NASA Pro Racing Series News

21 06, 2018

NASA Northeast Season Opens with Sweeps and New Track Records

NASA Northeast finally emerged from the never-ending winter for the 2018 season opener at New Jersey Motorsports Park’s Lightning course on May 4-6. After a successful comp school on Friday, 17 rookies joined the field for the weekend’s races. The first weekend of racing provided some intense battles in multiple classes and lots of new track records.
Luiz Serva picked up two wins and a new track record in GTS3 at NJMP in May.
Luiz Serva’s GTS3 BMW emerged from hibernation with a new wide-body kit for the No. 19 out of Hi-Speed Motorsports. Finishing first in the field of 12 on Saturday and setting a new track record of 1:09.873, Serva repeated again on Sunday for a double podium.
Jack Haberman took two wins in GTS4 at NJMP in May and set a new track record on Saturday, which was broken again Sunday by Will Vanjonack.
In GTS4, Jack Haberman’s No. 914 BMW

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21 06, 2018

Stepanian Doubles down in Spec E30 at Buttonwillow

Everyone was eager to drive the new spring package for Spec E30 at Buttonwillow in April. The question was, would the old track record of 2:05.559, which was set at this event in 2016 by Michael Mihld, hold up? When the qualifying session concluded, brows raised when they saw that Andrew Clark posted a 2:04.407 lap time!
In qualifying, Clark somehow went faster than he did in the morning warmup, securing pole position by laying down a smoker of a lap at 2:03.573! Not to be left behind, Sean Aron posted his fastest lap of 2:04.303 and .3 seconds behind him Steve Stepanian laid down a 2:04.619.
While the track was rewarding in the morning qualifying session, it would not be as accepting of speed during the afternoon race.
As the green flag fell, Stepanian and Aron got a tremendous start and were up to the doors of Clark, splitting him as they

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21 06, 2018

Pond Double-Taps Spec Miata at Buttonwillow

Coming off a two-win weekend in March at Willow Springs, SoCal standout Ryan Pond scored another double tap at Buttonwillow Raceway in April.
Starting from pole on Saturday, Pond made some errors in the opening moments of the race, which allowed Rob Burgoon squeak past and take the lead. Burgoon held the lead for most of the race when the front runners hit lapped traffic. A 944 Spec was shown a blue flag, but the driver was unpredictable and Burgoon lost a position.
“I lost control of the car, flew off the track and Ryan got past me,” Burgoon said. “Then I was overcome with a horrible case of red mist and worked on running down Ryan and was just about catching him at the white flag and then one of the E30s let him by but did not let me by on the way into the Esses, so that was pretty

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21 06, 2018

Teen Mazda Challenge Driver Crouse Takes First Win a Roebling

For Saturday’s qualifying at Roebling Road in April, Keith Williamson got pole, with Yan Dia P2, Aiden Crouse P3 and Brad Miller P4. A light rain started falling about an hour before race time and most of the field went with rain tires.
As the field came out of Turn 9 they received a quick green flag. Griffith Hawk started from P9 and jumped to the inside and made it up to P5. But as Hawk went to the right at the start, Bill Miller and Darren Brady went left to pass Matt Gieseke who also started to go left to pass traffic. This ended with Brady getting knocked into the guardrail at the starter stand and Spec Miata proving that you can lose the race at the start when five guys try going five-wide in the rain.
The end of the first lap had Keith Williamson, Brad Miller, Griffith Hawk, Harrell and

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20 06, 2018

Patrick Chio and Nik Romano Come out on Top in Ustcc Opener

Patrick Chio won the opening round of the United States Touring Car Championship Touring Car class race in the Speed SF/Auto Logic Nissan 350Z while Nik Romano won the Sportsman class in the GKR Racing/ Indotech Motorsports Lexus IS300. Larry Bani won the Super Touring class in the GoGoGear.com/KW Suspension/AFE Power BMW M3 and Rob Harper won the GT Class in the Life’s Good Racing Chevrolet Corvette.
The race was held in conjunction with the Lights Fest, which brought thousands of people to the track and created a traffic jam in the small community of Willows, Calif. The Lights Fest is an experience designed for thousands of friends and families to gather to listen to live music, fill up on great food and watch racing and share personal wishes, dreams and goals.
Qualifying was challenging since strategy played a big part. The teams had to deal with traffic and weather in the two qualifying sessions

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20 06, 2018

WERC Racers Do the Work at Buttonwillow

It’s easy to be nonchalant about racing at Buttonwillow. After all, NASA SoCal visits Buttonwillow more than any other track on its calendar.
But that familiarity belies the track’s complexities. When it gets dark at Buttonwillow, it’s pitch black. Then there’s the dust, which hangs in the air in the corners when there’s no breeze to clear it. There’s also the track itself, a twisting band of asphalt where you’re either shifting, steering or braking at darn near every spot on the track. It’s relentless, as were the 31 Western Endurance Racing Challenge teams who took it on in April.

