SONOMA, Calif. (Oct. 7, 2014) – The National Auto Sport Association’s (NASA) ninth annual NASA Championships presented by Toyo Tires is heading for Sonoma Raceway for the Western States Championships to run Nov. 7-9.
On the heels of a successful NASA Eastern Championships event at Road Atlanta where 29 champions were crowned among the 300+ competitors, Sonoma Raceway is in line to host the inaugural NASA Western Championships the first weekend of November.
Once again, the Spec Miata Class is going to be a feature event at the 2.52-mile, 12-turn undulating road course located at the gateway to wine country. Bruce Pendleton is bringing his No.20 Mazda Miata to the Championships with high-hopes and is looking to add another championship trophy to the mantle to go along with his 2009 win in the PTE Class.
“I ran my qualifying races competing in the WERC at Sonoma, Buttonwillow. Thunderhill and Miller Motorsports Park,” Pendleton said. “Local competitors in Spec Miata who should be front runners are Mark Drennan and Craig Evans. Performance Touring Competitors will be long time racers Randy Evans and David Vodden along with Glen McCready who is a regional champion. I have been racing at Sonoma for over 10 years so I like to think I have a good set-up and know my way around the track. My goal for this year’s championships is to put myself in a position to be able to compete for a podium finish and have fun.”
Manny Coats is a previous winner in the HPD Honda Challenge 2 and HPD Honda Challenge 4 classes at the NASA Championships. Coats will run his tried and true No. 72 Honda CRX at Sonoma next month.
“I have run my qualifying races at the tracks in southern California,” Coats said. “I have helped finance many of the wineries in the Sonoma area, but I have no real racing experience at the raceway. The HPD Honda Challenge field is very competitive. Like in previous championships anything can happen and probably will come November. My goal for the weekend is to complete every session and not to finish in last place on Sunday.”
Will Faules, NASA National Event Director, is looking forward to the Western Nationals at Sonoma Raceway.
“I was at Sonoma Raceway ten days ago reaffirming our plans and watching one of our regional races,” Faules said. “We still have competitors qualifying for the Sonoma championship event and the entries are rolling into the office. We will have strong competitors across all of our classes and we are looking forward to a competitive and fun first weekend of November in wine country.”
Sonoma Raceway is a 2.52-mile, 12-turn undulating road course located at the gateway to California’s wine country. The challenging road course used by NASCAR and IndyCar is sure to provide exciting racing throughout the championships weekend.
The NASA Championships presented by Toyo Tires Western States Championships will take the green flag at Sonoma Raceway, Nov. 7-9.
To qualify for the NASA National Championships presented by Toyo Tires, NASA competitors must compete in and score points in four regional races around the country, five for the Western States Championships. The 2014 National Championship presented by Toyo Tires Eastern weekend will feature over 300 competitors racing for the NASA National Champion trophy in 36 racing classes and nine Time Trial divisions around the famed Road Atlanta circuit home to Petit Le Mans.