NASA Pro Racing Series News

21 05, 2018

Roll Out The Barrel

Kentucky brings to mind a few things. Corvettes are one, because they’re built in Bowling Green. Bourbon is another because Kentucky is the only state that makes it. Racing also comes to mind, but until the National Corvette Museum Motorsports Park was built in 2014, the racing usually involved Kentucky thoroughbred horses, not horsepower.

Now in its second year, “The Bourbon Barrel” is a combined event at NCM Motorsports Park put on by NASA Great Lakes, NASA Mid South and NASA Central. The track isn’t far from Kentucky’s “Bourbon Trail,” so the theme of the event makes perfect sense. And because the track is so convenient to so many major metropolitan areas, racers from all over often come to Bowling Green to join in the fun.

“Last year there were 10 regions represented here,” said NASA Great Lakes Regional Director Jay Andrew. “We usually have between eight and 10 regions represented. Supposedly

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16 05, 2018

Haldeman Scores Hat Trick at Motor Sports Ranch Cresson

Motor Sports Ranch Cresson is located southwest of Fort Worth, Texas. With two road-course tracks of 1.7 miles and 1.3 miles, it also can be combined for a 3.1-mile road course. NASA Texas uses the 1.7-mile course. In addition, the wind is always a factor at MSRC, especially in March. Chilly winds gusted up to 40 mph on Friday and Sunday. Sandwiched in between on Saturday was sunny and downright hot! You’ve got to love the weather in Texas!
On Saturday, Chris Haldeman led the field of 44 strong after grabbing pole with a 1:25.134. Yes, 44 Miatas! This was one of, it not the biggest field of Miatas at a NASA race at MSRC. Race one was a good, clean contest. Haldeman led the field from the drop of the green and never looked back. Trevor McCallion finished P2 and Justin Crickenberger rounded out the podium in P3. The fastest

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16 05, 2018

Jarrett Jones Sweeps Two Again at Road Atlanta

Spec Miata had another great field with 22 Miatas at the Race for Pi at Road Atlanta in March. On Saturday, Jarrett Jones grabbed pole position followed by Yan Dia, Adam Roberts, Keith Williamson and Dylan Stancil.
After the green, Dia got a run on Jones and led into Turn 3, with Williamson dropping to fourth behind Roberts, Stancil and Jason Ball. Ball missed a downshift into Turn 5 and spun, scattering the middle of the SM field with all involved avoiding contact. On lap two, a Spec E30 lost it in the Esses and hit the wall hard, bringing out a double-yellow.
After the restart, Dia and Jones started bump-drafting on the back straight trying to gap the field. On lap nine, Jones passed Dia on the back straight for the lead and then Roberts made the inside pass on Dia in Turn 1 to take second. Stancil then passed Dia in Turn 3, leaving

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16 05, 2018

Myers and Wright Split Wins at NP01 Opener at NCM Motorsports Park

Stephen Myers and Alex Wright each took the top step of the podium for the first two rounds of the 2018 season for the Atlantic NASA Prototype Series. A field of six cars took the track and faced continuous rainy weather Friday and Saturday. William Moore earned his rookie license Friday and will be joining the series for the remainder of the 2018 season.
Saturday’s practice and qualifying were rain soaked and left the teams searching for the best setup. Some cars ran rain tires. Some ran slicks. Dave Balingit set a class record during qualifying by spinning three times in three consecutive corners. Myers was able to find the best grip and nipped Wright by a narrow margin to earn pole position. Team RSE (Jay Fagner/Scott Meyer), Tom Hahn, Balingit and Moore rounded out the field in that order.
The rain did not let up for Saturday’s main race and because

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16 05, 2018

NASA Great Lakes Thunder Roadster Series

The NASA Great Lakes Thunder Roadster Series began the 2018 season at NCM Motorsports Park in Bowling Green, Ky., in cold and rainy conditions. Saturday’s race featured some of the worst conditions we’ve seen on the tour and especially at the NCM facility. Standing water made the straightaways even challenging during the race.
Defending series champion, Jason Oehler, and 2017 series runner up, Phil Gehlhausen were the only two drivers who took the green flag in Saturday’s race. Oehler and Gehlhausen slowly and cautiously stayed on track completing the race with Oehler first and Gehlhausen second.
Sunday morning saw the rain subside as track officials began drying the massive puddles. By race time, the unseasonably cold Kentucky wind helped to finish drying the track. Sunday’s race featured all the series regulars and showed the competitiveness of the series. Oehler was on pole, followed by three-time series champion Brian Bohlander, Gehlhausen and Tom

