NASA Pro Racing Series News

11 10, 2018

2019 NASA Championships Set For Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course

Continuing the trend of moving its National Championships to a new track each year, the National Auto Sport Association is excited to announce that the 2019 NASA Championships Presented by Toyo Tires will continue as a singular event set to take place at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio.
Just two short weeks ago, NASA hosted its largest Championship event in the company’s 28-year history with nearly 500 competitors taking part in the historic event at Circuit of The Americas. The 14th annual NASA Championships will take place at the track where it all began, where NASA held its inaugural championships back in 2006. Mid-Ohio is a track renowned among drivers for its nuance, its ever-changing weather and for Midwestern hospitality.
“I still remember our first Championships event at Mid-Ohio,” said NASA Vice President, Jeremy Croiset. “We took in all the feedback we received at our Championships event this year

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28 09, 2018

2018 NASA Championships Presented by Toyo Tires – Event Coverage

Watch as NASA drivers compete in the 2018 NASA Championships Presented by Toyo Tires at Circuit of The Americas. Lots of race action from Spec Miata, 944 Spec, Spec E30, Spec E46, American Iron, American Iron Extreme, Camaro Mustang Challenge, Super Unlimited, Super Touring, Spec Z, NASA Prototype, Honda Challenge, German Touring, Thunderoadsters, Performance Touring, and Time Trial series.

Watch all other championship videos and qualifying races below.

 

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19 09, 2018

NASA Announces 2018 Time Trial National Champions

The official results from Time Trial competition at the 2018 NASA Championships Presented by Toyo Tires are in. Time Trial drivers from across the country competed at the Circuit of The Americas Sept. 14-16 for the top honor of being the fastest of the fast. Here’s a breakdown of the 2018 NASA Time Trial champions.
TT1

No.  256 Timothy Bidwill was competing in Super Touring 1 and TT1 at Circuit of The Americas, and he won the ST1 qualifying race in the rain on Saturday. Bidwill also posted the fastest lap time in TT1 in his Porsche GT3 Cup car by more than 2 seconds. Bidwill’s lap time, a 2:21.431, also was the second fastest in all of Time Trial this year at the NASA Championships.
TT2

Running the only Lotus Exige S at the NASA Championships, No.  119 Kevin Fennell took the big win in TT2 by more than a second over his

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16 09, 2018

2018 Champions Crowned at 2018 NASA Championships

In a little over a month, Formula 1 will be racing at Circuit of The Americas, but this weekend, it was all about the NASA Championships Presented by Toyo Tires. The record number of attendees, more than 450 competitors, came from NASA regions all across the country to race at a track many drivers and even race fans have placed high on their bucket lists.
“There’s no better place than COTA to bring back the combined event as a single NASA National Championships,” said NASA Texas Regional Director Will Faules “COTA Vice President Eric Paradis has been totally instrumental in not only getting NASA Texas regional events here, but also putting on this huge National Championship. I’m really pleased with how the event turned out, and we’re grateful for everyone at COTA for helping us make it happen.”
The weekend of racing was packed with the kind of competition that only a

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15 09, 2018

Qualifying Races Set the Grids For The NASA Championships Presented by Toyo Tires

More than 25 champions will be crowned Sunday at the National Auto Sport Association National Championships Presented by Toyo Tires in NASA’s largest field ever competing at the Circuit of The Americas.
On a day where racers were dealing varying weather conditions, the field is set for Sunday in what promises to be one of the most competitive National Championships in NASA history. The winners of the qualifying races are:
NASA Prototype

Calling it the most challenging conditions he’s ever raced in, Jeremy Croiset has dominated the NASA Prototype class qualifying this weekend whether the track was wet or dry.
The rain was so intense during Saturday’s qualifying, he was only able to complete six laps on the track with a best lap time of 3:38.910. Contrast that with Friday, where Croiset notched a best lap speed that was a full minute faster.
“The rain started getting heavier and heavier to the point it was

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15 09, 2018

Peter Ensor Wins Teen Mazda Challenge Race in Toyo Tires Classic

Nine Teen Mazda Challenge racers staged their own race within the Toyo Tires Classic to see who the standouts are among NASA’s youngest up-and-coming drivers. When the dust settled, Peter Ensor had finished first in Teen Mazda Challenge and sixth overall, a finish that netted him $2,500 in prize money.
“I was trying to stay clean at the start, but that didn’t work. That was out the window in Turn 1” Ensor said. “I was on the outside and somebody came into me in in Turn 1. I lost a few spots, and then it was just a battle for 45 minutes to try to get back toward the front.”

