the track in Turn 1, Turn 10 and Turn 1 again.”
 
For the whole race, Smith trailed Brett Strom, who crossed the finish line first, but a post-race DQ for being underweight handed Smith the win and the Championship.
 
Super Touring 4
 

 
For David Schotz, winning the Super Touring 4 Championship was bittersweet. He had hoped to match up with Austin Newmark, but Newmark was late getting to the starting grid. They were both running lap times consistently in the 1:55s.
 
That late start made a big difference as Schotz held on to beat the hard-charging Newmark by 3.46 seconds. Schotz knew Newmark was late getting onto the track but that he couldn’t let up.
 
“I really do feel horrible,” Schotz said. “We race locally together and he’s a fast kid. He’s the reason my car is this fast. He’s made me step up my game considerably this year, so I really do feel for him.”
 
German Touring Series 2
 

 
Paul Geddings made history at the Western States Championships, piloting a Mercedes-Benz to its first Championship win in German Touring Series 2. The victory almost didn’t happen as Geddings was chasing problems and wasn’t able to shake it out.
 
“We had problems with the car all weekend,” said Geddings, who also won his first Championship. “We didn’t get to run on either of the two qualifying races because we had problems with the clutch, so we were working on it for three days. I was just so glad the thing held together.”
 
Super Unlimited
 

 
Brian Frisselle completed something of a “triple crown” in his Super Unlimited Norma chassis with a resumé, which now includes a 2016 Eastern States Championship, 25 Hours of Thunderhill overall win in 2015 and now the Western States Championship in 2017.
 
Frisselle watched as Jon Van Caneghem got a quick jump at the green flag, but Frisselle quickly passed him to build a 23-second lead.
 
“I’m so happy for the team. They deserve it,” Frisselle said. “They’ve given me a rocket ship so many times, I’m happy to bring it home.”
 
Masters
 

 
James Laughlin credits his wife and crew chief for making the right call on setting up the racecar for the windy conditions to bring home the victory.
 
“She made a good call—the tire pressure and setup on the car to help with these windy conditions,” Laughlin said. “It worked out perfectly.”
 
Laughlin battled with Dave Allen for about seven laps, but pulled away to victory. The group is tightknit, competing in 10 to 12 races a season.
 
“I love running up here at Thunderhill,” Laughlin said. “It means an awful lot to win this.”
 
Thunder Roadsters
 

 
Thunder Roadster is a tight class, so when one racer captures the Championship, the whole group celebrates. It was Brian Gibson’s turn to celebrate on top of the podium in 2017.
 
“I’m just as happy to see someone else win as they are to see me win,” said Gibson, noting that the drivers in the class have raced together for years. “It feels good, really good to win.”
 
Performance Touring E
 

 
Robert Dietz came to the track not expecting to win a Championship in a rookie season. But there he was atop the podium, celebrating the victory with a champagne hose-down.
 
“I expected to come out and watch some fast guys and learn a lot, so to come home with any hardware is just a treat,” Dietz said. “Obviously we had a small class this year, but it was a great learning experience and great competition in general with the other classes.”
 
Time Trial Recap
 
NASA Time Trial is another component of NASA Championships racing in which drivers compete for the fastest lap time rather than track position, as in racing. In Time Trial competition:
 
TTU: Jon Van Caneghem - 1:41.280
TT1: Isaac Bouchard - 1:51.339
TT2: Monsuru Tony Ibraheem - 1:57.453
TT3: Matt McIntyre - 1:53.820
TT4: Dave Schotz - 1:53.344
TTC: Bryce Kliewer - 2:03.622
TTD: AJ Gracy -  2:00.876
TTE: Clay Schoen - 2:12.947
TTF: Josh Buckwalter - 2:20.453
Details and Information

NASA Western States Championships event information page: https://nasachampionships.com/west-event/

For additional information and photography, please contact Brett Becker at brett@drivenasa.com or 805-850-8310. More details can be found at nasaproracing.com or nasachampionships.com.

To qualify for the NASA Championships presented by Toyo Tires, NASA competitors must compete in and score points in five regional races around the country. 

Qualifying Ramps Up for the 2017 NASA Western States Championships

Published on October 07, 2017 21:52

Willows, Calif., October 7, 2017 — The race is on for the NASA Western States Championships presented by Toyo Tires, with teams slugging it out during Friday qualifying at Thunderhill Raceway Park.

To determine the starting grid for Sunday’s Championship races, teams are running qualifying races on Friday and Saturday. More than 150 teams, representing seven states, are competing this weekend on the 3-mile-long track.

Spec Miata



Nick Sommers has a lot riding on the weekend as he looks to secure the Teen Mazda Challenge Championship and the chance at a $100,000 Mazda Motorsports scholarship. Sommers has been nearly unbeatable this year in Spec Miata and he showed why on the Thunderhill track as he out-paced second-place finisher Tristan Littlehale.

“I’m not holding back anymore,” Sommer said. “I’ve been points racing for the second half of the season and now I’m just trying to go all-out and win everything I can right now.”

Spec E46

With just three races under his belt in his BMW E46, Marco Gallaher says his racecar still has a lot left in it, which could be bad news for his fellow Spec E46 competitors.

“I knew we had a very strong car coming into the weekend. We did a lot of testing, so I knew we could come out here and be competitive,” Gallaher said. “My approach is that I want to be clean, consistent, just put down some hard laps and try not to look in my mirrors.”

Gallaher knows that second-place finisher Justin Ross and third-place finisher John Borchelt will be pushing him hard over the weekend.

“They’re definitely giving me lots of pressure and staying in my mirrors, staying on my bumper,” Gallaher said. “They’re not going to make it easy for me.”

Spec E30



Starting in third place, Larry Fraser clawed his way to the top of a 15-car class to take the checkered flag. Fraser wants to keep adding points on Saturday to secure pole position for the Championship.

“I got Sylas right on the first couple of turns. I just raised the tire pressures so my car would come in a little earlier, so I could try to get him on the start and then just try to hold the lead,” said Fraser, who was running lap times a little slower than second-place Sylas Montgomery. “Sylas is good, he’s a good kid. It’s really hard to defend.”

American Iron 



Cory Weber, the defending American Iron champion at the Western States Championships, was able to take advantage of an early mistake by Ryan Walton to cruise to victory in Friday’s qualifying race.

“Ryan Walton and I were having a great race for the first lap, and then he had a big off on the back side of the Turn 9 hill, and messed up the nose of his car really bad, so that kind of compromised him a bit, and I was able to get around him,” Weber said.

944 Spec



Patience is a virtue, as Marcelo Vine learned in 944 Spec as he spent the first few laps of the race trailing John Pentelei Molnar, who later drove off course in Turn 3 leaving Vine all alone in first. Pentelei Molnar held onto second place.

“He was pretty close and keeping up with me, and it got really slippery, so I think I just held it better than he did, and then he just disappeared from my mirror, and then he was pretty far back,” Vine said. “We’re so close, so after that it was pretty much over for him.”

Super Touring 1

George Smith used to race at Thunderhill, but that was a long time ago. He learned enough while competing in Friday’s qualifying race that he was able to capitalize on the mistakes of his main competitors, then hold them off to take the win. 

“The Porsche and BMW were in front of battling it out, and I was learning a lot being behind them, watching the battle and staying close,” Smith said. “The Porsche went off in Turn 2 and something happened with the BMW a lap or so later and so I was able to bring it home in first place. I’m still learning the track. This is my first event with the bypass, which I thought would be a lot easier, and it’s not easy. You’ve really got to be careful maintaining the throttle or you can go around real easy going over the top of that.”

Super Touring 2

Sometimes a little luck on the track can go a long way. Just ask Skip Rebozzi, who nearly went from leading the race to almost not finishing. He had an issue with his clutch pedal and his car nearly came to a stop on Turn 15.

“The clutch pedal got stuck behind the clutch stop, which I reached down with my foot and kicked it off and I was able to keep going,” Rebozzi said. “You need a little luck, because I thought I broke the transmission. I got lucky and was able to figure out what it was.”

Super Touring 3

Brett Strom is trying to pull double-duty this weekend by running two classes, but his focus is on Super Touring 3, where he is running a loaner car from Audi Sport. Strom was trying to pace himself during the race as the front-wheel drive car goes through tires faster than previous cars.

“I can run a couple really fast laps in this car, but it will burn off the front tires, so I have to pace the race,” said Strom about Friday’s 30-minute race. “The other guys are running a little lighter car, so they can keep the tires a little longer. A 45-minute race will be interesting toward the end for us.”

Super Touring 4



Super Touring 4 is a new class in NASA for 2017, and Austin Newmark is trying to win the inaugural Western States Championship in the class.

“We were fighting some consistency issues with the car most of the year with the new class,” Newmark said. “Getting the car squared away takes a lot of work. Starting off, Percy Howard was pretty fast and it looked like we were starting to pull away from the field and then I saw that the S2000 came up into the mix and we had a nice little battle going for first, second and third and unfortunately the S2000 had an incident and after that I was able to pull off a win.”

German Touring Series 2

Doug Young knows that any car in the class can win it this weekend and that his driving skills will be put to the test. GTS2 competition is tight and Friday’s qualifying showed it, but Young came out on top. 

“In Turn 4 we were bunched up again as we went over the hill and it felt like chaos,” Young said. “We were all so close together. That’s what so fun about this class is how close the racing is. We had a good battle.”

German Touring Series 3

Waiting for his car to get weighed after winning the GTS3 qualifying race Friday, David DePillo had two goals—have fun and keep the car intact.

“We’re doing a team approach this weekend. We have one driver in ST3 and myself in GTS3, so we’re splitting the time,” DePillo said. “It’s a relatively new platform. We’ve raced it about four or five months now, so we’re starting to work out the bugs.”

DePillo turned a 2:04 lap time, bettering second-place finisher Paul Turner by nearly 3 seconds. 

NP01


 
Some of the tightest racing during qualifying Friday came in NP01, which is NASA’s most evenly matched class. Brian Lock was just a half-second faster than Team SISU Motorsports as the NASA Prototypes battled for 13 laps on the track. 

