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Survive the 25, the 2014 edition to air every Tues. in June on MavTV

Published on May 29, 2015 17:20

Napa Valley, CA - NASA’s 25 Hours of Thunderhill presented by Hawk Performance.  It’s long.  It’s challenging.  It’s unpredictable.  It’s prestigious, even for the pros.  It’s on TV.

Thumb 2014nasa 25logoNASA’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. 

Survive the 25 is a documentary that chronicles the struggles and triumphs of four teams as they battle through the 2014 NASA 25 Hours of Thunderhill presented by Hawk Performance. The show will originally air on MavTV June 2nd at 2pm and 5pm ET.  The teams featured in the show include Davidson Racing, Crowd Strike-One Motorsports, SP Racing, and JFC Racing.

Should you miss the original airing, MavVT will re-air the show every Tuesday in June at 2pm and 5pm ET.  NASA will also host the show on 
https://www.youtube.com/user/NASAPRORACINGTV following the final airing.

For more information on the 25 Hours of Thunderhill presented by Hawk Performance, please visit www.nasa25.com.

For MavTV Schedule: http://www.mavtv.com/schedule.html


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.

Powers Wins Mazda Race of NASA Champions Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca

Published on May 03, 2015 19:48

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Matt Powers, center, winner; right Corey Rueth second; left, Jeremy Croiset third.

Powers Wins Mazda Race of NASA Champions Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca

 

Rueth and Croiset round out the Grand Champion podium

 

MONTEREY, Calif. (May 3, 2015) - Matt Powers (San Rafael, Calif.) won today's running of the inaugural Mazda Race of NASA Champions at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. Powers was crowned NASA Grand Champion. He was followed to the checkered flag by Corey Rueth (Manchaca, Texas) and Jeremy Croiset (Tehachapi, Calif.).

 

The 20 NASA Champions were a part of a three class grid consisting of 48 Mazda MX-5 race cars representing the Mazda MX-5 Cup, Skip Barber Mazda MX-5 Series and the NASA Champions. Pole sitter Corey Rueth brought the 20 NASA Champions to the start flag for the 45-minute timed race.

 

Rueth was the early leader as Matthew Powers, Jeremy Croiset, David Ziegler (Baltimore, Ohio) and Ben Anderson (Minneapolis, Minn.) followed in a five car Mazda MX-5 train. On lap five Powers passed Rueth for the overall NASA Champions lead. Powers continued to lead through the one-third distance of the race. The top three NASA drivers were running near identical 1:45 lap times. On lap 11 Chi Ho (Orlando, Fla.) spun in Turn 10 and hit the wall bringing out the races first and only caution period. On the restart on lap 16, Croiset was able to take over second position from Rueth. On lap 19, Croiset, running in a 10 car pack, was able to take the overall NASA Champions lead going into Turn One at the 37-minute mark. Croiset, Powers and Rueth were running nose-to-tail for the final 10-minutes of the event. On lap 22 Croiset got caught in traffic coming down from the Corkscrews and got relegated to third place as Rueth and Powers took advantage of Croiset's delay. On the final lap Powers managed to get by Rueth to take the NASA Grand Champion crown.

 

The win gives Powers an invite to the Mazda Club Racer Shootout in November. In addition to being the 2014 NASA NorCal, Western States Champion in his GTS4

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Class BMW M3 he can also boast about being the first ever NASA Grand Champion.

 

"Great race," Powers exclaimed. "It was really simple for the first 30-minutes and then that yellow came out. It became a whole different race on the restart. I am just happy to have the car in one piece and at the front. It was a fantastic race. I really appreciate everyone from Mazda and NASA who put this great event together. There are some great drivers here. It was an awesome battle. I knew there was something going on with Jeremy and Corey. They were really battling. Jeremy tried to make a hero move and I was able to capitalize and take the win."

 

Rueth is the Eastern States Champion in his Spec Iron Mustang and finished second in the No. 27 Mazda MX-5.

 

"That was absolutely the best race of my life," Rueth said. "I've never had more fun in a car. I was having so much fun at the end of that race that I didn't care if I won. OK that is a lie. I had the best time. I want to thank Mazda, NASA, SCCA and Skip Barber Racing for a great event. The hospitality has been wonderful and it really showed me how a professional event is run. I am absolutely inspired. I am going to buy a Mazda when I get home. I was leading the race and Matt made a fantastic pass. He was racing like a true gentleman. So I fell in behind him and drafted a while. He got caught up in traffic in Turn 10, he went inside, I went outside trying to pull the hero move and I went into the dirt. I put the accelerator on the floor and prayed and drove it back on the track after Turn 10. I have to pass about 100 cars to get to back to Matt. I am happy to be on the podium today. Proud to be racing with these drivers and the NASA organization."

 

Third place finisher Jeremy Croiset is the 2014 NASA Western States Honda Challenge 2 Champion and is also the NASA Director of Sponsorship.

 

"It was really clean racing," Croiset said. "Some of the best and hardest racing I have done. I got a decent start and I let things play out running in the top three. After the full course caution it was mayhem, every man for himself. I had my radio slip out of the dash and it was at my feet. I ended up throwing it in the back and focusing on the race. The end of the race was fantastic. I tried to stay as clean as possible, there was great action between the top five cars. My hats off to the NASA racers, everyone did a great job all weekend."

 

Putting his sponsor hat on Croiset was happy with the cooperation of everyone and as well as the driving prowess on the track. "The action was more intense than anything I have ever done in my life. The racing was closer than I could have imagined. I can't say enough about Mazda, NASA, SCCA and BFGoodrich for putting this event together. This really showed that the cream of the crop in NASA rose to the top. I think we had one of the best races of the weekend, which is a testament to the NASA ladder program. I want to thank John Doonan from Mazda for his vision and support."

 

For more information contact Kyle Chura, NASA Media, kyle@kcapr.com(248) 821-0468.

 

Mazda Race of NASA Champions Results:

  1. Matt Powers, San Rafael, Calif., 1:45.149 - Fast race lap time.
  2. Corey Rueth, Manchaca, Texas, 1:45.587
  3. Jeremy Croiset, Tehachapi, Calif., 1:45.782
  4. David Ziegler, Baltimore, Ohio, 1:45.814
  5. Tristan Littlehale, Saratoga, Calif., 1:1:47.465
  6. Michael McAleenan, Tacoma, Wash., 1:47.172
  7. Dan Williams, Scottsbluff, Neb., 1:47.768
  8. Edgar Cabrera, Queens, Ny., 1:47.022
  9. Dave Schotz, Chandler, Ariz., 1:47.104
  10. Paul Arnold, Franklin, Tenn., 1:46.784
  11. Tommy Lo, Sunnydale, Calif., 1:47.009
  12. Sandro Espinosa, Atlanta, Ga., 1:46.722
  13. Eric Powell, Orlando, Fla., 1:48.363
  14. Ricky Johnson, Queen Creek, Ariz., 1:48.096
  15. Jay Pellegrini, Covington, La., 1:48.915
  16. Ronald Nielsen, Gainesville, Ga., 1:51.429
  17. Chi Ho, Orlando, Fla., NASA Florida, 1:46.093
  18. Ben Anderson, Minneapolis, Minn., 1:45.545 
  19. Larry Fraser, Novato,Calif., 1:47.131
  20. Craig Ames, Laguna Nigel, Calif., DNS

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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, OG Racing, Ford Performance Racing School, 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, OG 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 Mazda Race of NASA Champions May 3 at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca; 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 Sponsorship; Dave Ho, Business Operations Manager, Will Faules, National Event Manager.

 

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Corey Rueth on Pole for Mazda Race of NASA Champions Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca

Published on May 02, 2015 23:38

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Corey Rueth on Pole for Mazda Race of NASA Champions Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca

Ziegler and Powers round out top three qualifiers

 

MONTEREY, Calif. (May 1, 2015) - Corey Rueth (Manchaca, Texas) will start the National Auto Sport Association (NASA) first ever Mazda Race of NASA Champions at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca from the pole position for Sunday morning's 45-minute race.

 

The 20 NASA Champions took to the track in their equally prepared Mazda MX-5 Cup race cars for the 15-minute qualifying session this afternoon under sunny skies. The field of champions began to swap the pole position early. Larry Fraser (Novato, Calif.), Matthew Powers (San Rafael, Calif.) and Eric Powell (Orlando, Fla.) all throwing down early fast laps. As the session progressed Rueth put in a time of 1:45.619 on his third flying lap that, at the time, bested the field by over one second. The fans had to wait until late in the session when David Ziegler (Baltimore, Ohio) put in a time of 1:45.665 on his eighth lap to start next to Rueth on the all champions grid. Third place was a battle between Jeremy Croiset (Tehachapi, Calif.), Fraser and Powers. The coveted third place starting position was eventually won by Powers with a lap of 1:45.820.

 

Corey Rueth is the NASA Texas, Eastern States Champion in his Spec Iron Mustang. He will startSunday's race as the pole sitter in the No. 27 Mazda MX-5.

 

"So far it has been an amazing weekend," Rueth said. "NASA put it all together with the help of SCCA, Mazda, BFGoodrich and Battery Tender. The whole event has been run very smoothly. We have reviewed each other's video and data. We are working together as NASA brethren to get faster. I am proud to be a part of it. I typically drive a Spec Iron Mustang. The Mazda goes so nice I feel like I am in a warm bath. I managed to run a 1:45.619 and I just kept the car under me. The MX-5 seems to reward with you a 95% effort as opposed to trying to force it into the corners. For the race I plan to manage my tires and I am not going to make a move until I know I have an opportunity to go for the win."

 

Starting alongside Rueth will be David Ziegler. Ziegler will take the start in the No. 30 Mazda MX-5 and is the NASA Great Lakes, Eastern States Champion, driving a ST3 spec Chevrolet Corvette Z06.

 

"This whole experience has been pretty amazing," Ziegler said. "NASA, SCCA and Mazda have put together a great weekend. I usually drive a Corvette C5 so the Mazda MX-5 is a little different to drive. There is a little bit of a learning curve, but the car is balanced well and it is a real joy to race. I went out with the intention of going as fast I could. I kept the car on the track and put in a pretty good time. In the race I plan to be smooth and consistent and stay out of trouble."

 

Matt Powers is the NASA NorCal, Western States Champion in his GTS4 Class BMW M3. He will take the green in the No. 40 Mazda MX-5.

