NASA Pro Racing Series News

20 02, 2018

E3 NASA 25hrs of Thunderhill 2017

A lot of attention has been paid to the Toyo Tires Flying Lizard Motorsports Audi team, which took the overall and class win for the third consecutive year. Meanwhile, farther back in the grid, Team RA Motorsports was busy winning E3 for the third straight year.
RA Motorsports won last year with the slower of its two cars. The faster one dropped out when the engine suffered mechanical troubles. The same car experienced similar trouble — and more — this year, but rather than continue to push, the team backed off a bit.
“It was running on three cylinders. I could hear it,” said team owner Ron Gayman. “We didn’t fix it. We just babied it. And, ironically, at the same time, we lost our clutch, so we could only keep it in fourth gear. We couldn’t event shift, so we drove in fourth gear for 12 hours. We were five seconds

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15 02, 2018

E2 NASA 25hrs of Thunderhill 2017

Last year, KD Motorsports came to Thunderhill and walked away with the E2 win. It didn’t have the pace of its nearest competitor Team RDR Racing, which had entered “Kermit,” a green Mazda RX-8. This year, KD Motorsports didn’t have the pace of RDR’s new RX-8, which was about 4 seconds a lap quicker.
RDR started from pole and held the lead Saturday afternoon till 6 p.m. At that point, KD Motorsports took over the lead and began inching away.
At issue was the RX-8’s fuel consumption and fueling rules, which allow the team to run about 50 minutes on the 10 gallons of fuel they’re allowed to add during stops. KD could run longer, so it ended up being a contest of pace versus pit-stop intervals. In the end, Team RDR took second. Team Good Times Racing came in third, despite completing just three laps in the three-car E2 class.
“First, off

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15 02, 2018

E1 NASA 25 Hours of Thunderhill

The 25 Hours of Thunderhill is always a testament to the value of persistence, but that was especially true in E1 in 2017. Any one of the three podium finishers easily could have thrown in the towel at given points along the way, but their dedication paid off.
Let’s begin with third-place Das Boot Motorsports. The team rolled its car in practice. Rather than going home, the team sourced another car in San Diego, a 9.5-hour drive from Thunderhill Raceway. In the minutes leading up to the start, the team was already racing to finish prepping the car, and as the cars rolled away from their grid positions, Das Boot was still in the paddock. They finally made it out behind the tow trucks during the two-lap pace session. They fought through that harrowing start, penalties and a last-ditch splash-and-dash for fuel, barely missing second to finish third in class and

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3 02, 2018

Chio Wins Nail-Biter at the USTCC Season Finale

Patrick Chio made it two wins out of two at the final weekend of the 2017 United States Touring Car Championship at Thunderhill Raceway Park to leapfrog his way from fourth to second in the drivers’ championship.
After a strong start, Gary Sheehan pulled away from the Touring Car field in his GoGoGear.com/Konig Wheels/Total Lubricants Hyundai Genesis. With two laps remaining, and a comfortable lead, a power steering failure forced Sheehan to slow down to ensure a finish, but Chio in his Speed SF/iLap Timer/AutoLogic Nissan 350Z still had enough left in the car to push hard at the end and dramatically catch Sheehan right at the end.
Although it wasn’t as close as Chio’s win last year at the season finale, Chio managed to repeat his double win from last year’s season finale at the same circuit once again. Michael Shawhan finished third in the BTM Motorwerks BMW 330i.
In the Sportsman

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3 02, 2018

Dia Takes NASA Southeast Spec Miata Championship

Eighteen Spec Miatas made the trip to Road Atlanta for the last points race of the 2017 NASA Southeast season. Saturday’s race decided the Southeast Division Championship. Yan Dia and Keith Williamson battled the entire season and with Saturday’s race remaining, Williamson had a slim 6-point lead. Qualifying ended with Steve Kaney grabbing pole position with a 1:47.157, Tyler Harrell in P2, Dylan Stancil P3, Keith Williamson P4 and Yan Dia P5.
After the green flag dropped, Williamson was able to get to Harrell’s bumper, giving him a good push to get around Kaney on the outside of T1 and then drop in between Kaney and Stancil leaving the order, Harrell P1, Kaney, Williamson, Stancil and Dia. Then on lap three, Williamson got inside of Kaney going through Turn 6, but tried to carry too much speed through Turn 7, got loose, going four-off, ending up against the tire wall on

