NASA Pro Racing Series News

25 07, 2018

Great Lakes American Iron Action from Mid-Ohio

The first of three events at Mid-Ohio for NASA Great Lakes kicked in April with beautiful dry spring weather! Saturday’s event used the Pro Course and Sunday’s used the Club Course.
In American Iron, Jeff Wood returned in the Don Wood Ford Mustang and scored pole, followed by TJ Bain, Jason Lakomiak and Todd Davis. At the start, the American Iron cars thundered through the pack ahead. Wood got the lead followed by Bain and Lakomiak. Davis got caught up in traffic and shuffled back with a few cars in between. Wood and Bain pulled away from Lakomiak after a few laps. Lakomiak had an issue and retired early, leaving Davis to third. Davis had some great laps, getting down to 1:35.770! But, he lost too much time at the race start to catch the leaders. Bain made a late-race pass with traffic to get the win! Wood secured second with

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24 07, 2018

Richard Gray and Francis Hu Take Top Spots at NP01 Pacific Scorcher

The race format for the third round of the NP01 pacific Series was unique in that they raced for a full hour with the WERC Enduro’s three-hour race Saturday evening, when temperatures still lingered around 100 degrees.
Three of the four NASA Prototypes were on grid and entered the track with the field for the warmup lap. As the green flag flew, Jeremy Croiset entered the track behind the field on cold tires and began his pursuit of the group. The field set a solid pace and it came down to who made the fewest mistakes, and who would save fuel, brakes and tires all the while maintaining a solid race pace.
Francis Hu in the No. 25 Team Speed Racers entry stopped early for a pit stop, which removed him from this fight. Hu continued the race well after the NP01 race was complete and drove the rest of the enduro

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18 07, 2018

Teen Mazda Challenge Series Off and Running

NASA Rocky Mountain Teen Mazda Challenge driver Matthew Dirks kicked off the 2018 season at Pueblo Motorsports Park with three wins over Mario Jacobellis and Loni Unser.
In the second round on the Rocky Mountain calendar, Unser got the better of Dirks in race one at La Junta Raceway, though Dirks posted the fastest lap of the race at a 1:00.237. In race two, it was Dirks posting the TMC win and the fastest lap of the race, faster than the overall winner, NASA Rocky Mountain Regional Director Dan Williams. In race three, Dirks again took the checkers first with Unser 7 seconds back.
In the Northern California Region, Roy Fulmer IV took the TMC and the overall win at Thunderhill in April, trailed by Tomas Mejia and Cole Ciraulo in third. On Sunday, Fulmer took second overall, but first in TMC, with Ciraulo in second and Mejia in third.
At Sonoma in

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18 07, 2018

Sheehan Wins TC by .85 Seconds at Fontana While Romano Takes SP

Gary Sheehan won the Touring Car class of the U.S. Touring Car Championship in the GoGoGear.com/Konig Wheels Hyundai Genesis Coupe while Nik Romano took the win in the GKR Racing/Indotech Motorsports Lexus in the Sportsman class at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif.
Starting on pole position, Patrick Chio in the Speed SF/Auto Logic Nissan 350Z did not get a great start and lost the lead going into the first corner to Sheehan, who started second. From there it became a fight between the two for the entire length of the 40-minute race. Chio got a good draft on the oval track section of the speedway, reaching speeds up to 140 mph and got alongside the Hyundai driver, but could never complete the pass. Sheehan was under pressure all race long and a few times it looked like the pair might take each other out, but clean driving on both parties meant that

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18 07, 2018

Drennan Dominates Sonoma Sizzler

With a season-high 36 entries, Spec Miata had the biggest field for the May event at Sonoma Raceway! Mark Drennan set pole with Justin Casey and Graham Downey close behind in morning qualifying. Race one saw a clean start until the two- and three-wide action caught up with the middle of the pack, sending four cars spinning over 3a. All continued, though a few went right back to the paddock with damage. As Casey and Downey battled for P2, it allowed Drennan to slowly slip away to a comfortable 4-second win! Casey won the P2 battle as Downey hung onto P3 followed by Nick Sommers and George Barros rounding out the top five. Nick Sommers grabbed fast-lap honors. Tony Senese lead the hard charger award, from moving up 14 positions.
NASA NorCal likes to mix things up, and Sunday was no exception. With NASCAR at Sonoma the following weekend, it was

