NASA Pro Racing Series News

24 03, 2020

NASA Hawaii Hosts Night Rally-X at Coral Crater

February’s Night RallyCross was exciting! Thanks for everyone’s support and help in getting things to run smoothly. NASA Hawaii welcomed 33 participants Coral Crater for a day-into-night rally event.
We would like to thank Race Ready Fitness and Magnolia Spa for their sponsorship support, our Kauai Rally friends for all the help with logistics and for bringing Rally to Kauai. Also special thanks to Robert, Clinton and Elgen for providing cones and course setup. Thanks to Coral Crater for being great hosts.
With all the Coronavirus concerns, NASA Hawaii may have to reschedule events. We will coordinate with our venues, the government and NASA National to make scheduling decisions. We’ll update everyone once we get more details.

Coral Crater’s manager said they would be happy to have us return. We even discussed organizing some of our members helping Coral Crater improve more routes for our use. If you’re interested in helping with those

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10 03, 2020

Western Endurance Racing Championship Kicks Off 2020 at Willow Springs Opener

As the sun began to set at Willow Springs International Raceway on the last day in the leap year of February, 25 cars took to the grid for the season opener of the Western Endurance Racing Championship series.
There were some familiar cars, but the new hardware on grid was impressive, along the lines of what you might find at an IMSA race.
Team PMG Awareness was prepping a factory-built 2019 Porsche GT3 Cup car. Team GRS Autosport/Team Premat was putting the final touches on a factory-built Mercedes-Benz AMG GT4. Team Lang Racing Development brought a Norma M20 FC, and Team Chill by Strom Motorsports had a one-race-old factory-built Porsche Cayman GT4 MR.
The Lang Racing Development Norma was on pole, followed by Team Prototype Development Group’s Factory Five Racing GTM and the Team GRS Autosport/Team Premat Mercedes-Benz AMG GT4 in third.
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When the green flag flew, Lang Racing Development leapt out to an

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3 03, 2020

Teen Mazda Challenge Driver Aiden Crouse and Veteran Pat Smith Split Spec Miata Wins at Carolina Motorsports Park

Cold weather for Saturday’s qualifying made for some fast times as Grant West claimed pole position with a below-track-record time of 1:50.331, followed by Aiden Crouse, Keith Williamson, Pat Smith and Yan Dia. At the start, the front of the field got through Turn 1 cleanly, with Crouse picking off West with an inside pass at Turn 2 and then beat him to Turn 3 to seal the deal. Tyler Harrell also picked off Dia in Turn 2 leaving the order, Crouse, West, Williamson, Smith, Harrell.
Crouse and West started gapping the field on the back straight as they showed who would be on the top two spots of the podium. While Harrell got to the inside of Smith at Turn 13 to take P4. On lap three, Harrell had a run on Williamson going through Turn 13 to make the inside pass at Turn 14 to finalize the podium with

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25 02, 2020

NASA SoCal Spec Miata Kicks Off 2020 at Arizona Crossover Event

A field of 25 Spec Miata competitors kicked off 2020 at Chuckwalla Valley Raceway in February. Setting fast lap, Team Just Send it posted the fast lap in qualifying and started from pole, followed by Hannah Grisham.
Team Just Send it got the jump from pole and defended from start to finish, taking the win, with Grisham in second, SoCal’s Eric Slivkoff in third, Blake Minasian in fourth and Chase Gilhart in fifth.
For qualifying on Sunday, Grisham posted the fast lap, but stayed out and kept in touch with her crew in the event she was outpaced. The strategy worked and Grisham started from pole with SoCal’s Ryan Pond in second.
When Sunday’s green flag flew, Grisham and Pond ran side by side for several turns until Pond finally gained the advantage and took the lead. The two worked to build a small gap over Austin Edwards.
About halfway through the race, Grisham

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18 02, 2020

Hawaii Rally Sport Kicks Off 2020 Season

Hawaii Rally Sport Association and National Auto Sport Association Hawaii Region held their inaugural NASA Hawaii Rally-X event, February 15, 2020 at the Kualoa Ranch, in Kaneohe, Hawaii.
The first event was a Rally-X and a test-and-tune by invitation only. NASA Hawaii Rally used the event to work out organizational issues in advance of the 2020 season, which is slated to include four events at Kualoa Ranch and six more at Coral Crater.
The inaugural NASA Hawaill Rally X attracted a variety of cars and trucks in front-, rear- and four-wheel drive configurations.
Hawaii Rally Sport Association nonprofit group that hosts, promotes and supports Hawaii-based motorsports and science, technology, engineering and mathematics education programs in the state of Hawaii. Proceeds from the events that HRSA hosts, insures and sanctions will go to Make-A-Wish Hawaii.
For its inaugural event, NASA Hawaii used a scaled-down version of a rally stage laid out on a non-paved plot

