NASA Pro Racing Series News

13 04, 2021

Rain, Cold, Dirt, Warm and Fast Laps

Arizona racers saw it all in March, with some late seasonal weather mixing things up a bit. Despite a last-minute track change to Wild Horse Pass, Super Touring had yet another great round of racing.
For those in the social media game – check out the new group for the NASA Arizona Super Touring series here. We set this up because the forums are moving from the NASA Arizona website to the national website, and this gives us another great resource for asking questions, discussing races, cars, and coordinating activities.
The great news is that our groups are growing! We have lots of prospective racers finishing up new builds or refreshes, cars moving between classes and new racers coming from the excellent comp school program. Super Touring 4 is looking at some great growth. We may see as many as 11 cars by the end of the year! Super Touring 2 also

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13 04, 2021

Ryan Pond and Blake Minasian Split Wins at Auto Club Speedway

With the future of Auto Club Speedway in question, NASA SoCal Spec Miata racers converged in Fontana, Calif., for what should be the first of their last two events at this track. As reported on Racer.com in September, 2020, the NASCAR-owned track is slated to be converted from a 2-mile oval with a road course in its infield to a half-mile short track starting in 2021.
When the NASA SoCal 2021 season was initially unveiled, there were no dates at Auto Club Speedway on its schedule. That changed in February when NASA SoCal announced two 2021 dates at the venue.
Saturday morning started out damp and slick, but the track dried for qualifying, which put Ryan Pond on pole, with MX-5 Cup racer Chris Nunes in second and Blake Minasian in third.
Those three formed the front pack for the entire race. Pond led for most of the race, but fell back to

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6 04, 2021

John Putnam on Top in Honda Challenge 2 at Road Atlanta

No sooner had the rain moved over Georgia, that a wicked cold front moved in, pushed the rain out and set up great conditions for round three at most everyone’s favorite track, Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta.
Saturday morning everyone scraped frost off their windshields and let their cars warm up an extra 15 minutes before they headed to grid for the all racers warmup.
After a long break, they finally went out for qualifying. By then the track had warmed up even though the sun was still behind the clouds, with a consistent cold breeze. Not everyone used a lap timer or radio, so gauging their best time to the rest of the field was a craps shoot even when they could see them ahead or behind. Three of the four H2 cars were all within .05 seconds of each other, and they came in a lap or so early except for

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30 03, 2021

Danny Steyn Dominates Spec Miata at Road Atlanta

NASA’s Race for the Pi kicked off Saturday with Danny Steyn running a 1:43.582 to win pole position, followed by Teen Mazda Challenge driver Connor Zilisch, John Allen, Camden Gruber, Keith Williamson and Travis Wiley.
On the start, the inside lane got a clear run through Turn 1 as Zilisch bobbled a shift, with the order shaking out as Steyn, Allen, Williamson, Zilisch, Gruber and Wiley. Zilisch quickly recovered and bump-drafted Williamson coming out of Turn 7 to close the gap to Allen. Zilisch then passed Williamson approaching the brake zone of Turn 10a and dropped in behind Allen. On lap two, Zilisch pushed Allen on the back straight and the pair closed up to about two car lengths behind Steyn. Zilisch looked to pass Allen in the brake zone of T10a, but dropped back in behind Allen and waited until Turn 1 to make the inside pass on Allen.
Zilisch then

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23 03, 2021

Scott Oliver and Frank Acosta On Top in Super Touring 3 at Road Atlanta

The weather forecast for the March weekend at Road Atlanta was supposed to be cloudy and 50 degrees. Although, while sitting on the grid for qualifying, it began to sleet, and ambient temperatures dropped quickly. The number of racers in Thunder qualifying was astounding, and when the green flag waved it was difficult to find space for a fast lap. Scott Oliver qualified first of seven cars in ST3, and all of us were within 5 seconds of one another.
The weather improved for the race, which included veterans Michael Moore, Jim Pantas, and King Shaw. Frank Acosta, Matt Bohall, Freddy Assuncao, and Matt Ford rounded out the field.
When the green flag waved, Oliver was able to pass a couple of cars, but Acosta and Moore had the same success. Other competitors were held back due to the chaos of the start and cars jockeying for positon. A Spec Iron Mustang