“It took me a few laps to get by Jamie (Florence). I thought I was going to get him on the inside of Turn 2, and he made great move to hold me off inside of 2 and got to the inside of Turn 3,” Lock said. “That was about it for about three laps, and I could see that we were more or less even. He maybe had a tenth on me here and there in one lap or another. It all came down to traffic.

“He got really held up in 8 and I was able to come from far enough back, and I don’t think he expected me and I was able to get by him in 9 and from that point on neither of us were quick enough to make a pass without traffic, and it was kind of smooth sailing after that.”
 
Super Unlimited



Team Davidson Racing took first place in the qualifying race, posting lap times up to 2 seconds faster than three-time Super Unlimited champion Jon Van Caneghem. A veteran of the NASA 25 Hours of Thunderhill, Team Davidson racing will be sitting in the top spot for Saturday’s qualifying races.

Honda Challenge 4



When there are not as many cars in a given class, Rob Krider had to find competition anywhere on the track he could get it.

“I ended up having an out-of-class race with a lot of GTS2 cars, and that made it interesting because I’m faster than a lot of them, but not by a ton,” Krider said. “It was pretty dicey. Those Beemer drivers, they’re aggressive and they drive really well, but we were very gentlemanly together. The plan for tomorrow is we’re going to change the tire size to see if we can change our gear ratio for a little bit more mph and more grip. If we like it we’ll keep it for Sunday, if not we’ll change it back.

Masters 

It’s a fine balance on how much testing to do especially if there is a mechanical problem. Jim Laughlin found that while getting laps in Thursday during testing.

“I had a problem earlier in the day, a spark plug ripped out of the head, so I didn’t have any practice this morning, Laughlin said. “So it took me a couple of laps to get my bearings and get used to it out there because I didn’t even finish one lap earlier today. The car started feeling good and everyone worked well with the traffic, so it was fun.”
 
Thunder Roadsters 

Thunder Roadster offered some of the tightest qualifying times on Thursday. Just 0.639 seconds separated first-place finisher Tom Boyd and second-place finisher Brian Gibson.

“My car was loose all day and both my competitors gave me a heck of a race,” Boyd said. “I can’t believe I pulled it off in the end. We were right there together the whole day. We’re all such close competitors, it’s fun no matter who wins. But I plan on winning tomorrow. I come out here to win every race. Hopefully I win tomorrow and definitely hope I win on Sunday.”

Performance Touring E



Robert Dietz had never raced Thunderhill Raceway Park, but you can add him to the list of fans of the track. It certainly doesn’t hurt to win Friday’s qualifying race.

“We started and there was this great pack. So, we’re all dicing it up having fun and everyone spread out a bit. I just wanted to have some fun and enjoy the race,” Dietz said. “There’s not a lot of us out there, so I’d rather finish with the car in one piece than push it too hard when I’ve got some space on everyone behind me. The car felt good and we made a lot of engine changes between August and now, but I’m running good, feeling good.”
Details and Information

NASA Western States Championships event information page: https://nasachampionships.com/west-event/

For additional information and photography, please contact Brett Becker at brett@drivenasa.com or 805-850-8310. More details can be found at nasaproracing.com or nasachampionships.com.

To qualify for the NASA Championships presented by Toyo Tires, NASA competitors must compete in and score points in five regional races around the country. 

Follow All the Racing Action Live From the 2017 NASA Western States Championships at Thunderhill Raceway

Published on October 04, 2017 20:29

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Returning Champs Looking to Repeat Wins at 2017 NASA Championships

Published on September 29, 2017 18:01

NAPA, Calif., Sept. 29, 2017 — The fourth annual NASA Western States Championships presented by Toyo Tires is attracting past champions looking to add to their trophy shelves. This year’s event takes place October 6-8 at Thunderhill Raceway. 

In 944 Spec, last year’s champion John Pentelei Molnar is hoping to repeat the Championship he earned last year at Buttonwillow Raceway. He has been dialing in his Porsche 944 and staying on top of maintenance and repairs. To prepare himself, Pentelei Molnar flew up to Thunderhill, a track he had never turned a wheel on, to drive the track in a borrowed car.  



“I spent the day orienting myself to the track, certainly not at racing speed, but to get the technical side of things, understand where things are,” Pentelei Molnar said. “You can only learn so much from watching a video. You’ve got to get out there and actually drive around.”

He said he’s looking forward to the competition, a group of racers he’s familiar with. He faced most of them last year in his Championship win. 

“There are a lot of good drivers, as we know,” he said. “Charlie Sharp is always real fast and certainly Thomas Atteberry can be really quick, and there’s a lot of good guys. On any given weekend, there’s a lot of guys who can really hook up at a track and find a way to go real fast. I’ve always found at a lot of these races that it’s whoever makes the least amount of mistakes. I’ve won and lost a lot of races based on that alone.”

In NASA’s signature NP01 class, Brian Lock is the returning Western States Champion in a NASA Prototype. Lock has logged a ton of time at Thunderhill Raceway, but has not driven the NP01 this season.



“Well, the NP01 has proven to be really reliable. We solved all the teething issues the car had initially, so we’re doing a whole lot of nothing as far as car preparation goes,” Lock said. “I’ve driven at Thunderhill in all but maybe four of the 25-hour races since its inception, so I don’t know how many thousands of laps I have at Thunderhill.” 

A resident of Northern California, Lock and his team are better prepared than they were last year. Their Championship-winning effort came together in the last couple of weeks leading up to the event. This year, he and the Valkyrie Autosport team will be ready.

“Everything just kind of fell into place last year. Our car setup was just dynamite, and fast in the places we needed to be fast,” Lock said. “Thunderhill races a lot better than Buttonwillow, so I look forward to a lot more lead changes, I hope.”
 
Details and Information

NASA Western States Championships event information page: https://nasachampionships.com/west-event/

For additional information and photography, please contact Brett Becker at brett@drivenasa.com or 805-850-8310. More details can be found at nasaproracing.com or nasachampionships.com.

To qualify for the NASA Championships presented by Toyo Tires, NASA competitors must compete in and score points in five regional races around the country. 

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NASA would like to thank its National sponsors for their continued support: Toyo Tires, Mazda, Hawk Performance, and Winding Road Racing. We also want to thank MAZDASPEED, Honda Performance Development, Nissan, and Ford Motor Company for supporting our members. We greatly appreciate those companies that offer our racers contingency support, including Toyo Tires, AST Suspension, BFGoodrich, Ford Racing, Maxxis Tires, Hawk Performance, Honda Performance Development (HPD), Hoosier Racing Tire, MAZDASPEED, Nissan, Frozen Rotors, Spec Clutches, Sampson Racing Communications, Winding Road Racing, Power Rev Racing, Tilton, Whiteline, Supertech, Fuelab, AKG Motorsport, Maximum Motorsports, G-Loc Brakes, MPT Industries, Neo Motorsport, Racer Parts Wholesale, and Yokohama.  NASA competitors can also get discounts from Mazda, Honda Performance Development, FR.Sport, Jongbloed Racing Wheels, Promotive, Racing Fire Systems, Ford Performance Racing School, Fuel Safe, Avis, Konig, Metal Conditioner Squared, Parkon.com, GeoSky Alert, and Winding Road Racing.
 
NASA at a Glance
  • 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. 
  • NASA has more than 14,000 members in 15 regions.
  • Key events include the NASA Western States Championships presented by Toyo Tires at Thunderhill Raceway, Oct. 6-8, 2017; Eastern States Championships presented by Toyo Tires at Sebring International Raceway Oct. 20-22, 2017;  and the season culminating NASA 25 Hours of Thunderhill presented by Hawk Performance, Dec. 1-3, 2017.
  • Each NASA Championship event will run 30 race classes and nine Time-Trial classes during the event.
  • NASA runs over 150 events each year encompassing over 250 races, including the association's Rally Sport and Time-Trial program.
  • Manufacturer partners include Mazda, Honda, Nissan, and Ford Motor Company.
  • NASA Management: Jerry Kunzman, Executive Director; Ryan Flaherty, National Chairman; Jeremy Croiset, Director of Business Development; Dave Ho, Business Operations Manager.

2017 NASA Eastern States Championships Presented by Toyo Tires Is on Pace for Deep Fields and Stiff Competition

Published on September 27, 2017 13:24

Napa, Calif., Sept. 27, 2017 — The fourth annual NASA Eastern States Championships presented by Toyo Tires is racking up entries from across the Eastern Seaboard that will ensure strong competition October 20-22 at Sebring International Raceway. 

In American Iron, a double-digit car count is the order of the day and NASA Northeast’s AJ Hartman is taking it all in stride. Hartman is running through his usual checklist to ready his car, which has been dead-on reliable for going on two seasons. After he competes in a regional event at Watkins Glen International Sept. 22-23, he’ll return home to New Jersey to get ready for Sebring. 



“I will watch some videos, preferably videos from people with data and maybe jot down some notes that might speed up the learning curve a little bit,” Hartman said. “Other than that, car prep, I’m not doing anything different for that. I better knock on wood when I say this, my car has turned every lap of every race the last one and three-quarter seasons without a single issue. So, I don’t know if I’m running on borrowed time or whether it goes to show that going over the car after every weekend doing preventive stuff helps out.”

In 944 Spec, Jason Stanley is the reigning champion and he’s headed to Sebring looking for a repeat. More than 15 cars will line up for the 944 Spec Championships races this year and Stanley is ready. He’s been reviewing video, studying race craft from pro races and doing some virtual training. 



“I have an iRacing set up with Sebring on it, which I’ve turned a bunch of laps on in other cars like the Mustang,” Stanley said. “Usually, whenever I go to one of these National Championships events, I pick a momentum car like a Miata or a Solstice and I just turn a bunch of laps to try to get a good estimation of the line and how I can carry apex speed through the corners.”

Cornering speeds are also critical in Spec E30, one of the largest classes at the Eastern States Championships. NASA Southeast’s Sandro Espinosa has two Spec E30 Championships to his name, and earned both of them in 2015 at the Eastern and Western States Championships at Virginia International Raceway and Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, respectively.



