NASA Pro Racing Series News

15 06, 2021

John Allen Takes Two of Three in Spec Miata at Mid-Ohio

NASA Great Lakes returned to Mid-Ohio for its annual Memorial Day fun. The weekend started on a rainy Friday, testing car control skills of everyone on a track with a notoriously challenging wet racing line. Thankfully, for the weekend races, rain wasn’t a factor.
Saturday brought cool weather, clouds, a damp-but-drying track for qualifying, and John Allen grabbing pole on the Club Course. The race started with a tight battle for positions two, three, and four between Kyle Webb, Randy Summerville and Will Dodd, with as little as 0.5 seconds separating them for the first eight laps. This allowed Allen to build a 6-second lead in route to a 1.2-second win over Webb.
No. 2 Randy Summerville leads the field in race three, with Teen Mazda Challenge driver Wyatt Wood, John Allen, and Wyatt’s father Jeff Wood into Turn 1.Sunday’s races on the Pro Course were greeted by plenty of sunshine and

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15 06, 2021

WERC Racers Dash Into the Dark at Willow Springs Raceway in May

Willow Springs Intl. Raceway and Buttonwillow Raceway have at least one thing in common: They’re both in the middle of nowhere, and when the sun dips below the horizon, it gets dark. Really dark. They’re so far out in the boonies, there isn’t even any light pollution — at least until the WERC series shows up!
Both tracks are challenging in their own ways. Dropping tires off at Buttonwillow produces dust so thick it can be deadly to cars. At least two WERC cars were totaled at Buttonwillow in April.
Willow Springs’ primary challenge is that it is one of the fastest tracks in the country, with average lap speeds of more than 80 mph, even for momentum cars. Couple high speeds with low light and you are in for a challenging evening, which is exactly what 33 WERC drivers came for in May.
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Team BMW Z4 driver and owner Dean Mansour often

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8 06, 2021

Stephen Pearce Sweeps H1 at Carolina Motorsports Park in May

NASA Southeast and Honda Challenge was back in Kershaw, S.C., for round two at Carolina Motorsport Park, breaking all kinds of records for the track and NASA Southeast. While not official at the time of this article there was record attendance in HPDE, Time Trial, racing and spectators, leaving very little real estate to put any additional trailers, cars or tents. Lap records were broken in many classes, not just Honda Challenge.
For Saturday’s race, Stephen Pearce was on pole in H1, followed by Andrew Hicks in P2 and William Hunter in P3. In H2, John Reamer was on pole followed by Team Moar Door with Shane Lovely at the wheel in P2, John Putnam in P3, Michael Kramer in P4 and the rookie Jason Scarbrough in P5. Both pole sitters had been away from racing for a while and came back proving they still had what it takes to drive

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8 06, 2021

Blake Minasian Notches Two Wins at Willow Springs

It’s one thing to go four-off at Willow Springs and lose only one position. It’s quite another to go four-off while battling for a podium spot, and come back to win, yet that’s exactly what NASA SoCal Spec Miata racer Blake Minasian did. Twice.
Minasian started from second on Saturday behind Teen Mazda Challenge driver AJ Zarcone and the two began to work together to break away from the pack, with Mark Polunin bringing up third for most of the race. Minasian and Zarcone were battling when Minasian went four-off in Turn 9 — always a good time — he fell back to third. When the caution flags came out later in the race, Minasian was able to retake second, and get past Zarcone to take the win.
“The second half of the race was super hectic with the flags and the pace car and lapped traffic,” Minasian said afterward. “Thankfully I

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1 06, 2021

Broderick Bauguess and Aiden Baker Crouse Split Wins at Carolina Motorsports Park

Eighteen Spec Miatas rolled into Carolina Motorsports Park this May to fight it out for the top spot on the podium. On Saturday Broderick Bauguess set fastest time for pole position, with a 1:49.446 followed by Aiden Crouse P2, Keith Williamson P3, Eric Gerchak P4, Scott Carlisle P5 and John Palazzolo P6.
In the race, Crouse got a good run through turns 1 and 2 to edge out Bauguess at Turn 3 for the lead while Gerchak also got the better run in Turn 1 to take P4 away from Williamson and Carlisle and Palazzolo held on to fifth and sixth. Annika Carter then picked off Palazzolo going into Turn 5. Bauguess bump-drafted Crouse on lap two and then got a run to make the inside pass on Crouse at Turn 8 for the lead.
Bauguess and Crouse then continued to gap the field, and on lap three Palazzolo took back P6