 

"My usual ride is a BMW M3," Powers said. "The Mazda MX-5 is quite a bit different. The power to weight ratio is almost double between the M3 and the MX-5. It is a great experience to drive the Mazda. So far the weekend is great. NASA and Mazda have put together a very cool weekend and I am glad to be a part of it. For the race, I think there are going to be some cautions. I want to move up a little bit and be close to the lead at the 35 to 40 minute mark. I am not sure it is going to be about tire management, but I know it is going to be a battle the whole race."

 

The 45-minute Mazda Race of NASA Champions will take the green flag Sunday, May 3 at 10 a.m. PT.

 

For more information contact Kyle Chura, NASA Media, kyle@kcapr.com(248) 821-0468.

 

Mazda Race of NASA Champions Grid: 

  1. Corey Rueth, Manchaca, Texas 1:45.619
  2. David Ziegler, Baltimore, Ohio, 1:45.665 
  3. Matt Powers, San Rafael, Calif., 1:45.820
  4. Larry Fraser, Novato,Calif., 1:45.910
  5. Jeremy Croiset, Tehachapi, Calif., 1:45.981
  6. Ben Anderson, Minneapolis, Minn., 1:46.001 
  7. Eric Powell, Orlando, Fla., 1:46.372 
  8. Sandro Espinosa, Atlanta, Ga., 1:46.472  
  9. Michael McAleenan, Tacoma, Wash., 1:46.526
  10. Chi Ho, Orlando, Fla., NASA Florida, 1:46.836    
  11. Dave Schotz, Chandler, Ariz., 1:46.836
  12. Tommy Lo, Sunnydale, Calif., 1:46.849 
  13. Dan Williams, Scottsbluff, Neb., 1:46.874
  14. Tristan Littlehale, Saratoga, Calif., 1:1:47.094
  15. Edgar Cabrera, Queens, Ny., 1:47.778
  16. Ricky Johnson, Queen Creek, Ariz., 1:48.629 
  17. Paul Arnold, Franklin, Tenn., 1:48.634 
  18. Craig Ames, Laguna Nigel, Calif., 1:49.061
  19. Jay Pellegrini, Covington, La., 1:51.429
  20. Ronald Nielsen, Gainesville, Ga., 1:52.339 

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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, OG Racing, Ford Performance Racing School, 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, OG 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 Mazda Race of NASA Champions May 3 at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca; 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 Sponsorship; Dave Ho, Business Operations Manager, Will Faules, National Event Manager.

 

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Michael Gershanok Announced as the New GTS National Series Leader

Published on April 28, 2015 17:41

NAPA VALLEY, CA – The National Auto Sport Association (NASA) is pleased to announce Michael Gershanok as the new GTS National Series Leader. Michael has been with NASA since the inception of the North East Region in 2000 as its German Touring Series Leader.


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Michael’s philosophy from the beginning for the GTS series has been to preserve its core principles of being open, simple and fair. Over that last several years, he has successfully steered the GTS Series in the North East Region Growing the fields to a consistent 25 – 30 cars at each event. Michael has also been a NASA instructor since 2002, and a five-time North East Regional Champion in GTS.

 

Thumb ea1a9636Away from NASA events, Michael is a double-degreed dentist (MD/DDS) and runs two full time practices, one in New York City and the other in a northern suburb, just to keep life interesting and busy. In his private life he is blessed sharing his life with his wife Lila and 9 year old daughter Marta.

 

NASA’s new Technical Director of Competition, Bryan Cohn stated, ‘Michael has proven to be a very qualified and experienced candidate, who possess a passion for the series. We are very much looking forward to having Michael contribute to the GTS Series on a national scale, and have no doubt the series is in good hands.’


Mazda Race of NASA Champions has Full Grid

Published on April 27, 2015 16:52

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Mazda Race of NASA Champions has Full Grid

Grand Champion to be crowned May 3 at Mazda Raceway


Napa Valley, CA — The National Auto Sport Association (NASA) together with Mazda will line-up 20 championship-winning drivers from the 2014 season to race in the inaugural Mazda Race of NASA Champions. This historic event will take place during the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship Continental Tire Monterey Grand Prix powered by Mazda  at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca weekend, May 1-3.

            The 20 NASA Champion drivers represent 13 states, from nearly all NASA regions across the country. Each racer will compete in identically prepared Skip Barber MAZDASPEED Pro Challenge Mazda MX-5s to vie for the title of NASA Grand Champion.

            The Grand Champion will be eligible to compete in the Mazda Club Racer Shootout for a $100,000 scholarship to be used to fund a full season of racing in the SCCA Pro Racing Battery Tender Mazda MX-5 Cup presented by BFGoodrich Tires racing series.

“This program speaks volumes to the importance Mazda places on grassroots motorsports as they are truly devoted to finding the best driver in NASA to represent the association in the annual Mazda Club Racer Shootout later this year,” said Ryan Flaherty, NASA National Chairman. “Both of our companies share a common vision for offering new opportunities to grass roots racers and this program could help identify the next great driver in our sport. We can’t wait to see the action in two weeks at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca."

 

“Over the past few years NASA competitors have been extremely impressive at our annual Club Racing Shootout,” said John Doonan, director of motorsports, Mazda North American Operations.  “We expect the NASA champions to have a great battle in the identical MX-5 cars.”

 

Mazda Race of NASA Champions entry:

— Craig Ames, NASA SoCal, Western States Champion, ST1

— Ben Anderson, NASA Central, Eastern States Champion, PTE

— Paul Arnold, NASA Southeast, Eastern States Champion, FFR Challenge

— Edgar Cabrera, NASA Northeast, Regional Champion, Eastern States Champion, GTS3

— Jeremy Croiset, NASA SoCal, Western States Champion, Honda Challenge 2

— Sandro Espinosa, NASA Southeast, Regional Champion, Eastern States Champion, Spec E30

— Larry Fraser, NASA NorCal, Western States Champion, Spec E30

— Chi Ho, NASA Florida, Regional Champion, TTB, Eastern States Champion, TTC

— Tristan Littlehale, NASA NorCal, Western States Champion, GTS2

— Michael McAleenan, NASA NorCal, Western States Champion, ST3

— Ricky Johnson, NASA Arizona, Regional Champion, Western States Champion, PTB

— Tommy Lo, NASA NorCal, Western States Champion, TTE

— Ronald Nielsen, NASA Southeast, Regional Champion, Eastern States Champion, PTF

— Jay Pellegrini, NASA NOLA, Regional Champion, Eastern States Champion, Spec Z

— Eric Powell, NASA Florida, Regional Champion, Western States Champion, PTD, TTD

— Matt Powers, NASA NorCal, Western States Champion, GTS4

— Cory Rueth, NASA Texas, Regional Champion, Eastern States Champion, Spec Iron

 — Dave Schotz, NASA Arizona, Regional Champion, Eastern States Champion, PTB, Western States Champion, TTC

— Dan Williams, NASA Rocky Mountain, Eastern States Champion, 944 Spec

— David Ziegler, NASA Great Lakes, Eastern States Champion, ST3


NASA Championships Awarded Grassroots Motorsports Editors' Choice Award for 2015

Published on April 03, 2015 19:10

Thumb champsNapa Valley, CA – The National Auto Sport Association (NASA) has been awarded a Grassroots Motosports Magazine Editors’ Choice Award for 2015. NASA’s decision to offer two Championships events in 2014 instead of one was deemed one of the top 20 things which made the motorsports scene a better place in 2014.

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Grassroots Motorsport Magazine agreed that splitting the NASA Championships Presented by Toyo Tires into the Western and Eastern States Championships significantly lessened the tow, time, energy, and ultimately the expense needed to compete at the highest level of amateur road racing in the US. This has provided many more competitors the opportunity to taste national-level competition for the first time, while matching the grid sizes of NASA Championship events of the past.

“It was very rewarding to see Grassroots Motorsports Magazine select our NASA Championships events as an Editors’ Choice for 2015 after successfully deliver on our promise last year,” reflects Jeremy Croiset, NASA’s Director of Business Development. “That promise; to make national-caliber competition available to a wider array of NASA members, all whilst reducing the cost of the overall experience. We’re looking forward to seeing the Championships grow this year at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca and Virginia International Raceway now that people have seen that this recipe works. This also provided us the perfect opportunity to match up the best of the best from our Champions in our Mazda Race of NASA Champions which is scheduled for later this month during the Continental Tires Monterey Grand Prix Powered by Mazda at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.”


MAXXIS to Offer New HPDE Discount

Published on March 25, 2015 14:19

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Napa Valley, CA - NASA is pleased to announce a generous new HPDE entry discount program available to all participants. Beginning immediately, anyone that purchases a set of MAXXIS RC-1 tires will be eligible to receive a $50 discount coupon. This coupon will be good toward any HPDE entry in any NASA region. Thanks to Maxxis and their generous support of the community, any HPDE participant can now save $50 on their event weekend along with their purchase of a new set of RC-1 tires. For complete details regarding the offer, please visit 
http://www.maxxisrc1.com/content/track-day-rebate.

Scott Good to Step Down as GTS National Series Leader

Published on March 20, 2015 19:51

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Napa Valley, CA. – The National Auto Sport Association (NASA) is announcing that Scott Good will be stepping down as GTS National Series Leader. Good, the 2008 and 2010 GTS2 National Champion, took over the role of GTS National Series Leader in 2012 and has served the series well, seeing it through tremendous growth and most recently, new rules that will level the playing field within each class of the series.


Scott will now focus his efforts on building what he explains as a tracked-based executive leadership development program that builds on the concepts developed in his latest book, ‘DRIVING LEADERS: Lessons in high-performance leadership drawn from endurance racing.’


With Scott’s retirement comes an opportunity for NASA to implement a new process created for recruiting National Series Leaders. Interested persons can now submit their resume for the position after review of the National Series Leader Outline. In the past, drivers have been hand picked for these roles. While that has worked well, NASA’s steady growth and current size requires that we explore a new process that will open this opportunity up to more people than ever before.


