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    NASA Championships presented by Toyo Tires Racing at Road Atlanta Day One

    Friday, August 29, 2014
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    Qualifying races a glimpse at tight racing

    BRASELTON, Ga. (Aug. 29, 2014) - The National Auto Sport Association's (NASA) ninth annual NASA Championships presented by Toyo Tires Eastern States Championships is underway.  More than 300 competitors from across the country are racing for championship honors this weekend at Road Atlanta.  
     
    In near 100-degree temperatures the NASA Eastern Championships began today. In the opening qualifying race of the weekend, Brian Faessler in his No. 018 Ford Mustang made easy work of the American Iron Extreme field with Will Stukas winning the American Iron Class in his No. 93 Chevrolet Camaro Z28.
     
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    "It was fun," Stukas said. "I started from back in eighth on the outside. I was able to get a few guys on the outside into Turn One and run down the rest throughout the race. Road Atlanta is my home track. I want to run the qualifying races up front and try and start on the pole for the big race on Sunday. I hold the track record here in this class with a 1:33.2. I don't think we will get close to that time in this heat this weekend."  
     
    In the Spec Miata race, the 37 car field took the green and instantly began mixing it up. Danny Steyn in his No. 39 Miata took the early lead. Steyn had the No. 60 of Matthew Pombo glued to his bumper in the early going. Jonathan Czarny made it a three car race in his No. 21 green Miata. On lap eight, Pombo went by Steyn and won the qualifier. The fast lap of the race was put in by James Drago in his No. 02 Miata turning a 1:45.104.
     
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    "It was a good way to start the weekend," Pombo said. "I looked at it like a qualifying session. I was just trying to be smooth and keep it in the top five. My car was heating up so I switched spots with Danny. He got racing with Czarny and they kind of let me go. The car handled like a dream. There is a lot of racing left to go, another qualifying race tomorrow and the big race on Sunday. My dad won two National Championships here at Road Atlanta and I grew up watching him. This place has a lot of history for the Pombo family. We just tend to click very well here. The strategy for Sunday is to get the OPM Motorsports/Pombo Racing Spec Miata to the front and stay there and see who is going to win on the last couple of laps."
     
    In Spec E30, another big field at this year's NASA Eastern Championships, with over 40 cars the qualifying race was full of great action. The No. 30 BMW of Jared Stoops took the early lead. On lap four Sandro Espinosa in his No. 32 BMW 325i took the lead and never looked back. The new Spec 3 Class qualifying race was won by Barry Battle in his No. 23 BMW 325.
     
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    "I started the day qualifying on new tires and I didn't like the handling," Espinosa said. "I went back into the trailer and dug up some old tires that are a few race weekends old and it came right back to me. This is the third weekend on these tires, but they are shot now. I think I am going to look in the trash can for some tires or look to my buddies for some used rubber. My strategy for this weekend is to find old tires. This is my home track. I wanted to run new tires for the big weekend, but my car just doesn't seem to like them."
     
    In 944 Spec Jason Stanley made easy work of the near 40 car field in his No. 60 Porsche 944. He was followed to the line by No. 76 Daniel Williams and the No. 96 of Jason Walsh.
     
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    "I didn't have much clear track in qualifying, so I didn't get the pole like I wanted," Stanley said. "I was third on the first lap. I tried to pass Pina (Dan, No. 149 Porsche) coming into Turn Ten, but he made it tough so I tucked in behind and did some bump drafting. Pina had a burble and I went by him. I was able to move to the lead and I put my head down, hit my marks and drove to the win. I am still looking for the sweet spot with my tires and we may get some rain on Sunday. If it rains, I have a good wet set-up so we are looking pretty good. My goal is to drive a safe race tomorrow and get a good starting position for Sunday's main event."
     
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    In the HPD Honda Challenge Class, Kris Popovic in his No. 9 Acura Integra took the qualifying race win. Kevin Helms turned the quick lap of the Challenge 1 group with a 1:38.895, but retired with one lap to go while in a heated battle with Popovic. In  Challenge 2, the No. 8 Honda S2000 of Jeremy Lucas took the win.
     
