NASA Pro Racing Series News

25 08, 2020

Dia and Williamson Trade Paint and Wins at Roebling Road

NASA Southeast Spec Miata returned to Roebling Road for the Firecracker Run, the second post-shutdown race with a 14-car field. Keith Williamson nabbed Pole Position with a 1:25.471, with Don Elvington P2, Yan Dia P3, Connor DeYoung P4 and Scott Carlisle P5. Race time temperatures in the mid 90s promised a greasy track.
At the start, Dia gave Williamson a good push from the starter stand to Turn 1, leaving the order Williamson, Dia, Carlisle, Elvington and DeYoung. By the end of lap two, the leaders started catching the back of the Spec E30 field passing two cars. As they started to pass the next two E30s, a yellow came out in Turn 4 for a Miata in stuck in the sand trap. Lap seven saw the lead group of Spec Miatas catch a five-pack of E30s.
Williamson had trouble getting around the trailing E30 for a couple laps and that bunched

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18 08, 2020

NASA Central Regions Starts its Engines at Heartland Motorsports Park

After a delayed season, and under the new management of Russ and Donna Lane, NASA Central’s first event kicked off May 29-31 at Heartland Motorsports Park, in Topeka, Kan. With ideal conditions and a full paddock, it was clear that drivers were eager to compete and to break track records.
In what turned out to be the largest event Central Region history, more than 140 drivers registered for the weekend, selling out HPDE1 and HPDE3. More than 30 new drivers hit the track in HPDE1. Due the pandemic, the new HPDE1 lead/follow format of instructing proved successful, with several students advancing to HPDE2 over the weekend.
Not only did the Central region welcome several new drivers, but there also were also some familiar faces aiming to make history with new lap records. James Pesak set the record in American Iron Xtreme with a blistering time of 1:42.819 and Kerry James was on

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18 08, 2020

West and Crouse Split Wins at Road Atlanta in June

NASA’s Turn 7 Girl, Flatten the Curve race weekend started with 22 Spec Miatas registered and on Saturday. Keith Williamson won pole position with a 1:45.654 with Aiden Crouse P2, Grant West P3, Yan Dia P4 and Broderick Bauguess P5.
As the green flag dropped, Williamson got a good run through Turn 1, followed by West, with Crouse, Bauguess and Dia falling in line as they headed up the hill. At Turn 7, Dia tried to carry too much speed and went four off, losing his position to Ernie Cole. The lead pack of four Spec Miatas then started bump-drafting to gap the field. On lap three, West, with a push from Crouse, got beside Williamson on the outside as they neared the braking zone for Turn 10a. Williamson and West went through 10a side by side, but Williamson washed out, going two off exiting T10b and dropped back to P4.
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21 07, 2020

Reza Arsham Sets Record for Youngest Winner in United States Touring Car Championship History While Harper Wins a Tough GT Class.

The GT field had a diverse six-car field with some fast cars, but finishing first in the GT class and overall was the AP Racing/BC Forged Chevrolet Corvette of Rob Harper. In the Sportsman class, Reza Arsham won in the Konig Wheels/GoGoGear.com BMW M3, becoming the youngest driver ever to win a USTCC race at 20 years old. Doug Makishima extended his win streak from last season and won the Super Touring class in the ARG/Summit Tech BMW M3. Gary Sheehan had mechanical issues but still managed to take the win in the Touring Car class in the GoGoGear.com/Konig Wheels Hyundai Genesis Coupe.
The standing start was full of action as usual, but Makishima managed to come out ahead of everyone else. Harper used the big V8 engine of the Corvette and soon took over the lead while Larry Bani pushed his GoGoGear.com/Konig Wheels BMW 335i closer to him. Viktor Czapla

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7 05, 2020

2020 NASA Championships Canceled

We hope this message finds you and yours safe and healthy in this challenging time. We wanted to send word to our racing drivers with some news that could potentially change your plans for the 2020 racing season.
After much consideration and unanimous approval from NASA management, we are saddened to report that we will be canceling the 2020 NASA Championships Presented by Toyo Tires, which were scheduled to take place Sept. 10-13 at Utah Motorsports Park. We did not arrive at this decision lightly. There are a number of factors that ultimately led to this conclusion, but one of the most daunting was the uncertainty around travel restrictions. Those travel restrictions, which may or may not be extended through September, will have a profound effect on our event and could potentially result in not being able to adequately staff our event to provide the level of professionalism NASA members have