If you are interested in applying for the GTS National Series Leader position or being considered for any other series in the future, you can learn more about the requirements of this position and how to apply by following this link: https://www.nasaproracing.com/rules/NSLR.pdf


Contact:

Bryan Cohn

Technical Director of Competition

NASA Pro Racing

bcohn@drivenasa.com

(417) 540 - 2595



Mazda Race of NASA Champions to be Held at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca

Published on March 17, 2015 20:52

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Napa Valley, CA – The National Auto Sport Association (NASA) and Mazda Motorsport are pleased to announce that the 2015 Mazda Race of NASA Champions is scheduled to take place the weekend of May 1st at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca during the IMSA TUDOR United SportsCar Championship weekend. Registration is now open for any competition license holding 2014 NASA Champion. This event will provide each 2014 NASA Champion the opportunity to pit themselves against each other in identically prepared Mazda MX-5s in a winner take all format that will decide the inaugural NASA Grand Champion.

“We’re thrilled we’ve been successful in working with our great partner Mazda to bring this brand new event and opportunity to the NASA community,” said Ryan Flaherty, NASA National Chairman. “It took a tremendous amount of work involving a number of other partners to put this amazing opportunity together for our Champions to compete against one another in a single event competition weekend to find out who really is the best of the best! This program speaks volumes to the importance Mazda places in motorsports as they are truly devoted to finding the best driver in NASA to include in their annual Mazda Club Racer Shootout later this year. Both of our companies share a common vision for offering new opportunities in motorsports and this program could help identify the next great driver in our sport. We can’t wait to see the action in May at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca."

“This is an unprecedented opportunity for all of us involved. I expect we will see one of the great races unfold before our eyes at one of the most prolific race tracks in the world. The opportunity to grow the talent in the Mazda Club Racer Shootout, building on the Mazda Sports Car Racing Academy, is of great interest. To have this event during the weekend when our prototype team, the Mazda Continental Tire Street Tuner teams, and the Battery Tender Mazda MX-5 Cup Presented by BFGoodrich Tires competes, along with showcasing the 2016 MX-5 Cup development car, will make for one exciting weekend. The opportunity to make a name for oneself has never been better,” said John Doonan, director of Mazda Motorsports.

   

To register for the Mazda Race of NASA Champions or to see full details regarding the event including entry fees, event format, and event rules, please visit https://www.nasaproracing.com/events/2053


Bryan Cohn Announced as the New Technical Director of Competition

Published on March 11, 2015 15:59

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Napa Valley, CA – The National Auto Sport Association is pleased to announce Bryan Cohn as its new Technical Director of Competition. Bryan has been involved in virtually every position required within motorsports since 1983 and the wealth of knowledge and experience he brings to the table will be crucial as he takes on his new role within NASA. Mr. Cohn will help guide the development of class rules, manage series leaders, and ensure the rule revision process happens as quickly as possible. 

“We are thrilled to have Bryan return to such a pivotal position within NASA after helping to spearhead the challenge of implementing the first NASA Championship event back in early 2006”, said Jeremy Croiset, NASA’s Director of Business Development. “Bryan should prove a valuable addition to the NASA team as our program continues to grow and expand.”

"I am really excited to rejoin the NASA team,” said Cohn. “When I made the move back in 2006, little did I know it was going to be a life changing opportunity. I look forward to serving NASA drivers again and enjoying motorsports with all the membership."


Bryan began racing in 1986 and has competed in over 50 different types of cars in 38 different classes including everything from entry-level single seaters, production cars, sports racers, formula cars, and he now currently races a Mazda Miata in the NASA Performance Touring E class. He has also run a successful automotive prep shop specializing in single seater and sports car preparation. His experience in the world of automobile racing is exemplary which will provide him with the tools required to get the job done. Look for Bryan at various NASA events in 2015.


NASA Announces Spec E46 as a New National Class

Published on March 07, 2015 00:26

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Napa Valley, CA – NASA is excited to announce the arrival of Spec E46 as a NASA sanctioned class for 2015. Competitors will now be eligible to compete in the Spec E46 class in all regions.

We’re pleased to announce Jason Tower as the National Series Director and Evan Levine as the Assistant National Series Director.

Spec E46 is designed with BMW enthusiasts in mind, looking for a newer platform with which to start, focusing on affordability and still maximizing the fun per dollar spent factor. With over 50 SE46 cars already built or underway, NASA expects a great turnout in SE46 fields in 2015 and beyond.    

SE46 National Director Jason Tower states, “We are thrilled to see Spec E46 taking off as quickly as it is and are looking forward to many years of competitive spec racing. We've worked with racers, shops, and vendors to develop a ruleset utilizing components that yield a fun, fast, durable, and economical racing platform. Tightly regulated engines and a sealed spec ECU tune keep horsepower variance to a minimum, while high quality suspension parts and driveline components ensure that all of that power is put to good use.  With donor cars available starting under $2500 it opens the door to close, exciting racing for beginning and experienced drivers alike" continues Tower.

Jason Tower began racing with NASA Spec E30 in 2010 in the highly competitive Mid Atlantic and Southeast regions.  He is an accomplished and seasoned racer with a passion for the Spec E46 class. He lives with his wonderfully supportive wife and two dogs in Raleigh, NC where he works as a Linux systems administrator.  

With the Assistant National Series Director Evan Levine also having contributed to the conception of the series, SE46 should have all the ingredients needed to flourish. With the passionate and motivated leaders we have in Jason and Evan, the series is perfectly positioned to realize its full potential.

NASA Divisional Director Will Faules believes there is a lot to be gained from introducing this new series to all NASA regions, and will in short time become a solid addition to our NASA competition program. “As a former SpecE30 racer myself, I’m glad to see the next step in spec racing with the E30 chassis becoming harder and harder to find as cheap as they once were,” Faules said. “Having an affordable, fast, fun, reliable car is what this series is all about and I’m confident it will prove to be a great class for years to come.”  


NASA Announces Al Watson as New American Iron Series Director

Published on March 02, 2015 05:58

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Napa Valley, CA – NASA is pleased to announce Al Watson as the new National Series Director for American Iron. Al has been involved as the North East Region’s American Iron and Spec Iron Series leader since 2007, and is now excited to be taking up the role on a national scale. Al will be taking over the reins from Todd Covini, the previous National Series Director immediately. “I want to thank Todd Covini for his years of service and I look forward to leading American Iron, American Iron Extreme and Spec Iron into the bright future ahead for the series” said Al Watson.

“We are very grateful to Todd Covini for the service he has provided the American Iron Series,” said Will Faules, Divisional Director, “Todd has kindly devoted his time, effort and energy toward the American Iron Series which has seen great car counts since its inception. We at NASA are excited to bring Al on board in fulfilling this position and look forward to seeing what he can add to the development of one of NASA’s most exciting series.”

Al has a wide-range of experience in different fields inside and outside of racing, which has equipped him with the knowledge and skills required to be a successful Series Director. These included filling roles as a NASA Race Director, owner of Mustang performance shop Street Motorsports, a teacher, and experience in designing, developing, testing, and producing precise electronic medical products. You can look forward to seeing Al at various NASA events in 2015. If you have any specific American Iron Series questions, Al can be reached at alwatson@drivenasa.com



Toyo Tires Make Big Changes to Regional Contingency Prizes for 2015

Published on February 09, 2015 20:05

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Napa Valley, CA – The National Auto Sport Association (NASA) is excited to announce an extraordinary increase to the 2015 Toyo Tires Contingency program for many of NASA’s Spec tire classes. Competitors in our American Iron, Spec Iron, and CMC classes will now be eligible for nearly $5,000 in awards per weekend while participants in the Spec E46, Spec 986 and Factory Five classes will be eligible for up to nearly $4,000 per weekend. Toyo Tires will continue to run a fantastic program for the other spec tire classes as well. These program changes take effect immediately and are available to NASA competitors now.

“This speaks volumes to how committed Toyo Tires is to supporting their most loyal customers” said Jeremy Croiset, NASA’s Director of Business Development. ”This new program for 2015 is just simply fantastic! This change should be exceptionally well received in the NASA racing community and I can’t wait to see all the competitors enjoying their rewards this season.”

“At Toyo Tires we are always looking for ways to better reward NASA racers for their loyalty and support” said Marc Sanzenbacher, Senior Manager, Competition Performance Products Division at Toyo Tires. “This improved contingency program for 2015 reflects that commitment, ensuring NASA racers have the most lucrative contingency programs in the industry.”

Toyo Tires top tier prize payouts for Spec Iron, American Iron and CMC will increase to $650 for 1st, $500 for 2nd, $450 for 3rd, $250 for 4th, and $150 for 5th with $75 being available to finishers in 10th – 14th. The payouts for Spec E46, Spec 986 and Factory Five Challenge will increase to $550 for 1st, $450 for 2nd, $350 for 3rd, and $150 for 4th and 5th with $50 being available to finishers in 10th – 14th.

For complete details on these new programs and the rest of the details on the 2015 Toyo Tires Contingency Program, please visit https://www.nasaproracing.com/contingencies.


Mazda Race of NASA Champions Update

Published on February 06, 2015 01:11

Napa Valley, CA – The National Auto Sport Association (NASA) is announcing that the 2015 Mazda Race of NASA Champions, which was to be held at Sebring International Raceway during the 12 Hours of Sebring, will be rescheduled for later this year. NASA and Mazda are working side-by-side to ensure the unique event lives up to the standards we believe need to be met to provide each NASA Champion equal opportunity to compete on a level playing field.

“Our number one priority with the MRONC is to provide the opportunity to deliver a positive experience to our competitors while also allowing us to crown our first NASA Grand Champion,” said Ryan Flaherty, NASA’s National Chairman. “In the interest of this, we collectively made the decision that rescheduling the event would provide us a better opportunity for meeting that goal. Our goal is to put together a competitive weekend event that every NASA Champion can be proud to say they were a part of and that is what we are working with Mazda to provide.”

“This change will allow us an opportunity to provide competitors in the Mazda Race of NASA Champions a much better experience,” said John Doonan, Director of Mazda Motorsports. “Good enough doesn’t work for any Mazda we build and it doesn’t apply to any event we align ourselves with. We remain committed to working with NASA and the other essential parties to ensure this is an event of a lifetime for our customers and are excited to announce further details regarding the event moving forward.

The single make race will pit 2014 NASA Champions from all classes at both Eastern and Western States Championship events against one another during a single weekend of competition utilizing identically prepared Mazda MX5’s to crown NASA’s first Grand Champion. The race will be rescheduled later this year for a yet to be determined date and location.  Additional details will be posted to the www.nasaproracing.com website as soon as they become available.