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2 02, 2018

Zurbuchen Earns Southeast Spec E30 Championship at Santa’s Toy Run

Spec E30 had some of its most exciting racing ever at Southeast Region’s 2017 December finale, Santa’s Toy Run.
In qualifying, competing in a large field of 32 Spec E30s, Alex Barroso and Ryan Whitinger stunned the field by coming back from a year-long absence and taking the front row. In the second row were three-time Spec E30 National Champion Sandro Espinosa, and Chris Matos at Road Atlanta for his first time. In the fourth row was Scott McKay, fresh from a heartbreaker at the Eastern States Championships. In the eighth row, in a somewhat horsepower-challenged car, was Bimmerworld pro Seth Thomas and 17-yr old Turner Hilliard.
After a standing start, the 32 Spec E30s gradually formed multiple groups of cars, each battling with only inches of separation, three and then two-wide in turn after turn, and sliding through Turn 1 bumper to bumper at 90 mph.
In the Lightning race, there were

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2 02, 2018

Pearce and Oxford Split Wins at Turkey Trot

The weekend started off with sunshine and very cool weather, so we knew the Hondas would be running good. Stephen Pearce set the fastest lap in qualifying for Honda Challenge followed by Jim Gorman, Rob Oxford, Andrew Meek and John Reamer finishing up the class. Even though Andrew Meek and John Reamer ran in H2 trim today, they were hanging in the pack.
When the green flag dropped, Stephen Pearce got a good start, but so did everyone else, and they were nose to tail for nearly two laps. At that point, the Toyo tires heated up and Stephen Pearce started to pick up the pace and soon disappeared from the rest of the Hondas, and got within .8 seconds of the H1 lap record. Close, but no cigar. John Reamer developed a shimmy and retired.
Sliding his Honda through most corners trying to keep up with Jim Gorman, Rob Oxford could

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1 02, 2018

Kimball Takes the Win and Championship in Southeast 944 Spec

With the 2017 season coming to a close, eight Southeast Region 944 Spec racers gathered at Road Atlanta for the last event of the year. Over 60 cars took to the track in the Lightning run group alone. Even with all the traffic, Kyle Kimball qualified on pole only a tenth off the track record that had been set back in March by Jason Stanley, who qualified second only .3 seconds back. Tim Pruitt and Brian Evans filled out the top four for the double-point season finale race that afternoon.
Kimball leveraged pole position to take the lead up the hill after Turn 1. Pruitt and Evans started the race side by side on row two and continued that formation over the hill through Turn 3 and down the famous Road Atlanta Esses until Evans got the better line into Turn 5. On lap three, Pruitt got a good run out

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8 12, 2017

NASA Announces the Creation of the Toyo Tires Classic Offering the Largest Payout in the History of Amateur Road Racing

The National Auto Sport Association (NASA) is excited to announce that the inaugural Toyo Tires Classic will take place during the 2018 NASA Championships presented by Toyo Tires to be held during the Circuit of the Americans, Sept 13-16, 2018.  This newly created event will include Spec Miata competition during the championships and will provide competitors with the largest purse ever in modern amateur competition history.
This unique race will award the overall winner at the event with a cash payout of up to $80,000!  More than $131,000 in cash awards will be made available to Spec Miata racers taking part in the competition with two different random cash awards totaling $5000.  A hard charger award will land a $10,000 pay day for a lucky driver, while many more unique incentives will be announced!  Qualifying requirements to enter the Toyo Tires Classic will be very straight forward and follow our typical

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3 12, 2017

Toyo Tires/Flying Lizard Motorsports Audi Wins Third Consecutive NASA 25 Hours of Thunderhill Presented by Hawk Performance

The Toyo Tires/Flying Lizard Motorsports team took its third consecutive overall win in the NASA 25 Hours of Thunderhill presented by Hawk Performance on Sunday, marking only the second time in the endurance race’s 15-year history that a team has won three overalls in a row.
The Audi R8LMS took the overall lead just after sunrise Sunday and never looked back as the team’s main competition, a pair of Ginetta G57 prototypes, dropped out late in the endurance race because of mechanical issues.
“It’s still fun to win them,” said driver Darren Law, who has helped drive the team to victory the past three years. “We literally didn’t touch any other car. There’s not a mark on it and we didn’t have anything go wrong. It was perfect.”
Toyo Tires/Flying Lizard Motorsports is only the second team to have three consecutive overall wins at the 25 Hours of Thunderhill since the race began

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