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|

Eric Waddell Takes Hard-Fought 2019 Championship in ST5

The front four cars in Super Touring 5 were all within sight of one another and battling back and forth all race long. It was as tight as racing gets. Eric Waddell managed to keep Thai Diep and Cagri Yilmaz behind him for the whole race. “Man that was hard work. That was hard work,” Waddell said. “They did not give me one second to rest. Never did I get a nice lead.” For most of the race, Yilmaz and Diep hounded Waddell, who won a championship in 2012 at Mid-Ohio. There was a bit of argy-bargy and Yilmaz dropped [...]

October 8th, 2019|

Robin Burnett Wins 2019 Spec Iron Championship in a Borrowed Car

After a rough showing in Saturday’s qualifying, Robin Burnett had to start at the back of his group because his car’s engine blew up and he borrowed someone else’s. It didn’t matter because he climbed eight spots to bring home a NASA Championship presented by Toyo Tires. He jumped two positions within seconds of the start and started picking his way forward. Burnett fended off Spec Miata veteran Jay North, who finished just 1.616 seconds behind him. Spec Iron produced the kind of racing that spec classes were designed to deliver. The front five cars were all within sight of [...]

October 8th, 2019|

Nicolas Hammann Runs the Tables in 2019 in H2 at Mid-Ohio

Nicolas Hammann knew that if he didn’t come home with a victory in Honda Challenge 2, he’d hear about it Monday morning from his coworkers at the Honda plant in Marysville, Ohio. “I’ve got all these guys that I’ve got to work with, managers and stuff, and I’m the kid, so I’ve got to at least represent,” Hammann said with a laugh. “It’s a true testament to what Honda products makes every day and they are amazing to drive on the racetrack.” Hammann can walk into work holding the trophy above his head because he put on a clinic from [...]

October 8th, 2019|

Andre Eisenbach Pushes to the Front and the 2019 ST4 Championship

Matthew Wasilewski looked like the man to beat in ST4 all weekend. He was the fastest of the field. Some suspension damage during the qualifying race knocked him out, then an overheating issue crept in on lap 12 while he was leading the Championships race and knocked him out again. Two laps later a double-yellow brought out the pace car. That put Andre Eisenbach firmly in command of ST4, and he maintained a solid lead over Jeffrey Birdwell. In the end, Eisenbach took the top step on the podium. “Man, what a roller coaster ride,” Eisenbach said. “We had a [...]

October 8th, 2019|

Jose Suero Caps Regional H1 Championship in 2018 with a National H1 Championship in 2019

Jose Suero’s Honda S2000 developed a severe vibration about four laps before the finish and Suero wondered if his dream of a championship would vanish. A crash elsewhere on the course allowed Suero to finish under a yellow flag and secure his first championship. “It was a dream for us,” Suero said. “Since we started with NASA Northeast racing in autocross to come here and get a championship is awesome. It’s what you think about when you come racing.” Suero said the rear end started to have issues in the middle of the 25-lap race but he was able to [...]

October 8th, 2019|

Tyler Clarke Takes 2019 GTS3 Championship at Mid-Ohio

Tyler Clarke had never raced at Mid-Ohio Sport Car Course before and was a quick study, getting acquainted with the track to win his first championship. Coming from Seattle, Clarke had only seen the track in videos. “Gerald Lowe with Lowe Group Racing really does a great job putting our cars together and getting them tuned well for the track,” Clarke said. “Having his racing knowledge in general has been a huge benefit to us and has really helped me to basically learn a track quickly.” Clarke earned pole for the championship and pushed hard by second-place finisher Eric Magnussen, [...]

October 8th, 2019|
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