NASA Pro Racing Series News

5 01, 2021

NASA Hawaii Rally Sport Crowns 2020 Champions and Releases 2021 Schedule

NASA Hawaii has announced its 2021 schedule, which begins in February and ends in December, with seven dates at Coral Crater Adventure Park, four events at Kualoa Ranch and a charity day road rally in Honolulu with the Subaru Club.
Marking the conclusion of the 2020 season, NASA Hawaii announced its 2020 champions. In the stock front-wheel-drive category, John Vallero took first by more than 100 points over his nearest competitor. In stock rear-wheel drive, Matt Schimada took the championship. In stock all-wheel drive, Henry Acosta came out on top.
In the prepared categories, Donald Bernard edged out second place by just 14 points in prepared rear-wheel drive. Prepared all-wheel drive was even closer, with Joe Bernath taking first by just two points.
In the modified categories, Jarrod Barlow took the front-drive category with the greatest number of points of all Hawaii drivers, and Avery Tsui took the championship with a convincing points

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22 12, 2020

Southeast Honda Challenge Wraps Up Season and Regional Championships at Santa’s Toy Run at Road Atlanta

The 2020 race season has come to an end and there was a huge crowd of HPDE, TT drivers and racers at Road Atlanta for Santa’s Toy Run, so much that we had to use both paddocks to accommodate everyone. Cold was in the air, but the sun provided warmth to the track, the perfect combination for speed and fun.
Qualifying thinned out the cars and everyone was able to set good lap time, and a few had personal best. We started the race in H1 with Rob Oxford on pole, followed by Daniel Madamba, Jeffrey Bankston, Andrew Hicks then Michael Kramer. There was less than 1 second between Oxford, Madamba, Bankston and Hicks, so this was going to be good. Kramer missed qualifying, so he had to start in the back, but he already had his Championship for H2 in the books.
When the green flag dropped, everyone got a good

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22 12, 2020

Aiden Baker Crouse Takes the Win at Santa’s Toy Run and Bayani Dia Wraps up the 2020 Southeast Spec Miata Championship

Twenty-one Spec Miata Racers rolled into Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta to wrap up the 2020 season and determine the Southeast Spec Miata champion.
Qualifying on Saturday started with Grant West winning pole position with a 1:45.172, Aiden Crouse P2, John Allen P3, Yan Dia P4, Camden Gruber P5 and Scott Carlisle P6.
At the start, Crouse and West got a good run through Turn 1, but West was able to edge past Crouse just before Turn 3 while Dia had the better run up the hill to take P3, dropping Allen to P4 and Carlisle P5. Crouse was able to pull West on the back straight to take P1, and then Dia pulled West going up the hill after Turn 10b and completed the pass as they headed down the hill toward Turn 12.
Then, on lap two, West out-braked Dia going into Turn 1 with Allen following and the pair both got

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15 12, 2020

McIntosh and Magnussen Drive Perfect Seasons in NASA Northeast!

The shortened NASA Northeast 2020 season ended Nov. 6-8 at New Jersey Motorsports Park’s Lightning course. Two drivers, Peter McIntosh, in Spec Miata, and Eric Magnussen in GTS3, managed to pull off perfect seasons amid the uncertainty and changing schedule of 2020.
Peter McIntosh has been racing with NASA for 10 years, starting in ST2 before running in Spec Miata.
“I scored my first win at NJMP Lightning in 2010. It was cool to close out the season going 10 for 10 in 2020 while scoring my 50th NASA win in my career,” McIntosh said. “I have had so much fun and made so many lifelong friends over the years. Sometimes it takes strange circumstances to slow us down enough to see all the great things that we have been flying right by. I can’t thank the NASA NE family (staff and competitors) enough for working so hard to keep us racing

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8 12, 2020

Aiden Baker Crouse Sweeps Carolina Motorsports Park Memorial Race

This race was dedicated to Darren Brady who unexpectedly passed away in August of this year. Darren was a longtime racer and instructor with NASA Southeast.
Twenty Spec Miatas registered for the Darren Brady Memorial Race at Carolina Motorsports Park. The newly paved track and cool weather promised fast times and new track records! On Saturday, Aiden Baker Crouse set fastest time for pole position with a 1:49.159, followed by Keith Williamson, Tyler Harrell, James Harrell, Don Elvington and Camden Gruber.
Nineteen Spec Miata’s took the green flag and Crouse made it through Turn 1 followed by Tyler Harrell as Williamson went four-off falling back four positions to follow Elvington in P3, Eric Gerchak in P4 and Gruber in P5. Crouse immediately started gapping the field and was never threatened for the remainder of the race. Williamson out-braked Gruber and Gerchak at Turn 11 to pass on the inside to reclaim two