“I’ve been sorting out the new car since my old one got totaled back in May,” Espinosa said, “And I’ve been harassing my buddy Scott McKay on a daily basis since he’s got home field advantage.” 

Look for Espinosa near the front in Sebring in October.
 
Details and Information

NASA Eastern States Championships event information page: https://nasachampionships.com/east-event/

For additional information and photography, please contact Brett Becker at brett@drivenasa.com or 805-850-8310. More details can be found at nasaproracing.com or nasachampionships.com.

To qualify for the NASA Championships presented by Toyo Tires, NASA competitors must compete in and score points in five regional races around the country. 
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 more than 70 years.Toyo offers a complete selection of premium replacement tires for nearly every make and model including light trucks, SUVs, high performance cars, and luxury vehicles, as well as commercial trucks. Many of these tires are built here in the United States at our state-of-the-art factory in Bartow County, Georgia.

About NASA

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.
 
NASA Membership

NASA members are entitled to enter and participate in any NASA event across the country, and membership includes an array of benefits, including vendor discounts and a subscription to NASA’s online magazine, Speed News. Members will also receive an official membership hard card that will identify them as part of the organization and a welcome packet that includes more information on the many benefits and programs available to NASA members. While participating at events, all NASA members are covered by a uniquely extensive insurance policy, which includes General Liability, Accidental Death and Dismemberment, and Excess Medical coverage. Best of all, membership is only $45. Refer to www.nasaproracing.com for member information.

NASA Thanks Our Partners

NASA would like to thank its National sponsors for their continued support: Toyo Tires, Mazda, Hawk Performance, Winding Road Racing, and GoPro.  We also want to thank MAZDASPEED, Honda Performance Development, Nissan, and Ford Motor Company for supporting our members. We greatly appreciate those companies that offer our racers contingency support, including Toyo Tires, AST Suspension, BFGoodrich, Ford Racing, Maxxis Tires, Hawk Performance, Honda Performance Development (HPD), Hoosier Racing Tire, MAZDASPEED, Nissan, Frozen Rotors, Spec Clutches, Sampson Racing Communications, Winding Road Racing, Power Rev Racing, Tilton, Whiteline, Supertech, Fuelab, AKG Motorsport, Maximum Motorsports, G-Loc Brakes, MPT Industries, Neo Motorsport, Racer Parts Wholesale, and Yokohama.  NASA competitors can also get discounts from Mazda, Honda Performance Development, FR.Sport, Jongbloed Racing Wheels, Promotive, Racing Fire Systems, Ford Performance Racing School, Fuel Safe, Avis, Konig, Metal Conditioner Squared, Parkon.com, GeoSky Alert, and Winding Road Racing.
 
NASA at a Glance
  • 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. 
  • NASA has more than 14,000 members in 15 regions.
  • Key events include the NASA Western States Championships presented by Toyo Tires at Thunderhill Raceway, Oct. 6-8, 2017; Eastern States Championships presented by Toyo Tires at Sebring International Raceway Oct. 20-22, 2017;  and the season culminating NASA 25 Hours of Thunderhill presented by Hawk Performance, Dec. 1-3, 2017.
  • Each NASA Championship event will run 30 race classes and nine Time-Trial classes during the event.
  • NASA runs over 150 events each year encompassing over 250 races, including the association's Rally Sport and Time-Trial program.
  • Manufacturer partners include Mazda, Honda, Nissan, and Ford Motor Company.
  • NASA Management: Jerry Kunzman, Executive Director; Ryan Flaherty, National Chairman; Jeremy Croiset, Director of Business Development; Dave Ho, Business Operations Manager.

Competition Ramping up for 2017 NASA Western States Championships

Published on September 18, 2017 15:17


NAPA, Calif., Sept. 18, 2017 — The fourth annual NASA Western States Championships presented by Toyo Tires is racking up entries from across the country that will ensure strong competition October 6-8 at Thunderhill Raceway. 

In Spec Miata, Teen Mazda Challenge racer Nick Sommers won last year’s Championships event at Buttonwillow Raceway. Obviously, Sommers is looking for a repeat. His performances this year certainly indicate that he can get it done again. His first-generation 1.6-liter Mazda Miata is well prepped and as competitive as any car in the field.



“At Thunderhill, you can be competitive in a 1.8 or a 1.6. I think the 1.6 is a little bit more competitive on the first half of the track because you’ve got to be able to carry a little bit more speed, and the 1.6 allows you to do that,” Sommers said. “But the 1.8 helps you down the straights a little bit more and there are a few long straights there, so it’s about a 50/50.”

Sommers is bringing a large crew and a lot of friends and family to Thunderhill to watch the NASA Western States Championships. Look for Sommers to be dicing with Tristan Littlehale, Justin Casey and other Teen Mazda Challenge drivers Matt Million and Hannah Grisham. 

Hannah Grisham with Morningstar Racing, is looking for a top-five finish and to establish herself as one of the elite drivers in the Teen Mazda Challenge and NASA overall. Grisham is currently third in points in the Teen Mazda Challenge.



“She’s trying to make her place as a driver and gain the respect and trust of her fellow competitors,” said Morningstar Racing team owner James Brown. “She’s going there to show Mazda that she has the talent and capability to be a Mazda factory works driver.” 

In Spec E30, Steve Stepanian finished fifth at the 2016 Western States Championships, and is currently fourth in the 2017 points chase in the Southern California Region. Stepanian has had some big wins this year, so he’s making sure his car is tip-top and, after a DQ earlier this season, compliant with the rules. Stepanian is also competing in German Touring Series 2 class. 



“So, getting the car stuff together, it’s pretty much like a normal race weekend for us,” he said. “We’re just being a little more aggressive because we’re running in two classes.” 

In terms of preparing himself as a driver, Stepanian has been reviewing video of the track and focusing on visualization to add to his experience at Thunderhill racing at the NASA 25 Hour. 
    
“I haven’t raced Thunderhill that much,” Stepanian said. “I’ve only done the 25 Hour stints there, which is a lot of seat time, sort of, but it’s a different type of racing, so you’ve got to prepare for sprints a little differently. The biggest thing I have to remind myself of is to enjoy it. I have raced in NASA for many years, some of them I’ve really wanted to win, and I’ve focused on it. This last season, I focused on fun. I didn’t care where I started. I didn’t care what I did. If I qualified well, great. If I didn’t, I just made sure I enjoyed my time there, and it was probably my most enjoyable season of racing.”
 
Details and Information

NASA Western States Championships event information page: https://nasachampionships.com/west-event/

For additional information and photography, please contact Brett Becker at brett@drivenasa.com or 805-850-8310. More details can be found at nasaproracing.com or nasachampionships.com.

To qualify for the NASA Championships presented by Toyo Tires, NASA competitors must compete in and score points in five regional races around the country. 
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 more than 70 years.Toyo offers a complete selection of premium replacement tires for nearly every make and model including light trucks, SUVs, high performance cars, and luxury vehicles, as well as commercial trucks. Many of these tires are built here in the United States at our state-of-the-art factory in Bartow County, Georgia.

About NASA

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.
 
NASA Membership

NASA members are entitled to enter and participate in any NASA event across the country, and membership includes an array of benefits, including vendor discounts and a subscription to NASA’s online magazine, Speed News. Members will also receive an official membership hard card that will identify them as part of the organization and a welcome packet that includes more information on the many benefits and programs available to NASA members. While participating at events, all NASA members are covered by a uniquely extensive insurance policy, which includes General Liability, Accidental Death and Dismemberment, and Excess Medical coverage. Best of all, membership is only $45. Refer to www.nasaproracing.com for member information.

NASA Thanks Our Partners

NASA would like to thank its National sponsors for their continued support: Toyo Tires, Hawk Performance, and Winding Road Racing. We also want to thank Mazda, Honda Performance Development, Nissan, and Ford Motor Company for supporting our members. We greatly appreciate those companies that offer our racers contingency support, including Toyo Tires, AST Suspension, BFGoodrich, Ford Racing, Maxxis Tires, Traqmate, Hawk Performance, Honda Performance Development (HPD), Hoosier Racing Tire, MAZDASPEED, Nissan, Frozen Rotors, P2R Power Rev Racing, Spec Clutches, Sampson Racing Communications, Winding Road Racing, Tilton, Whiteline, Supertech Performance, Fuel Lab, AKG Motorsports, Maximum Motorsports, and G-LOC Brakes.  NASA competitors can also get discounts from Mazda, Honda Performance Development, APR Performance, F.A.S.T., Metal MC2 Conditioner, Tire Stickers, ProMotive, HotelStorm, FR.Sport, Jongbloed Racing Wheels, Racing Fire Systems, Fuel Safe, Avis, Konig, Winding Road Racing.
 
NASA at a Glance

  • 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. 
  • NASA has more than 14,000 members in 15 regions.
  • Key events include the NASA Western States Championships presented by Toyo Tires at Thunderhill Raceway, Oct. 6-8, 2017; Eastern States Championships presented by Toyo Tires at Sebring International Raceway Oct. 20-22, 2017;  and the season culminating NASA 25 Hours of Thunderhill presented by Hawk Performance, Dec. 1-3, 2017.
  • Each NASA Championship event will run 30 race classes and nine Time-Trial classes during the event.
  • NASA runs over 150 events each year encompassing over 250 races, including the association's Rally Sport and Time-Trial program.
  • Manufacturer partners include Mazda, Honda, Nissan, and Ford Motor Company.
  • NASA Management: Jerry Kunzman, Executive Director; Ryan Flaherty, National Chairman; Jeremy Croiset, Director of Business Development; Dave Ho, Business Operations Manager.

Register Soon for Champs and Save $100!

Published on August 29, 2017 15:54

It has been a busy summer for all the NASA regions, and we know it has been busy for you the drivers as well! The fields at our two Championship events are starting to fill out(West Entries and East Entries) and we are looking forward to great racing at these two fantastic tracks! Will you be a part of all the excitement?