NASA Announces Shawn Meze as New Spec E30 Series Director

Published on February 05, 2015 06:33

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Napa Valley, CA – NASA is proud to announce Shawn Meze as the new Spec E30 National Director. Shawn has been the Spec E30 Series Director for the Southern California region since 2011, and will continue in that role. Shawn is replacing the Spec E30 series founder, Carter Hunt as National Director.

Shawn has been a member of NASA since 2005, and has since become the SoCal TTE Champion, placed 2nd in PTE at the NASA Championships in 2006, and competes in the Western Endurance Racing Championship whenever possible. He has been the assistant Time Trial, Performance Touring and Super Touring director for SoCal, in addition to being race director at four different NASA Championship Events.

Perhaps most relevant is Shawn has worked to build the foundation of the Spec E30 series in SoCal since 2010, which has seen growth every season to a regular 15+ cars. Shawn’s enthusiasm for the class can be seen when he states, “It’s a rare class where everyone is there to have fun, together. We all pit together and help each other with our cars to make sure everyone makes it to the next race.”

In the last four years, Shawn has become a big contributor for the Spec E30 class. “I have taken it upon myself to understand and know the rules and cars as they are applied. It’s a great honor to be asked to lead such a great racing series and be named the next National Spec E30 Series Director.”

Carter Hunt concludes, “I have worked with Shawn, have confidence in his abilities and devotion to Spec E30, and most importantly, he and I agree on the core philosophies of Spec E30 – low cost with a stable rules package.” Carter is the founder of Spec E30 and has been the National Director of the series until now. Carter will continue to race in Spec E30 in his home Mid Atlantic Region.

“As both part of the NASA staff and a Spec E30 driver myself, it’s been an honor working with Carter. I loved my time racing in Spec E30 and owe a big part of that to the dedication Carter put in to help ensure the growth of the series.”  Will Faules, NASA Divisional Director had to say about Carter. “I look forward to working with Shawn on continuing to grow Spec E30 across the country. I’ve been lucky enough to race with Shawn,” continued Faules. “He’s a great driver, technically savvy, and one heck of a nice guy. I think the drivers are excited to be working with Shawn.”

Shawn can be reached by email at shawn@drivenasa.com

NASA Announces Innovative New Affordable Prototype Series at PRI Show

Published on December 11, 2014 20:37

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Indianapolis, IN —The National Auto Sport Association (NASA) unveiled today during the PRI Show an exciting new prototype series that will be called the NASA Prototype series (NP). The NP series will debut in fall of 2015.  The NP series is a collaborative effort between NASA and Élan Technologies that will feature an all-new affordable prototype racing car called the NP01.  The goal of the NP series is to give rise to the most affordable prototype class ever created.

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NASA partnered with Élan Technologies to design and construct the NP01. Élan will build each NP01to order and ship them either as an easily assembled kit or completed vehicle per the customer’s request. The NP01will be unlike anything currently available in motor racing. With an introductory complete kit price of just $59,995, the affordable new prototype will feature a closed cockpit design for increased driver protection. The NP01 weighs just 1550 Lbs. and boasts an estimated top speed of 155mph. The NP01 will be powered by a sealed 185-horsepower, 2-liter Mazda power plant mated to a 6-speed sequential transmission.

 “The NP Series will feature a brand new spec prototype chassis designed specifically around the goals that make NASA competition so attractive to competitors – easy access to local racing with the chance to compete for a season ending class championship,” said Ryan Flaherty, NASA National Chairman. “The NP Series will offer something unique in all of motorsports: the opportunity to race a prototype style vehicle designed from the ground up to be fast, fun, safe, and most importantly affordable. This new series is exclusive to NASA. Drivers will be able to compete at over 150 NASA sanctioned events nationwide. The series will visit many of the country’s greatest racing venues with the opportunity to run for a NASA Championship crown at either Virginia International Raceway or Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. The NP01 will feature an innovative rules package focused on performance, affordability, cost containment, and driving ability.”

“The power-to-weight-ratio will make quick work of any straightaway before approaching the corner where drivers will appreciate the downforce produced by the front splitter, rear diffuser and adjustable rear wing,” said Mark Sanderson of Élan Technologies. The NP01 will run on spec Toyo Proxes RR competition tires to further equal the field and accentuate driver ability as well as help to keep costs in check.”

The NP01 is specifically designed around the idea that it must be fast, safe, reliable and easy to maintain. Élan Technologies utilized a component design approach for the bodywork that consists of fenders, engine cover and front hood sections as individual pieces. If one of the pieces is damaged, for example a small fender, it is easier and more cost effective to replace it than an entire front nose piece. Much of the hardware on the car has been standardized to simplify maintenance as well. This translates into cost savings that all competitors will really appreciate.

 Director of Motorsports, Mazda North American Operations John Doonan weighed in: “NASA has outdone itself again. Through innovation and a clear vision to provide the grassroots community with competitive, safe, and affordable racing, NASA’s Prototype series will be a place for many to test their mettle. We are humbled by and proud of NASA’s decision to power these race cars with Mazda engines as reliability and performance are at the core of our technology.”

“Toyo Tires and NASA have enjoyed a long and successful partnership, and we are excited to work closely with the talented team at Élan Technologies on this new endeavor,” said Marc Sanzenbacher, senior manager, Competition Performance Products Division, Toyo Tire U.S.A. Corp.  “The Toyo Proxes RR has proven to be in a league of its own when it comes to balancing the ultimate in performance with consistent lap times and a long life.  These are all factors that make it the natural choice for affordable road racing such as this new spec series.”

“I’m very excited about this new NP Series” said Jeremy Croiset, NASA Director of Business Development.  “It is truly unique and innovative in the world of motorsports. Most racing drivers only dream of piloting a professionally built prototype and this new series will provide everyone that opportunity at a truly affordable price point. I would even go as far as to say that this vehicle will likely be the cheapest to purchase and operate factory prepared purpose built race car on the planet. I can’t wait to see what the NASA membership thinks of this new offering. Working with Élan Technologies on this project has been a privilege. They have established themselves in the motorsports community as one of the premier chassis manufacturers. The level of professionalism and experience they bring really solidifies this program ensuring competitors will be provided a very high quality race car they can compete in for years to come.”

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. For more information, log onto www.nasaproracing.com and connect with the community at Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.

 

About Elan

Élan Technologies is a Georgia based technology company providing design, engineering, fabrication, and manufacturing services to the automotive, motorsports, aviation, aerospace and defense industries through its three divisions: Élan Precision Products, Élan Composites, and Élan Power Products. The company is part of a technology group that includes Élan Technologies, DeltaWing Technologies Inc., and Panoz LLC. For more information please visit http://www.elangroup.com/.


Tune in tomorrow for big news from NASA at our PRI booth.

Published on December 10, 2014 20:50

Indianapolis, IN - The National Auto Sport Association (NASA) will be announcing some very big news from the PRI Show tomorrow, Dec. 11, 2014 at 3pm EST. The press conference will be live-streamed via Racer Connect from the NASA booth (#3309) at the PRI Show and be available for viewing here.  http://live.racerconnect.com/index.php/nasa-pri-2014

If you are at the PRI Show this week, please stop by the NASA booth (#3309) tomorrow at 3pm EST to see the exciting news announced or tune into the live stream above to watch the news.
#prishow #pri2014 #nasaproracing

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Kyle Loustaunau Wins 2014 Mazda Club Racer Shootout

Published on December 04, 2014 21:30

Vacaville California Racer Awarded $100,000 Scholarship Package to Compete In the 2015 Battery Tender Mazda MX-5 Cup Presented by BFGoodrich Tires


December 4, 2014 (IRVINE, Calif.) This past Tuesday was a wet and wild day at Buttonwillow Raceway Park with eight championship-level club racers chasing a $100,000 scholarship package, the largest prize in all of grassroots motorsports, at the annual Mazda Club Racer Shootout.

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Despite a year of record drought in California, most of the day was run in pouring rain.  How wet was it?  None of the drivers ever had the chance to lap the course on the BFGoodrich g-Force R1-S slicks.  All sessions were conducted on BFG rain tires.

 

At the end of the day, after the pavement had dried, Kyle Loustaunau, from Vacaville, California was judged to be the best of the best among Mazda-powered club racers in 2014.  Loustaunau had won the 2014 NASA Western States Spec Miata Championship, earning his eligibility for the shootout.  He will now have a scholarship budget to compete in the 2015 Battery Tender Mazda MX-5 Cup Presented by BFGoodrich Tires. 

 

Quotes:

 

Kyle Loustaunau – “Over the past three days I've had the most amazing experience of my life. This is both an honor and a privilege to represent Mazda and I can't wait to get started. It has taken help from a lot of amazing people to get here and I can't thank everyone enough.”

 

John Doonan – Director, Mazda Motorsports – “Mazda Motorsports is the leader in grassroots roadracing.  This leadership has given us opportunities to do things that no one else has done.  Our Club Racer Shootout has become a signature event for us and represents an amazing opportunity to help racers move from the club level to the professional ranks with a solid support program around them.  We expect Kyle to have a great season in the 2015 Battery Tender MX-5 Cup and hopefully many more years with Mazda.”

 

Charles Espenlaub – Head Judge - “Every year the Mazda Club Racer Shootout just gets better and better.  Having been involved since the beginning, I am continually amazed at the talent level that the Mazda champions bring. As the landscape of racing changes so does the competition on and off the track.  This year we had another twist, with heavy rains the conditions were extremely difficult. This added to the challenge and as always made for a difficult decision as to who would win the coveted prize. Everyone did an outstanding job and put in efforts worthy of the champions they are.  As in the very competitive Battery Tender Mazda MX-5 Cup the winner can be decided by a few tenths of a second.  Kyle Loustaunau was able to top the field by showing well in multiple categories all of which should provide success for his climb up the ladder.” 

 

Peter Calhoun – Motorsports Manger BFGoodrich Tires - "The Mazda MX-5 Cup Shootout annually showcases the brightest talent from the North American club racing championships. Giving each of the drivers the opportunity to win the richest prize in club racing by demonstrating their driving, business, and social engagement skills.  Each year BFGoodrich is honored to participate in the Shootout alongside our friends from Mazda in a show of support for grassroots racing, which is a core ingredient to both our motorsport programs. Congratulations to Kyle Loustaunau on winning this year's Shootout.”

