NASA Pro Racing Series News

15 10, 2019

Teen Mazda Challenge Drivers Grant West and Aiden Crouse Split Wins at Roebling Road

NASA Southeast Spec Miata had a great field at Roebling Road in September, with 22 cars on grid. Jake Bailey won pole position with a 1:23.191, working with Aiden Crouse in P2, and Keith Williamson P3 working with Tyler Harrell in fourth and Yan Dia fifth.
Bailey rolled on throttle as the pace car pulled off for a fast start. Williamson moved right to make it three-wide after the starter stand and got a great bump from Dia to send him past Bailey, but Crouse got to Turn 1 on the outside first to slide into the lead. Bailey got freight-trained on the start, leaving him back in P7 by Turn 2 with Bradley Miller P6, Grant West P5, Dia P4, Harrell P3, Williamson P2 and Crouse P1. Dia got past Harrell at Turn 4 and Bailey got the inside line on T6 to pass Miller, leaving the order Crouse, Williamson,

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15 10, 2019

2019 NASA Championships By The Numbers

The 2019 NASA Championships Presented by Toyo Tires Sept. 18-22, 2019 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course was instrumental in producing an experience like no other, memories and images that will last a lifetime and champagne that tastes sweeter than anything in all of France.
The NASA Championships also generates lots of interesting numbers. For example, a total of 338 drivers chased top honors at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in 24 racing and seven Time Trial classes. Those are just some of the numbers produced at this year’s Championships event, and now that all those champagne corks have been popped and everyone is back home safely, we’ve compiled some of the numbers for your — and our own —amusement.
It’s always interesting to see what car brands won in which classes. Obviously, spec classes are a gimme for some OEMs, but it’s fun to see how the event breaks down by brand.
Championships

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8 10, 2019

Paul Costas on Top in 2019 in Super Touring 2

NASA Texas ST2 driver Paul Costas has attended two NASA Championships. His first year was last year, when he won TT3. This year he can add an ST2 Championship trophy to his mantle.
Costas started from third place behind Todd Clarke, Michael McAleenan and Chad Gilsinger, both of whom were quick in qualifying. Costas got around all of them, held his position through the caution period and finished first to take the ST2 Championship.
“The two cars that were in front of us that we were kind of concerned about, obviously the NSX and the Mustang,” Costas said. “Both are heavier cars on narrower tires, so our plan was to push pretty good the first half and then literally as soon as we hit the second half, my crew is going to radio me and say go, and then I would turn it loose and push, push, push and either pound them

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8 10, 2019

James Wheeler Nabs 2019 Thunder Roadster Championship

James Wheeler wasn’t planning to compete at the NASA Championships until he received some encouragement from his wife. Good thing Wheeler listened, because he now has some new hardware for the house.
“My wife made me race. She encouraged me, so this is for her,” Wheeler said. “I started to build a bit of a gap and then we had the safety car that brought us all back together and I’m like, ‘No I worked so hard for that,’ and as we started going again it took ages for the heat to get into the tires.” On the last lap, I almost lost it. I had almost a full turn of opposite lock on braking trying to turn right and I was just screaming at myself inside the helmet, but I managed to stay together.”
Wheeler won a thrilling Thunder Roadster race where the top four drivers finished within 4.8 seconds of

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8 10, 2019

Marcelo Vine Wins the 2019 944 Spec Championship

Marcelo Vine has had an arduous climb to a 944 Spec Championship. He got edged out in 2017. In 2018, he won the race, but failed a tech inspection after the race. This year, he was determined, but things started looking like same-old, same-old when he was DQ’d for a dyno infraction after Saturday’s qualifying race.
That put him at the back of the pack for the start, so he began another arduous climb through the field to try to get past the quick Michael Cooper and Derrek Morehead, who race often at Mid-Ohio. The climb finally got him to the top, and post-race tech inspections kept him there. Vine finally claimed a 944 Spec Championship.
“We detuned the car and we went way below where we were supposed to be,” Vine said. “So then we blew the engine anyway, so we had to rebuild the engine, that’s why we didn’t make