With the Holiday weekend coming up, we have decided to extend the deadline for the next price bump until the end of Labor Day weekend for both the Eastern and Western States Championship Events. Be sure to sign up by midnight Monday, September 4th for your last chance at early registration pricing and save yourself $100!

If you haven’t registered yet, don’t wait any longer!  We look forward to seeing you at the 2017 NASA Championship Events.


Register Within the Next 3 Days and Get the Cheapest Entry Available for Either 2017 NASA Championship Event

Published on June 07, 2017 19:16

You're in luck! There's still a little time to save money on your entry to the 2017 NASA Championships. We didn't remind you that early bird registration was about to end and because of that, we've decided to extend that option a couple more days just for you.

Register for either NASA Championship event before June 9th, 2017 at 11:59pm and get the cheapest entry fee we'll offer this year at just $649. That is 3 solid days of fierce competition at 2 of the best tracks in the country!

You can also lock in that lowest price entry by reserving your entry for either event right now for just $249. That's right, you can take advantage of the Entry Reservation option and secure your spot for the event. This option reserves your place for the event, secures your car number (which is first come, first available), and ensures your place in your class should your class sell out. Remember, space is limited, so at least reserve your place today!

Will you challenge yourself to earn your place in the NASA History Books or simply come to be a part of the biggest NASA race event of the year? Regarded as the best event of the year on either coast, you owe it to yourself to consider attending!

Head over to either registration page below to get yourself registered now!

2017 Western States Championships Registration:
www.nasaproracing.com/events/2590


2017 Eastern States Championships Registration:
www.nasaproracing.com/events/2591



Don't forget!!!

For just $249, you can reserve your entry right now and the balance for the event won’t be due until September 18 for West, or October 2 for East. This allows you to lock in your entry at the greatest discounted rate before prices go up.Please visit nasachampionships.com for more information about the Championships as updates become available!

Registration for the 12th Annual NASA Championships is Now Open!

Published on April 11, 2017 19:59

The 2017 NASA Championship tour begins with a visit to beautiful Thunderhill Raceway Park in Willows, CA on October 5-8, 2017 for the NASA Western States Championships presented by Toyo Tires.  This Northern California facility regarded by many as one of the best race tracks in the country is sure to thrill during this NASA Championships weekend. This raceway will test the skills of the best NASA competitors from the west as they battle to see who will be crowned a NASA Champion!  Will it be you?

We then turn our attention east as we travel to world-famous Sebring International Raceway for the NASA Eastern States Championships presented by Toyo Tires on October 19-22, 2017. Set in Sebring Florida, this historic raceway is America’s oldest road racing track with over six decades of history that has played host to some of the greatest names in motorsports. Juan Manuel Fangio, Dan Gurney, Mario Andretti, Bruce McLaren, Hans Stuck, Tom Kristensen, all previous race winners at this amazingly challenging Raceway! Come be a part of that legacy and vie for a NASA championship title!

2017 Western States Championships Registration:
www.nasaproracing.com/events/2590

2017 Eastern States Championships Registration:
www.nasaproracing.com/events/2591

 
Back by popular demand!!!
Pay just $249 right now to reserve your entry and the balance won’t be due until September 18 for West, or October 2 for East. This allows you to lock in your entry at the greatest discounted rate before prices go up.

Please visit nasachampionships.com for more about the Championships as updates become available!

NASA 2017 Ford Performance Contingency Program

Published on March 29, 2017 16:43

NASA 2017 Ford Performance Contingency Program

NAPA VALLEY, CA (March 29, 2017) – The National Auto Sport Association (NASA) is pleased to announce the Ford Performance Contingency Program for NASA competitors in 2017. The program will provide fantastic cash awards to NASA racers competing regionally and at either NASA Championship event. The program provides awards to competitors in the American Iron Series, Spec Iron, Super Touring, Performance Touring, and Super Unlimited classes.

Spec Iron competitors are eligible for up to $1,000 in cash awards for regional championship top 3 finishes!  Additionally, Spec Iron along with the other classes in the American Iron Series, Performance Touring, Super Touring, and Super Unlimited classes are eligible for $2,250 in cash awards for top 3 finishes in their respective regional championships. To sweeten the pot even further, Ford Performance will offer NASA competitors at both Eastern and Western States Championships the chance to collect $4,250 in additional cash awards!

The contingency program is available beginning immediately to all NASA competitors in these respective classes at each NASA regional and Championship event. For complete information on the contingency program, please visit http://www.nasaproracing.com/contingencies.






NASA 2017 MAXXIS Tires Contingency Program

Published on March 16, 2017 17:39

NASA 2017 MAXXIS Tires Contingency Program

Napa Valley, CA (March  16, 2017) – The National Auto Sport Association (NASA) is pleased to announce the 2017 Maxxis contingency program for NASA competitors. This program is available to all NASA competitors including the newly added Western Endurance Racing Championship series beginning immediately. Additionally added for 2017, Maxxis is extending their contingency program to all NASA Rally Sport competitors competing on the Maxxis Victra R19 rally tire. For complete details on the new 2017 Maxxis Tire contingency program, please visit: https://www.nasaproracing.com/contingencies






Revised 2017 Hawk Performance Contingency Program

Published on March 15, 2017 17:50

Napa Valley, CA (March  15, 2017) — The National Auto Sport Association (NASA) is pleased to announce the revised 2017, Hawk Performance Contingency Program. Although it may look like the same program, there are some drastic change this year that should come as a welcomed change within the NASA community. For the first time, NASA competitors finishing 1st through 5th are eligible for Hawk Bucks’ Not only will Hawk Performance provide more NASA competitors with more awards, they have also made a new for 2017 program for NASA 25 Hours of Thunderhill competitors.


“This new program from Hawk Performance continues to demonstrate how important NASA competitors are to the Hawk family” said Jeremy Croiset, NASA Director of Business Development. “This new program makes more awards available to more NASA competitors making it easier than ever to save money on your racing endeavors. My hats off to our Official Brake Supplier.”


Not only are competitors eligible to win up to $100 per weekend toward the purchase of Hawk Performance products, they can also combine those rewards toward their purchase. The program
program is available to all NASA competitors beginning immediately. Hawk is also graciously including any events that preceded this announcement for the 2017 season openers.  For complete details on the 2017 Hawk Performance contingency program, please visit: https://www.nasaproracing.com/contingencies





NASA 2017 AST Suspension Contingency Program

Published on March 14, 2017 17:02

Napa Valley, CA (March 14, 2017) – NASA is pleased to announce that the AST Suspension contingency program has been renewed for 2017. While otherwise similar to last year's arrangement, Time Trial drivers can now claim AST contingency for regional events as well. 

NASA Eastern and Western States Championships participants will have the opportunity to win a generous $1,000 credit in any of the 31 eligible classes. Second place will be able to claim $500 in AST credit, while 3rd place can claim $250 in credit.

AST Suspension North America credit may be redeemed toward the purchase of any new AST 4100, 5100, 5200 or 5300 series dampers, or Moton Club Sport, 3-Way, 4-Way dampers. Alternatively, the credit can also go towards the rebuild of current AST/Moton dampers.

The program will be made available immediately to all NASA competitors across all classes listed. For complete details on the new contingency program, please visit http://www.nasaproracing.com/contingencies.






NASA 2017 BF Goodrich Tires Contingency Program

Published on March 13, 2017 17:46

NASA 2017 BF Goodrich Tires Contingency Program

NAPA VALLEY, CA (March 13, 2017) – The National Auto Sport Association (NASA) is pleased to announce the continued support of the BF Goodrich Tires Contingency Program for NASA competitors in 2017. The program will provide tires to NASA competitors competing both regionally and at either NASA Championship event. The program provides tire awards to American Iron Extreme, German Touring Series, Performance Touring, Super Touring, Super Unlimited, as well as all Endurance Racing classes.


The contingency program is available beginning immediately to all NASA competitors in these respective classes at each NASA regional and Championship event. For complete information on the contingency program, please visit http://www.nasaproracing.com/contingencies.







NASA 2017 Hoosier Contingency Program

Published on March 11, 2017 03:04

NASA 2017 Hoosier Contingency Program

Napa Valley, CA (March 10, 2017) – The National Auto Sport Association (NASA) is pleased to announce the official 2017 Hoosier contingency program for NASA competitors.  The program is available to all NASA competitors beginning immediately. Hoosier is also graciously including any events that preceded this announcement for the 2017 season openers.  For complete details on the 2017 Hoosiers contingency program, please visit: https://www.nasaproracing.com/contingencies






2017 Toyo Tires NASA Contingency Programs

Published on February 09, 2017 00:43

Napa Valley, CA – (February 8, 2017) The National Auto Sport Association (NASA) is pleased to announce the official 2017 Toyo Tires Contingency Support Program.  Whatever class you run in be it Racing, Enduro or Time Trials, Toyo Tires is offering you the chance to win “Toyo Bucks”. Competitors in our American Iron, Spec Iron, and CMC classes will be eligible for nearly $5,000 in awards per weekend. Participants in the NASA Prototype NP01, Spec E46 and Factory Five classes will be eligible for up to nearly $4,000 per weekend while the smaller tired classes of Spec Miata, Spec E30, and 944 Spec will be eligible for up to nearly $2200 in awards per weekend. 

Toyo is also bringing back their extremely lucrative NASA Championships contingency program making up to $10,750 in cash awards available to each NASA class that specifies the use of Toyo Tires. In total, Toyo Tires is making over $300,000 in cash awards available to NASA competitors at our two Championship events in 2017!  

“The Toyo Tires contingency program is the best in the industry” said Jeremy Croiset, NASA’s Director of Business Development.  “Their program allows our competitors the opportunity to stretch their racing dollars further and get more out of their year because of choosing NASA and Toyo Tires. Their contingency program really is second to none in the industry. Toyo continues to demonstrate their commitment to amateur motorsports continually giving back to their customer and we’re proud to have them onboard as the Official Tire of NASA.”

