NASA Pro Racing Series News

18 03, 2019

Justin Crickenberger and Ryan Pond Split Wins at Chuckwalla

We had 30 Spec Miatas take the green flag for the race on Sunday and only one less on Saturday. Eleven NASA Arizona drivers, 18 NASA SoCal drivers and one very fast NorCal driver showed up in the middle of the desert in February to a track that could be considered one of the top 15 in America. Maybe that’s the draw. Maybe it’s the fact that it’s only three hours from Phoenix and most of L.A.
In Saturday’s clockwise racing action, Justin Crickenberger was the immediate frontrunner, with blistering times in the mid 1:06s during warmup and qualifying, but Keith Dees, Ryan Pond and Justin Hall were in the mix too. When the flag dropped for the race, 29 Spec Miatas safely made it through Turn 1 with just the slightest of friendly fender rubbing. For a bunch of SM drivers who don’t normally race together it was one of the more “polite” Spec Miata race starts.
True to form, Justin Crickenberger won it with

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12 03, 2019

Bradley Miller and Aiden Crouse Split Spec Miata Wins at Roebling Opener

The Roebling Road Raceway Winter Carnival kicked off the 2019 season with 11 Spec Miata racers braving a dismal rain forecast. Well, so much for the forecasts. NASA Spec Miata had two great races in dry conditions! Cold temps and a dry track on Saturday made for fast qualifying times with Keith Williamson popping a 1:22.669 lap — .537 seconds under the track record — with Yan Dia in P2 at .284 seconds under the record, Brady Miller P3, Aiden Crouse P4 and Dylan Stancil P5.
As Saturday’s race started, Dia was pulling Williamson until Miller got to Williamson’s bumper to give him a good push to beat Dia to Turn 1. The race order settled in after Turn 2 as Williamson, Dia, Miller, Stancil, Crouse and Grant West led the field. On lap two, Crouse and West got inside of Stancil entering Turn 1 to move up and West was

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6 03, 2019

New E3S Enduro Class for Spec Miata, Spec E30 and 944 Spec Cars

NASA has created a new subset of its E3 enduro class called E3S. The “S” stands for spec and the new class includes NASA’s three most popular spec classes: Spec Miata, Spec E30 and 944 Spec.
Across the country, there are a lot of Spec Miatas, 944 Spec and Spec E30 drivers that run enduros from time to time, but teams had to make significant changes to those cars to be competitive in E3. Sometimes there’s just not enough time in the day to do all that work.  Now there’s a class just for those three series: E3S.
“Most of the cars in E3 have been built to a different set of rules, and those cars are going to be much faster just because of the things they’re allowed to do,” said NASA Technical Director of Racing, Shawn Meze. “These series are on a spec suspension and a spec tire. You can’t

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4 03, 2019

NASA Southeast Honda Challenge Field Grows in 2019

What an exciting time for Honda Challenge in the Southeast. We had three new racers complete competition school and join the ranks of wheel-to-wheel racing, for a total of nine cars in class this weekend. Most of us have known Shane Lovely for years, but his bride Melissa Lovely finally went to competition school! Joining her was Michael Kramer and Devon Manno, with all three in the H2 Class. Stephen Pearce and Vincent Coker joined the classroom and track sessions, assisting with the NASA Southeast competition school and welcoming these new racers to our craziness.
The Honda Challenge race for H1 and H2 started with our own wave in the Thunder race group. Pearce on pole got a good start, but nothing compared to John Putnam moving his K24 up four spots by Turn 1. A little rubbing moved him back a few spots by the apex and we all settled

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26 02, 2019

Spec E46 Finally Arrives in SoCal

The first Spec E46 event in Southern California drew four cars to Buttonwillow. A small grid, but a great start to a new series in the region. It was especially encouraging that two other E46s, which are well on their way to being spec, showed up to run in HPDE.
For Saturday, the track was set up in the No. 13 CCW configuration, which includes the Sweeper and Bus Stop. Peter Hopelain had the quickest lap time in qualifying with Ryan Keeley second, followed by Peter Oneppo and Michael Beale. The group decided that inverting the grid would make for the most interesting racing, which put Beale on pole for his first race since getting his license.
In the race, Spec E46 was to take the same flag as Spec E30 in a standing start. As the cars lined up, they left a gap between themselves and the Spec E30s. This, along

