NASA Pro Racing Series News

27 07, 2021

John Allen and Camden Gruber Split a Four-Race Weekend at National Corvette Museum

NASA Great Lakes visited the National Corvette Museum Motorsports Park over the July 4 weekend for some fireworks of our own, with a rare four-race event. The consistent rain we’ve seen all year was again present, but this time only on the Thursday load-in day, clearing out by 6 p.m., leaving the competition with sunny weather and a dry track for the remainder of the weekend.
Saturday qualifying witnessed John Allen top the field by 1.4 seconds with a 2:28.1, followed by Ryan Roberson at 2:29.5 and Teen Mazda Challenge driver Camden Gruber just a shade behind Roberson. At the start of race one, Gruber got around Roberson on the initial lap and from there both Allen and Gruber started to gap the field and at race end that gap would be just shy of 16 seconds. Gruber bested Allen on lap five and held on for the win. The two

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20 07, 2021

Inside Information: Taking on the 25 Hours of Thunderhill

Like so many things in 2020, the 25 Hours of Thunderhill Presented by Hawk Performance was canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic. For 2021, there has been a surge of renewed interest in the longest closed-course endurance race in North America, which is back on for 2021 and scheduled to take place Dec. 3-5! Registration opens August 1.
To help you prepare, the staff at Speed News has interviewed teams that have been successful at the 25. We wanted to share what it takes to get there, what it takes to finish — and what it takes to win.
We talked to Ron Carroll, the former team manager and crew chief for Davidson Racing, who won the race overall in 2015. Carroll has worked professionally in racing for years and has contacts all over the country that he pulled in for The 25. He used crew members from IRL, World Challenge, and

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13 07, 2021

Fast Company: Who Can Win the 2021 NASA Championships?

It’s usually about this time of year, when the entry list for the NASA Championships Presented by Toyo Tires begins to take shape, that the energy starts to pick up in anticipation of who seems poised to take one of the top honors in all of amateur motorsports: a NASA National Championship.
Maybe that’s just here in my office, and only because I’m tasked each year with writing the “who will win” story.
However, the best NASA racing drivers in the country are those who leave little to chance, so it’s no stretch to think that lots of them have been looking at the entry lists for their classes, sizing up their competition and seeing how they can beat them.
Back issues of Speed News are a good source for “opposition research.” Interviews from past Championships and race reports from Around the Regions might provide a hint at what now-deceased racing driver Mark

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13 07, 2021

Wyatt Couch Takes Two Wins to Alex Berg’s One in Spec MX-5 at Sonoma Raceway

The fourth weekend of the 2021 Spec MX-5 Challenge was well attended, not only by those racing these NC Miata-based cars, but also a wide array of Spec Miatas and Spec E30s competing at Sonoma Raceway contributed to a weekend filled with intense battles.
After qualifying on pole, Wyatt Couch made a commanding start for Saturday’s race one. He held off an aggressive Bryson Morris, who was no slower in terms of lap times, and spent the first half of the race nipping at Couch’s heels.
On lap six, Couch made a decisive move around a Spec E30, which Morris could not quite match. This helped Couch eke out a gap that Morris could not close before the end of the race. It was Couch’s ability to drive accurately on cold tires and keep a cool head while dealing with backmarkers that earned him the win.
Behind them, another series favorite had a

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13 07, 2021

Teen Mazda Challenge Midseason Update

With the 2021 racing season halfway to completion, Teen Mazda Challenge drivers across the country are eyeing the prize of being selected as a finalist for the Mazda MX-5 Cup Shootout.
For 2021, the series has experienced significant growth, more than doubling in size to 37 competitors nationwide, and the series now includes two drivers on the Mazda Club Racing Factory Team in Spec MX-5.
That growth includes NASA regions that previously had not previously gridded any Teen Mazda Challenge competitors. NASA NorCal tops the charts with 13 competitors, followed by NASA Great Lakes with six drivers and NASA SoCal with five. NASA Mid-Atlantic now has three drivers. The Arizona, Florida, Rocky Mountain, Southeast and Texas regions each have one Teen Mazda Challenge driver.
Technically, there must be at least four Teen Mazda Challenge drivers in a region for them to be eligible for selection to the MX-5 Cup Shootout, but they could

