NASA Pro Racing Series News

16 02, 2021

NASA Arizona Super Touring Kicks Off 2021 at Arizona Motorsports Park

We kicked off the NASA Arizona Super Touring 2021 season at Arizona Motorsports Park in January, and it was interesting to say the least. Some unusually warm weather led to some great racing conditions after a close call with rain the day before.
Arizona Motorsports Park, known as “Arizona’s Safest Road Course,” is a 2.26-mile, 16-turn reversible track with a few passing zones and one big challenge: a sound restriction that forces the NASA crew to set up a single file of cones on one section of the track to ensure that competitors remain compliant with the local sound ordinance.
Saturday the track was run in the clockwise configuration, and the Super Touring competitors kicked off the season with gusto: In a mixed-class race with 944 Spec and Spec Miata, pole position went to Ken Orgeron in his No. 199 BMW M3, followed by Erik Davis in the No. 6 M3 and

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9 02, 2021

Honda Challenge at Roebling Road Raceway

There is no winter off-season in the Southeast. Down here we race all year! The 2021 season kicked off in Savannah, Ga., on Friday at Roebling Road Raceway with a rain soaked competition school where Jason Scarbrough joined NASA Southeast Honda Challenge. It’s always great to see the high energy and enthusiasm of a new racer fresh out of comp school. Thank you NASA for putting together the ladder system in HPDE to assist drivers in developing their skills and progressing into the many options available. We’re glad to have Jason racing with us!
Jason Scarbrough successfully completed competition school to join the ranks of NASA Southeast Honda Challenge.Saturday morning was cold, with racers scraping frost off windshields and allowing extra time for engines to warm up before heading to grid for the “all racers warm up” session. Even though we were the third group out, the track surface was still

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2 02, 2021

Grant West Kicks off NASA Southeast 2021 Season with Two Spec Miata Wins

NASA Southeast Spec Miata kicked off the 2021 season with 15-car field at Roebling Road Raceway. Grant West won pole position with a 1:24.299 followed by Keith Williamson P2, Yan Dia P3, Camden Gruber P4, Daniel Walters P5 and Connor DeYoung P6.
At the start, Williamson got a good bump from Gruber and started to pull ahead of West. But then the right-hand lane hooked up and walked away with West, Dia and Walters winning the race to Turn 1. Williamson dropped into P4 behind Walters followed by Gruber P5 and Elvington in P6. Unfortunately, the race went full-course caution as a result of a three-car Spec Miata wreck just past the starting line.
On the restart, Walters was a little tentative, allowing Williamson and Gruber to get a run on him coming out of Turn 9 dropping him to P5. By Turn 1, West and Dia had already overtaken the trailing

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2 02, 2021

NASA Names Peter Hopelain as new Western Endurance Racing Challenge Series Leader

In a changing of the guard for the Western Endurance Racing Challenge series, the National Auto Sport Association has named Peter Hopelain the new series leader, replacing longtime series leader Neil Daly.
“Neil Daly was instrumental in helping the WERC series grow and prosper, and we’re grateful for the time he devoted to the program’s success,” said NASA National Chairman Ryan Flaherty, adding that Daly will remain involved with the series as the WERC team adviser. “Now that he’s decided to move on, we’re looking forward to what Peter Hopelain can deliver for the series.”
A passionate and dedicated endurance racer, Hopelain has been racing in the WERC series and the 25 Hours of Thunderhill for years. His team, Technik Racing, has two third-place finishes and one class win at the 25-hour race. A real estate agent by day in San Carlos, Calif., Hopelain brings a wealth of motorsports and business experience

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26 01, 2021

NASA Southeast Time Trial Kicks Off 2021 Season at Roebling Road Raceway

NASA Southeast Time Trial kicked off the 2021 season January 16 and 17 at Roebling Road Raceway near Savannah, Ga., with a total of 21 entries for the event. The largest class on grid for the weekend was in the TTU class with eight entries, which comprised a wide range of competitor vehicles from modern to classic and American to import.
Entries in the TTU class included everything from Tracy Gaudu in a C6 Z06 Corvette, to Gary Trickett in his 2010 BMW M3, and even a throwback to the early days of amateur club racing with William Bauer in his 1965 Ford Mustang GT350.
NASA Southeast TT also had five drivers in the TT6 class for the weekend, which was the largest of the power-to-weight ratio classes. In a strange twist of fate, all five drivers entered in the TT6 class for the weekend were competing behind the wheel of the