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26 02, 2019

Bradley Miller Takes the Spec Miata Win and Bayani Dia Repeats Spec Miata Championship at Santa’s Toy Run

The last race of the 2018 Southeast season started with a wet and grim qualification session. Heavy rain resulted in significant hydroplaning and slow times for the 15 Spec Miatas that braved the weather at Road Atlanta in December. Bradley Miller claimed pole position with a 2:12.775, with Keith Williamson P2, Aiden Crouse P3, Caleb Bacon P4 and Grant West P5.
Yan Dia came into the weekend with a lock on the Southeast Region Spec Miata Championship, with Williamson in second. However, only three points separated Brad Miller and Aiden Crouse for third place in the regional standings. Saturday’s race would decide third place in the Southeast Region championship.
When the green flag dropped, Miller beat Williamson to Turn 1, but got loose, while Griffith Hawk was able to get a run on Williamson through the outside of Turn 1 to grab P2. Miller quickly built up a gap on Hawk and

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19 02, 2019

Fourth Time Is a Charm

It takes a lot to win the 25 Hours of Thunderhill. It requires even more to win it four times in a row. Team Toyo Tires Flying Lizard accomplished just that in 2018, in addition to supporting three other cars. Here’s a good look at the effort it took and some comments from the people who got the job done.

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19 02, 2019

Justin Casey Wraps up NorCal Spec Miata Championship

NASA NorCal Spec Miata finished its season with a solid 31-car field for the weekend. With the WERC Enduro on Saturday, it forced a three-race Sunday for Group A. Justin Casey had a solid lead in points and, much to his credit, did not miss a single regional race, including a trip to NASA Championships at COTA in which he finished fifth. But he could not rest the last weekend because of the double-points format, and he finished with solid P3 finishes in two of three races to secure the NorCal Championship. Congratulations to Justin! Unfortunately, the track was experiencing transponder issues so the results on RaceHero are not accurate.
In race one, Roy Fulmer covered the field easily by almost a second, posting a pole position of 1:55.6. The race started with Roy taking the lead by Turn 3 followed closely by Matt Cresci in a Team RAmotorsports car, and Graham

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12 02, 2019

Yan Dia and Pat Smith Finish on Top in Spec Miata at Carolina Motorsports Park

On Saturday, a short qualifying session, red flagged after one lap, scrambled rather than sorted the 20-car field. Jason Ball claimed pole position with a 2:01.430, followed by Matt Gieseke, Rod Walker, Ann Morey and Bob Manker.
At the start, as the field charged down to Turn 1, Yan Dia went down the center briefly making it four-wide entering the turn. Everyone kept it clean and made it through as some of the faster cars moved up through the field. At the end of the first lap, Dia had moved up from P15 to P5 with the rest of the order: Ball P1, Gieseke, P2, Griffith Hawk P3 and Kyle Kimball P4.
Aiden Crouse and Brad Miller also were rapidly moving up from the back. By the end of lap two, Dia had moved up to P2, but went off in Turn 5 and fell back to P8 behind Pat Smith and

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12 02, 2019

Timeout With Lynn Kehoe, Shift Up Now Racing

Kehoe’s passion for girls’ education led to the formation of Shift Up Now, a female racing team she uses to promote and inspire courage and confidence in girls and young women.
Kehoe put a team of all women drivers together for the 2018 25 Hours of Thunderhill Presented by Hawk Performance, and did so probably later than one should. The response was so great, she not only was able to field one car, but she attracted enough drivers and support to field two cars under the Shift Up Now banner, her BMW E30 and a Global MX-5 Cup car.
More women drove at the 2018 25 Hours of Thunderhill than any other year. Three teams of all women drivers got together for a photo before the race began. From left: Shea Holbrook, Karen Salvaggio, Erin Vogel, Stephanie Cemo, Christina Nielsen, Ashton Harrison, Aurora Straus, Pippa Mann, Lynn Kehoe, Amy Dilks, Mandy McGee,

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