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|

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 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|

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|

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|

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|

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|
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