 

 

The eight shootout finalists were:

Sam Adams           Hubertus, Wisconsin            Skip Barber Racing School (Summer Series)

Ben Anderson         Minneapolis, Minnesota       NASA Eastern States Championships (PTE)

Steven Diem          Kailua, Hawaii                      iRacing MX-5 Cup (Season 3)

Joey Jordan           Santa Barbara, California    NASA Spec Miata Teen Challenge (West)

Kyle Loustaunau     Vacaville, California             NASA Western States Championships (Spec Miata)

Evan Maillard         Nesles La Vallée                  iRacing MX-5 Cup (Season 2)

Zachary Munro       Granby, Colorado                NASA Spec Miata Teen Challenge (Rocky Mountain)

Eric Powell             Orlando, Florida                   NASA Western States Championships (PTD)

 

The criteria: Given that each of the finalists had proven themselves on the track by winning a championship, the criteria to move up needed to be more encompassing.   To succeed on the professional level requires a balance of both on-track and off-track skills including the following:

·      Driving ability – Fast laps

·      Driving ability – Consistent laps

·      Technical feedback – Understanding of vehicle dynamics and suspension

·      Technical feedback – Ability to evaluate vehicle handling

·      Technical feedback – Ability to analyze data

·      Technical feedback – Ability to improve vehicle handling

·      The business of motorsports – Business proposal

·      The business of motorsports – Business presentation

·      The business of motorsports – PR skills

 

The driving sessions were conducted at Buttonwillow Raceway Park using a pair of Mazda MX-5 Cup cars prepared by ProParts USA.

 

The judges: Each year Mazda invites a panel of outside judges to make the selection.   The judges brought a wealth of both on-track, and off-track expertise.  More than a dozen professionals were involved in either the preliminary business proposal review, on-track activities, or both.  The panel consisted of:  

·                  Peter Calhoun - BFGoodrich

·                  Charles Espenlaub – Safecraft Racing

·                  Pete Evanow - Cal State Fullerton

·                  John Fabijanic - Cal Poly San Luis Obispo

·                  Tim Frost - Frost Motorsports, LLC

·                  Julie Garner - Project Yellow Light

·                  Kenton Koch – 2014 Mazda MX-5 Cup Champion

·                  Karl Koenigstein - BFGoodrich

·                  Ken Payne – BFGoodrich

·                  Justin Piscitell – Past Shootout Winner

·                  Evin Prelec - Battery Tender

·                  Jeremy Shaw – Team USA Scholarship

·                  Scott Shelton - ABC Television/Past Shootout Winner

·                  Lyn St.  James - Women's Sports Foundation

·                  Barry Toepke - Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca

 

The tally:  After a day-and-a half of both driving, and classroom activities, the judges added the objective and subjective scores -- discussing the merits of each driver.  The judges deliberated carefully before declaring Kyle Loustaunau the champion.

 

The prize package:  The prize package, valued at $100,000, breaks out as follows: 

·                  A budget for the running of his car for the season

·                  A parts support budget

·                  A Mazda Motorsports driving suit and helmet

·                  Professional media training (Courtesy of Mazda)

·                  Twelve sets of BFGoodrich tires, one set per race (Courtesy of  BFGoodrich Tires)

·                  Twelve entry fee waivers (Courtesy of SCCA Pro Racing)

 

About Mazda, Mazda Motorsports, and MAZDASPEED

Mazda is a leading player in all aspects of sports car racing with an emphasis on endurance road racing.  Mazda is the number-one brand for road-racers across North America among both club racers and professionals.  Thousands of Mazda-powered grassroots racers compete in various classes with the SCCA and NASA highlighted by Spec Miata, the world’s largest spec class with over 2,500 cars built.  Via the Mazda SportsCar Racing Academy, Mazda supports racers at all levels of the sport from club racing up to the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship where it races with production SKYACTIV Technology.

 

Mazda remains the only Asian car company to score an overall win at the 24 Hours of Le Mans (1991).  Mazda has had a naming rights agreement at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca since 2000.

 

Mazda Motorsports is managed by Mazda North American Operations (MNAO).  MNAO is headquartered in Irvine, Calif., and oversees the sales, marketing, parts and customer service support of Mazda vehicles in the United States and Mexico through nearly 700 dealers.  Operations in Mexico are managed by Mazda Motor de Mexico in Mexico City.

 

Consumer information can be found at www.mazdausa.com, with press information at www.mazdausamedia.com.  Racers and fans can follow the action on Facebook (Mazda Motorsports), Twitter (@mazdaracing), Instagram (MazdaMotorsport) andwww.mazdamotorsports.com 


NASA Racers Make Up Majority of Mazda Club Racer Shootout Finalists

Published on November 20, 2014 21:18

Napa Valley, CA - NASA is proud to announce that NASA racers have secured the majority of finalist positions in the 2014 Mazda Club Racer Shootout. Specifically, NASA competitors will be representing 5 of the 6 positions coming from real-life racing, and potentially taking the step up the racing ladder into the professional ranks. 

Thumb anderson"NASA has a stellar track record of producing top level racers that have excelled in the professional ranks" said Jeremy Croiset, NASA's Director of Business Development. "Last year's eventual Shootout winner Joey Bickers was a NASA racer and we're very proud to see NASA racers securing a majority of the finalists position in this year's Shootout competition. This goes a long way toward validating the fact that NASA competitors are as serious as they come and that there isn't a better place to try accomplishing one's dream of moving into the world of professional motorsports. We look forward to seeing the outcome at the Shootout and wish all the finalists good luck."

 

Thumb joey jordanThe Mazda Club Racer Shootout is the single largest prize in club racing.  Since 2007 Mazda has annually promoted one talented club racer to the professional ranks.  The $75,000 prize will help fund one driver on his quest to the 2015 Battery Tender Mazda MX-5 Cup Presented by BFGoodrich Tires.  A record 22 racers were semi-finalists, having met the eligibility criteria for 2014: each won a recognized championship over a minimum number of competitors.  Now, after each made a formal written business proposal, evaluated and ranked by industry professionals, the field has been narrowed to eight.   

 

The 2014 Mazda Club Racer shootout finalists are:

Racer                    Club/Series                                                                  Hometown/Residence
Sam Adams          Skip Barber Racing School (Summer Series)                  Hubertus, Wisconsin
Ben Anderson        NASA Eastern States Championships (PTE)                   Minneapolis, Minnesota        
Steven Diem          iRacing MX-5 Cup (Season 3)                                        Kailua, Hawaii                      
Joey Jordan          NASA Spec Miata Teen Challenge (West)                       Santa Barbara, California      
Kyle Loustaunau    NASA Western States Championships (Spec Miata)        Vacaville, California
Evan Maillard         iRacing MX-5 Cup (Season 2)                                        Nesles La Vallée, France      
Zachary Munro       NASA Spec Miata Teen Challenge (Rocky Mountain)       Granby, Colorado    
Eric Powell            NASA Western States Championships (PTD)                  Orlando, Florida                   


John Doonan, Director of Motorsports, Mazda North American Operations noted, “Each year this shootout evolves. Thumb sm wsc kyle For 2014 we have our first simulator-racing champions, from the iRacing MX-5 Cup, and our first racers from outside of North America.  The criteria for the shootout is to identify the aspiring professional racer who has the best range of skills required to succeed, including speed, consistency, racecraft, technical feedback, and off-track business and PR skills.  History has shown that a driver will be limited in success if they are lacking in any of these areas.  Past shootout winners have performed well both on and off the track, using this prize as a springboard for their career.”

Thumb zach munroThe final shootout will be at California’s Buttonwillow Raceway Park on December 1 and 2. The first day will test the finalists’ communication skills, marketing plans, and other essential attributes and skill sets required to continue to climb the racing ladder. The second day will consist of significant track time, data analysis, and a few surprises to help the judges gage the finalists’ skills behind the wheel. It is a winner-take-all event with only one racer moving up the Mazda ladder in 2015. 

“The diversity of backgrounds and racing experience across the competitors is truly Thumb powellremarkable. The proposals reflect that diversity and highlight how social media and modern technologies are embraced by Mazda Motorsports participants at all ages and around the world. Each year the quality of competition on and off track continues to improve.  The finals at Buttonwillow should be fantastic," stated Peter Calhoun - Motorsports Marketing Manager, BFGoodrich Tires.

Additional information about the Mazda Club Racer shootout and Mazda support can be found at http://www.mazdamotorsports.com


Photos from top-bottom: Ben Anderson, Joey Jordan, Kyle Loustaunau, Zachary Munro, Eric Powell.

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Photo 3, Head-On Photos 


NASA Championships presented by Toyo Tires headed to Virginia International Raceway and Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in 2015

Published on October 09, 2014 10:09

NASA Championships presented by Toyo Tires headed to Virginia International Raceway and Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in 2015


NAPA VALLEY, Calif. (Oct. 8, 2014) - The National Auto Sport Association (NASA) announced today the locations for its second annual, twin 2015 NASA Championship presented by Toyo tires events.

The 2015 NASA Eastern States Championships will move to the iconic Virginia International Raceway (VIR). The NASA Western States Championship will move to historic Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. Thumb vir logo 2014 color
In 2014, NASA decided to enhance what had been traditionally a single National Championship event into the country splitting Eastern and Western States Championship events. This move was designed to make the events much more accessible to a wider range of NASA competitors providing each coast with an event much closer to home. 

“The move to a dual-Championship event format was well received in 2014”, Ryan Flaherty, NASA National Chairman, said. “We expect a very positive response from our members upon learning that the Championship events will move to Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca and Virginia International Raceway. These are two world class tracks revered in the motorsports community, each offering a fantastic set of challenges our competitors must overcome to be crowned NASA Champions. We look forward to visiting each of these amazing facilities in 2015.”

This move provided competitors the opportunity to compete at and experience a Championship level event all set over a shorter three day format again designed to decrease the expense and time requirement a Championship level event can present competitors. This change has been well received, as nearly 600 entries will have competed for Championship titles at the conclusion of the 2014 season. Unprecedented in club racing, NASA also worked with its partners to offer over $2 million dollars-worth of contingency prizes available through a vast network of generous contingency sponsors.

