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 [...]

May 7th, 2020|

Getting it Done in a Borrowed Car

Robin Burnett was having a good weekend at the NASA Championships Presented by Toyo Tires at Mid-Ohio in September. After earning pole for the Spec Iron qualifying race and leading it for three laps, he blew his engine. His weekend wasn’t over. A good friend from his NASA racing family Steve Revelette loaned him his car. Burnett spent Saturday night swapping the suspension from his car, then spent Sunday’s raceclawing his way up from a last-place start to take the Spec Iron Championship. Getting it done in a borrowed car. The post Getting it Done in a Borrowed Car appeared [...]

December 10th, 2019|

Time Trial Techniques: 2019 NASA Champs — Part 2

OK, hang onto your hats for this one. It’s epic, in the classical sense, which isn’t necessarily good for the Internet attention span, but in terms of what you can learn from these three drivers, epic is great. This year’s TT3 competition at the NASA Championships Presented by Toyo Tires was diverse. The Champion, Denis Clavette had a BMW E46 M3 with a straight six. Second place Dan Westerwick’s Ford Mustang GT had a V8 and third-place finisher Andrew Bakun’s Porsche 944 Turbo had been repowered with GM LS3 V8 power. It’s always interesting to see how drivers will respond [...]

December 10th, 2019|

2019 Championships Photos Available Online at Downforce Media

Competitors at the 2019 NASA Championships Presented by Toyo Tires can find all the action from this year’s event at the Downforce Media website. Downforce photographers captured all the action on track, on the podium and throughout the paddock all weekend long. Downforce Media offers single digital images and prints starting at $10, with discounts on packages of three or more images. You don’t know what you’ll find, but it’s all available at Downforce Media’s website. The post 2019 Championships Photos Available Online at Downforce Media appeared first on NASA Speed News Magazine.

October 22nd, 2019|

Cat Wrangling

Much as I am loath to admit it, producing an event is one of the things I am least qualified to do. To me, it’s always felt akin to trying to stuff five feral cats into a duffel bag. Once you think you have all of them in the bag, three jump out and you’ve got to wrangle them all over again. And you’re bleeding. The details that go into event planning seem endless. I’ve had jobs before in which event planning was a small part of what we did, and I farmed out those responsibilities to other staff as [...]

October 22nd, 2019|

Time Trial Techniques: 2019 NASA Champs – Part 1

At this year’s NASA Championships Presented by Toyo Tires, Time Trial 5 was the closest of all Time Trial competition in 2019. The top three finishers were separated by a total of just .112 seconds, and first and second were separated by just .048 seconds. What’s more, the top five all were within .500 seconds of one another. It was that close. Samed Rizvi finished first with a 1:36.474, followed by Team John Wallace Racing with a 1:36.522 and then Robert Porter with a 1:36.586. Rizvi and Wallace drive Honda S2000s. Porter drives a BMW E36 M3. We wanted to [...]

October 22nd, 2019|

2019 NASA Championships By The Numbers

The 2019 NASA Championships Presented by Toyo Tires Sept. 18-22, 2019 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course was instrumental in producing an experience like no other, memories and images that will last a lifetime and champagne that tastes sweeter than anything in all of France. The NASA Championships also generates lots of interesting numbers. For example, a total of 338 drivers chased top honors at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in 24 racing and seven Time Trial classes. Those are just some of the numbers produced at this year’s Championships event, and now that all those champagne corks have been popped [...]

October 15th, 2019|

Zach Hillman Takes Second GTS2 Championship at Mid-Ohio in 2019

All racers have a game plan going into the championship race and it’s usually out the window by Turn 1. That wasn’t the case for Zach Hillmann who made a plan and rode it to the championship. “We had a good plan going into the race today,” he said. “We were going to save the car the best we could. We had a pace that we wanted to run, went out and did a couple of flyer laps, built a gap, ran our pace the whole race and managed from there.” Hillmann knew he had a good car after clinching [...]

October 8th, 2019|

Kent Owens Snares 2019 Camaro-Mustang Challenge Championship at Mid-Ohio

Kent Owens didn’t have time to worry about his race. Owens was serving as race director for the Honda Challenge and German Touring Series races earlier in the day, and that kept him occupied. “It was good thing I was busy today, so I didn’t have time to worry about my race,” Owens said. “My mind was elsewhere for most of the day.” As it does each year, and especially in the Great Lakes Region, CMC featured some of the tightest racing of the weekend, with the top five drivers finishing within 2.2 seconds of one another. Owens was first, [...]

October 8th, 2019|

Marcelo Vine Wins the 2019 944 Spec Championship

Marcelo Vine has had an arduous climb to a 944 Spec Championship. He got edged out in 2017. In 2018, he won the race, but failed a tech inspection after the race. This year, he was determined, but things started looking like same-old, same-old when he was DQ’d for a dyno infraction after Saturday’s qualifying race. That put him at the back of the pack for the start, so he began another arduous climb through the field to try to get past the quick Michael Cooper and Derrek Morehead, who race often at Mid-Ohio. The climb finally got him to [...]

October 8th, 2019|
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