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NASA Prototype Series Champions to be Featured at Performance Racing Industry Trade Show

Published on September 07, 2016 18:04

NAPA VALLEY, CA (September 7, 2016) The National Auto Sport Association (NASA) announced today that the series champions of its Inaugural Pacific Coast and Atlantic Coast NASA Prototype series will be provided the opportunity of showcasing their vehicles during the 29th Annual Performance Racing Industry (PRI) Trade Show. The trade show will be taking place Thursday, Friday and Saturday, December 8–10, 2016, in Indianapolis. PRI 2016 is the centerpiece of Race Industry Week, where dozens of conferences, seminars, training sessions, social gatherings and other special events take place each year, offering unprecedented access and value for motorsports professionals. The PRI Trade Show is attended by motorsports entrepreneurs from all 50 states, and 72 countries.

The NASA Prototype series is a new classification to NASA in 2016, expanding their history of affordable local racing into purpose built prototype style cars. The NASA Prototype series was built around the new Élan NP01 chassis designed from the ground up to be quick and great looking but more importantly, safe, reliable and inexpensive to operate. “Last year for the PRI show, we had the very first NASA Prototype Élan NP01 serial number 000 displayed in the NASA booth. Now, just a year later, we have over two dozen cars delivered to customers,” said Jeremy Croiset, Director of Business Development for NASA. Croiset added, “We look forward to showcasing the winners of our new premiere series and rewarding them for an outstanding inaugural season.”

The 2016 NASA Prototype series consists of two individual championships, the Atlantic Series Championship and the Pacific Series Championship. The Atlantic Championship includes nine points races held over three event weekends. The Pacific Championship includes nine points races held over six event weekends. The premier series races will be the NASA Eastern States Championship at Watkins Glen International Raceway where three of the nine series races will take place and the NASA Western States Championship at Buttonwillow Raceway Park where the main feature Championship race will count as a double points race finish.

For more information on the NASA Prototype Élan NP01 or the series itself, please visit www.NASAPrototype.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.

About the PRI Trade Show

The worldwide racing industry gathers in Indianapolis, December 8 – 10, 2016, for the 29th Annual Performance Racing Industry Trade Show. 1,200 companies will display the latest advances in racing products and race engineering. Engine parts, suspension components, data acquisition, safety gear, new metal alloys and coatings, machining equipment, race electronics—it’s all part of the world’s largest racing trade show. Arriving from 70+ countries and all 50 states, buyers will scour the displays to source the new technology that will be winning races next year. It’s all hardcore racing. No fuzzy dice. No neon windshield wipers. Attendees are pre-qualified and admission is complimentary, but they must all prove they own, manage or are employed by a racing business. Buyers for tens of thousands of racing retail stores, warehouse distribution centers, professional race engine builders, race car production companies, are making 2016 inventory decisions in each exhibit. They represent the all-important distribution pipeline for racing products. In the US alone, there are more than 400,000 racers, the vast majority of whom are at the grassroots level, purchasing products from their local race store or race engine builder.



NASA Eastern States Championships presented by Toyo Tires Heading to The Glen

Published on August 29, 2016 16:56

NASA Eastern States Championships presented by Toyo Tires Heading to The Glen

Watkins Glen full course to host 325+ racers

NAPA VALLEY, Calif. (Aug. 27, 2016) -  The third annual NASA Eastern States Championships presented by Toyo Tires will run at Watkins Glen International September 23-25. The historic circuit is proving to be a racer favorite.

Not only east coast NASA racers, but many from across the country are preparing for the big event at The Glen. The newly repaved 3.4-mile, 11-turn track located in upstate New York will test the more than 325+ NASA racers over three days in September.

Mark Drennan, one the most decorated Spec Miata drivers, is making the cross country trek to compete at Watkins Glen to go for his third NASA crown in the class.

"I've competed in the NASA Championships three times making appearances in 2008, 2014 and 2015 and have won three championships, all of them in 2015 (NASA Eastern Champs, Spec Miata; NASA Western Champs, Spec Miata and one in Spec E46)," Drennan said. "Watkins Glen is an amazing, bucket-list track that perfectly fits my driving style. I raced for the first time at The Glen earlier this year in the MX-5 Cup series where I secured my first professional win. To qualify for the Championships, I raced at my local tracks in the NASA Northern California region at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, Sonoma Raceway and Thunderhill Raceway Park. The competition will be stacked this year with a bunch of super talented drivers in the (so far) 54 car field. My picks to come in second (lol) are Tyler Kicera, Blake Clements, Danny Steyn, Todd Buras, and my favorite old and a very fast driver Tom Fowler."

Another one of those team's traveling across country is California based Davidson Racing. The NASA stalwarts are bringing their BMW Norma to run in Super Unlimited and driven by seasoned pro driver Brian Frisselle.

"I can't wait to race Watkins Glen," Frisselle said. "It is without a doubt one of the best tracks in North America and I think it may be my overall favorite.  I love how many fast corners it has and the overall rhythm of the track. I can't wait to drive it with the new surface because I have heard it is even faster now! The team hasn't confirmed their plans for the 25 yet but if they do decide to run the Norma at the 25 then the track time at the Glen will be even more valuable."

Brian Casella will be running his Acura Integra Type R in the HPD Honda Challenge 2 Class.

"I have come close, but actually never won a NASA championship," Casella said. "In 2007 I was running second at Mid-Ohio to have a brake line rupture with five minutes remaining in the race.  I would like to add a NASA championship to my two regional championships. Racing at Watkins Glen is like driving at the mecca of road racing. The track is the most pure race track I have driven. I have very little time there this year and with the new surface I cannot wait to attend the Championships next month.

Brian will be competing against his brother Robert, adding an extra dimension to the weekend.

"Robert is my brother and we have been racing together now in the same class for five years," he continued. "Competing against him is like adding another level of competition to the race besides the standard podium positions we all strive for. We will do whatever it takes to beat each other even if it is for last place in class. It's all about those family bragging rights."

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.

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

 




About Toyo Tires
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 (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, Will Faules, National Event Manager.
 
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Registration Announcement for NASA 25hrs of Thunderhill - Presented by Hawk Performance

Published on August 16, 2016 20:00

NAPA VALLEY, CA (August 16, 2016) Registration for the longest endurance road race in North America will open on Friday August 19 at 9am PST.  Be part of 14th annual running of the NASA 25hrs of Thunderhill presented by Hawk Performance on December 3-4, 2016.

Will the Flying Lizard Audi sponsored by Toyo Tires be back to defend the title or will we have a new champion for 2016?  If you missed the 2015 NASA 25hrs please check out a documentary entitled “Survive the 25” which originally premiered on the Mav TV network. It chronicles the experiences of 4 race teams competing in the longest endurance race in North America held each December at Thunderhill Raceway Park in Willows, California. You can watch the show in its entirety by going to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xT10whEAuIs .

