NASA Pro Racing Series News

11 05, 2021

Two Poles, Two Wins for Aiden Baker Crouse at Roebling Road

NASA Southeast Spec Miata rolled into Roebling Road with a 20-car field for round four of the 2021 season. Aiden Crouse showed the rest of the field how to do it with a qualifying lap of 1:23.216 to grab pole position, followed by Broderick Bauguess P2, Keith Williamson P3, Yan Dia P4, Dan Walters P5 and Don Elvington P6.
At the start, the outside cars got a good run, and Bauguess was able to edge ahead of Crouse entering Turn 1 with the order settling out with Bauguess P1, Crouse P2, Dia P3, Williamson P4, Elvington P5 and Walters P6. Walters took back P5 as he got inside Elvington entering Turn 5 and then they swapped again entering Turn 1 on lap two and Walters once again took back P5 at Turn 5. It was shaping up to be quite a battle between those two!
Crouse got to work pushing Bauguess to

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11 05, 2021

NASA Southeast Honda Challenge Takes on Roebling Road Raceway

Honda Challenge returned to Savannah Georgia at Roebling Road Raceway for another great NASA Southeast event. The morning started with a jam-packed all racer warmup session allowing everyone to warm up their cars, tires and brains.
In H1, Jeffrey Bankston set the pole with Andrew Hicks on his tail within 1 second. Rob Oxford was in a new car making final adjustments and didn’t make it on track to qualify. In H2 the Argyle Civic driven by Michael Kramer set the pole followed by Team Moar Door driven by Shane Lovely then Jason Scarbrough. All three H2 racers qualified within one second of each other setting the stage for another great race for them.
Honda Challenge started at the back of the first wave lead by the SU cars trying set the pace by using a slowly increasing throttle position method. Being at the tail end of that wave, the Hondas were

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4 05, 2021

Wyatt Couch and Eric Slivkoff on top in Spec Miata at Buttonwillow

At the drop of the green at Buttonwillow, Wyatt Couch capitalized on pole position and jumped into the lead, with Anthony Zarcone, Ryan Pond and Mike Haddad hot on his tail.
A couple of laps later, Pond was within striking distance, but was unable to take the lead, so when the race went to full-course caution and bunched up the field, that presented new opportunities.
When the race returned to green, there was only about 10 minutes left in the race, and Pond had his sights homed in on Couch, but Zarcone and Blake Minasian were just behind looking for opportunities of their own. In the end, Couch held off Pond to take the win, and Zarcone was able to get around Pond to take second, putting Pond in third.
“We had the yellow with 10 to go, which was a bunched us back up and made it all interesting when we got

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4 05, 2021

Spec MX-5 Club Racing Factory Team Debuts at Buttonwillow Opener

If you wanted to catch a glimpse of the Spec MX-5 field in the paddock at Buttonwillow Raceway in April, all you had to do was look for the newest, shiniest, prettiest cars in the paddock. The grid consisted mostly of newly constructed cars, including two supported by Mazda Motorsports, so they were fairly easy to spot.
After the inaugural race on the 2021 calendar at Buttonwillow in April, they all still looked the same as they did when they came off their trailers, save for a bit of Buttonwillow dust on a few.
The Spec MX-5 field gridded up with cars from American Iron, Super Touring and Thunder Roadster, so they had fast company. Mazda Motorsports Club Racing Factory team and Teen Mazda Challenge driver Alex Berg made the most of qualifying by logging a sub-2-minute lap time. That’s quick.
Berg capitalized on pole position and led the race from flag to

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27 04, 2021

NASA Southeast Time Trial Winners from Roebling Road Raceway

Roebling Road Raceway is a favorite among NASA Southeast competitors. Deceptively simple, Roebling Road seems like one of those tracks that takes a few laps to learn and a lifetime to master.
NASA Southeast Time Trial drivers descended on Roebling Road in April to face off for the quickest lap times. Here’s who came out on top.
TT1
No. 71 Terry Mathis, a NASA National Champion, ran unopposed in TT1, but he ran the quickest lap in all of Time Trial that weekend at Roebling, including TTU cars.TT2
Michael Tomany took the top spot in TT2 in his Ford Mustang GT, edging out John Umberger and Fred Evans.TT4
No. 77 Jason Rucker dominated TT4 in his Nissan 350Z in April at Roebling.TT5
Boston Maler took the TT5 win over two other S2000s, two BMWs and one Mazda Miata.TT6
TT6 was one of the two largest classes at Roebling. On Saturday, Ed De Oliveira took the top spot

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27 04, 2021

Drivers Duel in the Dust in WERC Series Round Two

You just never know what’s going to happen in a Western Endurance Racing Challenge event at Buttonwillow at night. The race could go flag to flag without incident, or the infamous Buttonwillow dust can create havoc for drivers struggling to find their way through the inky darkness.
In the case of the April WERC race at Buttonwillow, it was the latter. Definitely the latter.
Early in the race, a worker in the control tower required medical attention and transport to an area hospital. That brought out the black flags till another ambulance could arrive to stand duty. Later in the race, with about 30 minutes remaining, a car went four-off in the Bus Stop and created a major dust cloud, which caused enough collisions to bring out double-yellows and the pace car. Debris and oil on track were too much to clean up in time for any more green flag racing, so

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20 04, 2021

John Allen Scores Hat Trick at National Corvette Museum Motorsports Park

NASA Great Lakes Spec Miata kicked off the season at NCM Motorsports Park in Bowling Green, Ky. The driver count followed a strong finish to 2020, with 20 drivers competing. Mechanical and electrical issues sidelined a few, but we expect them all back in 2021.
Included in the mix were three Teen Mazda Challenge drivers. Camden Gruber and Wyatt Wood joined us after showing good speed during 2020 events and, new to NASA Great Lakes, Chase McIntyre joined us for his first races. All three did well on a technically challenging track, with Camden securing solid podium finishes in all three races. Congratulations, Camden! By season’s end, the TMC count could be as high as eight drivers. We’ll see how our “experienced” TMC drivers fare against more competition.
All three races contained a few battles up and down the order. Race three Sunday had Bruce Myrehn go three-wide to the left and

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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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