"We continue to enjoy a wonderful relationship with NASA and the fantastic membership that races with them” said Marc Sanzenbacher, Senior Manager of Motorsports at Toyo Tires. “The competitors that choose Toyo as their brand of choice are very important to us and we’re thrilled to be in a position that allows us to give back to every single one of them.” 

These programs are available immediately for NASA competitors to take advantage of and Toyo Tires will retroactively honor any awards submitted for 2017 within the next 30 days. For complete details on the new 2017 Toyo Tires Contingency Program, please visit https://www.nasaproracing.com/contingencies.






Details on the NASA 2017 MAZDA Motorsports Contingency Program

Published on January 10, 2017 22:57

NAPA VALLEY, CA (January 10, 2017) – The National Auto Sport Association (NASA) is pleased to announce the 2017 Mazda Motorsports Contingency Program for NASA competitors in 2017. This newly revised program will provide fantastic cash awards to NASA racers competing in Rally Sport, 25 Hours of Thunderhill, Regional Champions, Western Endurance Racing Championships (WERC) and at both NASA Championships events. 

Mazda made many Adjustments for the 2017 Season Based on Customer Feedback they collected. 


In an effort to continuously improve, we surveyed and spoke with our customers to learn what adjustments we could make to provide more value to them as a whole. The overwhelming feedback was to pay deeper into the field and to better reward those who beat more competitors.

Here is a highlight of some of the program improvements:


•    For 2017, Mazda will often pay for fourth place finishes and sometimes as deep as fifth.


•    To earn full contingency, our racers will have to beat four competitors, among other requirements (e.g., Mazda 22” decals have replaced the MAZDASPEED 26” decals).


•    Based on paying deeper (i.e. paying more competitors and many more total submissions) along with other Mazda requirements, we need to receive the contingency documents timely (within 45 days of the race).


With many adjustments to the contingency program, our racers will need to closely read the document (first PDF link below). You’re encouraged to call our competition parts department (800-435-2508) for any questions you have before your season begins.

 

Spec Miata competitors are eligible for up to $3,350 in cash awards for regional championship and a $250 bonus if they competed in either NASA Championships.  Mazda is awarding up to $6,600 in cash awards for the top 5 finishes in their respective championship races. To sweeten the pot even further, Mazda Motorsports will offer Time Trial competitors at both Western and Eastern Championships a chance to win up to $1000 for the top 3!

The contingency program is available beginning immediately to all NASA competitors in these respective classes at each NASA event. For complete information on the contingency program, please visit 2017 Mazda Contingency Awards Program






NASA Announces Details for the 2017 NASA Championships Presented by Toyo Tires

Published on January 06, 2017 03:47

NASA Announces Details for the 2017 NASA Championships Presented by Toyo Tires

Napa Valley, CA (January 5,2017) - The National Auto Sport Association (NASA) is pleased to announce that the 2017 NASA Western States Championships presented by Toyo Tires will take place at the challenging Northern California circuit, Thunderhill Raceway Park on October 5-8, 2017. NASA competitors from all over the western half of the country will converge on this competitor favorite situated in Willows, California, to challenge for top step on the podium to claim a NASA Championship. Thumb thunderhill


Turning our attention toward the East, the 2017 NASA Eastern States Championships presented by Toyo Tires will move to the fantastic Sebring International Raceway Circuit. The historic circuit located in beautiful Sebring, Florida has played host to many of the world’s greatest motor races and on October 19 through 22, NASA competitors will battle it out to see who earns their place in NASA history.Thumb seabring


“We are really excited about the 2017 Championship schedule,” said Jeremy Croiset, NASA Director of Business Development. “These two tracks will provide NASA competitors with a challenging backdrop to decide who reigns supreme in 2017! Ideally situated to provide the best weather possible for the events, we expect full fields of NASA competitors at our two marque events.” 

2017 will mark the 26th anniversary for NASA and the 12th anniversary for our NASA Championship events. We expect to welcome over 600 competitors to our Championship events in 2017 providing competitors with the same fantastic benefits they have come to expect from the event. From the famous trackside gatherings and wonderfully lucrative contingency programs to the extremely competitive racing, the NASA Championships has truly become “the” place to race.

Look for additional announcements regarding the 2017 NASA Championship events in the future.







Ike Talks Race Cars With John Lindsey

Published on December 08, 2016 01:08

Ike talks race cars with John Lindsey, General Counsel of NASA Pro Racing. They talk about how John got into cars long before he was licensed, his car history, how he got started in racing, losing his rookie stripes, and taking a shower in cheap beer. John tells us about helping to start the USC Car Club,  running the only autocross ever held at the LA Colisseum, and hooning in the streets during the LA riots when the police had more pressing issues. John then got involved with NASA, and talks about how his start in southern California turned into national involvement, why to choose NASA over competitors such as SCCA, and how NASA goes out of their way to make newcomers welcome with events such as Hyperfest. John has also volunteered at rallies, pinch hitting as heavy sweep in a rental – an experience I’m quite familiar with. He also tells us about the hilarious Irish rally drivers we have on the east coast, which I can also confirm is absolutely true. Finally, we hear about his favorite events, NASA and otherwise, the joyts of how-to DIY internet videos for the most obscure things, comparing notes on eating KFC with a spork, and how the National Auto Sport Association almost had to change their name because of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

Listen here: https://www.podomatic.com/podcasts/untitledcarshow/episodes/2016-12-06T22_34_30-08_00.

Listen on Itunes: 
https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/untitled-car-shows-podcast/id806574884?mt=2&i=378679593 

Link to article: http://www.rightfootdown.com/untitledcarshow/john-lindsey-nasa-pro-racing/











Flying Lizard Audi Wins NASA 25 Hours of Thunderhill presented by Hawk Performance

Published on December 07, 2016 04:23

Flying Lizard Audi Wins NASA 25 Hours of Thunderhill presented by Hawk Performance

Ryno Ginetta second

WILLOWS, Calif., (Dec. 4, 2016) - The 14th edition of the NASA 25 Hours of Thunderhill presented by Hawk Performance has been won for the second year in a row by the No. 45 Flying Lizard Audi R8.   

In a dramatic late race twist the dominate No. 57 Ginetta of Ryno Racing came to the pits with a right rear suspension problem at 9:15 a.m. (21+ hours into the race of which it led to that point). The No. 45 Audi R8, run by the Flying Lizard team, lurked in the top three all race just waiting for the 57 to have a problem. It was time for the defending race champions to take the overall lead. Darren Law was behind the wheel of the 45 when he took the lead with three hours remaining. It was not clear sailing from that point. NASA officials parked the 45 for 15-minutes at 10:20 a.m. for on track contact. The deficit to the second place 57 Ginetta was just six laps at the checkered flag.
The 45 Audi R8 with Toyo Tires was driven by Darren Law, Mike Hedlund, Johannes van Overbeek and Dion von Moltke and covered 751 laps, approximately 2,103-miles.

"Two in a row," exclaimed Darren Law. "We had some adversity this weekend. I didn't think we would have gotten the prototype, but they had problems this morning and it worked out. We had that late penalty this morning. We had enough of a lead that it really didn't matter, but it was an anxious moment. The car ran flawlessly, the Toyo Tires were great and the crew was right on all day. Everything came together. It was also nice to bookend the overall podium with our No. 74 Porsche coming in third place. Unbelievable!"

The No. 57 Ryno Racing Ginetta was able to hold on and take second overall and first in the ESR Class. The 57 was driven by Ryan Carpenter, Colin Braun, Parker Chase, Bryan Herta and Colton Herta. The team covered 745 laps.

"It's a great day for us," Braun said. "The Ryno Racing guys did great all day. We had a stub axle break on the right rear of both cars this morning. Other than that we ran flawless for the whole race, just tires, gas, oil and a fresh driver. All of the drivers did a great job staying out of trouble. That is the cruelness of this sport. You have to have all of the pieces together. We just didn't have everything locked down. Both parts broke within 20-minutes of each other. We showed we had a superfast car. The Ginetta guys build a solid car. We showed it can go 25 hours of grueling racing. An impressive testament to the team and the car maker."

The E0 Class was won by the pole sitting No. 11 Nissan 350Z of Valkyrie Autosport. The car was driven by Andy Lee, Brian Lock, Anan Sharma and Giles Powell and covered 677 laps.

"It went basically according to plan, except for one thing," Brian Lock said. "We busted a seal in the steering rack around midnight. After leading pretty solidly for the first half of the race the doubts started to creep in. Was the part going to hold out? We were waiting for a catastrophic failure, but it never happened. We must have pumped 10-quarts of oil through that thing. The 350Z is bullet-proof. For our first 25 hour win we are just ecstatic."

In E1 it was the No. 95 BMW of Grip Racing that pulled off the win over the No. 46 BMW of Art Racing that finished on the same lap. Drivers Mason Filippi, Chuck Hurley, Mark Drennan, Eric Sidebotham and Andrew Newell covered 677 laps.

"It is awesome," Andrew Newell said. "This is my eighth year running the 25. I have placed before, but this is my first win. Everyone seemed to race me really clean. At the end it came down to us and the No. 46 car. We both had to pit with 10-minutes remaining for a splash and go. We were running out of gas with two laps to go, but brought it home. The car ran like a top all race."

The No. 29 BMW of KD Motorsports came home as the E2 Class winner covering 645 laps. The 29 was driven by Matt Lowell, Corey Peters and Kevin Doyle.

"Nothing went wrong, just flawless," Kevin Doyle said. "The car held together. All three drivers ran clean the entire 25 hours. Our biggest issue was we had to change front brake pads. We planned for it and we made a nice clean stop to     change the pads and other than gas and oil that was it."

The No. 38 Mazda Miata of RA Motorsports won the E3 Class for the second year in a row covering 604 laps. The Miata was driven by Ron Gaymon, Ray Meister, Duke Zander and Todd Tagget.

"It's amazing," Ray Meister said.  "It was totally unexpected. If you stay on the track and the car holds up it will work out. We really didn't expect to win. With this car we had no real drama all race. That was our secret. Our 40 team had some drama, but we ran a nice clean race with no mechanical issues."