NASA competitors will make their way toward Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca for the 10th annual running of the event for the Western States Championships that will begin July 31 - August 2, 2015. Thumb laguna seca

“We are proud to extend our relationship with NASA and to be chosen to host their 2015 Western States Championship event”, Gill Campbell, CEO/general manager of Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, said. “Our challenging 2.238-mile natural terrain road course coupled with our inviting locale is sure to draw a large field of competitors and family members eager to race and enjoy everything the Monterey Peninsula has to offer.”

The NASA Western States Championships at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca also presented a special synergistic opportunity considering Mazda is the track’s title sponsor and the Official car of NASA.

“We can't imagine a better pairing of tracks for the 2015 NASA Championship,” John Doonan, Director of Motorsports at Mazda North American Operations, said. “Mazda has thousands of racers competing with NASA, and it will be great to host all of the competitors at our home track. Simply based on its characteristics, we have often said that VIR is the East Coast counterpart to Mazda Raceway, and we expect both tracks will be popular choices.”

The Eastern part of the Championship event will begin at Virginia International Raceway September, 4-6, 2015.

“VIR is ready to open its gates to the 2015 NASA Eastern Championships”, Mike Rose, Virginia International Raceway Director of Marketing, said. “We hold several NASA events every year and competitors come to Danville, VA from all over the country to compete for the Championship crown. We're honored to host this fantastic event.”

Continuing to grow in popularity, 2015 will see NASA crown Champions for the 10th consecutive year. It will take both consistency and tenacity to persevere at either event where competitors will be required to complete two qualifying races to attain their stating position for the main event. NASA expects to crown Champions in 35 classes at each event over three days of intense competition.

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, Royal Purple, Hawk Performance, OG Racing, Ford Racing School, 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, AST Suspension, BFGoodrich, Ford Racing, Goodyear, Hawk Performance, Honda Performance Development (HPD), Hoosier Racing Tire, MAZDASPEED, Nissan, Sampson Racing Communications and Yokohama.  NASA competitors can also get discounts from Fuel Safe, Vehiport, APR Performance, the Ford Racing School, Avis, Cruise America, Eibach Springs, Exedy, Fastbrakes, Konig, The Mid-Ohio School, Hobie Polarized, Konig, Molecule, Motel 6, OG Racing, Torco, TPIS, Porterfield, Jongbloed Wheels, Yavay, 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 Championships at Road Atlanta Aug. 29-31 and the Western Championships at Sonoma Raceway Nov. 7-9 and the season culminating NASA 25 Hours of Thunderhill, December 6-7.
 
* 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 Sponsorship; Dave Ho, Business Operations Manager, Will Faules, National Event Manager.
 
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Toyo Tires® Returns to the 25-Hours of Thunderhill™ To Support NASA Road Racers Using Proxes® Competition Tires

Published on October 07, 2014 10:45


CYPRESS, CA - Toyo Tires® returns to the 25-Hours of Thunderhill™ on December 6th-7th to once again offer VIP treatment for racers competing exclusively on the Toyo® Proxes® line of tires.  The 25-Hours of Thunderhill is held annually by the National Auto Sport Association (NASA) at the Thunderhill Raceway Park in Northern California.  Considered the longest endurance road race in North America, amateur road race teams travel from around the continent to compete for the honor of capturing the overall win in this prestigious event.

The Official Tire of NASA, Toyo Tires proudly supports the 2014 series of races with an Enduro Contingency program.  During the 25-Hours of Thunderhill race, the brand will once again ‘roll out the red carpet’ for loyal Toyo Tires racers.  Registered participants will receive free mounting and balancing services from Thunderhill AIM Tire on all preorders and via trackside service at Thunderhill Raceway Park from December 5th-7th. 

All qualified participants and their qualifying support team members will have access to free meals at the Toyo Tires hospitality area on Friday, Saturday and Sunday during the race event.

“This is the third consecutive year that Toyo Tires is lending its support to the competitors of the 25-Hours of Thunderhill,” said Marc Sanzenbacher, senior manager, Competition Performance Products Division, Toyo Tire U.S.A. Corp.  “We have had overwhelming support from the racers, and we are glad to be able to help relieve the stress of preparation for the dedicated NASA racers who compete on Toyo Proxes tires.  And for such a long race, there is no better tire to deliver the endurance and performance that is synonymous with the Proxes name.”

Registration for this special program is limited.  All purchases must be made by November 24th, through Thunderhill AIM Tire at (530) 934 5588 ext. 118 or http://www.thunderhillaimtire.com, or AIM Tire at (707) 938-9193 or www.aimtire.com.

The program applies to racers using the Toyo Proxes® RS1™ full-slick and Proxes® RR DOT competition tire in dry conditions; while the Proxes® R888™, Proxes® RA1™ and Proxes® R1R™ are approved for wet use.

For full details on how to become a preferred VIP Toyo Tires racer, and to access the registration form for this promotion, log on to http://www.nasaproracing.com/contingency/toyo_tires/2014Toyo25hourForm1.pdf.

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 nearly 70 years.

The company 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.  Consumer product lines include the popular Open Country® tires for light trucks and SUVs; Proxes® ultra-high performance tires; Versado® tires for luxury passenger cars; and the value line of Extensa® passenger car tires. Many of the tires are built in the United States at their state-of-the-art factory in Bartow County, Georgia.

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2014 NASA Eastern States Championships Highlights Videos

Published on September 17, 2014 17:10

The biggest race of the year for the East Coast Regions is in the books, and here are the highlights from the event. You will hear from racers on their quest to become a 2014 NASA Eastern States Champion, and why it is critical to get the most out of yourself, and your car, for the one race that matters the most - Sunday's final. We also have thrilling class recaps for Spec Miata and Honda Challenge aficionados, where door handles were becoming thoroughly acquainted. Share these videos with your friends and get in the mood for the NASA Western States Championships coming up Nov 7-9!

2014 NASA Eastern States Championships Highlights 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7itgjvDJ38s&feature=youtu.be

2014 NASA Championships Spec Miata Highlights

2014 NASA Championships HPD Honda Challenge Highlights
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uTq_aHdRwYs


September's Issue of Speed News Magazine is Here!

Published on September 04, 2014 11:07

Road America takes center stage in the September issue of Speed News. Four regions converged on this historic racetrack in August for a weekend of world-class NASA racing, and you’ll get an inside look at all the action. You’ll also learn a quick way to repair a damaged bumper fascia and discover some of the nuances of alignment settings for racing suspensions. Remember, you can’t win if you don’t read! Read the September Speed News today!







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Crowned at Road Atlanta

Published on August 31, 2014 20:17

NASA Championships presented by Toyo Tires Champions Crowned at Road Atlanta

BRASELTON, Ga. (Aug. 31, 2014) - The National Auto Sport Association's (NASA) ninth annual NASA Championships presented by Toyo Tires Eastern States Championships crowned its winners today. 
 
After two days of qualifying races the 300+ NASA Eastern Championships competitors at Road Atlanta lined-up to compete for bragging rights and the NASA Eastern States Championship trophy.
 
American Iron Extreme, American Iron, Spec Iron, CMC
In the first of the days 45-minute championship races Chris Griswold, No. 71 Ford Mustang, and Brian Faessler in his No. 018 Ford Mustang continued their nose-to-tail racing with Griswold taking the early advantage in American Iron Extreme. On lap  eight Faessler passed and began to gap Griswold by three seconds, but on lap 11, Faessler did not come back around handing the Championship win to Griswold, his sixth (2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014). Griswold's fast lap time was a 1:27.26 and he is the winningest driver in NASA Championship history with six American Iron Extreme wins.
 
"The last half of the race was easy," Griswold said. "At the beginning Brian was right there battling with me and swapping the lead. I decided to back off a little and save my Hoosier tires. He then pulled off on the back stretch, I am not sure what happened to him. This is my sixth NASA Championship. It feels good. I had a great day. It felt good and I feel great about all of the work we put in early in the week."
 
In American Iron (AI) Will Stukas led the field early in his No. 93 Chevrolet Camaro from pole position. On lap 12 Scott McKay took over the lead of American Iron in his No. 171 Ford Mustang. 
 
"We got a shaggy start yesterday, I didn't finish the race with a broken throttle cable," McKay said. "We put it all back together and started sixth on the grid. We had a good run going moving up to second place for a while behind Will and then he had some issues. I took the lead and then with three laps to go I dropped a cylinder. I started looking in my rearview mirror for cars coming, but by that time we built up a big enough lead and took the win."
 
In Spec Iron it was Corey Rueth, Saturday's qualifying race winner, heading the field in his No.13 Ford Mustang. By lap nine Rueth was able to give himself a three-second cushion to his closest pursuer.
 
"It was a fantastic race," Rueth said. "We got a great run with the Late Model Restoration Mustang. I got to thank my crew Jeff Brooks, Robert Beaudreau and my wife Lisa Rueth for helping me get the car prepped. Paul Costas set-up the car with Witch Doctor Racing and got the Mustang just right for this track. All I had to do was pilot the car and keep it together. I managed to stay a couple of turns ahead of the drama. It was a long race and I was glad to see the checker."
 
In CMC the No. 93 Camaro driven by Derek Wright was the class of the field.
 
"The start of the race was fantastic," Wright said. "I was able to get a pretty good lead and I was letting traffic go by without losing too much time. I was maintaining my pace, cruising a little. Then with two laps to go something in the rear gear began to go. I went from a five second lead down to the next guy right on my bumper. It became exciting at the end. The early work paid off. I won by a half of a car length."
 
Super Unlimited, FFR ST1, ST2, ST3
In the Super Unlimited Championship race Joseph Freda in his No. 22 Chevrolet Camaro and Alan Palmer in his No. 3 West WX10 car took turns leading the fast field. On lap five a full caution flew as the No. 25 ST2 Lotus of Greg Vannucci was in the wall on the front stretch. Palmer was the overall leader at the yellow. The race restarted on lap nine. Marc Cantor led ST2 in the No. 26 BMW M3. In the Factory Five Racing Class Paul Arnold was running upfront in his No. 5 Factory Five Racing car  and held on for the win. In ST3 the No. 85 of David Ziegler took the win in his Chevrolet Corvette Z06. In ST2 it was Matt Isbell in his No. 88 Chevrolet Corvette. As the checkered flag dropped surprise ST1 winner Benjamin Lesnak took overall honors in his No. 98 Chevrolet Corvette. In Super Unlimited it was Mike Howard in his No. 00 Chevrolet Corvette taking that championship trophy.
 