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6 07, 2021

Registration for the 2021 25 Hours of Thunderhill Opens August 1

The pageantry is back, the drama, the challenge, the triumph!
Registration is set to open for the 2021 25 Hours of Thunderhill Presented by Hawk Performance on August 1, and this year’s event will enjoy a little twist. In a move to commemorate the lack of an event in 2020 due to COVID-19, NASA Executive Director Jerry Kunzman has tacked on an additional 25 minutes to the 2021 event. The race begins at 11 a.m. December 4 and ends the following day at 12:25 p.m.
Teams are encouraged to register early because all numbers are assigned first-come, first served in the order in which they are received, and vehicle numbers cannot be three digits.
You can find all relevant information, endurance and supplemental rules here. Also be sure to check out all the action from the 2019 event on NASA’s YouTube Channel.
The grid crackles with energy before the 25 Hours of Thunderhill Presented

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6 07, 2021

Teen Mazda Challenge Driver Camden Gruber Sweeps All Three at Gingerman Raceway in June

NASA Great Lakes visited the eastern shores of Lake Michigan June 19 and 20 in the sandy beach resort town of South Haven. Gingerman Raceway was the location, an 11-turn, 2.2-mile course with tight right turns leading to long straights and sweeping left handers you must push to find maximum speed through.
Friday’s sunny test and tune weather changed overnight to heavy rain Saturday morning and a drying track for Saturday qualifying. Teen Mazda Challenge driver Camden Gruber posted the best time (2:13.5), followed by Brian Silvestri (2:13.8) and Randy Summerville (2:15.1). Silvestri and Gruber were separated by as little as .2 seconds for the first six laps, but Gruber was able to get around for the lead after a Turn 11 local yellow cleared and he held on for the victory. Will Dodd, starting from eighth, picked off five spots on lap one to battle with Jeff Wood, Brian Silvestri,

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29 06, 2021

Broderick Bauguess is Unbeatable at Road Atlanta in June

NASA’s Turn 7 Girl, Flatten the Curve race weekend started with 22 Spec Miatas registered and a smoking-hot weather forecast. On Saturday Broderick Bauguess won pole position with a 1:45.178, with Aiden Crouse P2, Camden Gruber P3, Keith Williamson P4 and Raiden Nicol P5.
As the green flag dropped, Bauguess got away cleanly and the front of the field made it through Turn 3 with Bauguess P1 followed by Crouse, Gruber, Williamson, Nicol and Elvington. Crouse locked on to Bauguess’ bumper as the two tried to gap the field, but Gruber was pushing hard to close and get in their draft. On lap two, Crouse got around Bauguess at Turn 10a to take the lead while Gruber had closed to make it a tight three-way race. Nicol picked off Williamson on the same lap coming out of Turn 7 to move up to P4. The race settled into a three-way battle

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23 06, 2021

KC Cook and Chris Nunes on Top in Spec Miata at Auto Club Speedway

When NASA SoCal headed to Auto Club Speedway in advance of the midsummer break in the region’s schedule, Blake Minasian was firmly in the lead of the points chase.
Lap times at Auto Club Speedway typically cluster tighter than other tracks in the region, so the racing tends to be more competitive. Add in the importance of the draft and the stakes escalate.
On Saturday, Spec MX-5 Cup driver Chris Nunes grabbed pole position, with KC Cook in second, Anthony Zarcone in third and Blake Minasian in fourth.
At the start, Cook and Minasian made the most of the draft and pushed each other into the top two spots by the time they reached Turn 3, the entrance to the infield portion of the track. Nunes shoe-horned his way into third past Anthony Santos and the front three broke away.
Later in the race, as Nunes headed into the braking zone for Turn 11,

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22 06, 2021

KC Cook and Chris Nunes on Top in Spec Miata at Auto Club Speedway

When NASA SoCal headed to Auto Club Speedway in advance of the midsummer break in the region’s schedule, Blake Minasian was firmly in the lead of the points chase.
Lap times at Auto Club Speedway typically cluster tighter than other tracks in the region, so the racing tends to be more competitive. Add in the importance of the draft and the stakes escalate.
On Saturday, Spec MX-5 Cup driver Chris Nunes grabbed pole position, with KC Cook in second, Anthony Zarcone in third and Blake Minasian in fourth.
At the start, Cook and Minasian made the most of the draft and pushed each other into the top two spots by the time they reached Turn 3, the entrance to the infield portion of the track. Nunes shoe-horned his way into third past Anthony Santos and the front three broke away.
Later in the race, as Nunes headed into the braking zone for Turn 11,

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