In the ENP Class the No. 71 Diamond Level Motorsports NASA elan NP01 Prototype powered by Mazda won the class and was sixth overall covering 701 laps. The prototype was driven by Jeremy Croiset, Thomas Woods, Aaron Meyer, Jason Ricker and Jaime Florence.

"Wow," Jeremy Croiset said. "I am almost speechless. The NASA elan Prototype NP01 powered by Mazda ran flawlessly. For me personally this is a total vindication of the program. I knew this car was capable of what we achieved today. We had zero mechanical issues. Not a single complication the entire 25 hours. If that isn't a seal of approval on the NASA prototype project I don't what is. We finished the most grueling race in the world without a single mechanical flaw. A huge thanks to Toyo Tires, Vet Sports, Bylight, Fisher House and of course Diamond Level Motorsports who prepared the car. It was an amazing effort. A massive thanks to everyone at Elan Motorsports."

Professional drivers listed on the entry include: Bryan Herta, Colton Herta, Ryan Eversley, Al Unser Jr., Sean Rayhall, Dion von Moltke, Colin Braun, Johannes van Overbeek, Darren Law, Tommy Sadler, Darren Law, Tyler McQuarrie, Kelly Collins and Taz Harvey with more expected.

Final results can be viewed at: http://timingscoring.drivenasa.com/NASA_California-Northern_Region/2016%2025%20Hours%20of%20Thunderhill/25%20Hrs%20Final%20Results.pdf

More information can be found on the NASA 25 Hours of Thunderhill website, http://nasa25hour.com/.

Media guide can be found at https://nasa25hour.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/Thunderhill-Media-Guide-2016.pdf

Teams, cars and classes, https://nasa25hour.com/2016-teams-cars-and-classes/

Driver line-up, https://nasa25hour.com/2016-driver-line-up/

For additional information, please contact NASA Championships Media Director, Kyle Chura at kyle@kcapr.com or (248) 821-0468.  More detail can be found at nasaproracing.com or nasachampionships.com.





About Hawk Performance
Hawk Performance is a leading supplier of severe duty and high-performance friction products manufactured in ISO-certified facilities for the motorsports and performance automotive aftermarket. Hawk Performance products are engineered to allow users to control, command, and conquer the terrain for which their vehicles are designed. Decades of experience in developing friction materials for aerospace, industrial, military, automotive and motorsports applications give Hawk Performance an advantage over the competition. In the past decade, Hawk Performance friction products have won more motorsports championships than any other friction manufacturer. More information at www.hawkperformance.com.
About NASA
The National Auto Sport Association (NASA) was formed in 1991 with the premise of delivering high-quality motorsports events to enthusiasts at major racing venues throughout the nation. NASA has created programs that allow owners of both 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.
 
NASA Membership
NASA members are entitled to enter and participate in any NASA event across the country, and membership includes an array of benefits, including vendor discounts and a subscription to the organizations online newsletter the NASA Speed News. Members will also receive a colorful membership hard card that will identify them as part of the organization and a welcome packet that includes more information on the many benefits and programs available to NASA members. While participating at events, all NASA members are covered by an extensive insurance policy, which includes General Liability, Accidental Death and Dismemberment, and Excess Medical coverage. Best of all, membership is only $45. Refer to www.nasaproracing.com for member information.

NASA Thanks Our Partners
NASA would like to thank its National sponsors for their continued support:  Toyo Tires, Mazda, Hawk Performance, Winding Road Racing, Millers Oils, and GoPro.  We also want to thank MAZDASPEED, Honda Performance Development (HPD), Nissan, and Ford Motor Company for supporting our members.  We greatly appreciate those companies that offer our racers contingency support, including Toyo Tires, AIM Sports, AST Suspension, BFGoodrich, Ford Racing, Maxxis Tires, Traqmate, Hawk Performance, Honda Performance Development (HPD), Hoosier Racing Tire, Injector Pulse, MAZDASPEED, Nissan, Frozen Rotors, Rossini Race Engines, Spec Clutches, Sampson Racing Communications, Winding Road Racing, and Yokohama.  NASA competitors can also get discounts from Millers Oils, Mazda, Honda Performance Development, FR.Sport, Jongbloed Racing Wheels, Promotive, Racing Fire Systems, Ford Performance Racing School, Tire Stickers, Fuel Safe, Avis, Konig, Winding Road Racing.
 
NASA at a Glance
* 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.
 
* NASA has over 14,000 members in 15 regions.
 
* Key events include the Eastern States Championships at Watkins Glen International Sept. 23-25;  NASA Western States Championships at Buttonwillow Raceway Park, Oct. 13-16, 2016 and the season culminating NASA 25 Hours of Thunderhill, Dec. 3-4 presented by Hawk Performance.
 
* The NASA National Championships will run 31 race classes and nine Time-Trial classes during the event.
 
* NASA runs over 150 events each year encompassing over 250 races, including the association's Rally Sport and Time-Trial program.
 
* Manufacturer partners include MAZDASPEED, Honda Performance Development (HPD), Nissan and Ford Racing.
 
* NASA Management: Jerry Kunzman, Executive Director; Ryan Flaherty, National Chairman; Jeremy Croiset, Director of Business Development; Dave Ho, Business Operations Manager.
 
Follow NASA
Internet:         nasaproracing.com
Facebook:     National Auto Sport Association
Twitter:          nasaproracing
Instagram:     nasaracing


NASA 25 Hours of Thunderhill presented by Hawk Performance at 20 Hours

Published on December 04, 2016 17:56

NASA 25 Hours of Thunderhill presented by Hawk Performance at 20 Hours

Ryno Ginettaleads with five to go

NAPA VALLEY, Calif., (Dec. 3, 2016) - The 14th edition of the NASA 25 Hours of Thunderhill presented by Hawk Performance has five hours remaining and the pole sitting No. 57 Ryno Racing Ginetta still heads the field. 

As the sun begins to rise over the 2.8-mile, 15-turn Thunderhill Raceway circuit the field is still full with 58 of 62 starters still running.  The No. 57 Ryno Racing Ginetta remains the overall leader. In hot pursuit is the No. 45 Audi R8 of the 2015 overall winning Flying Lizard team. IndyCar team owner Bryan Herta likes the way the Ginetta is running and the way the team is working. The 57 has covered 625 laps so far in the race.

"I am knocking the rust off after being out of a race car for a few years," Herta said. "The car is running great. We have cycled all of the drivers through from both cars. My son Colton has driven both cars a lot and he looks fresh, oh to be 16 again. We are waiting for the sun to come up and see what the last five hours brings to the finish. Hopefully we can keep it together to the checker."

The No. 45 Flying Lizard Audi R8 remains just seven laps down to the faster Ginetta and leads the ES Class. Faster competition at the 25 is no stranger to the team. They rely on consistency from the drivers and excellent pit work and strategy to stay at the front.

"The Toyo Audi is running great," driver, Darren Law said. "We are just focusing on clean pit stops and keeping the car on the track. The 57 car is fast and so far has held up. We don't have the pace to go and race them, we just have to hope they have a problem. We are running our program and the car is great on the Toyo tires."

The E0 pole sitter No. 11 Nissan 350Z leads the class.

"We have a few issues with the Nissan 350Z right now," driver, Andy Lee said. "My last stint was about maintaining. I couldn't push as hard as I wanted to. We are having some power steering problems, so not on the pace we would like. I had some contact with one of the Radicals coming inside of me into Turn 14 and we made contact. It didn't seem major, other than I had a flat tire." 

In E1 the No. 95 BMW of Grip Racing leads.

"The drivers have been keeping themselves out of trouble," crew chief, Brian Marsteller said. "We just want to keep it out of the pits and doing laps. That is kind of our motto, it has worked for us in the past. We are just going to keep on truckin' along. The drivers are keeping the car out of trouble. There have been a few scary moments, but all of the drivers talked and agreed to keep themselves out of trouble. You can't win it in the first 24 hours, but you certainly can lose it."

The No. 29 BMW of KD Motorsports leads the E2 Class.

"The race is going pretty smooth so far," crew chief, Andrew Wymore said. "We are maintaining our strategy of staying out the pits and keeping everyone calm and focused. We are a pit stop ahead of second place, so we are about a lap and half up on them. We really haven't had any big drama, just some light contact. The suns up and we are all happy and ready to go."

The No. 38 Mazda Miata of RAM Motorsports leads the E3 Class.

"The race is going pretty good and I am having a good time," driver, Ward Rose said.  "We are anxious for sun rise as our headlights have dimmed a little. I had some side-to-side contact with one guy during my stint, he deserved it. The 38 Miata is running great. We are not the fastest in our class, I got passed by a few cars in our category, but they are probably having more problems than we are at the moment."

In the ENP Class the No. 71 Diamond Level Motorsports NASA elan NP01 Prototype powered by Mazda continues to lead the class and running in the top six overall.

"We are looking forward to the sun coming here in a few minutes," driver, Jeremy Croiset said. "The team put me out in the NASA elan Prototype NP01 powered by Mazda for a double stint during the night. I was able to turn some quick laps and show the pace of this great car. This is really a proving ground for this great little platform. I was able to turn the fastest lap of our race in that stint at like 4 a.m. We are plugging away in hopes of an overall podium." 

Professional drivers listed on the entry include: Bryan Herta, Colton Herta, Ryan Eversley, Al Unser Jr., Sean Rayhall, Dion von Moltke, Colin Braun, Johannes van Overbeek, Darren Law, Tommy Sadler, Darren Law, Tyler McQuarrie, Kelly Collins and Taz Harvey with more expected.

More information can be found on the NASA 25 Hours of Thunderhill website, http://nasa25hour.com/.

Live race timing, https://racehero.io/orgs/nasa-norcal

Media guide can be found at https://nasa25hour.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/Thunderhill-Media-Guide-2016.pdf 

Teams, cars and classes, https://nasa25hour.com/2016-teams-cars-and-classes/ 

Driver line-up, https://nasa25hour.com/2016-driver-line-up/ 

For additional information, please contact NASA Championships Media Director, Kyle Chura at kyle@kcapr.com or (248) 821-0468.  More detail can be found at nasaproracing.com or nasachampionships.com.