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1 12, 2020

Makishima/Lau and Pete Bovenberg Win Big in USTCC at Buttonwillow Double Header

The team of Doug Makishima and Edgar Lau were one of only two teams that won both of their races at the double header United States Touring Car Championship races at Buttonwillow Raceway Park, just north of Los Angeles. The other driver was Pete Bovenberg, who also won both of his races.
On Saturday, in round four, the team of Doug Makishima and Edgar Lau had an uneventful race working their way through traffic and securing a win the MCS/Summit Tech BMW M3 in the Super Touring class. Reto Baumann finished second in the Sparta Evolution Volkswagen Jetta after getting a poor start and losing many positions. Daniel Rose finished third in the ARG MBO Motorsports BMW M3.
In the GT class, it was Rob Harper’s P2i Services BMW 335i who won the race. He was not the fastest, though, as Chris Alliegro’s Intellectual Ventures Ford Mustang had a faster lap time,

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24 11, 2020

Lap Records Fall in Honda Challenge at Carolina Motorsports Park

Carolina Motorsports Park’s new owner repaved the track, and the paddock was 98 percent full. Everyone was excited to test the grip of the new pavement, which means new track records and lots of two- and four-wheels off from pushing the limits. The good news is now you can race Carolina Motorsports Park and still have tire left for the next weekend.
When we went out for warmup we found the new surface to be fantastic. Karl Kondor was already faster than the track record and “The Kink” was flattened to the point where you know the bump is there, but it does not upset the car. We all tried to work our way up to staying flat through it.
Qualifying had a few racers confident they would be setting a new track record today. In H2, Karl Kondor got pole position followed Team Moar Door, with Shane Lovely at the wheel

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17 11, 2020

Spec Miata Makes October “Fast” at Daytona International Speedway

NASA Southeast Spec Miata rolled into the World Center of Racing with a 16-car turnout from the Southeast and Florida regions. On Saturday, Anthony Zappone won pole position on a wet track with a 2:47.094, with Yan Dia P2, Mark Gibbons P3, Matt Goodrich P4, Keith Williamson P5 and Don Elvington P6.
At the green flag, Gibbons got to Zappone’s bumper and the pair got through Turn 1, with Dia dropping in behind, followed by Goodrich and Williamson. As the lead pack left the infield, Zappone and Gibbons started to pull away from Dia, while Goodrich and Williamson bump-drafted to try to close up on Dia. On lap two, Gibbons got a run out of the infield to swap positions with Zappone as Dia continued to chase without a bump draft partner. Goodrich and Williamson struggled to catch up.
On lap three, Williamson got to Goodrich’s bumper briefly, then went right to

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10 11, 2020

Honda Challenge Southeast Takes on the High Banks of Daytona

Garages, RV camping and open paddocks spots were full of racers from many NASA regions, and as it turns out, this was great preparation for the 2021 Championships. To those who didn’t make it to this event, please put the 2021 NASA Championships on your bucket list! We had the pleasure of NASA Mid-Atlantic Honda Challenge racers joining NASA Southeast for some steep-bank, high-speed fun this weekend. Their philosophy of #trackthats&*t instead of street racing has taken hold with the Mid-Atlantic Honda/Acura owners and has created a great following at their events. I think they may even sell those T-shirts. Check it out.
H1 class was led by the pole setter Jeffrey Bankston, followed by Daniel Madamba, Brent Bauer, Justin Culbert and Rob Oxford. Bauer had raced H2 for many years but recently changed to a faster motor, then could not add enough ballast and extra fuel to make minimum weight

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3 11, 2020

WERC Wraps up 2020 Season at Buttonwillow Raceway

In a year marred by COVID-related shutdowns in addition to the usual hot-weather break in the late-summer, early-fall racing season in Southern California, 24 WERC racers gathered at Buttonwillow Raceway in October to knock the rust off and slug it out one last time in 2020.
From the comfort of the timing and scoring tower, the action on track looked reasonably under control. The scene out on track was another story. There were offs. There was dust. There were yellows, standing, waving and doubled up with the pace car leading the field.
In ESR, the Team PMG Awareness Porsche 911 was in a dogfight the entire evening with Team Lang Racing Development’s Norma M20 sports racer. Driver Tom Haacker usually iron-mans it through both stints, and drives the whole race, but in October, he turned the car over at the fuel stop to Ross Thompson, who brought home the second stint and

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