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8 10, 2019

Zach Hillman Takes Second GTS2 Championship at Mid-Ohio in 2019

All racers have a game plan going into the championship race and it’s usually out the window by Turn 1. That wasn’t the case for Zach Hillmann who made a plan and rode it to the championship.
“We had a good plan going into the race today,” he said. “We were going to save the car the best we could. We had a pace that we wanted to run, went out and did a couple of flyer laps, built a gap, ran our pace the whole race and managed from there.”
Hillmann knew he had a good car after clinching pole for and winning Saturday’s qualifying race. On Sunday, Hillmann was able to build a 12.6-second lead over second-place finisher Michael Sousa and 13.2 seconds over Scott Blair, who finished third.
Michael Sousa battled neck and neck with Scott Blair and managed to stay in front of him to take second in GTS2

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8 10, 2019

A.J. Hartman Pilots EcoBoost V6 Mustang to 2019 American Iron Championship

A.J. Hartman had been on top in American Iron all weekend. He scored the top time in qualifying Friday and won the qualifying race. Meanwhile, lurking just behind all weekend was 2018 American Iron champion Michael LaPaglia.
LaPaglia jumped into the lead shortly after the green flag and held it for a while fighting off a hard-charging Hartman, who eventually did get around him, but it was fleeting. LaPaglia retook the lead and the checkered flag first, but Hartman ended up with the Championship after LaPaglia was DQ’d in the days following the event.
The DQ moved Jeff Wood up to second and Bruce Byerly up to third.
“He got me on the start and I was able to hang with him, but couldn’t quite make a pass stick,” Hartman said immediately after the race. “It was fun for sure.”
Jeff Wood, who finished third, but moved up to second because of the DQ,

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30 09, 2019

Winners Crowned at 2019 NASA Championships Presented by Toyo Tires

The champagne was flying Sunday at the NASA Championships Presented by Toyo Tires as the drivers celebrated hard-fought victories and the satisfaction that only a national title can bring.
Bear in mind, these are just the first-place finishers. Speed News will publish comprehensive race coverage on all classes for all podium finishers in this week’s newsletter!
A total of 338 drivers were chasing championships in 24 classes at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. After two days of qualifying, drivers finally had the opportunity to race all-out for the championship. For many of the drivers, the championships are a culmination of a season of hard work.
Whether a driver finished at the front of the pack or near the rear, they are among an elite group of racers. These are their stories from the NASA Championships Presented by Toyo Tires.
Spec Miata

NASA Mid South’s Jim Drago has been chasing a NASA Championship for a long

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22 09, 2019

Qualifying Races Set the Stage for the 2019 NASA Championships Presented by Toyo Tires

When Saturday rolls around during the NASA Championships Presented by Toyo Tires, that means time goes out the window and the racing becomes about track position. Saturday’s qualifying races determine who will start where for the Championships races on Sunday.
The races brought their fair share of excitement, with two-offs and four-offs shaking up the order, some bent metal here and there and some caution periods that meant leaders had to re-establish their leads all over again once the race restarted.
Qualifying proved once again that you never know what might happen during the race. Here are the provisional results and starting positions for Sunday’s NASA Championships Presented by Toyo Tires.
Super Touring 1

Terry Mathis was all smiles after winning the Super Touring 1 qualifying race. He had gone toe-to-toe with second-place finisher Mark Burt, who won Friday’s qualifier, to earn pole for Sunday’s National Championship.
“My goal is to win this thing. Today’s

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21 09, 2019

Drivers Battle for Top Times in Friday Qualifying at the 2019 Championships Presented by Toyo Tires

Drivers squeezed the most from their cars and themselves as they took to the track at Mid-Ohio for Friday’s qualifying sessions at the 2019 NASA Championships Presented by Toyo Tires. Drivers had two sessions on track Friday to set the fastest time and earn the coveted pole positions for Saturday’s qualifying races.
Here’s who came out on top.
Super Touring 1

It’s been 16 years since Mark Burt has raced at Mid-Ohio, so he is having to relearn the track, and the Chevrolet Corvette he’s racing over the weekend. He posted his best time yet, turning a 1:26.97 lap on the road course.
“I’m just getting better with time on the track because I haven’t been here since 2003, so it’s new to me,” Burt said.
In the day’s first qualifying session, Dmitri Goliakov was the fastest qualifier turning a 1:30.27 lap during the first session.
“I was pushing it all the way through because yesterday

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