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11 02, 2020

American Iron and Camaro-Mustang Challenge Face off in Houston Opener

NASA Texas welcomed Walter “Russ” Reed and his AI SN95 Mustang and Andrew Fisher in his CMC SN95 Mustang to their successful first event at Motorsports Ranch Houston in January. Fisher chased a few little mechanical issues, which are to be expected considering he first saw the car one week before the event. Reed had a whopper of an introduction as he spun in some oil on his second turn in a race! More on that oil later.
In American Iron, there were only two cars in attendance that weekend. In race one, Craig McCormick got the best of Casey Holdway and took the AI win. Both drivers enjoyed the added speed due to the AI rule change for 2020 that dropped the weight-to-power ratio. McCormick ran a 1:43.611, narrowly grabbing the lap record that Mason Melkowitz and Team Downunder had set in 2009!
In Camaro-Mustang Challenge, Joshua Sooknanan took first, with

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4 02, 2020

NASA Southeast Spec Miata Sizzles at Roebling Road Season Opener

NASA Southeast Spec Miata kicked off the 2020 season at Roebling Road with an 18-car field. Qualifying on pole was 2019 Mark Donohue Award recipient, Broderick Bauguess, with a 1:22.764, with Keith Williamson P2, just .001 second in front of P3 Yan Dia, Grant West P4 and Aide Crouse P5.
At the start, Bauguess had the inside line and got a good run, leading Dia and Crouse out of Turn 2. West picked off Williamson entering Turn 3. On the next lap, Bauguess — racing for the first time in Spec Miata — got a lesson in the value of bump-drafting as Dia and Crouse bump-drafted past him and West drafted up beside him as they entered Turn 1. Bauguess and West then entered Turn 3 side by side, with Bauguess giving up the position as the pair entered Turn 4.
On lap two, Crouse and West bump-drafted past Dia before entering

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28 01, 2020

Timeout With: Peter Hopelain

As the adage goes, if at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. And try, and try and try. Such is the case with Peter Hopelain and Team Technik Competition, which took its first class win in E2 at the 2019 25 Hours of Thunderhill Presented by Hawk Performance after more than a decade of trying.
Team Technik Competition battled back and forth — and sometimes in contact— with a tight field in E2, a class that showcased the closest racing in last year’s 25 Hours of Thunderhill. Hopelain, who also hosts the Technik podcast on SoundCloud.com, has been chasing this rabbit a long time, and he’s been getting closer and closer ever since the team built the 2003 BMW 330i specifically for racing enduros. We caught up with Hopelain in mid-January to find out a bit more about what it took, and what it felt like to finally get a

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28 01, 2020

NASA Southeast Honda Challenge Kicks Off 2020 at Roebling Road Raceway

So much for being off during the winter season. In the Southeast, we race! 2020 started in Savannah, Ga., with an open-track day full of test-and-tune drivers, competition school students, and an instructors clinic. It ended with a two-hour TREC race, which every comp school student completed. Those guys were tired at the end of the day!
When the racing weekend kicked off Saturday, H2 racers Karl Kondor, Michael Kramer and Shane Lovely got a great start passing one of the H1 cars before they entered Turn 1. As they settled into their race, they began swapping the lead among all three of them. Kondor was in the lead at the beginning, but slid to track edge a few times, allowing Lovely and Kramer take advantage and get around him. By midrace, Lovely was in second, trying to reel in Kramer when he put four wheels off in Turn 9 leading

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21 01, 2020

One Driver, Two Teams, 25 Hours

NASA NorCal racer Tommy Lo raced in the 25 Hours of Thunderhill for the first time in 2003, the inaugural year the race expanded from 12 to 25 hours. From that moment on, Lo has been enticed by the allure of the 25 Hours of Thunderhill, the longest closed course endurance race in North America.
“There were five of us who ran it, and then ever since I’ve been hooked. Driving at night on the hill, and then sharing a bowl of chili with friends at 3:00 in the morning, there’s nothing like it,” Lo said. “So ever since then, I’ve run with other teams, I’ve put together my own team. And it’s always that element of luck that’s been missing. And we always do well. Maybe halfway through something breaks, somebody hit us, a driver falls ill, whatever.”
Lo has raced the 25 on and off throughout the years that followed

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