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|

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|
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