Sign up for the hardest race you will ever run. Just finishing this race is a victory by itself. The 25hrs will challenge you, teach you, make you better, make your team better, and most of all give you some amazing memories of a unique accomplishment. 

For more information on the 25 Hours of Thunderhill presented by Hawk Performance, please visit www.nasa25hour.com

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.







Breaking News Re: NASA Eastern States Championships presented by Toyo Tires

Published on June 21, 2016 21:51

NAPA VALLEY, CA (June 21, 2016) “Breaking news regarding the NASA Eastern States Championships presented by Toyo Tires:”  On Wednesday June 22, 2016 at noon Eastern Time we will be opening up registration for Garages, RV Parking, Priority Check-In & Earliest Paddock Entry, Electricity Access Pass and Crew Passes. Quantities are limited. Please visit the registration page https://www.nasaproracing.com/events/2377 after noon 6/22 for more information and to sign up for all above before everything sells out!

Also don't forget - if you have not signed up for these Eastern States Championships yet, entry fees are discounted only until August 21!

Garages
A limited number of garages are available for this event and will fit one (1) car each with room to work and space for a reasonable amount of gear. Garages also include adjacent preferred paddock parking. Guarantee an indoor spot in the best part of the paddock!

RV Parking
A limited number of RV spots with power are available for this event. Two locations & sizes are available: upper lot/big rigs only (full size coaches or 35+ foot motorhomes), and lower lot/smaller rigs only (less than 35 foot motorhomes.) RV spots do not include space for cars, trailers, or general paddocking.

Priority Check-In & Earliest Paddock Entry
A limited number of priority entries are available. This means less waiting for credentials and gate entry before anyone else. Do you like to fly first class? Here's your entry option for the event. Get in and get your preferred spot in the paddock. Make sure to also purchase your electricity access pass if you intend to park near a power location.

Electricity Access Pass
Limited number available. Required if you plan to plug into power anywhere in the non-reserved paddock.

Crew Passes
Because this is not a "spectator" event a crew pass is required for all entrants who are not drivers or officials. Two (2) complimentary crew passes are included with each driver's entry.

For more information contact: Jon Felton - jfelton@drivenasa.com



2016 NASA Western States Championship Course Configuration

Published on June 16, 2016 21:02

NAPA, CA (June 16, 2016) - The NASA Championship format has 2 qualifying races, which will set your starting position for the Championship race on Sunday. With this great facility, we have the unique opportunity to give our drivers a variation and additional challenge during this pinnacle event. Thus, Friday qualifying races will feature 2 additional turns as we begin the competition portion of the event with race course configuration #1 that includes the section of track known as “bus stop.” For the subsequent days and Championship finale race, we will switch to the more open race course configuration #25 which will give competitors more passing opportunities in this longer and extremely competitive event. This will likely come as great news to any out of region competitors planning on attending the event because this is not a configuration the usual NASA SoCal competitors typically uses.

 

Course Configuration Schedule

Wednesday Test Day- #1 CCW

Thursday Test Day- # 25 CCW

Friday - #1 CCW

Saturday/ Sunday - #25 CCW

 

Track Maps

Configuration #1

Configuration #25






Survive the 25 is now on YouTube!

Published on June 14, 2016 23:58

NAPA VALLEY, CA (June 14, 2016) – “Survive the 25” is now available online on the NASA YouTube channel. Race fans can get up close and personal as we follow four race teams that competed last December in the 13th running of the National Auto Sport Association’s 25 Hours of Thunderhill , presented by Hawk Performance. The documentary entitled “Survive the 25”, which originally premiered last month on the MavTV network chronicles the experiences of 4 race teams competing in the longest endurance race in North America held each December at Thunderhill Raceway Park in Willows, California. Television viewers got a behind the scenes look at all the action and drama that unfolded at last years 25 Hour event and if you missed the multiple airings last month, have no fear. 




You can now watch the show in its entirety by going to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xT10whEAuIs

 

NASA’s 25 Hours of Thunderhill presented by Hawk Performance has become a staple of endurance racing, drawing top competitors and teams from all around the world. The changing weather, deep field of competitors, and taxing track layout make the event especially exciting for teams, drivers and fans alike. This one race is the equivalent of an entire race season all rolled into one.

 

For more information on the 25 Hours of Thunderhill presented by Hawk Performance, please visit www.nasa25hour.com

 

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.







2016 NASA Championships Spec Z Enhancement Program

Published on June 03, 2016 17:54

NAPA VALLEY, CA (June 3, 2016) NASA (National Auto Sport Association) is pleased to announce an exciting new enhancement to the already generous benefit program being offered by Nissan Motorsports to Spec Z competitors attending the 2016 NASA Championships. In addition to the generous contingency program (available here), the newly announced enhancement program will provide the first 10 registrants at the 2016 NASA Eastern States Championships and the first 10 registrants at the 2016 Western States Championships with a cash benefit totaling half their registration fee up to $500 dollars. Simply be one of the first 10 competitors to register for the Spec Z class at either Championship event by July 1 and start the final race during the event and you’ll be awarded $500 cash following your respective event. This is in addition to the $3,500 cash Nissan Motorsports makes available to Spec Z competitors at the 2016 NASA Championships.  Competitors must provide entry proof and file a claim.  You must also be a registered member of the Nissan Motorsports program prior to the event.

“NASA Spec Z competition is the place to be if you have a 350Z and we want to support those competitors as best we can with a generous awards package,” said Richard Kulach, Nissan North America, Motorsports Manager “We look forward to seeing great fields of Spec Z cars at the two premier NASA Championships events this season and to the continued growth of the class. We’re honored to be able to continue our support of it.”

“Nissan is making available a fantastic awards program for our Spec Z competitors in 2016,” said Jeremy Croiset, NASA Director of Business Development. “Having campaigned a Spec Z myself early on in the series development, I know first hand how great of a class this is and believe the Spec Z competitors will benefit greatly from this new offering from Nissan Motorsports.”

For complete details on the newly announced program or the Spec Z class in general, please visit the NASA Contingency "Prize Money" page.





New Speed News Site Launched - nasaspeed.news

Published on May 04, 2016 22:58

Napa Valley, CA (May 4, 2016) The National Auto Sport Association (NASA) is pleased to present its membership with a brand new format to browse through your Speed News Magazine. This new format will bring you all the wonderful content you have come to love and expect in a very useful package. Now you can find and share an article you remember reading through with our powerful search feature or spend hours simply browsing through the featured, columns, tech, cool rides, toolshed engineer, race coverage, and much more. Users can comment on each article and chat with other members simply by signing up on the website.
"We expect this new format to be very well received by the NASA membership," said Jeremy Croiset, NASA Director of Business Development.  "We will continue to deliver the monthly publication to those that still enjoy reading through a traditional magazine, but expect that this new format will make it much easier to digest each issue at your own pace. The new search feature makes it so much easier to locate information important to you and that should become a very valuable tool for folks interested in motorsports in general. We're proud that we continue bringing top notch information to our NASA membership!"