About Hawk Performance
Hawk Performance is a leading supplier of severe duty and high-performance friction products manufactured in ISO-certified facilities for the motorsports and performance automotive aftermarket. Hawk Performance products are engineered to allow users to control, command, and conquer the terrain for which their vehicles are designed. Decades of experience in developing friction materials for aerospace, industrial, military, automotive and motorsports applications give Hawk Performance an advantage over the competition. In the past decade, Hawk Performance friction products have won more motorsports championships than any other friction manufacturer. More information at www.hawkperformance.com.
About NASA
The National Auto Sport Association (NASA) was formed in 1991 with the premise of delivering high-quality motorsports events to enthusiasts at major racing venues throughout the nation. NASA has created programs that allow owners of both 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.
 
NASA Membership
NASA members are entitled to enter and participate in any NASA event across the country, and membership includes an array of benefits, including vendor discounts and a subscription to the organizations online newsletter the NASA Speed News. Members will also receive a colorful membership hard card that will identify them as part of the organization and a welcome packet that includes more information on the many benefits and programs available to NASA members. While participating at events, all NASA members are covered by an extensive insurance policy, which includes General Liability, Accidental Death and Dismemberment, and Excess Medical coverage. Best of all, membership is only $45. Refer to www.nasaproracing.com for member information.

NASA Thanks Our Partners
NASA would like to thank its National sponsors for their continued support:  Toyo Tires, Mazda, Hawk Performance, Winding Road Racing, Millers Oils, and GoPro.  We also want to thank MAZDASPEED, Honda Performance Development (HPD), Nissan, and Ford Motor Company for supporting our members.  We greatly appreciate those companies that offer our racers contingency support, including Toyo Tires, AIM Sports, AST Suspension, BFGoodrich, Ford Racing, Maxxis Tires, Traqmate, Hawk Performance, Honda Performance Development (HPD), Hoosier Racing Tire, Injector Pulse, MAZDASPEED, Nissan, Frozen Rotors, Rossini Race Engines, Spec Clutches, Sampson Racing Communications, Winding Road Racing, and Yokohama.  NASA competitors can also get discounts from Millers Oils, Mazda, Honda Performance Development, FR.Sport, Jongbloed Racing Wheels, Promotive, Racing Fire Systems, Ford Performance Racing School, Tire Stickers, Fuel Safe, Avis, Konig, Winding Road Racing.
 
NASA at a Glance
* 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.
 
* NASA has over 14,000 members in 15 regions.
 
* Key events include the Eastern States Championships at Watkins Glen International Sept. 23-25;  NASA Western States Championships at Buttonwillow Raceway Park, Oct. 13-16, 2016 and the season culminating NASA 25 Hours of Thunderhill, Dec. 3-4 presented by Hawk Performance.
 
* The NASA National Championships will run 31 race classes and nine Time-Trial classes during the event.
 
* NASA runs over 150 events each year encompassing over 250 races, including the association's Rally Sport and Time-Trial program.
 
* Manufacturer partners include MAZDASPEED, Honda Performance Development (HPD), Nissan and Ford Racing.
 
* NASA Management: Jerry Kunzman, Executive Director; Ryan Flaherty, National Chairman; Jeremy Croiset, Director of Business Development; Dave Ho, Business Operations Manager.
 
Follow NASA
Internet:         nasaproracing.com
Facebook:     National Auto Sport Association
Twitter:          nasaproracing
Instagram:     nasaracing


NASA 25 Hours of Thunderhill presented by Hawk Performance is Ready for Green on Saturday

Published on December 01, 2016 21:12

NASA 25 Hours of Thunderhill presented by Hawk Performance is Ready for Green on Saturday

Mazda dealers, van Overbeek for five, Grip Racing and NP01 with veterans

NAPA VALLEY, Calif., (Dec. 1, 2016) - The 14th edition of the NASA 25 Hours of Thunderhill presented by Hawk Performance is ready to take the green flag for twice-around-the-clock plus one-hour of racing December 3-4.

Robert Davis, Senior Vice-President, Mazda North American Operations (MNAO), said, "No one visits Thunderhill in December for the weather. This race separates the racers from the posers. It is 25 hours of decision making behind the wheel and behind pit wall. We started this four years ago as a fun factory guy versus dealer challenge, and now it has evolved into an amazing team effort with some of our greatest ambassadors, testing our latest production-based racecars, with Mazda employees behind the pit wall. We're pleased to have Scott Clark, the COO from Michelin, joining us this year, further supporting the long and deep Mazda Michelin/BFG relationship. The goal this weekend is to go fast, have fun, and not freeze to death."

The Thunderhill team will consist of three Mazda MX-5 Cup racecars, the exact cars that debuted at Thunderhill last year. 

The Mazda driver line-up is as follows: Taz Harvey, Dublin Mazda (Dublin, Calif.); Richard Fisher, Autobarn Mazda (Chicago, Ill.); Spencer Brockman, Mazda of Milford (Milford, Mass.); Michael Brockman, Mazda of Milford (Milford, Mass.); Mark Abouzeid, Chico Mazda (Chico, Calif.); Ben Robertaccio, Morrie's Mazda (Minnetonka, Minn.); CJ Wilson, CJ Wilson Mazda (Chicago, Ill.); Camden Jones, Velocity Mazda (Tyler, Texas); Tom Bogar, Autex Mazda (Keene, N.H.); Scott Clark, Michelin/BFG; Liam Dwyer and Stevan McAleer of the Freedom Autosport racing team.

Johannes van Overbeek has won the 25 overall four times. Normally you would find him in the ESM Prototype racing at Daytona, Sebring, Le Mans or Fuji. He will be competing in the No. 45 Flying Lizard Audi R8 with teammates Darren Law, Dion von Moltke and Mike Hedlund.

"The 25 hour is a throwback race which makes it unique," van Overbeek said. "For anyone who has worked their way up the racing ladder, as I did, the 25 Hour is a great reminder of the passion, competition and dedication at the club level. I've been lucky to win the race four times overall and I'll be striving for my fifth, which nobody has ever accomplished. The task will be made easier by working with Flying Lizard, Toyo Tires and Audi. The 25 hour is really a race against yourself. You make thousands of passes, mostly at night and in all kinds of weather. No matter how fast your car is, if you make one mistake you're finished. Every year I've won the race, save one, our car didn't have a mark on it. As the saying goes, 'clean cars win races.' Having said that, there are some quick drivers and prototype class cars that will be crewed by pros. This year might be the most competitive year yet. I can't wait to get to work with Darren, Dion and Mike."

The 2015 E1 Class champions Grip Racing are coming back with two BMW's. Team owner Jason Vein takes a unique approach to filing the seats in his BMWs by inviting competitors that he competes against the rest of the year to drive his cars at the 25.

"For the 25 we team up and work together with drivers we normally compete against," said Jason Vein, team owner. "We learn from each other, so we can all be stronger during the race and the next season. We have a great group of drivers including: Chuck Hurley, Andrew Newell, Mason Filippi, Eric Sidebotham, Mark Drennan, C. Jason Vein, Bruce Trenery, Andrew Wait, Dean Mansour, Andrei Kisel and Jeff McGunniss. Completing the race with as little time on pit lane as we can is always the goal. Racing the clock for as many laps as we can get. There are a lot of great teams in the class and we look forward to giving it all we can. We are replacing most of the moving parts on the car so it is as fresh as we can get it so we are ready for this weekend."

Coming off ts first full year of competition, the NASA Prototype élan NP01with Mazda power is coming full circle. Last year the car raced by NASA's own Jeremy Croiset, won its class at the NASA 25 Hours of Thunderhill. The new team is making a special veteran's racing effort this year. A number of the crew will be made up of veterans that will come together for the first time to work as a team toward the overall goal of tackling this grueling race.

"The car has received a few upgrades since last year," Croiset said. "We have upgraded uprights, rear lower wishbones, a stronger front splitter and upgraded axles. The car now has a full season of hard racing under its belt and we learned a ton of tremendously valuable information in last year's NASA 25. Driving this year will be Jason Ricker, Tomas Woods, Aaron Meyer, Jaime Florence, and myself. First goal is finishing the race. You can't do anything in this event without finishing. We want to win the NASA Prototype class, but would also love to shoot for an overall podium. The competition is really stout this year and they will make it tough for us."

"My Toyo Tires NASA Prototype élan NP01 is being stabled under Diamond Level Motorsports who has prepped and will manage the car for the race," Croiset continued. "Something special one of our drivers is spearheading this year revolves around a veteran's initiative. Tom Woods is a veteran himself that also works with veterans returning from combat. The ideal is to promote healing and rehabilitation through teamwork and there isn't a better race in the world to use as a backdrop."
Professional drivers listed on the entry include: Bryan Herta, Colton Herta, Ryan Eversley, Al Unser Jr., Sean Rayhall, Dion von Moltke, Colin Braun, Johannes van Overbeek, Darren Law, Tommy Sadler, Darren Law, Tyler McQuarrie, Kelly Collins and Taz Harvey with more expected.

More information can be found on the NASA 25 Hours of Thunderhill website, http://nasa25hour.com/.




For additional information, please contact NASA Championships Media Director, Kyle Chura at kyle@kcapr.com or (248) 821-0468.  More detail can be found at nasaproracing.com or nasachampionships.com.




About Hawk Performance
Hawk Performance is a leading supplier of severe duty and high-performance friction products manufactured in ISO-certified facilities for the motorsports and performance automotive aftermarket. Hawk Performance products are engineered to allow users to control, command, and conquer the terrain for which their vehicles are designed. Decades of experience in developing friction materials for aerospace, industrial, military, automotive and motorsports applications give Hawk Performance an advantage over the competition. In the past decade, Hawk Performance friction products have won more motorsports championships than any other friction manufacturer. More information at www.hawkperformance.com.
About NASA
The National Auto Sport Association (NASA) was formed in 1991 with the premise of delivering high-quality motorsports events to enthusiasts at major racing venues throughout the nation. NASA has created programs that allow owners of both 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.
 
