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2015 NASA Eastern States Championships presented by Toyo Tires Ready for the Green Flag

NASA Eastern States Championships presented by Toyo Tires Ready for Green Flag


300+ NASA competitors ready to race


NAPA VALLEY, Calif. (Sept. 2, 2015) -  The second annual NASA Eastern States Championships presented by Toyo Tires to run at VIRginia International Raceway (VIR) is ready to take the green flag this weekend, Sept. 3-6.


The 3.27 mile, 17-turn VIR circuit will be home to the 300+ drivers who will compete for the title of NASA Eastern Champion.


Two-time NASA Champion Eric Kuhns will be debuting his new "Franken44" Porsche at the championships. Coming from the 944 Spec Class, Kuhns is ready to make his mark on the Super Touring 2 Class this weekend.


"The Franken44 has a 5.7-liter LS1 Corvette motor," Kuhns said. "I have just three race weekends on the car. It's been great. The Franken44 is powerful, reliable, and oh man does it sound great! I ran my qualifying races at Mid-Ohio, Road America, and Gingerman. I see David Farmer and Greg Vannucci as the main competition in ST2. I am sure there will be some fast guys I don't know about. My goals are to first, race clean, second, have a good time - that's why we do this - and third develop the new car at a high level of competition and lastly push hard to get on the podium." Thumb top


Zephyr Belski is a two time Honda Challenge 5 NASA National Champion from 2006 and 2007.

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"I have a new car this season so my goals at VIR this weekend are modest. I hope to finish in a position higher than I start," Belski said. "I ran at VIR this year, so I have a pretty good idea of how to set-up my Acura for this weekend. I hope that will give me a slight advantage. I have been attending races at VIR since 2003 starting in HPDE, it is an amazing track."


NASA event director, Jon Felton, is ready to welcome a great grid of competitors.

"Everyone I talk to is excited about the NASA Eastern States Championship event this weekend," Felton said. "The plans are made, the competitors are putting the final touches on their cars and we will be ready to welcome them to VIR. By the looks of the 300+ entries we are going to have a great weekend of racing and camaraderie."


VIRginia International Raceway's 3.27 miles encompasses nearly every kind of turn. The fast uphill 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. Thumb vir


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 five races for entry into the NASA 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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