To check out the new site, please visit nasaspeed.news


"Survive the 25" Documentary Premiers May 3 on MavTV

Published on May 02, 2016 21:58


NAPA VALLEY, CA (May 2, 2016) – Race fans will soon be able to get up close and personal as we follow four race teams competing at the 2015 running of the National Auto Sport Association’s 25 Hours of Thunderhill, presented by Hawk Performance. The documentary titled “Survive the 25” chronicles the experience of competing in the longest endurance race in the United States, which is held each December at Thunderhill Raceway Park in Willows, California. Television viewers will get behind the scenes views of all the action and drama that the 25 Hours brings. This one race is the equivalent of an entire race season all rolled into one.


NASA’s 25 Hours of Thunderhill presented by Hawk Performance has become a staple of endurance racing, drawing top competitors and teams from all around the world. The changing weather, deep field of competitors, and taxing track layout make the event especially exciting for teams, drivers and fans alike.


“Survive the 25” is a documentary that chronicles the struggles and triumphs of four teams as they battle through the 2015 NASA 25 Hours of Thunderhill presented by Hawk Performance. The show will premier on the MavTV network Tuesday, May 3rd at 6pm ET. The show features 4 teams, CLP Motorsports, Flying Lizard (Team Toyo), Ryno Racing, and the factory Mazda effort.


For a quick glimpse of what you can expect to see in this years "Survive the 25", watch the official teaser trailer here.


https://youtu.be/thmLXovB6r8


For more information on the 25 Hours of Thunderhill presented by Hawk Performance, please visit www.nasa25hour.com


For TV Schedule: Show premiers May 3, 6pm ET. The show re-airs each Tuesday at 6pm ET. for the remainder of the month.



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.



2016 NASA Championships Registration Now Open

Published on April 25, 2016 15:51

NAPA VALLEY, CA (April 25, 2016) Registration for the 11th annual NASA Championships is now open and includes a new registration option many may find appealing! The Championship tour will first visit historic Watkins Glen International Raceway in beautiful upstate New York, site of the 2016 Eastern States Championships presented by Toyo Tires. The event will kick off September 22-25, 2016. This prestigious track will challenge competitors as they vie for their championship title. NASA then heads west to Buttonwillow Raceway Park in central California; Home of the 2016 Western States Championships presented by Toyo Tires. The event is scheduled for October 13-16, 2016 at the locally loved challenging race track that will test the skills of the best NASA competitors in the west as they battle their way toward victory circle. If you’re ready to be a part of these historic events, then we encourage you to head over to www.nasachampionships.com on April 25, 2016 and get yourself registered for the NASA Championships.

You will find the registration pages for each event here.
Eastern States Championships Registration - www.nasaproracing.com/events/2377 
Western States Championships Registration - www.nasaproracing.com/events/2378






Toyo Tires Offers Free Tires to Early Spec Miata Entrants

Published on April 23, 2016 18:42

NAPA VALLEY, CA (April 23, 2016) NASA is pleased to announce an exciting new Toyo Tires program available this season to the Spec Miata community. This new program will provide early registrants for either NASA Championship event the opportunity to collect up to four free Toyo Proxes RR tires for use at either event. Register early, buy a set of Toyo Tires and get free tires courtesy of Toyo Tires. Complete program details below.

“The Spec Miata community is one of the most highly contested classes in amateur racing today,” said Marc Sanzenbacher, Toyo Tire U.S.A. Corp. sr. manager of motorsports. “We wanted to provide NASA Spec Miata competitors with a program this year that would clearly demonstrate how committed we are to the Spec Miata community and how important we believe the NASA Championships is to their eventual success. We hope this program assists in helping more Spec Miata competitors find their way to the NASA Championships in 2016.”

“Toyo Tires continues to demonstrate their commitment to the amateur racing community as a whole,” said Jeremy Croiset, NASA Director of Business Development. “This new program delivers a clear message that they are serious about ensuring the NASA Championships remains “the” place to compete for a Spec Miata Championship”.

Program Rules: The first 20 competitors that register for each NASA Championship event (opening April 25, 2016 at Noon EST.) and buy a set of Toyo Tires will be eligible for 4 free 205/50ZR15 Proxes RR tires. The next 10 competitors that register for each Championship event and buy a set of Toyo Tires will be eligible for 2 free 205/50ZR15 Proxes RR tires. To be eligible to collect your tire awards at either event, you’ll be required to submit to NASA a proof of purchase on or before Sept 5th, 2016 demonstrating you purchased a set of four Proxes RR tires through an authorized Toyo Tires Motorsports vendor. The proof of purchase must be dated between April 25, 2016 and Sept 5th, 2016. Competitors that comply with these program requirements will have their free tires provided to them at their respective NASA Championship event. You must participate in either Championship event and provide proof of purchase to receive your tires. In the event an early Spec Miata registrant cancels their Championship entry, the reward will be made available to the next Spec Miata registrant in succession.






2016 NASA Eastern and Western States Championships Update!

Published on April 21, 2016 22:36

It’s Championship Time! Who is going to be in the Winners Circle?

Registration for our 2016 NASA Eastern & Western States Championships Presented by Toyo Tires will open Monday, April 25, 2016 at 9am PST. from nasachampionships.com.

Spec Miata Racers should pay particularly close attention in the next 48hrs as an exciting announcement from Toyo Tires is imminent!



"Survive the 25" Documentary Premiers May 3 on MavTV

Published on April 12, 2016 21:40


NAPA VALLEY, CA (April 12, 2016) – Race fans will soon be able to get up close and personal as we follow four race teams competing at the 2015 running of the National Auto Sport Association’s 25 Hours of Thunderhill, presented by Hawk Performance. The documentary titled “Survive the 25” chronicles the experience of competing in the longest endurance race in the United States, which is held each December at Thunderhill Raceway Park in Willows, California. Television viewers will get behind the scenes views of all the action and drama that the 25 Hours brings. This one race is the equivalent of an entire race season all rolled into one.


NASA’s 25 Hours of Thunderhill presented by Hawk Performance has become a staple of endurance racing, drawing top competitors and teams from all around the world. The changing weather, deep field of competitors, and taxing track layout make the event especially exciting for teams, drivers and fans alike.


“Survive the 25” is a documentary that chronicles the struggles and triumphs of four teams as they battle through the 2015 NASA 25 Hours of Thunderhill presented by Hawk Performance. The show will premier on the MavTV network Tuesday, May 3rd at 6pm ET. The show features 4 teams, CLP Motorsports, Flying Lizard (Team Toyo), Ryno Racing, and the factory Mazda effort.


