NASA Pro Racing Series News

21 09, 2021

Way Faster than a Fastball: The 2021 NASA Time Trial Champions

In the world of motorsports, professional or grassroots, Time Trial is akin to baseball. Played at any level, it is a thinking man’s game.
Each session on track is like an at-bat for a ball player. It teaches you a little bit more about what to expect from your opponent, but that doesn’t eliminate surprises, most of which come in the form of what those opponents also are learning about you. Ideally you are getting a little bit better with each at-bat, but then again, so are your opponents.
When they top your lap time, you have to find a new way to top theirs. TT cars lapping the track might seem somewhat simple, but it’s no easier than trying to use a round bat to hit a round ball coming at you at 90 mph. The cognition is stratospheric, and it levels up the entire weekend.
This year’s Time Trial competition at

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19 09, 2021

2021 Champions Crowned at NASA Championships Presented by Toyo Tires

Getting to the podium at the NASA Championships takes a combination of bravado, survival skills, a few people skilled with turning wrenches — and, of course, a welcome dose of good luck.
The National Auto Sport Association wrapped up its 2021 Championships at Daytona International Speedway and crowned 21 new racing champions and eight new Time Trial champions, which will be detailed in the Sept. 29 issue of Speed News. 
Spec Miata
Preston Pardus captured the NASA Spec Miata Championship race, making a late move to get back in front of the field and won by .079 seconds over Harry Voigt, with Matthew Cresci right on their heels in third place.
“It was a little harder than I thought it was going to be at the end,” Pardus said. “There at the end they drafted by me and luckily coming out of the Bus Stop I was able to pull one back and

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18 09, 2021

Stakes Rise on Day Two of Qualifying at the 2021 NASA Championships Presented by Toyo Tires

With one qualifying race in the books, competitors at the 2021 NASA Championships Presented by Toyo Tires, had one more qualifying race on Saturday to claw their way forward to give themselves their best shot at a NASA Championship on Sunday.
The stakes rise with the sun each day. 
It is the combined results of qualifying races one and two that determine grid position for the Championships races on Sunday. Only the competitors who can blend a cocktail of preparation, speed, setup, support and a welcome dose of good luck can be crowned a NASA Champion.
Here’s how Saturday’s qualifying races unfolded.
Spec Miata
The weeks leading up to the Spec Miata championship races could be a lesson plan for the fine art of negotiation. Cooperation is critical for success at draft-dependent Daytona International Speedway. If you want to succeed, you will need a drafting partner. Correction, if you want to succeed, you

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17 09, 2021

Qualifying Heats up at Daytona at the 2021 NASA Championships Presented by Toyo Tires

After a full day of practice and some time to shake off jet lag, NASA drivers from near and far hit the high banks of Daytona International Speedway running hard at the 2021 NASA Championships Presented by Toyo Tires.
Today’s action on track consisted of time-based qualifying sessions in the morning, and qualifying races in the afternoon. Heavy showers the night before changed track conditions as did the crushing Florida heat and humidity.
For this year’s championships, the qualifying format uses lap times to set the grid for Friday afternoon’s qualifying race. That race finish and the qualifying race finish from Saturday will combine to set the grid for the Championships races on Sunday. One mistake can change everything.
Here are race reports from how Friday’s qualifying races broke down.
German Touring Series 3
Randy Mueller has a few Championships to his name, so it was a bit of a surprise when he wasn’t

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16 09, 2021

How to Watch the Livestream Broadcast of the 2021 NASA Championships Presented by Toyo Tires

This year, NASA is upping the ante on its livestream broadcast of the NASA Championships Presented by Toyo Tires.
That’s great news for NASA drivers who will be the stars of the show, but also for anyone who wants to watch from home. We will have more cameras in cars and more manned cameras placed around the track to capture all the action.
To watch the livestream broadcast of this year’s NASA Championships Presented by Toyo Tires, visit the NASA Championships web page and click the livestream banner or button . See the times and links to the Saturday and Sunday broadcasts below. 
Broadcast Times
Saturday 
On Air – 7:45AM EST
Off Air – 5:15PM EST
Sunday
On Air – 8:00 AM EST
Off Air – 4:40PM EST
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14 09, 2021

