Toyo Tires Doubles Down on Championships Spec Tire Prize Money

Toyo Tires just announced it is doubling the prize money for all of NASA’s spec tire racing classes at the 2019 NASA Championships Presented by Toyo Tires. Yes, doubling the payouts! That extra prize money requires a few more cars on grid, so tell all your buddies who haven’t registered the good news! Classes with 30 or more starters get $8,000 cash for first, $6,000 for second and $4,000 for third! Not only that, Toyo Tires also sweetened the pot for classes with between 22 and 29 entries. Supersize payouts continue out to fifth place as long as more than [...]

August 20th, 2019|

Top Time Trial Drivers to Watch at 2019 NASA Championships Presented by Toyo Tires

Winning a Time Trial Championship is an uneasy pursuit. In racing you need to finish in front of the drivers you’re racing against, and you know where they are, because they’re right there with you on track. Unless it’s a photo finish, when you win, you know it. In Time Trial, it’s all about speed and lap times, and you usually don’t know where the other drivers are on the leaderboard. It’s a nail-biter all weekend long. All you know is you need to push hard and then push harder. A differential as small as .001 seconds can mean the [...]

August 6th, 2019|

Drivers to Watch at the 2019 NASA Championships

The march toward the 2019 NASA Championships has begun. The entries are piling up and the fields are taking shape. That means it’s time to scrutinize them and shine a light on the drivers to watch at this year’s NASA Championships. Who will win in 2019? Well, no one knows for sure because a lot can happen during the course of a race. Just look at last year’s GTS2 race at Circuit of the Americas, in which the front three cars got knocked out due to fluid spilled on track in the Esses. That meant the fourth-, fifth- and sixth-place [...]

July 30th, 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 [...]

April 2nd, 2019|

Buzzetti Wins His Third 944 Spec Championship

Marcelo Vine came to Austin with the mindset to win. After all, he just missed a 944 Spec Championship at Thunderhill last year when John Pentelei-Molnar got past him in traffic late in the race, and Pentelei-Molnar left with the big trophy. By the time the 944 Spec cars came across Start/Finish on lap one, Vine was already way out front, and he held the position and maintained similar gap all race long. Racing a borrowed car, Dan Piña came from last place to finish second in 944 Spec. That meant most of the racing was taking place behind Vine. [...]

November 28th, 2018|

Tim Barber Took First in Spec E30 at the NASA Championships

It would be difficult to understate Tim Barber’s dominant performance in Spec E30 at the NASA Championships Presented by Toyo Tires. Rocking an old-school Miller High Life livery on his car — with a matching driver’s suit  and Bobby Allison’s name above the door — Barber leapt from his pole position at the start and established a quick gap over Sylas Montgomery in second and Steve Stepanian who jumped into third by Turn 1. Alex Barroso fought car problems all weekend, and took second in Spec E30. By the entrance to the Esses, Alex Barroso had overtaken Stepanian for third [...]

November 20th, 2018|

Roberto Crescencio Wins GTS3 Championship

Roberto Crescencio had been driving like a champion all weekend. He scored the fastest time in qualifying and took the win in a crash-shortened qualifying race on Saturday. For Sunday’s race, Crescencio had a little something up his sleeve, but he wouldn’t say what it was. At the green flag, Crescencio got to Turn 1 first, but he didn’t appear to have any huge advantages. However, 15 minutes into the race, Crescencio had established a 10-second gap between himself and Jeff McGuiness. Crescencio had kept the setup on the car, but decided to swap his front windshield for a Lexan [...]

November 20th, 2018|

Super Touring 1

Timothy Bidwill had earned pole for the start of the Super Touring 1 race, with Terry Mathis in second and Brian Goldburg in third and Michael Perkins in fourth. However, the wide line Bidwill used allowed Brian Goldburg to get under him in Turn 1. What looked like a disadvantage turned into an advantage. That wide line benefitted Bidwill when Goldburg spun and collected Mathis and Super Touring 2 competitor Chris Wynne. Mark Burt found his way through the melee and emerged in first place, with Michael Eifling second and Bidwill in third. When the pace car came out, Bidwill [...]

November 20th, 2018|

NP01

The NASA Prototypes had to endure one of the wettest qualifying races anyone has ever seen, which made getting a good grid spot enormously difficult. The start for the NP01 race was no better. A collision in Turn 1 in the Super Touring class brought out the pace car for a few laps. When the pace car pulled off, the NASA Prototypes had regridded two by two and finally got the start they were looking for. Jeremy Croiset had pole, followed by Sam Mangiamelli, Alex Wright and Chad Plavan. With years of experience in a Diasio prototype, Sam Mangiamelli took [...]

November 20th, 2018|

American Iron Xtreme

Brian Faessler was feeling snake-bitten Sunday morning when his car broke during a Time Trial session about 40 minutes before the Championship race. His father, Paul, loaned him his 1965 Ford Mustang, and the younger Faessler drove it home to a National Championship. Faessler was going to run his 2015 monster Mustang in Super Unlimited, but by swapping seats with his dad and running in American Iron Xtreme, he had to start at the back of the group. It didn’t matter as Brian Faessler finished ahead of second-place finisher Robert Shaw for the checkered flag after some very close racing [...]

November 18th, 2018|
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