NASA Pro Racing Series News

6 08, 2019

Lau and Milburn Stage Epic BMW vs. Acura Battle at Laguna Seca

Laguna Seca Raceway always provides fantastic U.S. Touring Car racing, and this year’s event did not disappoint. Winning the GT class was Swedish driver Carl Rydquist in the Champion/MyRaceShop.com Factory Five Racing GTM.
Carl Rydquist took the No. 8 Factory Five Racing GTM to the GT class victory over Larry Bani and No. 888 Viktor Czalpa in his Audi R8, which finished third.
The big battle was behind Rydquist. Doug Makishima scored yet another victory in the MCS BMW M3 and behind him Larry Bani managed a very strong second place in the KW Suspension/Garagistic BMW M3. Finishing in third place was Viktor Czalpa in the Wob-cars Audi R8.
No. 34 Larry Bani finished in second in the ST class ahead of Viktor Czapla in his Audi R8.
Art Nersisyan made it two in a row in the GoGoGear.com/Konig Wheels Hyundai Genesis, beating his teammate, Gary Sheehan, in the other GoGoGear.com/Konig Wheels Hyundai Genesis.

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6 08, 2019

Top Time Trial Drivers to Watch at 2019 NASA Championships Presented by Toyo Tires

Winning a Time Trial Championship is an uneasy pursuit. In racing you need to finish in front of the drivers you’re racing against, and you know where they are, because they’re right there with you on track. Unless it’s a photo finish, when you win, you know it.
In Time Trial, it’s all about speed and lap times, and you usually don’t know where the other drivers are on the leaderboard. It’s a nail-biter all weekend long. All you know is you need to push hard and then push harder. A differential as small as .001 seconds can mean the difference between gold and silver. So, you push, and push harder.
We’ve looked at the Time Trial entries for 2019 NASA Championships Presented by Toyo Tires, and come up with a few predictions on which drivers to watch. It’s pure science that is sure to be reflected in the results when all

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30 07, 2019

Drivers to Watch at the 2019 NASA Championships

The march toward the 2019 NASA Championships has begun. The entries are piling up and the fields are taking shape. That means it’s time to scrutinize them and shine a light on the drivers to watch at this year’s NASA Championships.
Who will win in 2019? Well, no one knows for sure because a lot can happen during the course of a race. Just look at last year’s GTS2 race at Circuit of the Americas, in which the front three cars got knocked out due to fluid spilled on track in the Esses. That meant the fourth-, fifth- and sixth-place cars went on to take the podium.
That’s why we run the race. Anything can happen.
This year’s event takes place at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, which provides a slight advantage to the Great Lakes Region’s drivers. We’ve picked a lot of Great Lakes hot shoes to win, but we think that

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16 07, 2019

Crouse and Bailey Split Wins at Road Atlanta in June 2019

NASA Southeast Spec Miata finally escaped the cloud of rainy race weekends and also got one of its biggest fields, with 25 cars taking the grid for qualifying. Aiden Crouse grabbed pole position with a 1:46.370, followed by Bradley Miller, Jose Garcia, Ben Rook and Keith Williamson.
At the start, Miller got a good run to Turn 1 and started up the hill trailed by Rook, with Crouse dropping in behind for P3. In Turn 10a/b, Miller got loose, but as he gathered it up, Rook pulled him up the hill for P1. Crouse got beside Miller in Turn 12 but gave up as the pair went into Turn 1 leaving Rook P1, Miller P2 and Crouse P3. Rook caught the first back marker Spec E30 at just the wrong moment entering Turn 7 and had to check up giving P1 back to Miller as they tracked out. On the back

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9 07, 2019

Robert Grace Nabs Two Wins at New Jersey Motorsports Park in June

Spec E30 is quickly becoming NASA Northeast’s most popular class. After a strong showing in May, June’s race did not disappoint, with 26 entrants, seven of whom made the trip up from Mid-Atlantic Region. Spec E30 also continued its unique tradition of standing starts for both races, promising not only exciting starts, but also effectively splitting the field away from other classes.
Standing starts are effective at separating the Spec E30 class from other classes on track at the same time.
Of the 26 Spec E30s battling around the track, one car in particular caught a lot of attention. Sean Curran’s No. 77 green and white Spec E30 returned to the track after a three-season hiatus. Recovering from an injury, Sean let NASA Northeast’s own Brian Casella pilot No. 77 in the crowded field. Brian did not disappoint, qualifying second just .013 seconds behind his brother Robert on pole. In the race,

