National Auto Sport Association

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Established in 1966, Toyo Tire U.S.A. Corp. represents the innovation, quality, performance, and excellent service that Toyo Tires has delivered worldwide for more than 70 years.Toyo offers a complete selection of premium replacement tires for nearly every make and model including light trucks, SUVs, high performance cars, and luxury vehicles, as well as commercial trucks. Many of these tires are built here in the United States at our state-of-the-art factory in Bartow County, Georgia.

About NASA

The National Auto Sport Association was formed in 1991 with the premise of delivering high-quality motorsports events to enthusiasts at major racing venues throughout the United States. NASA has created programs that allow owners of racecars and high-performance street-driven vehicles to enjoy the full performance capabilities of their cars in a controlled professionally managed environment. NASA offers many different programs that will allow you to enjoy motorsports on a number of different levels, including our High Performance Driving Events (HPDE), Rally Sport, Time Trial, NASA-X and Competition Racing programs.
NASA Membership

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

NASA Thanks Our Partners

NASA would like to thank its National sponsors for their continued support: Toyo Tires, Mazda, Hawk Performance, Winding Road Racing, and GoPro.  We also want to thank MAZDASPEED, Honda Performance Development, Nissan, and Ford Motor Company for supporting our members. We greatly appreciate those companies that offer our racers contingency support, including Toyo Tires, AST Suspension, BFGoodrich, Ford Racing, Maxxis Tires, Hawk Performance, Honda Performance Development (HPD), Hoosier Racing Tire, MAZDASPEED, Nissan, Frozen Rotors, Spec Clutches, Sampson Racing Communications, Winding Road Racing, Power Rev Racing, Tilton, Whiteline, Supertech, Fuelab, AKG Motorsport, Maximum Motorsports, G-Loc Brakes, MPT Industries, Neo Motorsport, Racer Parts Wholesale, and Yokohama.  NASA competitors can also get discounts from Mazda, Honda Performance Development, FR.Sport, Jongbloed Racing Wheels, Promotive, Racing Fire Systems, Ford Performance Racing School, Fuel Safe, Avis, Konig, Metal Conditioner Squared,, GeoSky Alert, and Winding Road Racing.
NASA at a Glance
  • NASA was founded in 1991 on the premise of providing motorsport competition programs that allow owners of both racecars and high-performance street-driven vehicles to enjoy the full-performance capabilities of their cars in a safe and controlled environment. 
  • NASA has more than 14,000 members in 15 regions.
  • Key events include the NASA Western States Championships presented by Toyo Tires at Thunderhill Raceway, Oct. 6-8, 2017; Eastern States Championships presented by Toyo Tires at Sebring International Raceway Oct. 20-22, 2017;  and the season culminating NASA 25 Hours of Thunderhill presented by Hawk Performance, Dec. 1-3, 2017.
  • Each NASA Championship event will run 30 race classes and nine Time-Trial classes during the event.
  • NASA runs over 150 events each year encompassing over 250 races, including the association's Rally Sport and Time-Trial program.
  • Manufacturer partners include Mazda, Honda, Nissan, and Ford Motor Company.
  • NASA Management: Jerry Kunzman, Executive Director; Ryan Flaherty, National Chairman; Jeremy Croiset, Director of Business Development; Dave Ho, Business Operations Manager.

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