NASA Pro Racing Series News

29 04, 2019

Bradley Miller Runs the Table in Spec Miata at Roebling Road Raceway

NASA Southeast returned to Roebling Road Raceway for the second time in the 2019 season for Spring Brake with 15 Spec Miata entries. Once again, the racers struggled with whether to go with slicks or rain tires. Early morning rain presented a wet track for warmup, but the track had dried as the qualifying approached. As the last Spec Miata pulled on to grid, it began raining again — too late to change to wets. Aiden Crouse took pole position with a 1:35.833, followed by Grant West, Bradley Miller, Yan Dia, Keith Williamson and Darren Brady.
After qualifying, the track dried again. But this time the rain returned in time for the racers to get rain tires installed for the race. On the start, the racers got through Turn 1 clean, but midway through Turn 2, Dia understeered off the track leaving the order Crouse, West, Miller, Williamson and Annika Carter.
Then,

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23 04, 2019

NASA Great Lakes American Iron 2018 Season Wrap-Up

The 2018 NASA Great Lakes regional racing season’s final weekend of the year was again held at the National Corvette Museum Motorsports Park. Saturday gave no rest for the wicked, with two races and the awards banquet that night. Sunday was just a fun run, but it’s a long 45-minute race the day after the big NASA Great Lakes party! For the entire weekend, the Grand Full course was used. It’s the longest track configuration at NCM and it includes the infamous Sinkhole.

In American Iron, Todd Davis scurried to pole followed Jason Lakomiak and Bob Collins. The track was dry, but green from the rain on Friday. At the start, Davis kept the lead, with Lakomiak and Collins following in behind. It was another start where the AI field pushed through the out-of-class cars ahead. Davis got the win, with Lakomiak in second and Collins in third.
The second race of

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17 04, 2019

Team GoGoGear.Com Racing Wins Three USTCC Titles in 2018

The GoGoGear.com Racing Team won three major titles in the United States Touring Car Championship in 2018. Gary Sheehan won the Touring Car class Driver Championship in the Konig Wheels/Orafol Vehicle Wraps Hyundai Genesis Coupe. Larry Bani won the Super Touring Driver Championship in the KW Suspension/Total Lubricants BMW M3. The team also won the prestigious Escort Top Team award as the best team of the year.
​Sheehan started the season leading the race, but a missed shift is all it took to drop to second place at Thunderhill. The mistake only encouraged the team to work harder, resulting in two consecutive wins at Fontana and Sonoma. In the balance of the season, Sheehan won two more races and never finished lower than third place. In a season where qualifying was separated by .1 second at most races, every position mattered, and a mistake would be devastating. In the end Sheehan,

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16 04, 2019

Honda Challenge Takes on a Rainy Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta

It was another rainy NASA weekend, but this time it was at the Race for Pi at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta in March, a road course where slipping off track can be costly. We welcomed a few Great Lakes racers, who left the snow behind up north to make the journey south to see if they could take our trophies. Jeremy Lucas and Kevin LeClair brought their frozen Honda S2000s down for some fun with the NASA Southeast Region.
As we went out for warmup and qualifying, there was a chill in the air, rain was lightly falling, and we were hoping our windows would not fog over. Both race groups went out together for warmup, but a lot of drivers stayed in the paddock waiting for dry weather.
Both sessions were on rain tires, but radar apps showed we may end up with a dry race, so the sound of impact

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16 04, 2019

WERC Kicks off 2019 at Willow Springs International Raceway

The Western Endurance Racing Championship began its season at one of the darkest racetracks on its calendar, and most definitely the fastest: Willow Springs International Raceway. Good lighting is a must at night, as is precise driving. It’s a precarious place to knock the rust off after the offseason, but some 25 teams bought the ticket and took the ride.
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Team PMG Awareness registered its Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car in ESR, and it was posting lap times about a second faster than the Team Fast Toys Pescarolo 02 also racing in ESR.
Team PMG Awareness driver Tom Haacker, who drove the whole race, pitted once for fuel and tires and went on to win ESR, despite Team TSC’s Wolf GB08 posting faster lap times.
“Halfway through the second stint there was oil out in Turn 8 and a lot of cars went off out there, and I was one of them, and

