NASA Pro Racing Series News

27 10, 2020

Blake Minasian Sweeps Season Closer at Buttonwillow

Sometimes victory is fleeting. Sometimes it comes in waves, and that was the case for NASA SoCal racer Blake Minasian in October, who took home his first and second career wins in one weekend.
Qualifying was a little different. The drivers’ top times determined place on grid for Saturday. The second fastest time determined your grid spot for Sunday’s qualifying race. The system worked just fine, even if Saturday’s main and Sunday’s qualifying races were marred by some argy-bargy at the entrance to Buttonwillow’s oh-so-narrow Esses, but we’re getting ahead here.
Minasian started from third, and Turn 1 was what the French might refer to as a “spectacle de merde.” Cars P4, P5, P6 and P7 got a bit tangled up. Two went off. The two that stayed on got tangled up again and bumped into one of the cars that was trying get back on track, but had not yet put

Read More

27 10, 2020

Trudeau Grabs First Win and Milburn Wins Tough Sportsman Battle

Gary Trudeau won his first race in the United States Touring Car Championship at Sonoma Raceway driving the 3point8 Performance Hyundai Genesis. Sean Milburn worked hard and managed to take a difficult win in the Sportsman class in his Bay Area Drafting Acura RSX. Ralph Warren won a crowded GT field in the Pavlov Racing BMW M3 while Doug Makishima extended his win streak in the MCS/Summit Tech BMW M3.
Trudeau qualified second and was nearly run off the track at the start, but kept the pressure on the leader, Gary Sheehan. Sheehan was driving the Konig Wheels Hyundai Genesis, and was the early leader, but Trudeau knew that he had to keep the gap close if he was going to have a chance. The pair nearly collided at Turn 7 when Sheehan went a bit wide, and a lap later Trudeau went for the pass at Turn 3 and made

Read More

20 10, 2020

NASA Northeast sees Record Entries in ST2 at NJMP in September

With a truncated season taking place in the region due to COVID-19, NASA Northeast drew a record 13 eager competitors for ST2 for its most recent race at New Jersey Motorsports Park’s Thunderbolt course Sept. 26-27. Momentum has been growing in the class due to the simple rules set and camaraderie among racers in the field. The race saw four rookies mixing it up on track with nine seasoned regulars.
After extensive upgrades to his No. 24 Mustang in the last several weeks, AJ Hartman asserted himself as the man to beat during Friday practice, turning fastest lap of the class with a 1:23.7. However, by Saturday, his Hoosier A7 tires started to slow up and Hartman found himself running in the 1:25s, putting him just off the pace of ST2 front runners Mike Phillips No. 528 and No. 265 Mark Petronis in their Corvettes.
Qualifying found Phillips and Hartman starting P1

Read More

13 10, 2020

Grant West and Yan Dia Rule the Roost at Roebling Road

NASA Southeast Spec Miata rolled into Roebling Road for the Savannah Sizzler with a 17-car field. Keith Williamson grabbed pole position with a 1:23.832, with Yan Dia P2, Don Elvington P3, Matt Goodrich P4 and Grant West P5.
At the start, it was drag race to Turn 1, where Dia braked later and slipped by Williamson for the lead, with the front of the group sorting out by Turn 2 as Dia, Williamson, Elvington, Goodrich and West at the pointy end. West picked off Goodrich in Turn 3 to start his march to the front and Jeremy Barnes grabbed P6 in Turn 4. The front group settled in and ran laps until lap six when West out-braked Elvington to get beside him going into Turn 1 and finished the pass in Turn 2 for P3. Two laps later, West got a run on Williamson and made the inside pass at Turn

Read More

8 10, 2020

NASA Heads to Daytona International Speedway for 2021 Championships

Ask racers about their bucket list of tracks, and it’s a safe bet Daytona International Speedway is one of them.
National Auto Sport Association drivers will be able to check The World Center of Racing off their lists when the 2021 NASA Championships Presented by Toyo Tires heads to the iconic venue, Sept. 16-19, 2021.
“Since we began hosting NASA Championships races in 2006, this is one of our most exciting moments,” said NASA Vice President, Jeremy Croiset of the anticipation for next year’s Championships on the iconic DAYTONA Road Course. “We take great pride in the Championships venues we choose for our drivers, and Daytona International Speedway has such a rich history. When our drivers take to the high banks, they’ll be out there racing on the same hallowed ground as some of the greatest drivers of our lifetimes. It’s thrilling to be able to offer NASA drivers the chance to