NASA Membership
NASA members are entitled to enter and participate in any NASA event across the country, and membership includes an array of benefits, including vendor discounts and a subscription to the organizations online newsletter the NASA Speed News. Members will also receive a colorful membership hard card that will identify them as part of the organization and a welcome packet that includes more information on the many benefits and programs available to NASA members. While participating at events, all NASA members are covered by an extensive insurance policy, which includes General Liability, Accidental Death and Dismemberment, and Excess Medical coverage. Best of all, membership is only $45. Refer to www.nasaproracing.com for member information.

NASA Thanks Our Partners
NASA would like to thank its National sponsors for their continued support:  Toyo Tires, Mazda, Hawk Performance, Winding Road Racing, Millers Oils, and GoPro.  We also want to thank MAZDASPEED, Honda Performance Development (HPD), Nissan, and Ford Motor Company for supporting our members.  We greatly appreciate those companies that offer our racers contingency support, including Toyo Tires, AIM Sports, AST Suspension, BFGoodrich, Ford Racing, Maxxis Tires, Traqmate, Hawk Performance, Honda Performance Development (HPD), Hoosier Racing Tire, Injector Pulse, MAZDASPEED, Nissan, Frozen Rotors, Rossini Race Engines, Spec Clutches, Sampson Racing Communications, Winding Road Racing, and Yokohama.  NASA competitors can also get discounts from Millers Oils, Mazda, Honda Performance Development, FR.Sport, Jongbloed Racing Wheels, Promotive, Racing Fire Systems, Ford Performance Racing School, Tire Stickers, Fuel Safe, Avis, Konig, Winding Road Racing.
 
NASA at a Glance
* 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.
 
* NASA has over 14,000 members in 15 regions.
 
* Key events include the Eastern States Championships at Watkins Glen International Sept. 23-25;  NASA Western States Championships at Buttonwillow Raceway Park, Oct. 13-16, 2016 and the season culminating NASA 25 Hours of Thunderhill, Dec. 3-4 presented by Hawk Performance.
 
* The NASA National Championships will run 31 race classes and nine Time-Trial classes during the event.
 
* NASA runs over 150 events each year encompassing over 250 races, including the association's Rally Sport and Time-Trial program.
 
* Manufacturer partners include MAZDASPEED, Honda Performance Development (HPD), Nissan and Ford Racing.
 
* NASA Management: Jerry Kunzman, Executive Director; Ryan Flaherty, National Chairman; Jeremy Croiset, Director of Business Development; Dave Ho, Business Operations Manager.
 
Follow NASA
Internet:         nasaproracing.com
Facebook:     National Auto Sport Association
Twitter:          nasaproracing
Instagram:     nasaracing


NASA 25 Hours of Thunderhill presented by Hawk Performance Getting Lamborghini, Honda and Wolf

Published on November 23, 2016 18:08

NASA 25 Hours of Thunderhill presented by Hawk Performance Getting Lamborghini, Honda and Wolf

Foust, Miller, Eversley in the field

NAPA VALLEY, Calif., (Nov. 23, 2016) - The 14th edition of the NASA 25 Hours of Thunderhill presented by Hawk Performance is shaping up to be the most competitive ever. The twice-around-the-clock plus one-hour race to run December 3-4.

The NASA 25 Hours of Thunderhill presented by Hawk Performance is getting heavy entries at the sharp end the grid.   

Drifting and IMSA competitor Tyler McQuarrie is anchoring a strong line-up drivers that will be running a new Lamborghini Gallardo. McQuarrie is being joined by Le Mans and IMSA driver Marc Miller as well as drifting and rallycross ace Tanner Foust along with accomplished sports car drivers Tom Dyer and Pat O'Keefe.

"Every year the competition gets stronger and stronger, but this year seems to be even more so," McQuarrie said. "I think the Lamborghini will be very competitive especially since it is all wheel drive. We typically see some wet conditions during this race and that will put us at a huge advantage. I think our main competition will be the Flying Lizard Audi R8. They have a great car, drivers, and team. We can't make any mistakes if we want a shot at them. I love the 25 because it is a complete team effort. The track is dark at night, weather is typically very bad, tons of traffic on track, so it is a true test for the entire team. Simply just finishing is a massive accomplishment, but we are going there to get the win!"

Team Honda Research is coming back to the 25, this year with two turbo charged Honda Civics. This is the first year for turbo engines in the Civic and the all Honda associate team is looking forward seeing how the cars will perform under the rigors of a day and an hour of racing.

"We are running two newly built 2016 Honda Civic Coupes," John Whiteman, race strategist and team co-manager said. "Because the Civics were developed in North America, they are truly an example of our mantra 'we race what we develop and develop what we race.' We have 10 drivers currently assigned to drive, five per car.  All drivers are Honda associates from the U.S. and Canada.  They driver lineup is Matt Staal, Lawrence Hwang, Derek Ferretti, Scot Nicol, Sage Marie, Mike Tsay, Doug Chan, Calvin Tam, Chad Gilsinger and, Brian Shanfeld."

"This is the first year for OEM turbo charged engines in the Honda Civic," he continued. "As such, we have had to learn about the new engines in terms of race conditions durability and how to optimize fuel economy versus performance. Team Honda Research is a 100% Honda Associate team that is the official race team of Honda R&D Americas, Inc.  The team is supported by Honda Performance Development and American Honda Motor Co, Inc.  While the race cars, transporters and equipment is owned by Honda all the associate hours for building and racing the cars is entirely voluntary and unpaid." 

Sports car ace Ryan Eversley will be in the JFC Racing MJ-V8 Wolf with teammates Al Unser Jr., Mike Jackson and Todd Harris.

"The Wolf is an extremely capable machine," Eversley said. "The amount of aero generated from the massive wings and also the tunnels under the car makes it incredibly fun to drive. We were one of the fastest cars entered last year and now we'll have twice the power and more aero so I'm excited to see what it can do!  There are some very strong cars entered and if I had to choose I'd say that the Flying Lizard Audi will be tough to beat. We'll have the pace, but they've got the proven reliability. There's a few other prototypes entered as well that could be considered favorites as well. Ryno Racing, etc. Should be fun as usual!"

Eversley likes the back to basics racing that the 25 provides.

"I enjoy the 25 hour because it's an event that's more about the experience and less about the modern day racing politics," he continued. "You don't hear about driver rankings or B.O.P. (Balance of Performance). You hear about race car drivers in race cars, racing and it's just a ton of fun. Prototypes with Indy 500 winners share the track with Spec Miata drivers that have rookies driving them. What's not to love?"

Professional drivers listed on the entry include: Bryan Herta, Colton Herta, Ryan Eversley, Al Unser Jr., Kyle Marcelli, Dion von Moltke, Colin Braun, Johannes van Overbeek, Darren Law, Sean Rayhall, Tyler McQuarrie, Kelly Collins, Taz Harvey with more expected.

More information can be found on the NASA 25 Hours of Thunderhill web site http://nasa25hour.com/.

For additional information, or for editorial and electronic media wishing to cover the 25 please contact NASA Championships Media Director, Kyle Chura at kyle@kcapr.com or (248) 821-0468.  More detail can be found at nasaproracing.com or nasachampionships.com.





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The National Auto Sport Association (NASA) was formed in 1991 with the premise of delivering high-quality motorsports events to enthusiasts at major racing venues throughout the nation. NASA has created programs that allow owners of both 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.
 
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NASA members are entitled to enter and participate in any NASA event across the country, and membership includes an array of benefits, including vendor discounts and a subscription to the organizations online newsletter the NASA Speed News. Members will also receive a colorful membership hard card that will identify them as part of the organization and a welcome packet that includes more information on the many benefits and programs available to NASA members. While participating at events, all NASA members are covered by an extensive insurance policy, which includes General Liability, Accidental Death and Dismemberment, and Excess Medical coverage. Best of all, membership is only $45. Refer to www.nasaproracing.com for member information.

NASA Thanks Our Partners
NASA would like to thank its National sponsors for their continued support:  Toyo Tires, Mazda, Hawk Performance, Winding Road Racing, Millers Oils, and GoPro.  We also want to thank MAZDASPEED, Honda Performance Development (HPD), Nissan, and Ford Motor Company for supporting our members.  We greatly appreciate those companies that offer our racers contingency support, including Toyo Tires, AIM Sports, AST Suspension, BFGoodrich, Ford Racing, Maxxis Tires, Traqmate, Hawk Performance, Honda Performance Development (HPD), Hoosier Racing Tire, Injector Pulse, MAZDASPEED, Nissan, Frozen Rotors, Rossini Race Engines, Spec Clutches, Sampson Racing Communications, Winding Road Racing, and Yokohama.  NASA competitors can also get discounts from Millers Oils, Mazda, Honda Performance Development, FR.Sport, Jongbloed Racing Wheels, Promotive, Racing Fire Systems, Ford Performance Racing School, Tire Stickers, Fuel Safe, Avis, Konig, Winding Road Racing.
 
NASA at a Glance
* 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.
 
* NASA has over 14,000 members in 15 regions.
 
* Key events include the Eastern States Championships at Watkins Glen International Sept. 23-25;  NASA Western States Championships at Buttonwillow Raceway Park, Oct. 13-16, 2016 and the season culminating NASA 25 Hours of Thunderhill, Dec. 3-4 presented by Hawk Performance.
 
* The NASA National Championships will run 31 race classes and nine Time-Trial classes during the event.
 
* NASA runs over 150 events each year encompassing over 250 races, including the association's Rally Sport and Time-Trial program.
 
* Manufacturer partners include MAZDASPEED, Honda Performance Development (HPD), Nissan and Ford Racing.
 
* NASA Management: Jerry Kunzman, Executive Director; Ryan Flaherty, National Chairman; Jeremy Croiset, Director of Business Development; Dave Ho, Business Operations Manager.
 
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