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1 06, 2021

Tire Manufacturers Issue Guidelines on Setup for Daytona

Toyo recommends “users increase their outside tire inflation pressures by 10 percent and decrease their outside wheel camber angles by 0.5 to 1.0 degree. These changes are intended to better withstand the high-capacity loads associated with Daytona’s unique track characteristics. We also would like to remind users to confirm that their inflation pressures are set high enough to safely support the load of their vehicles under racing conditions, especially with consideration for speed, downforce, banking, and other motorsports track and driving situations (aggressive driving, driving over apex curbs, etc.).”
Hoosier says, “The right side hot pressure must be elevated by 10 percent over the hot racing pressure used on a standard road course configuration. This number should be rounded up to the nearest 1 psi. Example if 36 psi is the target pressure on a road course (36 x 0.10 = 3.6 4 psi increase), 40 psi is the minimum hot

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25 05, 2021

New Faces, Familiar Faces and Track Records, Oh My!

After a long hiatus, NASA Arizona returned to Inde Motorsports Ranch, a private membership track nestled outside Willcox, Ariz., with a 2.75-mile, 21-turn road course. The track offers nearly a mile of cumulative straightaways as well as 200 feet of natural elevation changes combining uphill and downhill corners and straights, blind apexes, hairpins, sweepers, negative and positive-camber turns.
It’s a challenging circuit that offers several configurations, which change the racing dynamics and opportunities. NASA Arizona ran configuration No. 5, the main track configuration featuring all but one turn on Saturday, and configuration No. 4 on Sunday, the “fast” configuration, creating a fortitude-testing second straight along with a quick chute that changes the attitude of the lap. A fresh repave of the track in late 2020 also set the stage for great racing.
Spec Corvette racers joined the Super Touring 2 classes at Inde Motorsports Ranch in April.Saturday’s big bore race featured many

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25 05, 2021

Register for 2021 Championships Before May 31 to Beat Price Increase

Entry fees for the 2021 NASA Championships Presented by Toyo Tires will be increasing at midnight, May 31. Registration will increase from $1,049 to $1,149, so if you’re planning to attend, now is the time to register. Prices will continue to increase each month from now until August.
NASA’s convenient Easy Pay program also ends May 31. Easy Pay lets you pay $349 to reserve your entry, and pay the balance on Aug. 1.
By registering early, you will allow NASA staff the time necessary for proper planning to map out garages and paddock areas and create cohesive race groups. Don’t delay! Save money and register today!
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25 05, 2021

Adam Roberts Returns to NASA Great Lakes Spec Miata, Picks Up Two Wins

Another big car count for the Great Lakes Spec Miata last weekend, with 18 cars Saturday and 19 on Sunday. The field was nearly 20 in all three races, but engine issues forced two retirements early in the weekend.
Adam Roberts returned to Great Lakes Spec Miata after a couple of years off and stepped in right where he left off. Adam held pole all three races, winning race one and two, and no doubt would have been in the mix for the race three top step had he not broken a differential housing early in the race. Brian Silvestri overcame a leaky clutch line after Saturday qualifying to push his NA up through the field for a race 3 win and notch his first podium of the year. Ryan Roberson made his 1st two podium appearances of the year, and Will Dodd repeated his NCM performance with a 3rd place

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18 05, 2021

Neil Daly and Andrew Clark Take Top Spots in Spec E30 at Buttonwillow

SoCal Spec E30 converged on Buttonwillow Raceway in April, and with 24 racers in the Spec E30 field, outnumbering all other classes, this was going to be some exciting racing for everyone.
Saturday’s configuration was 13 clockwise, which is one of the more traditional configurations for Buttonwillow Raceway. This configuration has the Bus Stop and Phil Hill, which are corners that I like to describe as confidence based. You need to commit early on these turns and the results are not immediate. Usually the racers with the most laps through these sections tend to have more success. They also usually include cars going two-wheeling if done right.
Since 2020, there has been a new style of qualifying, which takes your two best times of the session, one for the Saturday’s main race, the second fastest lap for the qualifying race on Sunday. With that said, the usual suspects found themselves at the

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