NASA Pro Racing Series News

10 12, 2019

Time Trial Techniques: 2019 NASA Champs — Part 2

OK, hang onto your hats for this one. It’s epic, in the classical sense, which isn’t necessarily good for the Internet attention span, but in terms of what you can learn from these three drivers, epic is great.
This year’s TT3 competition at the NASA Championships Presented by Toyo Tires was diverse. The Champion, Denis Clavette had a BMW E46 M3 with a straight six. Second place Dan Westerwick’s Ford Mustang GT had a V8 and third-place finisher Andrew Bakun’s Porsche 944 Turbo had been repowered with GM LS3 V8 power.
It’s always interesting to see how drivers will respond to questions that require them to share their secrets. These drivers might not have shared all their secrets, but given the length and quality of their answers, they shared a lot of them.
You don’t have to read the whole story. We asked each driver the same questions, so you can align your

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10 12, 2019

Getting it Done in a Borrowed Car

Robin Burnett was having a good weekend at the NASA Championships Presented by Toyo Tires at Mid-Ohio in September. After earning pole for the Spec Iron qualifying race and leading it for three laps, he blew his engine. His weekend wasn’t over. A good friend from his NASA racing family Steve Revelette loaned him his car. Burnett spent Saturday night swapping the suspension from his car, then spent Sunday’s raceclawing his way up from a last-place start to take the Spec Iron Championship. Getting it done in a borrowed car.
The post Getting it Done in a Borrowed Car appeared first on NASA Speed News Magazine.

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8 12, 2019

Turn 3 Motorsports Storms to Victory at 2019 25 Hours of Thunderhill

Turn 3 Motorsports found joy in Mudville on Sunday when the team won its first 25 Hours of Thunderhill presented by Hawk Performance.
The Chicago-based team had a dominant performance, leading shortly after the start and never looking back. The Radical was caked with mud as driver and team principal Peter Dempsey brought the car across the finish line with an eight-lap margin of victory. It’s the first time a Radical sports racer has won the 25 Hours of Thunderhill.
“I was in tears in the car there once we knew we had done it, so it took me a few laps to settle back down again and finish the race,” Dempsey said.

The team spent Friday night and Saturday morning waterproofing the open-cockpit car but it still lost an ECU during a rainstorm after the endurance race started. After that the car ran flawlessly, Dempsey said.
The team’s drivers Eric Wagner, Dempsey, Antoine

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8 12, 2019

21 Hour Snapshot: 2019 25 Hours of Thunderhill

There’s a phenomenon that happens often during each 25 Hours of Thunderhill Presented by Hawk Performance. When you check the standings at midnight, there are a few teams that have exhibited a dominance over the others that looks insurmountable.
Inevitably, things look different for most teams the next morning, and 2019 is no different. Here’s a look at the 8 a.m. Sunday morning standings.
ES

What a difference the night made for the Valkyrie Autosport’s Nissan GT-R. Trailing Lowe Group Racing for most of the 25 Hours of Thunderhill, Valkyrie took the lead in ES overnight and has grown it to 28 laps as the endurance race enters its final stretch.
“At this point, we tell everybody to take it easy. With big gaps like that, 25-lap lead at 2 minutes a lap, that’s 50 minutes,” said Giles Powell with Valkyrie Autosport. “It’s really difficult for anybody to make that up based on pace

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7 12, 2019

10 O’Clock Standings: 25 Hours of Thunderhill

With a year of experience running the 25 Hours of Thunderhill, the team behind TAPG Motorsports came in with a plan and so far it’s paying dividends with their Toyota car leading the E2 class.
The Phoenix-based team has essentially led since the start of endurance to build a 10-lap lead over the second-place team Technik Competition. Slipstream-racing.com is in third.
The TAPG Motorsports team is comprised of Toyota engineers and technicians, and the group competes in endurance competitions as a team building exercise. The team competes in the Western Endurance Racing Championship but no others that last 25 hours.
“Last year was new for most of us so we did well. We were leading when we broke but we had a lot to learn but we had a good plan,” said DJ Quint, team captain. “The big thing now we get to leverage that experience having done this one time before. We

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7 12, 2019

Eight-Hour Snapshot: 2019 25 Hours of Thunderhill

By the time 8 p.m. Saturday night rolls around during the 25 Hours of Thunderhill, teams that avoided contact and mechanical issues have settled into a rhythm and are keeping their fingers crossed as the evening wears on.
With more bands of rain expected this evening, tire choice and the timing for switching them will be more and more critical.
By 8 o’clock the teams had undergone the full-course caution necessary for track personnel to swap out corner workers who have been on the job since the start of the race. Those workers can go get some sleep. Teams, on the other hand, are in it for the duration. Here’s how things stood at 8o’clock Saturday night.
 
