Nolan Feathers Captures 2019 Super Touring 6 Championship

In the months leading up to the 2019 NASA Championships Presented by Toyo Tires, ST6 driver Nolan Feathers didn’t think he was going to attend. He just couldn’t afford it. That’s when his friends, specifically Rick Young, initiated a GoFundMe campaign to get Feathers the money he needed to register for the Championships. Young started it one morning at 9 a.m., and by noon enough money was collected so Feathers could race at the NASA Championships. There was even money left over, so they threw a party Saturday night at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. When the race began, Feathers was [...]

October 8th, 2019|

Michael Kanisczak Aces Spec E46 to Take 2019 Championship

Michael Kanisczak was a man on fire all weekend in Spec E46. He won qualifying on Friday and the qualifying race on Saturday. That sealed pole position for the championship race on Sunday. Kanisczak used pole position to establish and keep a lead he would hold till the end, netting him his second national championship. He earned his first one in Honda Challenge at Watkins Glen in 2016. “I knew it was going to be tough,” Kanisczak said. “My goal was to set the best qualifying time, win the qualifying race, and I knew I had a huge target on [...]

October 8th, 2019|

2019 NASA Time Trial Champions

NASA Time Trial drivers face a herculean task. They have to drive faster than their competition without really knowing how their competition is doing. They need to learn the track quickly. They need to get up to speed and keep improving their lap times until they’re driving the car as fast as it can go. They need to do it quickly before tires get hot and track conditions deteriorate. That’s Time Trial competition and NASA drivers thrive on it. Nowhere is the competition greater than at the NASA Championships Presented by Toyo Tires. This year’s event at Mid-Ohio Sports Car [...]

October 8th, 2019|

Daniel Goldburg Runs the Tables in 2019 Spec E30 Championship

Daniel Goldburg enjoyed something of a dream weekend in which everything fell together. He scored the top time in qualifying Friday, and won Saturday’s qualifying race. Everything seemed to be firing off right. He’s had some experience putting together a championships effort. He raced at Mid-Ohio in 2008 and then raced at the Eastern States Championships at Sebring in 2017, where he took second. Last year at COTA, he finished seventh. This year, he takes his first win as a national champion. “I had a good start, not as awesome as yesterday and No. 2 came through the first corner [...]

October 8th, 2019|

Robert Shaw Scores 2019 American Iron Extreme Championship at Mid-Ohio

Robert Shaw may have won the American Iron Extreme by 43 seconds, but he considers himself lucky to be hoisting the first-place trophy. “I’m feeling very lucky today, to be honest, because, again, American Iron Extreme cars are all about whose car stays together and today we got lucky,” Shaw said. Shaw needed a little luck to go his way because his car only completed four laps during Saturday’s qualifying race. He looked unbeatable on Friday’s qualifying session, setting the fastest lap of 1:32.429. During the race, Team Faessler jumped out into the early lead, but Faessler began to slow [...]

October 8th, 2019|

Krider Scores Hat Trick Plus One in H4 at Mid-Ohio in 2019

After winning four championships in a row, Robert Krider is considering retiring from the Honda Challenge 4 class. “I think I might retire from Honda Challenge. I’m going to give my buddy Keith (Kramer), who got second today, he might be the next one in line. We’ll see, I haven’t decided yet,” Krider said. “My wife wants me to, but I might finish on top, you never know.” The veteran driver earned pole heading into Sunday’s championship race and took advantage. Krider started in the lead and never relinquished it despite Kramer pressing him hard on the track. Kramer ended [...]

October 8th, 2019|

Jim Drago Takes Top Spot to Earn 2019 Spec Miata Championship

NASA Mid South’s Jim Drago has been chasing a NASA Championship for a long time. Not to give away the ending, but he finally got one. Well, that does kind of give it away, doesn’t it? Drago started from second behind Jared Thomas, with Great Lakes racer Jonathan Davis in third, David Dirks in fourth and Kyle Webb in fifth. When the green flag dropped, Drago didn’t waste any time and got around Thomas on lap two, a position he would hold until a double-yellow bunched up the field. When the race restarted, Drago powered on for the win and [...]

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|

Faessler Scores Big Super Unlimited Win and 2019 Championship

During most NASA Championships, the Super Unlimited champion is normally awarded to a sleek sports racer. For 2019, Super Unlimited was dominated by Brian Faessler’s monster twin-turbo Mustang. This car rattles your eyeballs as it goes by, and it went by competitors Jacek Mucha’s Swift and John DeAngelis in an Elan DP02. “I got the jump on the start and was just able to get the lead going into Turn 1, just kind of maintained,” Faessler said. “Just to be able to prove what the Paul’s Automotive Engineering Mustang can do against these small prototypes, that’s definitely not something easy [...]

October 8th, 2019|

Michael McAleenan Nabs Fifth NASA Championship in 2019 by Winning GTS4

Standing atop the podium is a familiar spot for Michael McAleenan, who had four championships coming into Mid-Ohio. McAleenan, who lives in Washington and races with NASA NorCal, was quick enough to take the top time in Friday qualifying, and to get pole position for the Championship race on Sunday. This was McAleenan’s first time racing at Mid-Ohio. His lap times were just a tick quicker than Great Lakes GTS racer Ed Baus. McAleenan jumped out into the lead and within a few laps, found himself mixing with traffic from other classes. Six laps in, Robert Thorne spun on the [...]

October 8th, 2019|
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