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16 03, 2021

NASA Southeast Time Trial Faces Off at Carolina Motorsports Park

NASA Southeast traveled to Kershaw, S.C., the weekend of February 13 and 14, 2021 to tackle all 14 newly repaved turns of Carolina Motorsports Park for the second race weekend of the year. Time Trial had a total of 24 entries registered for the weekend. While drivers were looking forward to cooler temperatures leading to higher horsepower and lower lap times, the weather forecast was laughing at those ambitions. For the first time in many seasons, drivers faced continuous rainy conditions for the entire weekend, resulting in various different animal species being spotted in the area lining up two by two, and deep accumulations of standing water in all the wrong places around the track surface.
Making the best of the wet conditions, the largest class designation for the weekend fell to the TTU class with nine drivers, where during Saturday’s competition, the P1 and P2 went to a pair of

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9 03, 2021

Broderick Bauguess Doubles Down in Spec Miata at Carolina Motorsports Park

Cold and rainy made for a tough weekend of racing at Carolina Motorsports Park. On Saturday Teen Mazda Challenge racer Camden Gruber claimed pole position in the rain with a 2:12.042 followed by Tyler Harrell, Broderick Bauguess, Yan Dia, Don Elvington and James Harrell. With a steady rain at the start, the field got through Turn 1 clean with the order shaking out to be Gruber P1 followed by T. Harrell, Bauguess, Dia, Elvington and J. Harrell.
The action on lap one continued as J. Harrell picked off Elvington in the brake zone of Turn 8 to move up to P5 and then Bauguess went off in the Kink to drop back to sixth, but quickly recovered and passed Elvington heading in to Turn 12 to move up to P5. As Gruber began to gap the field, Bauguess picked off a car in each of the next three laps to move

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2 03, 2021

Honda Challenge Splashes Down at Carolina Motorsports Park

Round two at Carolina Motorsports Park was cold and wet, and soaked the competition in H1 and H2. Saturday morning everyone was busy applying Rain-X and anti-fog to their windshields before heading to grid for warmup. They’ve raced this track one time since the repave, but that was in dry conditions, so they didn’t know what to expect in the wet. Turned out the rain showed them many new rivers crossing the track in not-so-perfect locations.
Pole position for H2 was set by Team Moar Door, with Shane Lovely at the wheel followed by John Putnam in P2, Jason Scarbrough in P3 and Michael Kramer in P4. H1 pole was set by Andrew Hicks, followed by Jeffrey Bankston in P2 and Rob Oxford in P3. To make things interesting, they inverted the field, with H2 leading the pack so the faster H1 class cars had to work their way through the

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23 02, 2021

NASA Championships Registration Opens March 15

Preparations for the 2021 NASA Championships Presented by Toyo Tires are so far along that NASA will be able to open registration for the event on Monday, March 15.
“We are hoping to put on the biggest Championships event in our history,” said NASA Vice President Jeremy Croiset. “To give our drivers as much time to plan and set their schedules, we are opening registration earlier than we ever have before.”
NASA racers and Time Trial competitors will take to the same high banks and challenging infield as IMSA drivers in the 24 Hours of Daytona. The action takes Sept. 16-19, 2021.
“The number 500 and Daytona International Speedway go together like peanut butter and jelly,” Croiset said. “In light of that, we’d love to make history at Daytona by bringing together more than 500 competitors from across the country. With no Championships event in 2020, we want 2021 to be our biggest

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23 02, 2021

Ryan Pond Takes Two in Gusty Spec Miata Opener at Willow Springs

While windmills in Texas were freezing and seizing, the turbine generators within sight of Willow Springs International Raceway were spinning to overload. Winter winds blasted the high desert Antelope Valley and tossed dust and tumbleweeds across the track as NASA SoCal Spec Miata opened their season at “The Fastest Road in the West.”
For Saturday’s race in the late afternoon, the winds picked up big time as the green flag flew. Mazda MX-5 Cup driver Chris Nunes started from pole, but Ryan Pond, who started from second, got by Nunes and worked his way out to an early lead, with a good gap between himself and the rest of the field.
Winds provided a brisk tailwind going down the back straightaway and a gnarly headwind coming out of Turn 9 and down the front straight. The headwinds worked against Pond’s single car and to the advantage of the three- and four-car field

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