NASA Pro Racing Series News

4 04, 2018

Mihld Wins Big in Spec E30 at Chuckwalla Season Opener

Saturday’s qualifying session at the combined SoCal and Arizona regional event at Chuckwalla Valley Raceway put the veteran Mihld on pole, continuing where he left off in his 2017 SoCal Spec E30 championship season. Andrew Clark turned in a lap time fast enough to put him outside pole, just 2.3 seconds back. Qualifying in third with a new car, Ed Wagner was only .3 seconds behind Clark for the third spot on the grid.
By the end of the race Saturday, Mihld had established a 5-second lead and maintained that on second place. Wagner wiggled past Clark early in the race and defended Clark all race long. Clark finished third, with Wagner and Mihld ahead of him.
For Sunday’s race, Mihld squirted away from the field, with Clark just behind. Team Black Swan Research was leading a pack in third, with Wagner glued to his bumper and Team Ed Sukchai, with Sukchai

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4 04, 2018

Pond Dominates Willow Springs Opener

Fresh off a win at Chuckwalla in February, Ryan Pond started Saturday’s race from third only to lose two spots in Turn 1. He got one back in Turn 3 when he repassed Hannah Grisham, who had started behind him. Pond and Rob Burgoon got a little too close early on in the fast Turn 8 and Pond dropped two wheels and fell back. He was back on Burgoon’s bumper at the exit of Turn 9 the next lap and around him the next time into Turn 2. After that, Pond was gone and took a convincing win. Jeremy Barnes finished second, with Burgoon in third.
For Sunday morning’s inverted qualifying race, Sean Douglass started from pole, with Grisham in second because her car broke in Saturday’s main. Marc Minasian started from third. Grisham ran away with it, earning pole position for the main race, followed by Burgoon in second Ken

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4 04, 2018

WERC Series Goes Flag to Flag Under Green at Willow Springs Opener

The Western Endurance Racing Championship series kicked off the 2018 season with a 28-car field that went flag to flag with no caution periods at a dark and speedy Willow Springs International Raceway. To set the grid, drivers drew numbers from a hat, which meant some of fast cars started from the rear.

One of those cars was Team PMG Awareness. The changes the team made to the car throughout the day made the difference, and driver Tom Haacker clawed his way from the back to take the lead and the ES and overall win.
“This year I did not have a co-driver, so I drove the whole three hours,” Haacker said. “We worked on the car this morning during the test sessions. The boys figured a few things out and got it dialed in, and got it set up to be able handle what we were doing today, so I applaud

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4 04, 2018

McAleer Aces Spec Miata at Carolina Motorsports Park

Weather forecasts predicted a wet race weekend and Saturday’s qualifying happened on a damp track, with Marc Cefalo claiming pole position with a 1:55.439, followed by Stevan McAleer in P2, Keith Williamson P3, Yan Dia P4, John Palazzolo P5 and Brad Miller P6. Unfortunately, an intermittent light rain started falling 30 minutes before race start time.
Late to grid as a result of changing teammate McAleer to wet tires, Marc Cefalo started at the back of the field. At the start, McAleer got around Williamson and started gapping the field. By the end of lap three, Cefalo had passed about 15 cars and moved up to P2. John “Hammer” Palazzolo had a good run and moved up to third place until, with three laps to go, he was passed by 13-year-old Aiden Crouse. Hammer then battled Tyler Harrell for fourth place until going two-wheels off, allowing Harrell to grab P4. The

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2 04, 2018

2018 NASA Championships Presented by Toyo Tires Registration Opens April 6th 2018

The National Auto Sport Association (NASA) is pleased to announce that registration for the 2018 NASA Championships presented by Toyo Tires will open April 6, 2018 at 9 a.m. PST. The NASA Championships move this year to the world-famous Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas. The four-day event will take place September 13-16, 2018.
This world-class facility, home to the United States Grand Prix, and some would say the pinnacle of motorsports in the world, also will be where we find out just who are the fastest drivers in the country! This top-level event will feature the inaugural Toyo Tires Classic for Spec Miata competitors, along with 28 classes of wheel-to-wheel competition joined by nine classes of Time Trial competition.
Registration for the 2018 NASA Championships presented by Toyo Tires will be strictly based on a first-registered, first-entered basis because space for what is sure to be the biggest amateur motorsports