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28 04, 2020

NASA Sim Racing Leagues Off to a Flying Start

The headline is a bit misleading in that the races begin with a standing start, but you get the idea. In demonstration of the new leagues’ appeal, the first races at COTA featured 30 cars in each field.
In the inaugural Club League race at COTA, Austin Cobb and John Allen battled hard to the very end, with Forenz Arabian finishing in third.
In the Pro League race, Austin Cobb and John Allen again with Gunn Kim in third. Wyatt Gooden was in the mix awhile, and finished just off the podium in fourth. Although official results haven’t been posted, Cobb was DQ’d from the Pro League race.
Official results haven’t been finalized, but Austin Cobb was DQ’d in the Pro League race at COTA.
“It’s great to see NASA breaking into iRacing / eSports and bringing great real world contingency with Toyo, Hawk, TrackDecals, Competition Motorsport, and Racers360,” Cobb said. “It’s been a

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31 03, 2020

Grant West and Keith Williamson Split the Ticket at Road Atlanta

NASA’s Race for the Pi in March at Road Atlanta started on Saturday with Grant West winning pole position with a 1:46.107, followed by Yan Dia, Keith Williamson, Connor DeYoung, Don Elvington and Bob Manker.
On the start, West missed a shift heading to Turn 1, letting Dia by on the outside to pick up P1 followed by Williamson P3 and Connor DeYoung P4. After Turn 5, the front group started to gap the rest of the pack. On the back straight, West used Dia’s draft to suck up to him and with a run got beside him as the two entered the brake zone for Turn 10a side by side. West was unable to out-brake Dia, and had to drop in behind as the pair started into Turn 10b. West got beside Dia again at Turn 1, but this time, on the inside and was able to make the pass

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24 03, 2020

NASA Hawaii Hosts Night Rally-X at Coral Crater

February’s Night RallyCross was exciting! Thanks for everyone’s support and help in getting things to run smoothly. NASA Hawaii welcomed 33 participants Coral Crater for a day-into-night rally event.
We would like to thank Race Ready Fitness and Magnolia Spa for their sponsorship support, our Kauai Rally friends for all the help with logistics and for bringing Rally to Kauai. Also special thanks to Robert, Clinton and Elgen for providing cones and course setup. Thanks to Coral Crater for being great hosts.
With all the Coronavirus concerns, NASA Hawaii may have to reschedule events. We will coordinate with our venues, the government and NASA National to make scheduling decisions. We’ll update everyone once we get more details.

Coral Crater’s manager said they would be happy to have us return. We even discussed organizing some of our members helping Coral Crater improve more routes for our use. If you’re interested in helping with those

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10 03, 2020

Western Endurance Racing Championship Kicks Off 2020 at Willow Springs Opener

As the sun began to set at Willow Springs International Raceway on the last day in the leap year of February, 25 cars took to the grid for the season opener of the Western Endurance Racing Championship series.
There were some familiar cars, but the new hardware on grid was impressive, along the lines of what you might find at an IMSA race.
Team PMG Awareness was prepping a factory-built 2019 Porsche GT3 Cup car. Team GRS Autosport/Team Premat was putting the final touches on a factory-built Mercedes-Benz AMG GT4. Team Lang Racing Development brought a Norma M20 FC, and Team Chill by Strom Motorsports had a one-race-old factory-built Porsche Cayman GT4 MR.
The Lang Racing Development Norma was on pole, followed by Team Prototype Development Group’s Factory Five Racing GTM and the Team GRS Autosport/Team Premat Mercedes-Benz AMG GT4 in third.
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When the green flag flew, Lang Racing Development leapt out to an

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3 03, 2020

Teen Mazda Challenge Driver Aiden Crouse and Veteran Pat Smith Split Spec Miata Wins at Carolina Motorsports Park

Cold weather for Saturday’s qualifying made for some fast times as Grant West claimed pole position with a below-track-record time of 1:50.331, followed by Aiden Crouse, Keith Williamson, Pat Smith and Yan Dia. At the start, the front of the field got through Turn 1 cleanly, with Crouse picking off West with an inside pass at Turn 2 and then beat him to Turn 3 to seal the deal. Tyler Harrell also picked off Dia in Turn 2 leaving the order, Crouse, West, Williamson, Smith, Harrell.
Crouse and West started gapping the field on the back straight as they showed who would be on the top two spots of the podium. While Harrell got to the inside of Smith at Turn 13 to take P4. On lap three, Harrell had a run on Williamson going through Turn 13 to make the inside pass at Turn 14 to finalize the podium with

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