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5 01, 2021

NASA Hawaii Rally Sport Crowns 2020 Champions and Releases 2021 Schedule

NASA Hawaii has announced its 2021 schedule, which begins in February and ends in December, with seven dates at Coral Crater Adventure Park, four events at Kualoa Ranch and a charity day road rally in Honolulu with the Subaru Club.
Marking the conclusion of the 2020 season, NASA Hawaii announced its 2020 champions. In the stock front-wheel-drive category, John Vallero took first by more than 100 points over his nearest competitor. In stock rear-wheel drive, Matt Schimada took the championship. In stock all-wheel drive, Henry Acosta came out on top.
In the prepared categories, Donald Bernard edged out second place by just 14 points in prepared rear-wheel drive. Prepared all-wheel drive was even closer, with Joe Bernath taking first by just two points.
In the modified categories, Jarrod Barlow took the front-drive category with the greatest number of points of all Hawaii drivers, and Avery Tsui took the championship with a convincing points

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22 12, 2020

Southeast Honda Challenge Wraps Up Season and Regional Championships at Santa’s Toy Run at Road Atlanta

The 2020 race season has come to an end and there was a huge crowd of HPDE, TT drivers and racers at Road Atlanta for Santa’s Toy Run, so much that we had to use both paddocks to accommodate everyone. Cold was in the air, but the sun provided warmth to the track, the perfect combination for speed and fun.
Qualifying thinned out the cars and everyone was able to set good lap time, and a few had personal best. We started the race in H1 with Rob Oxford on pole, followed by Daniel Madamba, Jeffrey Bankston, Andrew Hicks then Michael Kramer. There was less than 1 second between Oxford, Madamba, Bankston and Hicks, so this was going to be good. Kramer missed qualifying, so he had to start in the back, but he already had his Championship for H2 in the books.
When the green flag dropped, everyone got a good

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22 12, 2020

Aiden Baker Crouse Takes the Win at Santa’s Toy Run and Bayani Dia Wraps up the 2020 Southeast Spec Miata Championship

Twenty-one Spec Miata Racers rolled into Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta to wrap up the 2020 season and determine the Southeast Spec Miata champion.
Qualifying on Saturday started with Grant West winning pole position with a 1:45.172, Aiden Crouse P2, John Allen P3, Yan Dia P4, Camden Gruber P5 and Scott Carlisle P6.
At the start, Crouse and West got a good run through Turn 1, but West was able to edge past Crouse just before Turn 3 while Dia had the better run up the hill to take P3, dropping Allen to P4 and Carlisle P5. Crouse was able to pull West on the back straight to take P1, and then Dia pulled West going up the hill after Turn 10b and completed the pass as they headed down the hill toward Turn 12.
Then, on lap two, West out-braked Dia going into Turn 1 with Allen following and the pair both got

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15 12, 2020

McIntosh and Magnussen Drive Perfect Seasons in NASA Northeast!

The shortened NASA Northeast 2020 season ended Nov. 6-8 at New Jersey Motorsports Park’s Lightning course. Two drivers, Peter McIntosh, in Spec Miata, and Eric Magnussen in GTS3, managed to pull off perfect seasons amid the uncertainty and changing schedule of 2020.
Peter McIntosh has been racing with NASA for 10 years, starting in ST2 before running in Spec Miata.
“I scored my first win at NJMP Lightning in 2010. It was cool to close out the season going 10 for 10 in 2020 while scoring my 50th NASA win in my career,” McIntosh said. “I have had so much fun and made so many lifelong friends over the years. Sometimes it takes strange circumstances to slow us down enough to see all the great things that we have been flying right by. I can’t thank the NASA NE family (staff and competitors) enough for working so hard to keep us racing

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8 12, 2020

Aiden Baker Crouse Sweeps Carolina Motorsports Park Memorial Race

This race was dedicated to Darren Brady who unexpectedly passed away in August of this year. Darren was a longtime racer and instructor with NASA Southeast.
Twenty Spec Miatas registered for the Darren Brady Memorial Race at Carolina Motorsports Park. The newly paved track and cool weather promised fast times and new track records! On Saturday, Aiden Baker Crouse set fastest time for pole position with a 1:49.159, followed by Keith Williamson, Tyler Harrell, James Harrell, Don Elvington and Camden Gruber.
Nineteen Spec Miata’s took the green flag and Crouse made it through Turn 1 followed by Tyler Harrell as Williamson went four-off falling back four positions to follow Elvington in P3, Eric Gerchak in P4 and Gruber in P5. Crouse immediately started gapping the field and was never threatened for the remainder of the race. Williamson out-braked Gruber and Gerchak at Turn 11 to pass on the inside to reclaim two

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