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20 02, 2018

Looking to Repeat

Last year, Team Valkyrie Autosport took the E0 win over Rearden Racing, both of which were racing Nissan Z cars. It was the first time a Nissan Z car had won any class at the 25 Hour.
Rearden Racing returned with its 370Z and Valkyrie brought back its 350Z looking to repeat last year’s win, although the team didn’t make the decision to defend its E0 title until late in the season.
“It’s always a little difficult because you now have this expectation of wanting to back up the win, and we actually decided to run this race about three weeks ago,” said crew chief Christina Brady. “We normally are much more prepared than this, but at the last minute, we were like, ‘We can’t let someone take our championship without a fight, so we literally just bombed on the car for the last three weeks and are here. I’m kind of

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20 02, 2018

Fighting Like a Boss

Donny Edwards has never missed a 25 Hours of Thunderhill and his friends weren’t about to let the streak end.
Just 10 weeks after getting out of the hospital for treatment of lymphoma, Edwards was out on the track driving for Edge Motorworks MV and raising awareness about cancer.
“I couldn’t even spell cancer. I was pretty naïve,” said Edwards, whose cancer is in remission. “I couldn’t have done it without all the support, my team (at the hospital). I’m a hyperactive person, so I was constantly pushing the envelope on trying to do more and more. They were slowing me down.”
Edwards’ world forever changed earlier this year when a toothache turned out to be cancer. Instead of jetting off to race in Italy, Edwards immediately went into Huntsman Cancer Institute to start cancer treatment. He spent five and a half months in the hospital before being released.

When friends heard Edwards was

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20 02, 2018

E3 NASA 25hrs of Thunderhill 2017

A lot of attention has been paid to the Toyo Tires Flying Lizard Motorsports Audi team, which took the overall and class win for the third consecutive year. Meanwhile, farther back in the grid, Team RA Motorsports was busy winning E3 for the third straight year.
RA Motorsports won last year with the slower of its two cars. The faster one dropped out when the engine suffered mechanical troubles. The same car experienced similar trouble — and more — this year, but rather than continue to push, the team backed off a bit.
“It was running on three cylinders. I could hear it,” said team owner Ron Gayman. “We didn’t fix it. We just babied it. And, ironically, at the same time, we lost our clutch, so we could only keep it in fourth gear. We couldn’t event shift, so we drove in fourth gear for 12 hours. We were five seconds

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19 02, 2018

Team Toyo Tires / Flying Lizard Motorsports Wins ES at the 2017 NASA 25hrs of Thunderhill

The Toyo Tires/Flying Lizard Motorsports Audi had taken the overall and ES class win in 2016 and 2015, and it came to Thunderhill in 2017 looking for a three-peat. Only one other team has done that in the history of the race. Team Mercer Motorsports won overall in 2009, 2010 and 2011.
Making the prospect of a three-peat even more difficult was Team Ryno Racing, which had returned with two Ginetta G57 prototypes that dominated the 2016 race until Sunday morning when both cars pitted for repairs due to right rear sub-axle failures.
Both Ryno cars were posting lap times as much as 6 seconds quicker, and at midnight, Ryno Racing 2 had a three-lap lead. However, both Ryno cars suffered enough setbacks through Sunday morning that put them out of contention for class and overall wins.
By sunrise Sunday morning, Flying Lizard had a four-lap lead over Ryno Racing and two laps

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19 02, 2018

2017 Marked the First Time Anyone Had Raced a Mitjet at the 25 Hours of Thunderhill

2017 marked the first time anyone had raced a Mitjet at the 25 Hours of Thunderhill. The EXR Exotics Racing Mitjet Racing Team brought two Mitjet EXR LV02 cars to compete in E0. According to crew chief Bill Hynes, the team’s goals were to come out and have fun, and just to finish the grueling 25-hour race.
The Mitjet LV02 is French purpose-built rear-wheel-drive racing car powered by a 2.0-liter Renault engine mated to a Sadev six-speed paddle-shift transmission. The team entered both cars in E0, one of which finished the race on the podium in second.
Sponsored by Live, the rock band from York, Pa., that produced the eight-time platinum album “Throwing Copper” in 1994, which included the breakaway hits, “Lightning Crashes,” “All Over You” and “I, Alone.” But this isn’t the team’s only involvement in racing.
That car was sponsored by Live, the rock band from York, Pa., that produced the

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