Peter Ensor
Behind him, second place Hannah Grisham had struggled all weekend long, but found some speed in Saturday morning’s qualifying session. More time on the track helped Grisham navigate the 20-turn Circuit of the Americas, and her Morningstar Racing crew chief James

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15 09, 2018

Chris Haldeman Charges to Spec Miata Victory in Toyo Tires Classic

After all the hype, all the preparation for and anticipation of the Toyo Tires Classic at the NASA Championships presented by Toyo Tires, the Spec Miata race result boiled down to a few simple elements: speed, skill and, most of all, determination.
Of course, the fate of the podium finishers lies in the hands of tech inspectors, who won’t be finished full inspections on the cars till Sunday. Until then, the results are provisional.
Winner Chris Haldeman qualified poorly Saturday morning and found himself starting from 24th in a field of 60 cars. That came after he posted the fastest lap time on Friday and looked poised to be starting at or near the front. The poor starting position must have motivated Haldeman because he climbed up more than 15 spots on the first lap and set his sights on the leaders, Danny Steyn and Todd Buras.
“Fortunately, when that green flag came

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14 09, 2018

Top Drivers Set Fast Qualifying Times at NASA Championships

NASA Prototypes slashing through Esses at COTA.
Running a new qualifying format for the National Auto Sport Association Championships presented by Toyo Tires, racers were dodging rain drops Friday at Circuit of The Americas to secure pole position for Saturday’s qualifying races.
Nearly 450 racers were checking forecasts as rain threatened, but didn’t materialize during the early qualifying sessions. By midafternoon, the rains came and most racers couldn’t match their lap times from earlier in the day.
Under the new format, the best time from any of the qualifying sessions on Friday determined grid position for Saturday’s qualifying race. A driver’s finishing position in the qualifying race sets the grid position for the main Championship race on Sunday.
Spec Miata is the largest class competing at the NASA Championships, featuring more than 80 cars representing every NASA region in the U.S. More than $100,000 is up for grabs in the Spec Miata class, with

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13 09, 2018

New Qualifying Format Debuts at the 2018 NASA National Championships presented by Toyo Tires

Returning to a singular championships event for 2018, the National Auto Sport Association Championships presented by Toyo Tires also will debut a new qualifying format at Circuit of The Americas this weekend.
Originally the Championships format started with practice, qualifying and a qualifying race on Friday followed by practice and a qualifying race on Saturday. The combined results of those two races determined your starting position for the Championships race on Sunday. If a racer did poorly in the first qualifying race on Friday, or registered just a few horsepower too high on the dyno, it greatly diminished his or her starting position for the Championship race on Sunday regardless of how well he or she performed in Saturday’s qualifying race. As a result, some drivers elected to sit out the second qualifying race to alleviate wear and tear on the car.
“It was racing every day. It was high pressure,” said

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8 09, 2018

Racers Making Final Preparations for the 2018 NASA National Championships Presented by Toyo Tires

As the 2018 National Auto Sport Association Championships presented by Toyo Tires inches closer, the pace becomes more frantic and focused in the garages and shops around the country as NASA racers make their final preparations for the event. We caught with a few contenders to see how their plans are coming along.
Dick Hunter, German Touring Series 3
Georgetown, Texas, GTS3 driver Dick Hunter has two wins at MSR Houston this year, one at MSR Cresson and won all three races at Circuit of The Americas in May of this year. That doesn’t guarantee he’ll take it all at the Championships, but home track advantage and the confidence of his sweep in May should give him the momentum to rise above at the Championships at COTA in September.
“I am doing everything I can to put the best car on the track,” Hunter said. “I have had the shocks rebuilt, changed fluids,

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