For a quick glimpse of what you can expect to see in this years "Survive the 25", watch the official teaser trailer here.


https://youtu.be/thmLXovB6r8


For more information on the 25 Hours of Thunderhill presented by Hawk Performance, please visit www.nasa25hour.com


For TV Schedule: Show premiers May 3, 6pm ET. The show re-airs each Tuesday at 6pm ET. for the remainder of the month.



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 2016 Ford Performance Contingency Program

Published on March 24, 2016 23:59

NAPA VALLEY, CA (March 24, 2016) – The National Auto Sport Association (NASA) is pleased to announce the Ford Performance Contingency Program for NASA competitors in 2016. The program will provide fantastic cash awards to NASA racers competing regionally and at both NASA Championships events. 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.






Millers Oils named Official Lubricant of NASA for the 2016 season

Published on March 22, 2016 19:47

NAPA VALLEY, CA (March 22, 2016) – The National Auto Sport Association (NASA) is pleased to announce that Millers Oils was recently named the Official Lubricant of NASA for the 2016 season. Millers Oils is a leading producer of high performance motor oils and fuel additives, with global distribution. Sourcing the very best raw materials for their formulations, Millers Oils is focused on delivering their customers with more horsepower and less wear through their unique approach to lubricant solutions. Established in 1887, Millers Oils is one of the longest standing producers of lubricants in the world with a history rich in firsts.

“It’s an honor to welcome Millers Oils to the NASA family,” said Jeremy Croiset, NASA’s Director of Business Development. “Millers Oils is rich with history and is one of the best kept secrets in the world of motorsports. Their expertise and high quality products should be well received by fellow NASA members”.

“We’re really excited about being the official lubricant of NASA in 2016,” said Jamie Ryan, Millers Oils Managing Director. “We see NASA as a key way to communicate with the North American motorsport community – it’s a great opportunity to talk directly to passionate sports car racers and enthusiasts about our unique nanotechnology oils.”

Beginning immediately, Millers Oils will provide NASA members a special members benefit of 30% off all Millers Oil Motorsports products as well as Millers EE line of Road Oils. To take advantage of these awards, please visit https://www.nasaproracing.com/benefits. Additionally, Millers Oils plans to make available a lucrative contingency program later this season for NASA competitors. Details on the Millers Oils contingency program will be available soon.

To learn more about the benefits you can expect from Millers Oils and find out what you might be leaving on the table, head over to http://www.performanceracingoils.com or https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VggD0_aHkmI.

 

About Millers Oil:

Millers Oils is a leading independent blender of oil and fuel additives based in Brighouse, West Yorkshire, UK. Started in 1887, they are one of the longest standing lubricant companies in the world. Focused on delivering high quality innovative new products and excellent service through a smaller independent structure. This independence allows for the sourcing of the best raw materials and the formulation of the best lubricants in the business. A winner of numerous awards, Millers Oils is dedicated the art of making more horsepower while also increasing life in your automobile.   






NASA 2016 AST Suspension Contingency Program

Published on February 23, 2016 17:11

Napa Valley, CA (February 23, 2016) – NASA is pleased to announce that the AST Suspension contingency program has been renewed for 2016 . 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 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 2016 Hawk Performance Contingency Program

Published on February 22, 2016 18:53

Napa Valley, CA (February 22, 2016) — The National Auto Sport Association (NASA) is pleased to announce the new 2016 Hawk Performance Contingency Program. Although it may look like the same program, there is drastic change this year that should be very well received by the NASA community. NASA competitors are now eligible to combine certificates they win toward the purchase of a single axle set of brake pads.

Not only are competitors eligible to win up to $150 per weekend toward the purchase of Hawk Performance products, they can combine those rewards toward their purchase. The program awards 1st place finishers with a $150 in Hawk bucks for a race win while 2nd and 3rd are eligible for $100 and $75 respectively. The program will be made available immediately to all NASA competitors across all classes. For complete details on the new contingency program, please visit http://www.nasaproracing.com/contingencies.






NASA 2016 MAXXIS Tires Contingency Program

Published on February 17, 2016 23:09

Napa Valley, CA (February 17, 2016) – The National Auto Sport Association (NASA) is pleased to announce the 2016 Maxxis contingency program with Maxxis Tire. This program is available to all NASA competitors beginning immediately. New for 2016, Maxxis is also extending their contingency program to NASA Rally Sport competitors competing on the Maxxis Victra R19 rally tire. For complete details on the new 2016 Maxxis Tire contingency program, please visit: https://www.nasaproracing.com/contingencies






NASA 2016 BF Goodrich Tires Contingency Program

Published on February 13, 2016 00:27

NAPA VALLEY, CA (February 12, 2016) – The National Auto Sport Association (NASA) is pleased to announce the continued support of the BF Goodrich Tires Contingency Program for NASA competitors in 2016. 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, ES, ESR, E0, E1, E2 and E3 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 2016 Hoosier Contingency Program

Published on February 12, 2016 22:56

Napa Valley, CA (February 12, 2016) – The National Auto Sport Association (NASA) is pleased to announce the official 2016 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 2016 season openers.  For complete details on the 2016 Hoosiers contingency program, please visit: https://www.nasaproracing.com/contingencies






NASA Appoints Series Director for its new NASA Prototype Class

Published on February 12, 2016 19:07

Napa Valley, CA - (February 5, 2016) NASA competitor and Regional Director Dave Balingit, has been appointed as the National Series Leader for NASA's Prototype series.  Balingit will concentrate on growing the series from the twenty-three cars currently purchased to several hundred, and will assist Jeremy Croiset, NASA director of Business Development, with management of the NASA Prototype series.

"My first task to ensure a smooth and growing program is to keep gathering feedback from competitors.” Balingit said. “I’ve always had good relationships with fellow racers and I look forward to being the main line of communication between the teams and the NASA National Leadership."

The NASA Prototype is a new classification to NASA, expanding their history of affordable local racing into purpose built prototype style race cars. The NASA Prototype class is built around the new Élan NP01 designed from the ground up to be quick and great looking - but more importantly, safe, reliable and inexpensive to race. Beginning in 2016, the NASA Prototype Series will visit many of the country’s greatest racing venues with an innovative rules package focused on affordability, equal competition, and driving ability.

As with the other NASA Series Leaders, Balingit will be an active racer in the class. Balingit and his wife Revkah purchased a new Élan NP01 last September after test driving the Élan NP01 demonstration car. They took delivery of the kit in mid January and opted to go the route of building the car from the ground up to gain a deep understanding of the vehicle. They are nearly complete with the build and plan to race it at NASA Texas in mid March.

Balingit has been involved in road racing his entire life and joined NASA in 1994. He has raced and also has been an HPDE instructor and a Race Director for the blossoming organization. After moving from California to Colorado, Balingit and his wife launched the Rocky Mountain Region in 2005 and have grown the program from 40 cars on its first competition weekend to several hundred at current events. Balingit also served as the Event Director for the NASA National Championships in 2009 and 2010 when the event was held at Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele, Utah. Many in the Texas area may also recognize Balingit as the interim Regional Director for Texas from 2011 to 2014.