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1 07, 2019

Grisham Scores Two Wins in Spec Miata Scorcher at Buttonwillow

The points race in the SoCal Spec Miata was heating up along with the summer temperatures when the field converged at Buttonwillow Raceway in June. Coming off a DQ for avoidable contact at Auto Club Speedway, Hannah Grisham trailed Ryan Pond and Justin Crickenberger upon arrival at Buttonwillow.
Notching the top time in qualifying on Saturday, Grisham started from pole and jumped into the lead, but lost it to Pond on the first lap. She trailed him for several laps, then passed him into the Sunset turn to retake the lead. However, a couple of out-of-class cars had run off track, bringing out a full-course caution, which created a green-white-checkers finish. Grisham held on to take the win.
“This one was a fun a race,” Grisham said. “We got the yellow, so I was a little bit scared for that, because I figured we’d only have a lap or two after that.

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10 06, 2019

Grisham and Pond on Top at Auto Club Speedway

Auto Club Speedway is an interesting racetrack. A roval, it has two personalities and if you want to win there, you need to have a drafting partner. Short of that, you can partner up with whoever is around you and hope it works out for you in the end.
Justin Crickenberger tried to work with Ryan Pond in Saturday’s race, and even though they tried to work together, they didn’t get the order of operations right. Crickenberger’s 1999 Miata has the torque and horsepower to push Pond’s 1.6 car on the high banks, but Crickenberger was ahead, so the two tried to change places to take better advantage. It didn’t work, and the two found themselves fighting other drivers for position late in the race.
“We decided to make the change without realizing how close and how quickly everyone else was coming up to us, so that ended up hurting both of

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10 06, 2019

Forenz Arabian Takes First Spec E30 Win at Auto Club Speedway

Drivers returned to the high banks of Auto Club Speedway to take advantage of the great weather in an effort to beat one another, once again, as well as better the previous track record set in 2016 by Steve Stepanian, who laid down a blistering 2:00.808.
A couple of interesting front air dams showed up, and drivers wondered if they would have any effect on the race. These were removed after the warmup because they either failed completely or created overheating problems. The racers undoubtedly didn’t go out for Saturday morning warmup on older practice tires and it appeared that a few drivers might have figured things out early, because they were able to surpass the previous track record, but could they repeat it in qualifying, let alone the race?
That question was answered quickly as in qualifying. Seven drivers were not only able to beat the 3-year-old track record, but three

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3 06, 2019

WERC Teams Take on the High Banks of Auto Club Speedway

For the first time in the history of the Western Endurance Racing Championship, the field of 31 cars gridded up at Auto Club Speedway for round three, a three-hour enduro.
Auto Club Speedway presented challenges to WERC teams, but unlike Buttonwillow Raceway, massive clouds of dust and pitch blackness weren’t among them.
For one, the race was run during daylight hours. The race began at 4:45 and ended at 7:45. Sunset was at 7:46. Two, Auto Club Speedway’s roval design has the longest stretches of wide-open-throttle of any track on the NASA SoCal schedule, so fuel consumption was greater than other three-hour enduros. Three, the pit lane at ACS is long, and with a 25-mph speed limit in the pits, stopping for fuel or tires or a driver change takes a lot longer than at other tracks.
Caution periods disrupted the race a bit. Pit stops shuffled the order around and the usual

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27 05, 2019

Teen Mazda Challenge: National Roundup May 2019

The NASA Teen Mazda Challenge is under way for 2019, so it’s time to check in on the competition around the country. TMC drivers have a unique racing season, essentially two seasons in one. They compete with other TMC drivers within their regions for TMC points, but they are also part of the broader Spec Miata class, so they have another venue in which to make their mark.
In terms of sheer numbers, NASA NorCal has the greatest number of TMC drivers, with nine young drivers competing.
By late May, Roy Fulmer IV was firmly in control of the points race in the NorCal TMC. Fulmer IV picked up a Spec Miata class win at Sonoma Raceway in March along with a fourth- and a third-place class finish. That gave him three first-place finishes in TMC. In April at Thunderhill Raceway, Fulmer IV finished second and scored two third-place finishes in Spec

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