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11 05, 2018

Weber Kicks off 2018 with Two PTE Wins at NCM Motorsports Park

NASA Great Lakes Performance Touring started the 2018 season at NCM Motorsports Park. The cold and rain in the forecast didn’t deter the three PTE entrants from showing up to race. As the old adage goes, any day at the track is better than no day at the track!
Qualifying for Saturday’s race had Mike Weber in his No. 777 Infiniti G20 on pole. In the rain, Aaron Spiegel in his No. 42 Miata had a great start when the green flag dropped, gaining the lead, but Weber repassed Spiegel before Turn 1! A full-course caution before the first lap was completed meant a restart. This time Weber gained two positions because Spiegel missed a shift. Meanwhile, Robert Ellis in his No. 2 VW Scirocco quickly discovered his timing self-advanced immensely due to an improperly tightened distributor and retired after just four laps. Spiegel was never able to catch Weber in

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11 05, 2018

Oxford and Baruth Win One Apiece at NCM Motorsports Park

It was the first event of the NASA Great Lakes’ season at the wonderful National Corvette Museum Motorsports Park in Bowling Green, Ky. Leading up to the weekend, we had three signed up for H1: Rob Oxford, Daniel Madamba, and Jack Baruth with Brad Adams being the only H2 entry.
Adams bumped to H1 before the weekend given that he was the only H2 car entered, so that gave H1 four cars for Saturday until the rain came. Baruth did not have the Toyo RA1 wet tires, so instead of a “fun run” in H1, he was bumped to SU where he ended up finishing P2 in the wet conditions. That left H1 with three cars to start the day under chilly, wet conditions. Adams set the pace in warm-ups with Oxford second and Madamba third.
Unfortunately for Adams, on the cool down lap, the check engine light came on, and the

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11 05, 2018

Derek Wright Nabs Two CMC Wins at NCM Motorsports Park

The 2018 NASA Great Lakes Region race season kicked off with a bang at NCM Motorsports Park March 24-25. Or, should I say with a glub, glub, glub. Saturday saw a steady rain all day, giving those of us who have been off-track all winter a good excuse for spending a bit more time “off track.” I suppose it wasn’t so bad considering that there was snow, and lots of it, only a couple counties away, but after a few days of reflection, I stick with my post-race comments on Saturday that, “I’ve never been happier to see the end of a race and get out of a race car.” Note to self: When you spend 20 minutes before the race buffing the windshield, you should probably spend an equal amount of time buffing the inside of the wind screen. My glass fogged up about 4 seconds before the green

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11 05, 2018

Piña Takes Two at Wet, Chilly Opener NCM Motorsports Park

The field was made up of a mix of Great Lakes and Mid-South drivers, with one brand-new racer, Sean Foltz, having completed his comp licensing the day before. Saturday’s qualifying session and race took place in a pouring rain.
Race one started off with Dan Piña and Michael Cooper on the front row, Tara Brewster and Manny Moody in row two, Christopher Simmons and Paul Davison in row three, and Sean Foltz and Michael Morris in the fourth and final row.
The group was just getting their legs beneath them when a stranded NP01 brought out a long full-course caution. As the race restarted, Piña made the biggest move, passing seven cars on the front straight, thanks to his spotter calling the green long before he could see the starter stand. Brewster in P2 held Cooper off as long as she could, but Cooper’s courage in the wet shone through as he drove by her,

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9 05, 2018

Sukchai and Clark Score Spec E30 Wins at Willow Springs Opener

Cool conditions proved better than perfect as lap times for qualifying dropped well below the Spec E30 track record from previous events. The fastest lap was a 1:36.0, which was more than 1.4 seconds quicker than the current lap record, put Clark on pole, Stepanian second, Hauser third and returning SoCal Spec E30 Champ Mihld in fourth, all four drivers posting lap times faster than the previous record!
In the race, Clark and Stepanian battled nose to tail all race long, gapping the field by a comfortable margin. Both used race craft and traffic to their advantage to maintain the gap back to the pack fighting for third place. Hauser, Mihld, Team Ed Sukchai and Sean Aron battled together after Hauser struggled from the start with a missed second-gear shift. Team Ed Sukchai worked its way to the front of that pack with Hauser on his tail in pursuit of the leaders

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