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. 

About the NASA Prototype Élan NP01

The Élan NP01 is unlike anything currently available in motor racing. With a complete kit price of just $72,500, the affordable new racecar features a closed cockpit design for increased driver protection. The Élan NP01 has an estimated dry weight of just 1,450 lbs. and boasts an estimated top track speed of 155 mph. The Élan NP01 is powered by a sealed 185-horsepower, two-liter Mazda power plant mated to a six-speed Sadev sequential gearbox. More information about NASA's new NASA Prototype Series and the Élan NP01 is available at www.NasaPrototype.com and ElanMotorsports.com.

 

 







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

Published on December 06, 2015 22:36


 



 




   
PRESS RELEASE


Flying Lizard Audi Wins NASA 25 Hours of Thunderhill
presented by Hawk Performance
 
Audi R8 races to 35 lap win

WILLOWS, Calif. (Dec. 6, 2015) - The 13th running of the NASA 25 Hours of Thunderhill presented by Hawk Performance was won by the Flying Lizard Audi R8 LMS in dominant fashion. When the checkered flag dropped on the twice around the clock plus one hour race at Thunderhill Raceway the Audi had won by 35 laps.  
The dominant Flying Lizard team took the overall lead seven hours in to the race Saturday evening and never looked back. When the defending race champions from Davidson Racing had issues with their Norma, the Lizards took over the lead and were never challenged for the remaining 18 hours. Soldering through on and off mist and rain through the night and a more serious weather front in the morning, the Audi R8 LMS with its traction control, ABS brakes and choice of two different Toyo tire rain compounds won the 13th running of the NASA 25 Hours of Thunderhill presented by Hawk performance by 35 laps over the second place car of Quick Racing and their No. 3 SuperLIte SLC. The winning entry was driven by Darren Law, Johannes van Overbeek, Guy Cosmo, Tomonobu Fujii and Thomas Sadler.

"Excellent run by the team," Darren Law said. "The team is so good with this car and these long races. The Toyo tires were just phenomenal. We went from dry tires to wets, to intermediates and they performed great across the spectrum. We did what we set out to accomplish, winning in dominating fashion. Almost half of the race was run in the rain. The Toyo rain tire had us just hooked up. Their rain tire has a lot of grip which made it really fun to drive in those conditions."

In ESR the No. 69 Gryphon Racing Praga took the victory with the all carbon Renault engine powered car driven by Joseph Barone, Danny van Dongen, Paul Blickman and Ari Straus.

"The last 20 minutes of the race was our biggest drama, we lost a few seconds to position number four," Dusan Maly, team manager said. "Endurance racing is a full team effort with the crew and the drivers all performing. Whenever I see the rain it makes me happy. The Gryphon Praga is very good in the rain."

In E0 the No. 30 El Diablo BMW took the victory with drivers James Clay, Lance Boicelli, Cameron Evans, Dale Sievwrig, James Colborn, Charles Postins.

"Last Sunday the El Diablo guys were ready to throw in the towel on this effort," Cameron Evans said. "With the help of the team and everyone they got a car together that hadn't run in over 10 years to come out to the 25 hours and win. All of our guys at Red Line Oil and the rest of our sponsors, crew and volunteers did a great job. We knew we could have brought more power, but that wasn't the equation to win. We brought the right amount of car combined with fuel mileage and six drivers who knew what they were doing to win."

In the E1 Class it was the No. 0 BMW of Grip Racing that took the win with drivers Tristan Littlehale, Joseph DePillo, Mark Mitchell, Harold Petit and David DePillo.

"I had my friends in the 0 car and it was fun to watch them win," Jason Vein, team owner said. "We had some contact with the winning Flying Lizard car in the by-pass that resulted in breaking a couple of wheels and a tie rod. We made it back in and the crew did a great job to fix the car and get it back in the race. We had to serve a penalty for changing two wheels, but we were able to overcome that as well and get the win."

In the E2 Class the RDR No. 34 Mazda RX-8 won the class with drivers Joel Miller, Lee Pappageorge, Dennis Holloway and Jeremy Barnes.

"A repeat for our lovely RX-8 Kermit for the win," Joel Miller said. "Dennis Holloway put in the last stint and brought it to the checker. To get another victory for this great effort is special. Also really cool what the team did with getting the Mazda MX-5s all across the finish line in their first ever on track competition. Great effort all the way around by the RDR team with its all-volunteer crew."

In E3 the No. 40 Mazda Miata of RAmotorsports40 won the class from the pole position with drivers Dion Johnson, Richard Lucquet, David Geringer and Doug Clark.

"I have to thank all of my crew," Ron Gayman, team owner said. "I provided the car and along with the drivers they did the rest. I think the car was all four wheels off one time in 12 hours of rain. We ran 10 hours on one set of Hoosier wet tires. We did our best to run a consistent pace. We knew if we kept to our plan we would slowly, but surely pull away. We did not have any penalties between our two cars."

The No. 6 CLP Motorsports NP01 posted the first win in its competition debut with the NASA developed NP01 Prototype. The driving team consisted of Tyler McQuarie, Jeremy Croiset, Tom Dyer, Marc Miller and Pat O'Keefe.

"This is a dream come true," Jeremy Croiset said. "We survived the 25 with a brand new car. I am in awe of the car and the team. It has surpassed everyone's expectations. When we clicked off the 500th lap the whole team celebrated. The NP01 was super predictable all race. The CLP crew did a great job with set-up and keeping up with the car mechanically all race. I am just elated."

Top Finishers by Class:
ES
No. 45 Flying Lizard Audi R8, 690 laps *overall winner
No. 3 Quick Racing Products, SuperLite SLC, 655 laps
No. 4 Prototype Development Group Factory Five GTM, 631 laps

ESR
No. 69 Gryphon Racing Praga, 626 laps
No. 10 CRE/Jackson Racing Wolf, 554 laps
No. 52 JFC Racing Wolf, 479 laps

E0
No. 30 El Diablo Motorsports BMW, 617 laps
No. 03 Edgle Last Minute Motorworks BMW, 607 laps
No. 61 RoadShagger BMW, 603 laps

E1
No. 0 Grip Racing 0 BMW, 615 laps
No. 95 Grip Racing 95, 607 laps
No. 42 THRW/Honda Racing 1, 601 laps

E2
No. 34 RDR Mazda RX-8, 570 laps
No. 32 Team Gone Racing, Mazda Miata, 535 laps
No. 12 HPD Honda Racing 1, Honda Fit, 157 laps