Read More

6 10, 2020

Southeast H2 Racer Gets Doughnuts and the Win for Birthday

What a great weekend for racing! Hurricane Sally just moved out Thursday leaving behind a cool front with temperatures in the upper 60s to lower 70s and no clouds. With seven Honda Challenge racers on grid, we ended up at the tail end of our wave of 30 plus cars making the first two full laps packed nose to tail and door to door, with the occasional three-wide through some corners.
In H1, we had Jeffrey Bankston on pole, followed by Daniel Madamba, Andrew Hicks and Rob Oxford. Jeffrey Bankston wasted no time moving through the slower traffic on the first two laps placing a good 4- to 5-second gap between him and the three following H1 cars. As the race went on, there were several local yellow flags making passing difficult, with limited opportunities, but the racing was still good between Daniel Madamba and Andrew Hicks. Rob Oxford was never

Read More

8 09, 2020

Memo Gidley Wins GT Class at Thunderhill and Bovenberg Tops Crowded Sportsman Class

IndyCar driver, Memo Gidley, was brought in by BAF Racing to do one thing: win the race. He did not disappoint. He took pole position and led every lap on the way to victory in the BAF Racing Chevrolet Corvette.
The Sportsman field was packed with many cars, all with a great chance to win, but Pete Bovenberg came on top in his ARG MBO Motorsport Honda Civic. Gary Sheehan won the Touring Car class in the GoGoGear.com/Konig Wheels Hyundai Genesis Coupe. Doug Makishima won the Super Touring class in the Summit Tech BMW M3.
Gidley was the fastest qualifier, but was followed very closely by Rob Harper in the AP Racing/BC Forged Chevrolet Corvette and the AFE BMW 335i of Larry Bani. Gidley managed to win while Harper had mechanical issues. Finishing second was Edgar Lau in the Intellectual Ventures BMW M3 and Bani finished third in the BMW.
The Sportsman class

Read More

1 09, 2020

25 Hours of Thunderhill Canceled for 2020

Due to travel restrictions and precautions related to COVID-19, NASA has made the painful decision to cancel the 2020 25 Hours of Thunderhill Presented by Hawk Performance.
This is the time of year when registrations usually begin rolling in and teams begin serious planning efforts, so it was better to announce the decision to cancel now rather than later. Like so many other organizations in the age of the Coronavirus, NASA plans to resume its marquee events bigger and better next season.
“It is heartbreaking to have to cancel our flagship events, first the Championships, now the 25 Hours of Thunderhill,” said NASA Vice President Jeremy Croiset. “But these are iconic races, and we are looking forward to 2021 when we can get back to the tracks we love with all of our friends from all across the country.”
The post 25 Hours of Thunderhill Canceled for 2020 appeared first on NASA Speed

Read More

1 09, 2020

Wyatt Couch Takes the Teen Mazda Challenge Scholarship Win!

When the NASA Championships Presented by Toyo Tires was canceled due to COVID-19, it also put the Teen Mazda Challenge championship race — and its $20,000 scholarship — in jeopardy.
Earlier in the summer, Mazda made the decision to hold the race at the NASA NorCal August race at Sonoma Raceway, but even that event looked uncertain with the potential for another lockdown, not to mention a series of fires that dotted the Bay Area as the event drew near. Under smoky skies, nine drivers from Teen Mazda Challenge faced off in a three-race weekend in pursuit of the TMC scholarship. Each race built upon the next. Each race was critical to their success.
In Saturday’s qualifying, Tomas Mejia qualified first in TMC and second overall behind multi-time national champion Mark Drennan. Chris Nunes qualified third overall and second in TMC, with Wyatt Couch qualifying third in TMC and fourth overall. Roy

Read More

1 09, 2020

Sandro Espinosa Takes Five Wins in Three Classes at Road Atlanta

It might or might not be a NASA record, but congratulations certainly are in order for Sandro Espinosa, one of the top Spec E30 racers in the nation, for winning three different classes at the June NASA Southeast event at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta.
On Saturday, in a field of 18 Spec E30s, Espinosa moved up from second to first to win the Saturday race. Two hours later, in a field of 10 Spec E46s, Espinosa led from the green flag to win his second Saturday race.
On Sunday, Espinosa led Spec E46 from the green once again for his third win of the weekend. Two hours later, Sandro led Spec E30 from the green to his fourth win of the weekend.
However, between qualifying and race sessions for Spec E30 and Spec E46, Sandro also was doing Time Trial Unlimited sessions with a Ferrari 488 prepared for Ferrari Challenge. On Sunday he

Read More