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16 04, 2019

Full House in Honda Challenge at Carolina Motorsports Park

It was another great NASA weekend at Carolina Motorsports Park in February, even with on-and-off rain keeping the track damp and the racers guessing which tires to run. The rain was not heavy for warmup and qualifying, so vision was good, but it kept the track wet enough to make finding grip difficult. The good news is we were consuming less brake pad!
The H1 race started off wet, but turned dry quickly and the lap times were dropping. Grip was still questionable, but racers will be racers, knowing that if we lay down enough rubber, the grip will come back, and some of those heavy V8 cars do that quickly. At the green flag, polesitter John Putnam jumped into the lead by Turn 1 and the front-wheel-drive K24 power pulled away from Rob Oxford and Stephen Pearce quickly. Five laps in, Oxford made a pass on Putnam after the Kink

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8 04, 2019

Spec E30 Produces Three Winners at SoCal Willow Springs Opener

In qualifying, Clark turned in the fastest lap with a 1:36.732 and tight on his heels, JoJo McKenzie was just off the fastest qualifying lap time with a 1:36.830 to claim the outside pole position.
At the start of the race, in a rare display of accurate shifting, everyone not only got off the line, but all also found the elusive second gear as the field rolled into Turn 1 together sounding like a 12-engine aircraft. Unlike previous years at this track, the field did not string out with a few private battles all over the track. Instead, the field stayed close and positions were traded all over the field, from first to last. No position was secure, lap after lap. For most of the race the top six cars were within striking distance of one another.
At the race end, Steve Stepanian claimed the checkered flag, with Andrew Clark in second.

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8 04, 2019

Three Races, Two Winners at March Spec Miata Opener at Sonoma Raceway

It was a record setting weekend in NASA NorCal Spec Miata, with 41 participants taking a checkered flag! Tristan Littlehale found his way to pole position, with a blistering lap of 1:54.9 in qualifying for race one. His excitement was short lived when NASA officials inverted the top 10 for race one to begin the season.
As might be expected when a grid is inverted, the drop of the green flag found a lot of cars trying to occupy a small space in turns 1 and 2. To the credit of all, lap one was filled with many position changes but clean racing! Roy Fulmer IV found his way to the lead at the end of lap one followed by a pack of four cars: Aaron Braverman, Graham Downey, Justin Casey and Littlehale. Fulmer fended off a few challenges as the group behind him mixed it up all race long. At

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8 04, 2019

Hannah Grisham Tops Justin Crickenberger at Willow Springs

When the Spec Miata field converged on Willow Springs International Raceway in March, the question was what effects the recent refurbishing of the racing surface would have.
The answer was: not much. Justin Crickenberger qualified on pole, followed by Hannah Grisham and Rob Burgoon.
At the start, Turn 1 was a little chaotic with 16 cars jostling for position, but they all came through cleanly, and the race was on. Burgoon, Grisham and Crickenberger established a gap on the rest of the field and battled among themselves. Grisham and Crickenberger began drafting to get away from Burgoon.
“About halfway through the race, I realized I really goofed with my tire pressures when my tires just checked out on me,” said Burgoon, who finished third. “But it’s really nice to be back on the podium. Third is pretty all right given how poorly last year went.”
With five laps left, Grisham got around Crickenberger and

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2 04, 2019

Registration Opening Soon for 2019 NASA Championships Presented by Toyo Tires

NASA racers interested in getting a jump on the competition can register beginning Tuesday, April 9th for the 14th annual NASA Championships Presented by Toyo Tires at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, which takes place Sept. 18-22, 2019.
For the sixth time since NASA held its first Championships event in 2006, the NASA Championships are returning to Mid-Ohio, home to such marquee races as the IndyCar 200, the NASCAR Xfinity Series and the Acura Sports Car Challenge.
“Mid-Ohio is a track racers love. It has everything from long, fast straightaways to corners with tricky elevation and camber changes, and lots of opportunities for passing,” said NASA Vice President Jeremy Croiset. “It’s a great facility for our Championships event.”
The last time NASA was there was in 2012, and it was a fantastic event, with tons of great racing on track and the paddock life you’ve come to expect at the NASA Championships.
“We look

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