E3
No. 40 RAmotorsports40, Mazda Miata, 593 laps
No. 7 Augersmiles.com/New Rock Exchange, Acura Integra, 588 laps
No. 23 RJ Racing, Mazda Miata, 581 laps

NP01
No. 6 CLP Racing, NP01, 514 laps
No. 99 11/10ths, NP01, 30 laps
 
Race Notes:
  • Winning Flying Lizard Audi covered 690 laps and 1,973 miles
  • Fastest race lap was by the No. 67 One Motorsports Radical, 1:41.410 on lap 202
  • Mazda had two overall winners in the E3 and E2 Class
  • BMW had two class overall winners in E0 and E1
  • All four of the all-new Mazda MX-5 Cup cars finished their first competitive race
  • The all-new NASA developed NP01 Prototype finished its first competitive race
  • The 14th running of NASA 25 Hours of Thunderhill will run Dec. 3-4, 2016
NASA 25 Hours of Thunderhill presented by Hawk Performance provisional results: http://racehero.io/events/nasa-norcal-25-hrs-of-thunderhill# 

Professional drivers listed on the entry include: Al Unser Jr., Ryan Eversley, Kyle Marcelli, Randy Pobst, Burt Frisselle, Brian Frisselle, Dion von Moltke, Mike Skeen, Colin Braun, Kurt Busch, Johannes van Overbeek, Guy Cosmo, Darren Law, Joel Miller, Tommy Sadler, Sean Rayhall, Darren Law, Tyler McQuarie, Kelly Collins, Taz Harvey, Jeremy Croiset, Will Faules, etc.

For additional information, please contact NASA Media Director, Kyle Chura at kyle@kcapr.com or (248) 821-0468.  More detail on NASA and the Thunderhill 25 Hour can be found at nasaproracing.com or nasa25hour.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, 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, MAZDASPEED, Nissan, Jongbloed Racing Wheels, Bimmerworld, Frozen Rotors, Optic Armor, Neo Motorsports, Spec Clutches, Driven Racing Oil, Altronics Inc., ANZE Suspension, GT Radial Tire, Tilton, Racefab Inc., Sampson Racing Communications and Yokohama.  NASA competitors can also get discounts from Mazda, Maxxis Tires, Racing Fire Systems, Ford Performance Racing School,Fuel Safe, Vehiport, APR Performance, Avis, Cruise America, Eibach Springs, Exedy, Fastbrakes, Konig, The Mid-Ohio School, Konig, Molecule, Red Line Oil, Winding Road Racing, Torco, TPIS, Porterfield and Monster Clutch.
 
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 16 regions.
 
* Key events include the NASA Western Championships at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, July 31 - Aug. 2; the Eastern Championships at Virginia International Raceway Sept. 4-6 and the season culminating NASA 25 Hours of Thunderhill, Dec. 5-6.
 
* The NASA National Championships will run 36 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, Will Faules, National Event Manager.
 
Follow NASA
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Twitter:          nasaproracing
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Flying Lizard Audi Still Leading NASA 25 Hours of Thunderhill presented by Hawk Performance at 19 Hours

Published on December 06, 2015 16:41

 









   
PRESS RELEASE

Flying Lizard Audi Still Leads NASA 25 Hours of Thunderhill
presented by Hawk Performance at 19 Hours
 
Sun coming up in Willows

WILLOWS, Calif. (Dec. 6, 2015) - The 13th running of the NASA 25 Hours of Thunderhill presented by Hawk Performance has six hours remaining with the No. 45 Flying Lizard Audi still leading the race overall.

The expected rain arrived at 2 a.m. with mixed results from the teams. The cars leading their class welcomed the challenge and increased their on track positions. The No. 45 Flying Lizard Audi, on the strength of two choices of Toyo rain tires, along with ABS brakes and taction control lead the race over second place by 23 laps.

"This is quite an event," Guy Cosmo said. "We brought a serious effort this year. We are gathering a lot of great data on the Toyo tires, both in the dry, the wet and the intermediate weather. It is fun to drive this Audi out there in these conditions. Everyone has gotten into more of a rhythm. The other drivers know where we will be passing and there is just a better flow to the race. My stints have been great. We are on cruise control, we have a good lead so we are not taking any unnecessary chances. The conditions are stable, the tires are working great and we are just hitting our marks."

In ESR the No. 69 Gryphon Racing Praga continues to lead the class. The all carbon Renault engine powered car is performing at the top of the class and runs fourth overall.

"We are leading the class and running fourth overall," Danny Vandongen, factory driver, said. "So far so good. We have to keep it on the track and keep turning laps. There is still six hours to go in the race. I haven't had any real issues with my time in the car. The rain came and we handled it well. We overtake a lot of cars, but everyone is behaving. I really like this track with the hills and blind corners."

In E0 the No. 30 El Diablo BMW has taken over the lead. The team was on pole in class and raced to the front overnight.

"It is pretty good stuff," James Clay said. "In the beginning we didn't have our pit stops right we were using a little too much fuel and we then got a rhythm going. We knew we would be good at night and in the rain and that has come true. The rain was a good thing for us. It is tough for me to be patient. We stayed out on dry tires, which we thought may have been the wrong call. The track began to dry and we made up time and then the rain came back, we cycled to wets and are leading. It couldn't have worked out any better."

In the E1 Class, the No. 66 BMW of Bullet Motorsports continues to lead.

"Our E1 car is really running well," Scott Lang, team manager said. "Our drivers have been very consistent and fast in the rain. Tristan Littlehale did a great job, he was doing 2:12s and 14s while everyone else was doing 25s. The rain was the best thing to happen to us so far."

No. 34 Mazda RX-8 of RDR Racing continues to lead the E2 Class.

"The car ran really good in the rain," Joel Miller said. "We had a couple hours of mist, mixed with some really heavy rain. We've had a few issues along the way, but the RDR guys have handled those very well. Lee Pappageorge just got in the car and we are waiting for the sun to come up."

In E3 it is the pole sitting No. 60 Mazda Miata of A+ Racing leads.

"The car has been doing great," Richard Lucquet said. "I did a double stint. I had about 10 minutes of yellow during stint with the rest all green. I am getting ready to get back in and will be able to see the sun rise. I don't think I will be blinded, but looking forward to the daylight. The car has been great, somehow the steering wheel is at 10 o'clock instead of 12."

CLP Motorsports continues to soldier on with the all-new NP01 Prototype.

"They are great cars with a ton of potential, they are just brand new," Tim Barber, team manager said. "We couldn't be any meaner to them by putting it through its first race in a 25 hour event. We are getting some teething things that can happen with any car. In the wet we were one of the faster cars on the track, so we welcome some more rain."

