NASA Pro Racing Series News

12 10, 2021

NASA Southeast Time Trial Results From Roebling Road Raceway

After a two-month hiatus, NASA Southeast returned to Bloomingdale, Ga., and Roebling Road Raceway just outside Savannah, Ga., for the fourth and final time in the 2021 season for the Savannah Sizzler. With an amended lineup due to the proximity to the NASA Championships at Daytona International Speedway the weekend before, the weekend consisted of NASA TREC Endurance Racing and Time Trial competition only.
Greeted with unseasonably cool temperatures throughout the weekend, conditions were ripe for solid lap times in all Time Trial classes on the flat, sweeping turns and long straightaway that encompasses the 2.02-mile circuit of Roebling Road Raceway. The amended competition schedule also brought some new and old names to the entry lists, and a few wheel-to-wheel racers joined in the Time Trial fun to take advantage of the rare opportunity shoot for a few hot laps instead of the normal managed chaos that can be mixed-class racing.
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12 10, 2021

The Italian and the Stallion

Three years making a name for himself on the West Coast had Alessandro Sensoli thinking of greener pastures. Not that the challenges of competing in NASA Time Trial and other time attack series hadn’t kept him busy — it’s not that. It’s just that Alessandro is a true Type A, an ex-rugby player, and the kind of guy who has to add a few extra reps to every gym visit or he’ll feel a little guilty. Someone for whom the words “potential” and “transformation” are frequently used in conversation and social media posts. For that stripe of person, the aim must be pretty grand to satisfy them — and they have to seriously commit to the cause.
His second year of Time Trial started off with grand visions of moving up into NASA TT2, but COVID put an end to that. After a frustrating semi-season marked by a big crash at

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5 10, 2021

Edgar Lau and Gary Sheehan Score Double wins at Rounds Five and Six at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca

Rounds five and six of the United States Touring Car Championship saw a return to sunny WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca for the drivers after a seven-week break. The world-famous venue was host for the NTT IndyCar Series and the touring cars, making it the largest race of the calendar year for the teams, drivers, and fans. As with all high-profile events, new drivers were the talk of the paddock, and with a field of 33 competitors, the competition was as tough as ever.
In the GT class, all eyes were on three-time USTCC champion Edgar Lau’s Meta VC Capital Ford Mustang FP350S. Due to a transponder error, Lau started the race in last place and would have to catch polesitter Bob Accardo’s Accurate Arms Chevrolet Camaro. After a start that was more akin to Lau’s Gran Turismo roots, Lau found himself within striking
distance of his GT rivals after an early safety

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5 10, 2021

Lightning Strikes at the 2021 NASA Championships Presented by Toyo Tires

Winning a NASA Championship is a little like trying to get lightning to strike in a spot you designate. So much of it is out of your hands. You have to drive to your utmost ability, make good decisions, stay out of trouble and keep the car intact until the big race on Sunday. The rest is out of your control.
Lightning struck at least 22 times in NASA’s racing classes at Daytona International Speedway and, given the track-mandated delays due to lightning in the area, probably even more than that.
We published quick, abbreviated coverage of the event Sept. 19 when the event was over, but we have more complete coverage available now that dust has settled and the champagne has flowed.
Spec Miata
Preston Pardus had the lead for much of the race, which is never a guarantee of victory in Spec Miata and especially not at Daytona. Drafting paid off in

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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
The post How to Watch the Livestream Broadcast of the 2021 NASA Championships Presented by Toyo Tires appeared first on NASA Speed News Magazine.

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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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