NASA Pro Racing Series News

2 03, 2021

Honda Challenge Splashes Down at Carolina Motorsports Park

Round two at Carolina Motorsports Park was cold and wet, and soaked the competition in H1 and H2. Saturday morning everyone was busy applying Rain-X and anti-fog to their windshields before heading to grid for warmup. They’ve raced this track one time since the repave, but that was in dry conditions, so they didn’t know what to expect in the wet. Turned out the rain showed them many new rivers crossing the track in not-so-perfect locations.
Pole position for H2 was set by Team Moar Door, with Shane Lovely at the wheel followed by John Putnam in P2, Jason Scarbrough in P3 and Michael Kramer in P4. H1 pole was set by Andrew Hicks, followed by Jeffrey Bankston in P2 and Rob Oxford in P3. To make things interesting, they inverted the field, with H2 leading the pack so the faster H1 class cars had to work their way through the

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23 02, 2021

NASA Championships Registration Opens March 15

Preparations for the 2021 NASA Championships Presented by Toyo Tires are so far along that NASA will be able to open registration for the event on Monday, March 15.
“We are hoping to put on the biggest Championships event in our history,” said NASA Vice President Jeremy Croiset. “To give our drivers as much time to plan and set their schedules, we are opening registration earlier than we ever have before.”
NASA racers and Time Trial competitors will take to the same high banks and challenging infield as IMSA drivers in the 24 Hours of Daytona. The action takes Sept. 16-19, 2021.
“The number 500 and Daytona International Speedway go together like peanut butter and jelly,” Croiset said. “In light of that, we’d love to make history at Daytona by bringing together more than 500 competitors from across the country. With no Championships event in 2020, we want 2021 to be our biggest

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23 02, 2021

Ryan Pond Takes Two in Gusty Spec Miata Opener at Willow Springs

While windmills in Texas were freezing and seizing, the turbine generators within sight of Willow Springs International Raceway were spinning to overload. Winter winds blasted the high desert Antelope Valley and tossed dust and tumbleweeds across the track as NASA SoCal Spec Miata opened their season at “The Fastest Road in the West.”
For Saturday’s race in the late afternoon, the winds picked up big time as the green flag flew. Mazda MX-5 Cup driver Chris Nunes started from pole, but Ryan Pond, who started from second, got by Nunes and worked his way out to an early lead, with a good gap between himself and the rest of the field.
Winds provided a brisk tailwind going down the back straightaway and a gnarly headwind coming out of Turn 9 and down the front straight. The headwinds worked against Pond’s single car and to the advantage of the three- and four-car field

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16 02, 2021

NASA Arizona Super Touring Kicks Off 2021 at Arizona Motorsports Park

We kicked off the NASA Arizona Super Touring 2021 season at Arizona Motorsports Park in January, and it was interesting to say the least. Some unusually warm weather led to some great racing conditions after a close call with rain the day before.
Arizona Motorsports Park, known as “Arizona’s Safest Road Course,” is a 2.26-mile, 16-turn reversible track with a few passing zones and one big challenge: a sound restriction that forces the NASA crew to set up a single file of cones on one section of the track to ensure that competitors remain compliant with the local sound ordinance.
Saturday the track was run in the clockwise configuration, and the Super Touring competitors kicked off the season with gusto: In a mixed-class race with 944 Spec and Spec Miata, pole position went to Ken Orgeron in his No. 199 BMW M3, followed by Erik Davis in the No. 6 M3 and

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9 02, 2021

Honda Challenge at Roebling Road Raceway

There is no winter off-season in the Southeast. Down here we race all year! The 2021 season kicked off in Savannah, Ga., on Friday at Roebling Road Raceway with a rain soaked competition school where Jason Scarbrough joined NASA Southeast Honda Challenge. It’s always great to see the high energy and enthusiasm of a new racer fresh out of comp school. Thank you NASA for putting together the ladder system in HPDE to assist drivers in developing their skills and progressing into the many options available. We’re glad to have Jason racing with us!
Jason Scarbrough successfully completed competition school to join the ranks of NASA Southeast Honda Challenge.Saturday morning was cold, with racers scraping frost off windshields and allowing extra time for engines to warm up before heading to grid for the “all racers warm up” session. Even though we were the third group out, the track surface was still

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2 02, 2021

Grant West Kicks off NASA Southeast 2021 Season with Two Spec Miata Wins

NASA Southeast Spec Miata kicked off the 2021 season with 15-car field at Roebling Road Raceway. Grant West won pole position with a 1:24.299 followed by Keith Williamson P2, Yan Dia P3, Camden Gruber P4, Daniel Walters P5 and Connor DeYoung P6.
At the start, Williamson got a good bump from Gruber and started to pull ahead of West. But then the right-hand lane hooked up and walked away with West, Dia and Walters winning the race to Turn 1. Williamson dropped into P4 behind Walters followed by Gruber P5 and Elvington in P6. Unfortunately, the race went full-course caution as a result of a three-car Spec Miata wreck just past the starting line.
On the restart, Walters was a little tentative, allowing Williamson and Gruber to get a run on him coming out of Turn 9 dropping him to P5. By Turn 1, West and Dia had already overtaken the trailing

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2 02, 2021

NASA Names Peter Hopelain as new Western Endurance Racing Challenge Series Leader

In a changing of the guard for the Western Endurance Racing Challenge series, the National Auto Sport Association has named Peter Hopelain the new series leader, replacing longtime series leader Neil Daly.
“Neil Daly was instrumental in helping the WERC series grow and prosper, and we’re grateful for the time he devoted to the program’s success,” said NASA National Chairman Ryan Flaherty, adding that Daly will remain involved with the series as the WERC team adviser. “Now that he’s decided to move on, we’re looking forward to what Peter Hopelain can deliver for the series.”
A passionate and dedicated endurance racer, Hopelain has been racing in the WERC series and the 25 Hours of Thunderhill for years. His team, Technik Racing, has two third-place finishes and one class win at the 25-hour race. A real estate agent by day in San Carlos, Calif., Hopelain brings a wealth of motorsports and business experience

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26 01, 2021

NASA Southeast Time Trial Kicks Off 2021 Season at Roebling Road Raceway

NASA Southeast Time Trial kicked off the 2021 season January 16 and 17 at Roebling Road Raceway near Savannah, Ga., with a total of 21 entries for the event. The largest class on grid for the weekend was in the TTU class with eight entries, which comprised a wide range of competitor vehicles from modern to classic and American to import.
Entries in the TTU class included everything from Tracy Gaudu in a C6 Z06 Corvette, to Gary Trickett in his 2010 BMW M3, and even a throwback to the early days of amateur club racing with William Bauer in his 1965 Ford Mustang GT350.
NASA Southeast TT also had five drivers in the TT6 class for the weekend, which was the largest of the power-to-weight ratio classes. In a strange twist of fate, all five drivers entered in the TT6 class for the weekend were competing behind the wheel of the

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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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