25 Hours of Thunderhill presented by Hawk Performance information:





Professional drivers listed on the entry include: Al Unser Jr., Ryan Eversley, Kyle Marcelli, Randy Pobst, Burt Frisselle, Brian Frisselle, Dion von Moltke, Mike Skeen, Colin Braun, Kurt Busch, Johannes van Overbeek, Guy Cosmo, Darren Law, Joel Miller, Tommy Sadler, Sean Rayhall, Darren Law, Tyler McQuarie, Kelly Collins, Taz Harvey, Jeremy Croiset, Will Faules, etc.

The NASA 25 Hours of Thunderhill presented by Hawk Performance will see a field of 63 cars racing in seven classes (ES, ESR, E0, E1, E2, E3, NP01) going twice around the clock plus an hour over the 2.86-mile, 15-turn track located 90-minutes north of Sacramento.

For additional information, please contact NASA Media Director, Kyle Chura at kyle@kcapr.com or (248) 821-0468.  More detail on NASA and the Thunderhill 25 Hour can be found at nasaproracing.com or nasa25hour.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, 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, MAZDASPEED, Nissan, Jongbloed Racing Wheels, Bimmerworld, Frozen Rotors, Optic Armor, Neo Motorsports, Spec Clutches, Driven Racing Oil, Altronics Inc., ANZE Suspension, GT Radial Tire, Tilton, Racefab Inc., Sampson Racing Communications and Yokohama.  NASA competitors can also get discounts from Mazda, Maxxis Tires, Racing Fire Systems, Ford Performance Racing School,Fuel Safe, Vehiport, APR Performance, Avis, Cruise America, Eibach Springs, Exedy, Fastbrakes, Konig, The Mid-Ohio School, Konig, Molecule, Red Line Oil, Winding Road Racing, Torco, TPIS, Porterfield and Monster Clutch.
 
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 16 regions.
 
* Key events include the NASA Western Championships at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, July 31 - Aug. 2; the Eastern Championships at Virginia International Raceway Sept. 4-6 and the season culminating NASA 25 Hours of Thunderhill, Dec. 5-6.
 
* The NASA National Championships will run 36 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, Will Faules, National Event Manager.
 
Follow NASA
Internet:         nasaproracing.com
Facebook:     National Auto Sport Association
Twitter:          nasaproracing
Instagram:     nasaproracing















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Flying Lizard Audi Leads NASA 25 Hours of Thunderhill presented by Hawk Performance at 12 Hours

Published on December 06, 2015 08:46










   
PRESS RELEASE


Flying Lizard Audi Leads NASA 25 Hours of Thunderhill
presented by Hawk Performance at 12 Hours
 
Rain expected through the night

WILLOWS, Calif. (Dec. 5, 2015) - The 13th running of the NASA 25 Hours of Thunderhill presented by Hawk Performance has reached the 12 hour mark with the No. 45 Flying Lizard Audi leading the race overall.

As teams have one eye on the 2.86-mile, 15-turn track and the other the weather radar with rain heading toward the area sometime around 1 a.m. they are plotting their driver and team strategies.

The No. 45 Flying Lizard Audi became the overall leader at the seven hour mark. The team currently is circulating with a 10 lap lead over second place.

"We are in the lead and the car is really running well," Darren Law said. "The car, the team and the Toyo tires are all in sync. We are really just trying to run a pace and keep out of trouble. With the different speed differentials you really have to pay attention. We know the rain is coming. Good for us, we ran on Thursday in the wet. Toyo has an intermediate and a full rain tire, so we are ready. We actually are hoping for rain. Our Audi has ABS and traction control, which our competition does not."

A new leader has emerged in the ESR Class. The No. 69 Gryphon Racing Praga entry has taken over at the front of ESR.

"We are running first in the ESR class and I am getting ready for my second stint," Ari Straus said. "I had a few issues here and there in my first stint. Gryphon Racing has put together a great Praga race car for us. I may see some rain during my run. We are ready for those conditions, we just have to keep speed coming over the wing."

In E0 the No. 61 RoadShagger Racing BMW leads the class.

"Good news we are still in the lead in E0," John Morley said. "The car is not extremely fast right now, but it is reliable. The car owner Gavin Ernstone is in the car and doing a great job. No real drama during my run. The car's handling is all over the place at the moment. When the rain comes we will find out what we have. We have rain tires and a plan, hopefully it goes according to that plan."

In the E1 Class, the No. 66 BMW of Bullet Motorsports has taken over the lead.

"The car is working really well," Tristan Littlehale said. "I just did a double stint. I was right behind the Award Motorsport Porsche when it went into the wall with the Miata. I escaped that drama, so pretty good. Our plan for the rain is to keep it on the track and get to the morning."

No. 34 Mazda RX-8 of RDR Racing continues to lead the E2 Class.

"We are just turning laps in the lead of the E2 Class," Dennis Holloway said. "We had some contact coming over the hill earlier and bent a tie-rod but we got that fixed. Everything seems to be good right now. I think the rain is going to skirt a little bit to the north. No, I think right when I get in it is going to start rain and I will have to go from slicks to wets, so that will be fun."

In E3 it is the pole sitting No. 40 RAmotorsport Mazda Miata has taken over the lead.

"We have had some challenges, but we are in the lead right now," Scott Miller, team manager said. "We have had some parts come loose, tire wear that we didn't expect, fuel economy that hasn't quite worked out, the usual stuff. A long way to go. It is going to rain, it is coming. The rain is not going to fall within our tire cycle right now, so we have to figure that out.

CLP Motorsports remains the leader in the all-new NP01 class.

"It is going pretty well for us with this new car," Jeremy Croiset said. "We expected some teething issues with a new car and its first time in competition. This is a race that eats even the most seasoned race cars for breakfast. We have rain tires mounted and we are going to do some shock adjustments and see what the 25 has in store for us in the wet."

25 Hours of Thunderhill presented by Hawk Performance information:





Professional drivers listed on the entry include: Al Unser Jr., Ryan Eversley, Kyle Marcelli, Randy Pobst, Burt Frisselle, Brian Frisselle, Dion von Moltke, Mike Skeen, Colin Braun, Kurt Busch, Johannes van Overbeek, Guy Cosmo, Darren Law, Joel Miller, Tommy Sadler, Sean Rayhall, Darren Law, Tyler McQuarie, Kelly Collins, Taz Harvey, Jeremy Croiset, Will Faules, etc.

The NASA 25 Hours of Thunderhill presented by Hawk Performance will see a field of 63 cars racing in seven classes (ES, ESR, E0, E1, E2, E3, NP01) going twice around the clock plus an hour over the 2.86-mile, 15-turn track located 90-minutes north of Sacramento.