2022 Toyota GR 86 Named Official Pace Car for NASA Championships Presented by Toyo Tires

The all-new 2022 GR 86 will arrive at Toyota dealerships soon, but race fans don’t need to wait. They can see it in action this weekend as it paces the National Auto Sport Association National Championships Presented by Toyo Tires. The pace car role kicks off this Thursday, September 16, as Toyota’s latest Gazoo Racing sports coupe leads racers at Daytona International Speedway. Winner-take-all championship races take place Sunday, September 19.
“We are thrilled to have the new GR 86 selected as the official pace car of NASA’s National Championships,” said Michael Tripp, vice president of Toyota Vehicle Marketing and Communications. “This car is perfectly at home on a road course, and it will be great to see it lead all the classes out onto the track.”
Sporting custom red, white and black graphics, the new GR 86 will proudly lead each of the 25-plus classes and nearly 400 competitors from all

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8 09, 2021

Dino Luzzi Energy Drink Signs Onto NASA Member Benefits Program

When you’re at the 2021 NASA Championships Presented by Toyo Tires, be sure to stop in the vendor village and sample some Dino Luzzi Energy Drink, an Italian beverage company that is now part of NASA’s Member Benefits program. 
Dino Luzzi is a delicious and exhilarating refreshment distinguished from its competitors by its decidedly non-metallic after taste. Dino Energy Drink also uses a minimal amount of taurine, which is abundant in almost all other energy drinks. Along with its distinguished health protocols, Dino Energy Drink is known for its delicious taste.
Dino Luzzi is now a proud supporter of NASA, and is offering an exclusive discount to NASA members with a 10 percent discount and free shipping on Dino Luzzi Energy Drinks. Use code italian10 at checkout. Visit Dino Luzzi Energy Drink for more information!
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7 09, 2021

Ideas, Events, People

Riding in a taxi headed back to the airport after a work trip to Chicago several years ago, I spotted a bumper sticker on the car in front of us. It said, “Great minds discuss ideas. Average minds discuss events. Small minds discuss people.”
Before I had a chance to comment on it, my friend and co-worker piped up, “Hey Brett, I’ve got an idea about an event. It involves some people.” Hungover and punchy from three days working a trade show, we had a good laugh at that.
I didn’t know it at the time, but the quote is widely attributed to Eleanor Roosevelt. I was reminded of this anecdote because for the last few months, the NASA National staff has been consumed with generating ideas for an event that involves a lot of people: the NASA Championships Presented by Toyo Tires.
By the time you read this, registration will be closed,

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7 09, 2021

2021 NASA Championships Livestream Bigger and Better than Ever

This year, NASA is upping the ante on its livestream broadcast of the NASA Championships Presented by Toyo Tires.
That’s great news for NASA drivers who will be the stars of the show, but also for anyone who wants to watch from home. We will have more cameras in cars and more cameras placed around the track to capture all the action.
It’s no small feat to set up the broadcast. NASA officials and staff show up to the track as early as Monday to begin preparations for livestream. At a facility as large as Daytona International Speedway, getting the best camera angles often takes the better part of the preceding week to set up.
To watch the livestream broadcast of this year’s NASA Championships Presented by Toyo Tires, visit nasachampionships.com and click the livestream button that will be live the weekend of the event. Don’t miss it!
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7 09, 2021

TrackDay Tire Announces Pole Position Award at NASA Championships

TrackDay Tire just signed on as the official sponsor of the pole position award for this year’s NASA Championships Presented by Toyo Tires. 
Competitors at the Championships will find two TrackDay Tire decals in their welcome packet to be displayed on their cars. If a driver wins pole position and has two TrackDay Tire decals on the car, that driver will win a $100 certificate from TrackDay Tire. It’s that easy. 
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