E3S
RA Motorsports capitalized on mistakes from its competitors to take over top two spots in E3S. RA Motorsports’ No. 40 is in first, while the team’s second car No. 35 is trailing the leader by four

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7 12, 2019

Six-Hour Snapshot: 2019 25 Hours of Thunderhill

E1
One of the best class races at the 25 Hours of Thunderhill has been the competition between Bullet Performance and FLIR Vision Racing, who have been trading leads since the start of the race. Bullet Performance currently has a two-lap lead over FLIR Vision Racing. The El Dorado Motorsports CRX is in third.
“We can watch (them) pit, we get a lap on him, (they) get a lap on us,” said Ivan Zwart, crew chief for Bullet Performance. “In the rain they were a little bit better and they put drys on a little bit sooner, so they got a little bump on us. I think our pit stops is where we’re making up all our time in the pits.”
Drivers Mickey Miller, Vic Pizzino and Ed Sukchai have been behind the wheel already for Bullet Performance. Zwart knows the team still has a long night ahead of them.
“It’s a really, really

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7 12, 2019

Three-Hour Snapshot: 2019 25 Hours of Thunderhill

The 25 Hours of Thunderhill kicked off Saturday morning under heavy rains and strong winds, but Turn 3 Motorsport took an advantage of a break in the weather to grab an early overall lead.
The ESR car driven by Peter Dempsey has built a two-lap lead and completed 83 laps on the 3-mile road course. Even with the on-and-off rains, Dempsey posted a best lap speed of 1:58.459. Because of the early rain, lap times were much slower than previous years with good weather. One Motorsports is in second and LaHouse/One Motorsports is third.
E0

Taking advantage of front-wheel drive car in the rain, Honda Racing THRW 2 built up a 9-lap lead turning an impressive 2:12.877 best lap.
The decision facing the team is when to make the switch to rain tires and the team has been studying the track for puddles and checking the forecast.
“Initially it was really slippery. It seems like

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6 12, 2019

A Wet Friday Night Qualifying Sets the Grid for the 2019 25 Hours of Thunderhill Presented by Hawk Performance

The strategy Friday night was largely the same from team to team in the minutes leading up to the 4:45 p.m. practice and 5:15 p.m. qualifying sessions for the 2019 25 Hours of Thunderhill presented by Hawk Performance. Cars were up on jack stands and teams were waiting for the weather to make up its mind.
The forecast called for the rains to come in during practice, but halfway in, it was nothing more than a mist, and the cars remained on jacks, waiting for the right tire choice. Teams went out on dry tires and intermediates hoping to make the most of a dry or at least a drying racing line around the track, but then just after the 5 o’clock hour the rains set in and began to intensify.
Teams shuffled in and out of the pits to change tires to earn the best starting position on Saturday’s grid. Of

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6 12, 2019

Racers Brace for Rain, Winds at 2019 25 Hours of Thunderhill Presented by Hawk Performance

Teams in the paddock have been busy checking weather apps and studying radar as rain is expected for the 25 Hours of Thunderhill this weekend. The rain and wind will bring a twist to Friday afternoon’s qualifying session and Saturday’s endurance that starts at 11 a.m. during a weekend of weather in which flash flooding is expected across Northern California.
Dragon Fly Motorsports driver Christian Guirguis is one of those keeping an eye on the sky because he’ll be driving an open cockpit E0 car on the Thunderhill Raceway Park track.
“You don’t get as wet as you would think,” said Guirguis, who lives outside Seattle, a city that gets it fair share of rain. “Once you get moving, it’s not that bad.”
Thanks to aerodynamics and Rain-X on the visor, Guirguis says he stays relatively dry despite not having a roof. His biggest concern is the spray. “It’s actually the spray that

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