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|

Tech Inspections Reshuffle Spec Miata Podium

After more than two weeks of testing and analysis, with consultations from Mazda and outside experts, the NASA technical inspection team completed its post-race technical inspections and finalized the results of the Toyo Tires Classic. As a result of those inspections, Danny Steyn, who finished third overall is now the winner, followed by Preston Pardus in second and Peter Ensor in third. Three legal cages from various competitor vehicles with wear marks showing use and ball wear touching pad surface area. One car had an illegally modified camshaft, but the inspections eventually centered on the cages that retain the ball [...]

November 18th, 2018|

Spec Miata

After all the hype, all the preparation for and anticipation of the Toyo Tires Classic at the NASA Championships presented by Toyo Tires, the Spec Miata race result boiled down to a few simple elements: speed, skill and determination. When the race was over, it also boiled down to what tech inspectors might find. They did not finish full inspections on critical components till two weeks after the event. Until then, the results were provisional. Teen Mazda Challenge driver Matthew Dirks put his car on pole position during the rain-soaked final qualifying session Friday. In second was Nick Sommers, a [...]

November 18th, 2018|

Deep in the Heart of Texas

The list of superlatives runs long and wide. The 2019 NASA Championships Presented by Toyo Tires was the best, hosted the fastest, felt the grandest, and, this being Texas, of course, was the biggest event in NASA’s history. A bucket-list track for so many drivers, the Circuit of The Americas attracted drivers from every NASA region and provided the backdrop for one of the most memorable experiences of their lives. COTA delivered the grandeur of an FIA Formula 1 facility. COTA delivered scorching heat and humidity, challenging man and machine. COTA also delivered pouring rains that truly separated the most [...]

November 18th, 2018|

COTA People

It’s the people who turn a simple event into something memorable, special or even life-changing. Lots of photographers were at the Championships to follow the action on track, but we always enjoy walking the paddock with a camera, catching people as they take part in the Championships. They don’t always know we’re there, and that can make for some great images. Click the video for a compilation of the people we came across at Circuit of The Americas. Brett Becker

November 18th, 2018|
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