NASA Pro Racing Series News

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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27 10, 2020

Blake Minasian Sweeps Season Closer at Buttonwillow

Sometimes victory is fleeting. Sometimes it comes in waves, and that was the case for NASA SoCal racer Blake Minasian in October, who took home his first and second career wins in one weekend.
Qualifying was a little different. The drivers’ top times determined place on grid for Saturday. The second fastest time determined your grid spot for Sunday’s qualifying race. The system worked just fine, even if Saturday’s main and Sunday’s qualifying races were marred by some argy-bargy at the entrance to Buttonwillow’s oh-so-narrow Esses, but we’re getting ahead here.
Minasian started from third, and Turn 1 was what the French might refer to as a “spectacle de merde.” Cars P4, P5, P6 and P7 got a bit tangled up. Two went off. The two that stayed on got tangled up again and bumped into one of the cars that was trying get back on track, but had not yet put

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27 10, 2020

Trudeau Grabs First Win and Milburn Wins Tough Sportsman Battle

Gary Trudeau won his first race in the United States Touring Car Championship at Sonoma Raceway driving the 3point8 Performance Hyundai Genesis. Sean Milburn worked hard and managed to take a difficult win in the Sportsman class in his Bay Area Drafting Acura RSX. Ralph Warren won a crowded GT field in the Pavlov Racing BMW M3 while Doug Makishima extended his win streak in the MCS/Summit Tech BMW M3.
Trudeau qualified second and was nearly run off the track at the start, but kept the pressure on the leader, Gary Sheehan. Sheehan was driving the Konig Wheels Hyundai Genesis, and was the early leader, but Trudeau knew that he had to keep the gap close if he was going to have a chance. The pair nearly collided at Turn 7 when Sheehan went a bit wide, and a lap later Trudeau went for the pass at Turn 3 and made

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20 10, 2020

NASA Northeast sees Record Entries in ST2 at NJMP in September

With a truncated season taking place in the region due to COVID-19, NASA Northeast drew a record 13 eager competitors for ST2 for its most recent race at New Jersey Motorsports Park’s Thunderbolt course Sept. 26-27. Momentum has been growing in the class due to the simple rules set and camaraderie among racers in the field. The race saw four rookies mixing it up on track with nine seasoned regulars.
After extensive upgrades to his No. 24 Mustang in the last several weeks, AJ Hartman asserted himself as the man to beat during Friday practice, turning fastest lap of the class with a 1:23.7. However, by Saturday, his Hoosier A7 tires started to slow up and Hartman found himself running in the 1:25s, putting him just off the pace of ST2 front runners Mike Phillips No. 528 and No. 265 Mark Petronis in their Corvettes.
Qualifying found Phillips and Hartman starting P1

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13 10, 2020

Grant West and Yan Dia Rule the Roost at Roebling Road

NASA Southeast Spec Miata rolled into Roebling Road for the Savannah Sizzler with a 17-car field. Keith Williamson grabbed pole position with a 1:23.832, with Yan Dia P2, Don Elvington P3, Matt Goodrich P4 and Grant West P5.
At the start, it was drag race to Turn 1, where Dia braked later and slipped by Williamson for the lead, with the front of the group sorting out by Turn 2 as Dia, Williamson, Elvington, Goodrich and West at the pointy end. West picked off Goodrich in Turn 3 to start his march to the front and Jeremy Barnes grabbed P6 in Turn 4. The front group settled in and ran laps until lap six when West out-braked Elvington to get beside him going into Turn 1 and finished the pass in Turn 2 for P3. Two laps later, West got a run on Williamson and made the inside pass at Turn

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8 10, 2020

NASA Heads to Daytona International Speedway for 2021 Championships

Ask racers about their bucket list of tracks, and it’s a safe bet Daytona International Speedway is one of them.
National Auto Sport Association drivers will be able to check The World Center of Racing off their lists when the 2021 NASA Championships Presented by Toyo Tires heads to the iconic venue, Sept. 16-19, 2021.
“Since we began hosting NASA Championships races in 2006, this is one of our most exciting moments,” said NASA Vice President, Jeremy Croiset of the anticipation for next year’s Championships on the iconic DAYTONA Road Course. “We take great pride in the Championships venues we choose for our drivers, and Daytona International Speedway has such a rich history. When our drivers take to the high banks, they’ll be out there racing on the same hallowed ground as some of the greatest drivers of our lifetimes. It’s thrilling to be able to offer NASA drivers the chance to

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