For additional information, please contact NASA Media Director, Kyle Chura at kyle@kcapr.com or (248) 821-0468.  More detail on NASA and the Thunderhill 25 Hour can be found at nasaproracing.com or nasa25hour.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, 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, MAZDASPEED, Nissan, Jongbloed Racing Wheels, Bimmerworld, Frozen Rotors, Optic Armor, Neo Motorsports, Spec Clutches, Driven Racing Oil, Altronics Inc., ANZE Suspension, GT Radial Tire, Tilton, Racefab Inc., Sampson Racing Communications and Yokohama.  NASA competitors can also get discounts from Mazda, Maxxis Tires, Racing Fire Systems, Ford Performance Racing School,Fuel Safe, Vehiport, APR Performance, Avis, Cruise America, Eibach Springs, Exedy, Fastbrakes, Konig, The Mid-Ohio School, Konig, Molecule, Red Line Oil, Winding Road Racing, Torco, TPIS, Porterfield and Monster Clutch.
 
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 16 regions.
 
* Key events include the NASA Western Championships at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, July 31 - Aug. 2; the Eastern Championships at Virginia International Raceway Sept. 4-6 and the season culminating NASA 25 Hours of Thunderhill, Dec. 5-6.
 
* The NASA National Championships will run 36 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, Will Faules, National Event Manager.
 
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Davidson Racing Leads NASA 25 Hours of Thunderhill presented by Hawk Performance at Six Hour Mark

Published on December 06, 2015 08:42










   
PRESS RELEASE


Davidson Racing Leads NASA 25 Hours of Thunderhill
presented by Hawk Performance at Six Hour Mark
 
Rain is in the forecast

WILLOWS, Calif. (Dec. 5, 2015) - Officially 58 cars took the green flag for the start of the 13th running of the 2015 NASA 25 Hours of Thunderhill presented by Hawk Performance today at 11 a.m.

The No. 17 Davidson Racing Norma, last year's overall winner, has led the race from the start. They nearly gave up the lead four hours in when the NASA officials called them to pit lane to serve a 10-minute penalty for passing under yellow. This allowed the second place runner, ES Class No. 45 Audi of Flying Lizards, to make up four laps and get on the same lap as the 17. At six-hours it is the 17 out front with rain expected by 2 a.m.

"I had a good start to the race," said Brian Frisselle. "It opened up for me and I was able to take the lead. I then settled into a pace and was able run pretty comfortably upfront. We had to take a 10-minute penalty when Kyle Marcelli passed under yellow, which erased the few laps lead we had, but we are back to running upfront. Everything is going great with 17 car."

In ES the No. 45 Flying Lizard Audi is one lap behind the leading Davidson Norma.

"I did a double stint, I was second in the car," said Tomonobu Fuji. "There were three caution periods during my stint, so it was a little crazy. The Toyo Tire is really good here. My stint was very consistent thanks to a good car, good tire and good crew. There is always traffic out there, so you have to really pay attention. We ran in the rain on Thursday and the car was good on the Toyo rain tire so we are ready."

In E0 the No. 61 RoadShagger Racing BMW leads the class.

"It is going very well we are leading our class," Gavin Ernstone said. "We had some issues yesterday. We were a little disappointed qualifying fourth, but we have progressively moved into the lead. We have had good driving and good pit work and everything is going according to plan. The rain will add some excitement and bring out a different level of driving talent."

In the E1 Class, the No. 14 Technik HQ Autosport/Active PDF BMW is at the front.

"The start was really, really good," said Peter Hopelain. "We picked up four positions by Turn 1 on the first lap. We then settled into a pace and were running good. On lap 10 I had a prototype come up on me and I had to go off the track and that put us back about 30-seconds. We changed up our strategy a little. We fell back to fifth, went back into the lead and we are strategically placing our car forward. I want to thank our sponsors Active PDF and Ocean Side Motorsports. They have done a stellar job giving us a great driving car. Without those two companies we would not be here."

The E2 Class is being led by the No. 34 Mazda RX8 of RDR Racing.

"So far so good, we really haven't had much drama," Robert Davis, team owner said. "We are leading with the RX8 and the new Mazda Miata MX-5 Cup cars are a little over classed. We are fighting amongst ourselves with those. This race is a whole season of the MX-5 Cup series. We have about 900 miles on the cars so far with no issues. The rain keeps getting pushed back, so we will see how it goes."

In E3 it is the No. 13 SP Racing Miata in the lead.

"The first stint was challenging with all of the traffic out there," Hernan Palermo said. "I had a little issue and had to come in and do a fast front end alignment. I hope to see some rain that can only help us."

In the new NP01 car, CLP Motorsports continues to lead.

"The start of the race was good," Tyler McQuarie said. "We didn't get involved in anyone's mistakes. We have struggled with axles a little, but I think we have it figured it out. The car is running pretty good right now. We did a few laps in the rain during the test day. We made some set-up changes anticipating the rain and I think they will put me in to slide it around when it gets wet."

25 Hours of Thunderhill presented by Hawk Performance information:





Professional drivers listed on the entry include: Al Unser Jr., Ryan Eversley, Kyle Marcelli, Randy Pobst, Burt Frisselle, Brian Frisselle, Dion von Moltke, Mike Skeen, Colin Braun, Kurt Busch, Johannes van Overbeek, Guy Cosmo, Darren Law, Joel Miller, Tommy Sadler, Sean Rayhall, Darren Law, Tyler McQuarie, Kelly Collins, Taz Harvey, Jeremy Croiset, Will Faules, etc.

The NASA 25 Hours of Thunderhill presented by Hawk Performance will see a field of 63 cars racing in seven classes (ES, ESR, E0, E1, E2, E3, NP01) going twice around the clock plus an hour over the 2.86-mile, 15-turn track located 90-minutes north of Sacramento.

For additional information, please contact NASA Media Director, Kyle Chura at kyle@kcapr.com or (248) 821-0468.  More detail on NASA and the Thunderhill 25 Hour can be found at nasaproracing.com or nasa25hour.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, 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, MAZDASPEED, Nissan, Jongbloed Racing Wheels, Bimmerworld, Frozen Rotors, Optic Armor, Neo Motorsports, Spec Clutches, Driven Racing Oil, Altronics Inc., ANZE Suspension, GT Radial Tire, Tilton, Racefab Inc., Sampson Racing Communications and Yokohama.  NASA competitors can also get discounts from Mazda, Maxxis Tires, Racing Fire Systems, Ford Performance Racing School,Fuel Safe, Vehiport, APR Performance, Avis, Cruise America, Eibach Springs, Exedy, Fastbrakes, Konig, The Mid-Ohio School, Konig, Molecule, Red Line Oil, Winding Road Racing, Torco, TPIS, Porterfield and Monster Clutch.
 
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 16 regions.
 
* Key events include the NASA Western Championships at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, July 31 - Aug. 2; the Eastern Championships at Virginia International Raceway Sept. 4-6 and the season culminating NASA 25 Hours of Thunderhill, Dec. 5-6.
 
* The NASA National Championships will run 36 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, Will Faules, National Event Manager.
 
Follow NASA
Internet:         nasaproracing.com
Facebook:     National Auto Sport Association
Twitter:          nasaproracing
Instagram:     nasaproracing















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