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|

James Devenport Drove His Honda-Powered Norma to a Championship in Super Unlimited

In Super Unlimited, Team Davidson Racing had the car and the driver to beat. Driver Brian Frisselle had been putting up the fastest lap times of the weekend, but the car blew its engine in qualifying, which resulted in a DNF. The team had another engine, and a long night of wrenching put the car back on track and Frisselle last on grid. By the entrance to the Esses on lap one, Frisselle was in fourth. Jimmy Casey wasn’t wasting any time, and used the clear track ahead to put a gap on the field. However, the collision in Turn [...]

November 18th, 2018|

Jason Fraser Started from Pole and Held the Lead All Race Long to Take the Spec E46 Championship

Jason Fraser had never driven the Circuit of The Americas, but spent plenty of time on a simulator to prepare for the weekend. The homework paid off for Fraser, who started from pole and took home the National Championship in Spec E46. At the start, Aristotle Balogh came from third and challenged Fraser for the inside of Turn 1, but Fraser carried more speed and came out with the lead. Everything was textbook — until it wasn’t. By the time the field arrived back at Turn 1, Mark Drennan had advanced 11 positions to take third. That’s when Charles Hurley [...]

November 17th, 2018|

Kwitowski Lead from Start to Finish in ST4

Setting the fastest lap time in Friday qualifying got Andy Kwitowski a good spot on the grid for the qualifying race, and he took the win in the qualifying race to snare pole for Sunday’s Championship race, too. Kwitowski got the best of the field into Turn 1 and led them into the Esses and all the way to Start/Finish on lap one. In fact, he led the field for the entirety of the race, which was shortened by a red-flag crash about 30 minutes into the 45-minute race. He never put a wheel wrong. Shaun Webster had to battle [...]

November 17th, 2018|

Michael Lapaglia Took Advantage of Cars Battling Ahead of Him and Took the American Iron Championship

When the American Iron field lined up for its standing start, Cody Powell had the prized pole position, followed by Corey Weber, Michael Patterson and Michael LaPaglia. When the green flag waved, Patterson got the holeshot of the century and was around Powell by the time he grabbed second gear. That was what Patterson needed to break away from the field. What he didn’t need was a Spec E46 collision one lap later, which disabled a car and produced a lot of debris and radiator fluid on the track — and a full-course caution. When the race resumed, Weber tried [...]

November 17th, 2018|

John Hyer Pulls off First in ST3

When the green flag waved on the 12-car Super Touring 3 field, it looked like everyone in the front of the pack was attempting to win the race in Turn 1. Cars were getting pinched into the pit wall and pushed into the entry lane. Justin Bordonaro locked up momentarily and crop-dusted the field. Dave Schotz just missed his bumper and Scott Smith came in so hot he had to run inside Turn 1 to keep from hitting the “turtle.” Smith ran wide at the exit and Schotz and Bordonaro came out even. Bordonaro had the lead going into the [...]

November 17th, 2018|

Mcaleenan Takes First in GTS4

The fastest of the German Touring Series classes had five cars in the field. Five BMWs and one Porsche. Michael McAleenan had pole, followed by John Allen in the Porsche, Ralf Lindackers in his M3, Vytis Aranauskas in his E92 M3 and Ron Ballard in an E46. At the green flag, McAleenan use pole position to his advantage and led the field into Turn 1 followed by Lindackers and Allen side by side with Aranauskas trailing. When he exited Turn 1, McAleenan hit the afterburner and shot out to a big lead. Five laps into the race, McAleenan had put [...]

November 17th, 2018|
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