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30 06, 2018

Tara Brewster Takes First 944 Spec Win at Mid-Ohio

For Saturday’s 944 Spec race on Mid-Ohio’s pro course, the order for race one was Dan Pina with Tara Brewster for her first ever front-row qualifying, Steve Brewster and Shannon McCue on row two, Cameron McIntyre and Brant Giere in row three, Shane Denney and Zack Miller in row four, and Michael Clark in the fifth in final row.
At the green flag, Piña got the jump but was immediately in trouble from an electrical gremlin. Tara led until lap three, when Piña drove to the inside of her at Turn 4. This change allowed McCue to close the gap behind Tara, but both capitalized less than one lap later when Piña slid wide at The Keyhole, killing his momentum down the long straight. Piña fell behind Tara and McCue. On lap six, Piña dived inside Tara in the braking zone at Turn 2.
On lap eight, Piña ran wide at the

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30 06, 2018

NASA Central Opens Season at Gateway Motorsports Park

Winter weather was the forecast going into the NASA Central season opener Spring Fling event at Gateway Motorsports Park on April 6 and 7. However, despite these unfathomable weather predictions, it stayed dry but cold and we still had some ferocious drivers come out and brave the conditions. What was the result? Drivers were greeted with coffee and donuts to fuel their endeavors and treated to great race conditions, which led to fast lap times and happy drivers. Jeremy Butcher, the new NASA Central Regional Director and his staff laid the groundwork for a new and improved Central Region with a joint effort from NASA Great Lakes.
There was an impressive turnout of new drivers in HPDE, with many drivers moving up the ladder. Terry Bouge, HPDE1 and 2 leader likes to say, “You only stay in an HPDE class as long as needed.” Chris Carpenter started out in HPDE 1

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27 06, 2018

Brian Bohlander Breaks Through for Mid-Ohio Wins

The second event of 2018 NASA Great Lakes Thunder Roadster Series took place at the famed Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio with the series standouts ready to do battle. With an unseasonably cool spring thus far in the Midwest, the drivers were greeted with pleasant, sunny, and seasonal temperatures which made for a fast track throughout the weekend.
Saturday’s race was a battle of champions. Three-time series champion, Brian Bohlander, is starting to get a handle on his new roadster as he took the pole on Saturday over defending series champion Jason Oehler.
In the race, Bohlander inched out to a lead, but Oehler stayed within striking distance. A late race caution bunched the field, giving Oehler an opportunity to get back to Bohlander’s bumper but at the finish, Bohlander went on to the win 5.174 seconds ahead of Oehler. Phil Gehlhausen rounded out the podium. With the help of

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21 06, 2018

NASA Northeast Season Opens with Sweeps and New Track Records

NASA Northeast finally emerged from the never-ending winter for the 2018 season opener at New Jersey Motorsports Park’s Lightning course on May 4-6. After a successful comp school on Friday, 17 rookies joined the field for the weekend’s races. The first weekend of racing provided some intense battles in multiple classes and lots of new track records.
Luiz Serva picked up two wins and a new track record in GTS3 at NJMP in May.
Luiz Serva’s GTS3 BMW emerged from hibernation with a new wide-body kit for the No. 19 out of Hi-Speed Motorsports. Finishing first in the field of 12 on Saturday and setting a new track record of 1:09.873, Serva repeated again on Sunday for a double podium.
Jack Haberman took two wins in GTS4 at NJMP in May and set a new track record on Saturday, which was broken again Sunday by Will Vanjonack.
In GTS4, Jack Haberman’s No. 914 BMW

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21 06, 2018

Stepanian Doubles down in Spec E30 at Buttonwillow

Everyone was eager to drive the new spring package for Spec E30 at Buttonwillow in April. The question was, would the old track record of 2:05.559, which was set at this event in 2016 by Michael Mihld, hold up? When the qualifying session concluded, brows raised when they saw that Andrew Clark posted a 2:04.407 lap time!
In qualifying, Clark somehow went faster than he did in the morning warmup, securing pole position by laying down a smoker of a lap at 2:03.573! Not to be left behind, Sean Aron posted his fastest lap of 2:04.303 and .3 seconds behind him Steve Stepanian laid down a 2:04.619.
While the track was rewarding in the morning qualifying session, it would not be as accepting of speed during the afternoon race.
As the green flag fell, Stepanian and Aron got a tremendous start and were up to the doors of Clark, splitting him as they

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