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2015 NASA Eastern States Championships presented by Toyo Tires Warming up with Fast Entries



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NASA Eastern States Championships presented by Toyo Tires
Warming up with Fast Entries

Virginia International Raceway to host

NAPA VALLEY, Calif. (Aug. 18, 2015) -  The second annual NASA Eastern States Championships presented by Toyo Tires to run at Virginia International Raceway (VIR) Sept. 3-6 is getting competitive entries.

East coast NASA racers are preparing for the big event at VIR in three weeks. The 3.27 mile, 17-turn circuit will challenge the 300+ drivers coming to compete.

Mark Drennan made his mark at the NASA Western States Championships two weeks ago by winning the Spec Miata Class as well as the new BMW Spec E46 Class. Drennan is going for a Miata and BMW double by also entering the Eastern States event.

"I originally signed up for Spec E46 race, renting a good car from one of the class founders Jason Tower," Drennan said. "I wanted to meet the other E46 drivers and, if I was fortunate enough to win the West, I want to see if I can consolidate the National Championship. After winning the Western States Champs in Spec Miata and Spec E46, I got a call about an open transport spot for a car and decided to bring one of my Spec Miata cars. The Spec Miata field in the East is deep with talent and I'm always looking to challenge myself.  I've been to VIR twice, once in 2013 in a Spec Miata and a few weeks ago for a NASA regional in the rented Spec E46. I posted two wins that weekend. I expect James Clay and Cameron Evans to be formidable in the BMW race. In Spec Miata, there's a handful of super-fast drivers, but the top two are Danny Steyn and last year's Eastern States Champ Alex Bolanos."

Brian Faessler and his team have built an all-new Mustang for 2015. The No. 018 Ford Mustang running in the Super Unlimited Class will be one to be reckoned with at the beginning of September at VIR.

"We actually built a completely new car this year, an all-new 2015 Mustang," Faessler said. "With this car, we've now got an IRS (independent rear suspension), better greenhouse aerodynamics and some other minor things. I've been to VIR three times, twice this year. I was able to finish fourth in the July 17th Grassroots Ultimate Track Car Challenge. This year we are gunning for the Super Unlimited and TTU Championships."

Alex Bolanos is coming back in his No. 57 Mazda Miata and is looking to repeat his win at Road Atlanta in 2014 in Spec Miata.

"The goal is to win and defend my title," Bolanos said. "I am doing some set-up changes, specific to VIR, for the Toyo tire as I've always run there on Hoosiers. I think that the runner up from last year Danny Steyn and 2012 Champ Yiannis Tsiounis will be strong for the championships as well as the local talent."

Jon Felton, NASA National event manager, has his team in full planning mode for the east coast event.

"We have great participation from our administrative team on the east coast," Felton said. "Everything is progressing toward the first weekend in September. The racers are ready and we are still getting entries. There are a lot of strong classes like Spec Miata, Spec E30 and the HPD Honda Challenge class is the biggest we have seen it since Mid-Ohio in 2012."

Virginia International Raceway's 3.27 miles encompasses nearly every kind of turn. The fast esses that lead into the signature Oak Tree Turn are known throughout the racing community. The long laps will reward a good race car set-up and require the competitors to display their driving skills as well as race craft.

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

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 Eastern States Championships.  

About Toyo Tires

Founded in 1945, Toyo Tires has stood for innovation, quality, performance, and excellent service around the world for over 65 years.  The company offers a complete line of premium replacement tires for nearly all makes and models, including high-performance cars, luxury vehicles, light trucks and SUVs as well as commercial trucks.


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 for member information.


NASA Thanks Our Partners

NASA would like to thank its National sponsors for their continued support:  Toyo Tires, Mazda, Hawk Performance, Winding Road Racing, and GoPro.  We also want to thank MAZDASPEED, Honda Performance Development (HPD), Nissan, and Ford Motor Company for supporting our members.  We greatly appreciate those companies that offer our racers contingency support, including Toyo Tires, AIM Sports, AST Suspension, BFGoodrich, Ford Racing, Maxxis Tires, Traqmate, Hawk Performance, Honda Performance Development (HPD), Hoosier Racing Tire, MAZDASPEED, Nissan, Jongbloed Racing Wheels, Bimmerworld, Frozen Rotors, Optic Armor, Neo Motorsports, Spec Clutches, Driven Racing Oil, Altronics Inc., ANZE Suspension, GT Radial Tire, Tilton, Racefab Inc., Sampson Racing Communications and Yokohama.  NASA competitors can also get discounts from Mazda, Maxxis Tires, Racing Fire Systems, Ford Performance Racing School,Fuel Safe, Vehiport, APR Performance, Avis, Cruise America, Eibach Springs, Exedy, Fastbrakes, Konig, The Mid-Ohio School, Konig, Molecule, Red Line Oil, Winding Road Racing, Torco, TPIS, Porterfield and Monster Clutch.


NASA at a Glance

* NASA was founded in 1991 on the premise of providing motorsport competition programs that allow owners of both racecars and high-performance street-driven vehicles to enjoy the full-performance capabilities of their cars in a safe and controlled environment.


* NASA has over 14,000 members in 16 regions.


* Key events include the NASA Western Championships at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, July 31 - Aug. 2; the Eastern Championships at Virginia International Raceway Sept. 4-6 and the season culminating NASA 25 Hours of Thunderhill, Dec. 5-6.


* The NASA National Championships will run 36 race classes and nine Time-Trial classes during the event.


* NASA runs over 150 events each year encompassing over 250 races, including the association's Rally Sport and Time-Trial program.


* Manufacturer partners include MAZDASPEED, Honda Performance Development (HPD), Nissan and Ford Racing.


* NASA Management: Jerry Kunzman, Executive Director; Ryan Flaherty, National Chairman; Jeremy Croiset, Director of Business Development; Dave Ho, Business Operations Manager, Will Faules, National Event Manager.


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