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Team Das Boot Motorsports battled the dust and darkness like everyone else, but the team gambled early in the race. There was an incident early in the first hour and they capitalized on a flagger not having a yellow out. That move put them ahead of their competitor, who was turning faster

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30 05, 2018

Super Touring 4 Season Opens Wet and Cold at NCM Motorsports Park

Any Kentuckian will tell you, “If you don’t like the weather, just wait five minutes. It will change.” As the week began before the NASA Great Lakes Region season opener, dubbed The Bourbon Barrel, the forecast was excellent. But, come race day, it was freezing cold and rainy in Bowling Green, Ky.
As the Lightning run group took the first out lap after a long winter break, it saw nine entrants in the Super Touring 4 class, including two newly licensed rookies in Matt C. Park and Chuck Jagoe, both racing Nissan 350Zs. One of the most exciting things about ST4 is the diversity of vehicles entered, and this weekend delivered. The starting grid consisted of Woody Heimann in his Scion FRS; Konstantinos Kouretas piloting his E46 M3; usual suspect in Great Lakes ST4 David Davison; Anthony Cuthbert in a Fiat Abarth; Chuck Jagoe in his Z; David Isbell in a

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21 05, 2018

Roll Out The Barrel

Kentucky brings to mind a few things. Corvettes are one, because they’re built in Bowling Green. Bourbon is another because Kentucky is the only state that makes it. Racing also comes to mind, but until the National Corvette Museum Motorsports Park was built in 2014, the racing usually involved Kentucky thoroughbred horses, not horsepower.

Now in its second year, “The Bourbon Barrel” is a combined event at NCM Motorsports Park put on by NASA Great Lakes, NASA Mid South and NASA Central. The track isn’t far from Kentucky’s “Bourbon Trail,” so the theme of the event makes perfect sense. And because the track is so convenient to so many major metropolitan areas, racers from all over often come to Bowling Green to join in the fun.

“Last year there were 10 regions represented here,” said NASA Great Lakes Regional Director Jay Andrew. “We usually have between eight and 10 regions represented. Supposedly

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16 05, 2018

Haldeman Scores Hat Trick at Motor Sports Ranch Cresson

Motor Sports Ranch Cresson is located southwest of Fort Worth, Texas. With two road-course tracks of 1.7 miles and 1.3 miles, it also can be combined for a 3.1-mile road course. NASA Texas uses the 1.7-mile course. In addition, the wind is always a factor at MSRC, especially in March. Chilly winds gusted up to 40 mph on Friday and Sunday. Sandwiched in between on Saturday was sunny and downright hot! You’ve got to love the weather in Texas!
On Saturday, Chris Haldeman led the field of 44 strong after grabbing pole with a 1:25.134. Yes, 44 Miatas! This was one of, it not the biggest field of Miatas at a NASA race at MSRC. Race one was a good, clean contest. Haldeman led the field from the drop of the green and never looked back. Trevor McCallion finished P2 and Justin Crickenberger rounded out the podium in P3. The fastest

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16 05, 2018

Jarrett Jones Sweeps Two Again at Road Atlanta

Spec Miata had another great field with 22 Miatas at the Race for Pi at Road Atlanta in March. On Saturday, Jarrett Jones grabbed pole position followed by Yan Dia, Adam Roberts, Keith Williamson and Dylan Stancil.
After the green, Dia got a run on Jones and led into Turn 3, with Williamson dropping to fourth behind Roberts, Stancil and Jason Ball. Ball missed a downshift into Turn 5 and spun, scattering the middle of the SM field with all involved avoiding contact. On lap two, a Spec E30 lost it in the Esses and hit the wall hard, bringing out a double-yellow.
After the restart, Dia and Jones started bump-drafting on the back straight trying to gap the field. On lap nine, Jones passed Dia on the back straight for the lead and then Roberts made the inside pass on Dia in Turn 1 to take second. Stancil then passed Dia in Turn 3, leaving

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