"It was a blast," Howard said. "I didn't have anything for the little sports racer. I raced him real clean and he broke before I did this time. I broke in the first two races this weekend, so I was due. I was catching him at the yellow, but the yellow helped me cool the car down."
 
"It was really a matter of attrition," Isbell said. "Greg Vannucci had me by three-thousandths of a second, but he had that big off coming out of the exit of 12. After that I just had to manage the gap, which I had three seconds on and well as manage my car. I hope Greg is ok. I am glad for MTI, we have won three national championships together and I thank them."
 
"It was a hot day," Lesnak said. "The track was slowing down. The Viper which was my main competition had me down the straights. I was making my plan to get around him. I made an early move into Turn Seven and then he repassed me. I was able to get by him again coming down the hill into 12. The yellow helped and I was able to get away after the caution."
 
"I started on the pole," Ziegler said. "I ran into some slower ST2 traffic and I got passed and fell to second. We were racing hard for a few laps. The yellow saved my tires. I think at the end of the day it came down to managing the slower cars."
 
"I missed last year as I was mending from a back injury," Arnold said. "It has taken me most of the year to get the feel of the car again. We had a good battle and I was in a good position to take the win. This has been a long time coming."
 
Spec E30, Spec 3
Eric Palacio, pole sitter, in his No. 175 BMW 325 brought the 39 car field to the green. Immediately he began swapping the front spot with Robert Grace in the No. 174. By lap 11 Steven Lako, No. 81 BMW 325, took the lead and had a two second gap to the second place of the No. 609 of Robert Gagliardo.  In Spec 3 the No. 23 of Barry Battle took the race by two seconds over the No. 07 BMW 325 of Jon McAvoy.  
 
 "It was awesome," Lako said. "Five of us took off and had a great race for 40-minutes. We battled, exchanged potions, working together with different people. A little entanglement mid-race helped me get up in the lead. I had some clean track and that really helped. Nobody on my bumper I was able to run my line as they battled behind me."
 
"The weekend started a little rough," Battle said. "In the first qualifying race my ABS went out on the first lap so I had to drive through that failure. Saturday was pretty smooth I dropped to second on the last lap. Today's race was pretty clean. There was a lot of Spec E30 traffic, but altogether a great race."
 
Spec Miata
Matthew Pombo, winner of both qualifying races, led the 34 car field to the green for the Championship race in his No. 60 Mazda Miata. Danny Steyn was able to get a run on Pombo at the exit of Turn One and lead the first lap in his No. 39 Miata. By lap four  the No. 57 driven by Alex Bolanos joined the front pack. On lap seven Bolanos moved by Pombo into second and two laps later drove to the overall lead. On lap 12 Bolanos was relegated to third with Steyn back in the lead and Pombo in second. The trio were circulating bumper-to-bumper. By lap 13 the three combatants had amassed a three second lead to the fourth place runner. On lap 14 Steyn was able to get some separation as Pombo and Bolanos were running side-by-side. James Drago, No. 2, moved into third position on lap 16 as Pombo began to fade. By lap 18 it was a two car race between Steyn and Bolanos as they changed positions  over the last couple of laps. At the checker it was Bolanos, Steyn and Pombo for the Spec Miata Championship podium.
 
"It is really hot out today," Bolanos said. "It was really about managing tires for the full 45-minutes of the race. We usually line-up and start passing later, but the popping started earlier than usual. Even in the lead pack I tried not to abuse the tires through the esses. I was able to have some rubber at the end and pick them off one at a time. We had a clean race, no cautions and I got to the checkered flag first."
 
"It was an amazing run," Steyn said. "All of us were like a train the first few laps. We knew Alex would be a threat. He has been on form all year. Matt Pombo, my teammate, and I worked together well in the qualifying races. I knew if we got split up things were going to change. Matt dropped off later in the race and Alex had a little more than me and was the better driver today. He earned it."
 
"Unfortunately mid-way through the race coming through Turns Three and Four the car just lost power," Pombo said. "I had to shut it off and restart it. It did it to me three or four times during the race, so it cost me. I have to thank Tom and Tracy Fowler and all of the OPM Autosports gang. We have a 1999 Miata and the 02s had the legs on me, but we proved it was competitive. I just wish we didn't have the problems in the Championship race we had. Spec Miata is such a great class and the best racing series in the country. If you can run with these guys you can race with anyone."
 
GTS 1-4
In GTS the GTS4 car of Randy Mueller continued to be the class of the field on the weekend. Following up on a qualifying race win from yesterday Mueller jumped into the early lead. On lap 10 a full course caution bunched the field. The caution eliminated a 10 second gap that Mueller had amassed, but on the restart he was able to go away for the overall class win. The victory is Mueller's fourth NASA Championship win (2007, 2011, 2012, 2014).  In GTS3 it was Edgar Cabrera in the No. 777 BMW. Rafael Torres won the GTS2 race in his BMW 328, but was later disqualified for non-compliance promoting DJ Fitzpatrick to the top step on the podium. In GTS1, Tim Pruitt drove his No. 329 Porsche 944 to the win.  
 
"It was hard, I went from first to fourth," Torres said. "A guy tried to put me off early and then on the restart he waved me by. I was able to get back on my horse and retake the lead. My BFGoodrich tires were great today they helped me to drive to the front and take the win."
 
"It was extremely hot out there," Mueller said. "I started on the pole and opened up a gap early on, but then the yellow bunched it up. The Porsches in my rear view mirror on the restart got my attention. I just put my head down and ran fast laps."
 
"It was a good race," Pruitt. "I changed position with the Team Fire Engine car about three times during the race. When I got in the lead I could hold him off. On the restart he got by me and I was able to reign him in and get by and I was able to drive to the win."
 
"It was incredible," Cabrera said. "I had a guy behind me at the end that I had to hold off. The caution period brought everyone back together. I had a lead and the yellow took away the gap that I worked so hard for from the beginning."
 
HPD Honda Challenge Class 1-2
In HPD Honda Challenge 1 twin qualifying race winner Kris Popovic in his orange No. 9 Acura Integra led the field to the green. By lap 10 Popovic had raced to a five second lead over David Isbell in his No. 7 Acura Integra. In Challenge 2 Robert Paskiewicz, No. 10 Acura Integra, was locked in a battle with the No. 31 Honda Accord of Karl Kandor. The race was red flagged on lap 15. The stoppage erased Popovic's seven second lead. The race took the green and white flags making it a one lap trophy dash to the checker. Popovic was able to hold off the field for one lap and sweep the qualifying races and the win the Challenge 1 Championship. Isbell second and the No. 75 of John Oldt was third in his Honda S2000.  In Challenge 2 it was Kondor getting by Paskiewicz on the last lap. Kevin LeClair, No. 79 Honda Civic came home in third.
 
"Wow, I swept the weekend," Popovic said. "I worked hard and it paid off. I have to thank my engine tuner Jason Suge from Suge 1 Motorsports. We built a motor at the last minute on Thursday morning. I had a good gap before the red flag came. I thought  they were going to end the race. At the double yellow I had low fuel. I knew once we went green again that I had the power to get them down the straights."
 
"It was incredible," Kondor said. "The last couple of laps my car is running hot and we are under caution. I was wondering if we were going to go green. We get the green, I am pushing really hard and there is traffic in front of us. We ran into some traffic on the back straight and use it to my advantage to get by through the chicane. Without the red/yellow and restart I may have been able to get a look, but not to get by."
 

Spec Z
Jay Pellegrini III took the lead in his No. 12 Nissan 350Z with the No. 0 of John Baldwin close behind in his 350Z. The race was reflagged on lap 15. The race was restarted with one lap remaining. Pellegrini was able to hold off Brian Kleeman, No. 23, for the win with Baldwin taking the last step on the Spec Z podium.
 
"It was a wild run," Pellegrini said. "I didn't have any grip in the rear tires the first few laps. I was drifting all over the place. We had a close race up front with the 23 of Kleeman and William Dryer. I want to NASA, Nissan and BFGoodrich for a great event, great car and great tires."
 
944 Spec, PTB-F
At the start of the 944 Spec and PTB-F race the race went full course on lap one. The race went green on lap four with Dan Pina leading the Spec 944 field in his No. 149 Porsche. On lap 12 Daniel Williams, No. 76 Porsche, passed Pina to take the lead and held on to take the checkered flag. In PTB David Schotz, No. 34 Pontiac Firebird, was able to pass Jeremiah Fox in his No. 033 Subaru Impreza on the restart lap. Schotz and Fox were locked in a two car battle the entire race distance. On lap Fox retook the lead, with Schotz retaking the point on the very next lap and holding on for the win. In PTE it was Ben Anderson on the top step of the podium in his No. 38 Mazda RX7. The PTF winner was Ken Brewer in the No. 6 Toyota MR2.
 
 "That was an experience of a lifetime," Williams said. "The camaraderie of the team and how we came together to make it all work is amazing. I had some cars spinning in front of me and then I hit a patch of oil made it a little dramatic. The hardest thing was to stay focused when I was in the lead. I just wanted to keep my mind on the track. Keep it in the now. If you make one mistake these guys will be all over you."
 
"It was an incredible battle," Schotz said. "Traffic played a part in it. I tried to keep a couple of these cars between me and Jeremiah because I know he has a lot of top speed. It was a great race. My car has a few issues, but we were able to make to the finish and the win. I want to thank CarboTech and Hoosier tires for a fun weekend."
 
"Road Atlanta is tough when it is hot like this," Anderson. "We have by far the heaviest car, by 500 lbs. and it is all about tire management. It is 95-degrees and it is one of the hardest cars to drive managing the tires. I was in second for a few laps and then was able to pass and I had a gap. The yellow came and I was able to keep the focus and pull off the win."
 
"My car is really stock," Brewer said. "I bolted up fresh Hoosiers for the race. I started third as I didn't make qualifying. I had to borrow an ECU from a fans street car so I could make the race today. My competitors are great and fun to race with. It was a fun weekend and taking home the trophy makes it a great weekend."
 
Highlights of the Weekend
Chris Griswold drove his No. 71 Ford Mustang to a record six NASA Championship win (2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014). The win makes him the winningest driver in Championships history.
 
Fast race lap of the weekend was put in by Alan Palmer in his West WX10 a 1:27.666 lap time.
 
Benjamin Lesnak won the ST1 Class in his No. 98 Cadillac XLSR as well as the TT1 Class in his Corvette.
 
Randy Mueller drove his No. 0 BMW M3 to a fourth NASA Championships title (2007, 2011, 2012, 2014). 
 
2014 NASA National Championship Winners - Provisional
 
American Iron Extreme, Chris Griswold, No. 71 Ford Mustang *Six time Championships winner

American Iron, Scott McKay, No. 171 Ford Mustang

Spec Iron, Corey Rueth, No. 13 Ford Mustang

CMC, Derek Wright, No. 913 Chevrolet Camaro

Super Unlimited, Mike Howard, No. 00 Chevrolet Corvette

ST1, Benjamin Lesnak, No. 98 Cadillac XLSR

ST2, Matt Isbell, No. 88 Chevrolet Corvette

ST3, David Ziegler, No. 85 Chevrolet Corvette

Factory Five Racing, Paul Arnold, No. 5 Factory Five Racing

Spec E30, Steven Lako, No. 81, BMW 325

Spec 3, Barry Battle, No. 23 BMW 325

Spec Miata, Alex Bolanos, No. 57 Mazda Miata

GTS4, Randy Mueller, No. 0 BMW M3

GTS3, Edgar Cabrera, No. 187 BMW M3

GTS2, DJ Fitzpatrick, No. 186 BMW M3

GTS1, Tim Pruitt, No. 329 Porsche 944

HPD Honda Challenge 1, Kris Popovic, No. 9 Acura Integra

HPD Honda Challenge 2, Karl Kondor, No. 31 Honda Accord

Spec Z, Jay Pellegrini, No. 12 Nissan 350Z

PTB, David Schotz, No. 34 Pontiac Firebird

PTE, Ben Anderson, No. 38 Mazda RX7

PTF, Ken Brewer, No. 6 Toyota MR2

944 Spec, Daniel Williams, No 74 Porsche 944

TT1, Benjamin Lesnak, No. 98 Chevrolet Corvette

TT2, Greg Vannucci, No. 25 Lotus Exige

TTU, Reese Cox, No. 9, Chevrolet Corvette

TTB, Jeremiah Fox, No. 033 Subaru Impreza STI

TTC, Chi Ho, No. 10X Honda S2000

TTD, Jon Kozlow, No. 36, BMW M3
 
Complete information on the NASA Championships presented by Toyo Tires can be viewed at nasachampionships.com.
 
The weekend's schedule from Road Atlanta can viewed at http://www.nasaproracing.com/nationals/East_Combined_2014.pdf
 
Road Atlanta is a 2.54-mile, 12-turn undulating road course located in Braselton, Ga., just 50-miles north of Atlanta. Road Atlanta is known as one of the most exciting places to drive a race car. The ultra-fast circuit has only one slow corner, Turn Seven, which leads onto the long back straight. The approach to the fast downhill Turn 12 is blind challenging drivers to carry a lot of speed down the hill that leads to the front straightaway and in to Turn One. The stretch out of Turn One to Turn Five consists of a set of esses and lefts and rights that will reward a good handling car.
 
The NASA Championships presented by Toyo Tires Western States Championships will take the green flag at Sonoma Raceway, Nov. 7-9.
 
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 four regional races around the country, five for the Western States Championships.  The 2014 National Championship presented by Toyo Tires Eastern weekend will feature over 300 competitors racing for the NASA National Champion trophy in 36 racing classes and nine Time Trial divisions around the famed Road Atlanta circuit home to Petit Le Mans.

NASA Championships presented by Toyo Tires Racing at Road Atlanta Day One

Published on August 29, 2014 17:29

Qualifying races a glimpse at tight racing

BRASELTON, Ga. (Aug. 29, 2014) - The National Auto Sport Association's (NASA) ninth annual NASA Championships presented by Toyo Tires Eastern States Championships is underway.  More than 300 competitors from across the country are racing for championship honors this weekend at Road Atlanta.  
 
In near 100-degree temperatures the NASA Eastern Championships began today. In the opening qualifying race of the weekend, Brian Faessler in his No. 018 Ford Mustang made easy work of the American Iron Extreme field with Will Stukas winning the American Iron Class in his No. 93 Chevrolet Camaro Z28.
 
"It was fun," Stukas said. "I started from back in eighth on the outside. I was able to get a few guys on the outside into Turn One and run down the rest throughout the race. Road Atlanta is my home track. I want to run the qualifying races up front and try and start on the pole for the big race on Sunday. I hold the track record here in this class with a 1:33.2. I don't think we will get close to that time in this heat this weekend."  
 
In the Spec Miata race, the 37 car field took the green and instantly began mixing it up. Danny Steyn in his No. 39 Miata took the early lead. Steyn had the No. 60 of Matthew Pombo glued to his bumper in the early going. Jonathan Czarny made it a three car race in his No. 21 green Miata. On lap eight, Pombo went by Steyn and won the qualifier. The fast lap of the race was put in by James Drago in his No. 02 Miata turning a 1:45.104.
 
"It was a good way to start the weekend," Pombo said. "I looked at it like a qualifying session. I was just trying to be smooth and keep it in the top five. My car was heating up so I switched spots with Danny. He got racing with Czarny and they kind of let me go. The car handled like a dream. There is a lot of racing left to go, another qualifying race tomorrow and the big race on Sunday. My dad won two National Championships here at Road Atlanta and I grew up watching him. This place has a lot of history for the Pombo family. We just tend to click very well here. The strategy for Sunday is to get the OPM Motorsports/Pombo Racing Spec Miata to the front and stay there and see who is going to win on the last couple of laps."
 
In Spec E30, another big field at this year's NASA Eastern Championships, with over 40 cars the qualifying race was full of great action. The No. 30 BMW of Jared Stoops took the early lead. On lap four Sandro Espinosa in his No. 32 BMW 325i took the lead and never looked back. The new Spec 3 Class qualifying race was won by Barry Battle in his No. 23 BMW 325.
 
"I started the day qualifying on new tires and I didn't like the handling," Espinosa said. "I went back into the trailer and dug up some old tires that are a few race weekends old and it came right back to me. This is the third weekend on these tires, but they are shot now. I think I am going to look in the trash can for some tires or look to my buddies for some used rubber. My strategy for this weekend is to find old tires. This is my home track. I wanted to run new tires for the big weekend, but my car just doesn't seem to like them."
 
In 944 Spec Jason Stanley made easy work of the near 40 car field in his No. 60 Porsche 944. He was followed to the line by No. 76 Daniel Williams and the No. 96 of Jason Walsh.
 
"I didn't have much clear track in qualifying, so I didn't get the pole like I wanted," Stanley said. "I was third on the first lap. I tried to pass Pina (Dan, No. 149 Porsche) coming into Turn Ten, but he made it tough so I tucked in behind and did some bump drafting. Pina had a burble and I went by him. I was able to move to the lead and I put my head down, hit my marks and drove to the win. I am still looking for the sweet spot with my tires and we may get some rain on Sunday. If it rains, I have a good wet set-up so we are looking pretty good. My goal is to drive a safe race tomorrow and get a good starting position for Sunday's main event."
 
In the HPD Honda Challenge Class, Kris Popovic in his No. 9 Acura Integra took the qualifying race win. Kevin Helms turned the quick lap of the Challenge 1 group with a 1:38.895, but retired with one lap to go while in a heated battle with Popovic. In  Challenge 2, the No. 8 Honda S2000 of Jeremy Lucas took the win.
 
"It was a tough one," Popovic said. "Kevin was on me for a while. He pulled off coming into Turn Ten. You have to finish it to win it. I was able to get the win. I have my fingers crossed that everything stays together for the rest of the weekend. We have had a good year.  I won a few races here at Road Atlanta early and then had some mechanical issues. I just need my motor to last and we will be good."
 
"There was a lot of back and forth up front, I did not lead the whole way," Lucas, Challenge 2 winner said. "We were pushing each other really hard all race. It was fun. I started the race from pole, went up into Turn Three and I was second, at the end of lap one I was third. I was able to come back and take the win. The car has a lot of weight at 2900 lbs. I need to keep the tires in check. In a 40-minute race it will be tight. This is my first race at this track with this car."
 
In the Spec Z Class Brian Kleeman drove his No. 23 Nissan 350Z to the qualifying race win.
 
"It is hot out there," Kleeman said. "I started on pole and was able to keep the lead. Jay (Pelligrini Jr., No 51) was right on my tail keeping me honest the whole way. Unfortunately he pulled in with a problem and I was able to cruise the rest of the way. The dash isn't working, so I don't know what the temps are, hopefully not too high. I want to get out front and stay out front the rest of the weekend."
 
Ralf Lindackers won the last qualifying race of the day in his No. 01 BMW M3 in the GTS Class.
 
"It was a great run," Lindackers said. "It was a little confusing at the beginning with two pace laps. I had a decent start, I went back to third from second. I was able to get up front and race with John van Houten, which was a really fun."
 
Complete information on the NASA Championships presented by Toyo Tires can be viewed at nasachampionships.com.
 
The weekend's schedule from Road Atlanta can viewed at http://www.nasaproracing.com/nationals/East_Combined_2014.pdf
 
Live timing from the Road Atlanta Championships can be viewed at   http://www.nasaproracing.com/liveresults/champs
 
Road Atlanta is a 2.54-mile, 12-turn undulating road course located in Braselton, Ga., just 50-miles north of Atlanta. Road Atlanta is known as one of the most exciting places to drive a race car. The ultra-fast circuit has only one slow corner, Turn Seven, which leads onto the long back straight. The approach to the fast downhill Turn 12 is blind challenging drivers to carry a lot of speed down the hill that leads to the front straightaway and in to Turn One. The stretch out of Turn One to Turn Five consists of a set of esses and lefts and rights that will reward a good handling car.
 
The NASA Championships presented by Toyo Tires Western States Championships will take the green flag at Sonoma Raceway, Nov. 7-9.
 
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 four regional races around the country, five for the Western States Championships.  The 2014 National Championship presented by Toyo Tires Eastern weekend will feature over 300 competitors racing for the NASA National Champion trophy in 36 racing classes and nine Time Trial divisions around the famed Road Atlanta circuit home to Petit Le Mans.