    "It was a tough one," Popovic said. "Kevin was on me for a while. He pulled off coming into Turn Ten. You have to finish it to win it. I was able to get the win. I have my fingers crossed that everything stays together for the rest of the weekend. We have had a good year.  I won a few races here at Road Atlanta early and then had some mechanical issues. I just need my motor to last and we will be good."
     
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    "There was a lot of back and forth up front, I did not lead the whole way," Lucas, Challenge 2 winner said. "We were pushing each other really hard all race. It was fun. I started the race from pole, went up into Turn Three and I was second, at the end of lap one I was third. I was able to come back and take the win. The car has a lot of weight at 2900 lbs. I need to keep the tires in check. In a 40-minute race it will be tight. This is my first race at this track with this car."
     
    In the Spec Z Class Brian Kleeman drove his No. 23 Nissan 350Z to the qualifying race win.
     
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    "It is hot out there," Kleeman said. "I started on pole and was able to keep the lead. Jay (Pelligrini Jr., No 51) was right on my tail keeping me honest the whole way. Unfortunately he pulled in with a problem and I was able to cruise the rest of the way. The dash isn't working, so I don't know what the temps are, hopefully not too high. I want to get out front and stay out front the rest of the weekend."
     
    Ralf Lindackers won the last qualifying race of the day in his No. 01 BMW M3 in the GTS Class.
     
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    "It was a great run," Lindackers said. "It was a little confusing at the beginning with two pace laps. I had a decent start, I went back to third from second. I was able to get up front and race with John van Houten, which was a really fun."
     
    Complete information on the NASA Championships presented by Toyo Tires can be viewed at nasachampionships.com.
     
    The weekend's schedule from Road Atlanta can viewed at http://www.nasaproracing.com/nationals/East_Combined_2014.pdf
     
    Live timing from the Road Atlanta Championships can be viewed at   http://www.nasaproracing.com/liveresults/champs
     
    Road Atlanta is a 2.54-mile, 12-turn undulating road course located in Braselton, Ga., just 50-miles north of Atlanta. Road Atlanta is known as one of the most exciting places to drive a race car. The ultra-fast circuit has only one slow corner, Turn Seven, which leads onto the long back straight. The approach to the fast downhill Turn 12 is blind challenging drivers to carry a lot of speed down the hill that leads to the front straightaway and in to Turn One. The stretch out of Turn One to Turn Five consists of a set of esses and lefts and rights that will reward a good handling car.
     
    The NASA Championships presented by Toyo Tires Western States Championships will take the green flag at Sonoma Raceway, Nov. 7-9.
     
    For additional information, please contact NASA Championships Media Director, Kyle Chura at kyle@kcapr.com or (248) 821-0468.  More detail can be found at nasaproracing.com or nasachampionships.com.      
     
    To qualify for the NASA National Championships presented by Toyo Tires, NASA competitors must compete in and score points in four regional races around the country, five for the Western States Championships.  The 2014 National Championship presented by Toyo Tires Eastern weekend will feature over 300 competitors racing for the NASA National Champion trophy in 36 racing classes and nine Time Trial divisions around the famed Road Atlanta circuit home to Petit Le Mans.

    Racer Connect Announced Official Classified Partner of NASA

    Wednesday, August 27, 2014
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    Napa Valley, CA - The National Auto Sport Association is pleased to announce Racer Connect as the Official Classifieds partner for all NASA members to buy, sell and trade their cars and car parts. This exciting new partnership allows NASA members to leverage Racer Connect’s search features and advertise racing and related items for free!

    Racer Connect’s Classifieds has twelve categories along with many more sub-categories to be able to fine-tune searches and pin-point target searches. Search fields also include maximum and minimum pricing, country, and region. 

    But there is more than just Classifieds, Racer Connect includes a ‘Social’ section where racers can now share racing experiences, keep track of the competition, where they’re racing, how they finished, and photos from events. The ‘Racing Wiki’ is rich with information and knowledge where racers can research and share information about race tracks, racing terms, a how-to DIY section, racing literature, and race cars. 

    The ‘Racing Directory’ (under development) will allow information sharing for nearby parts sources, recommended shops, online vendors, and assistance for hard to find parts. Enthusiasts can search via keywords, categories, and geographical location. Users can also read fellow racer reviews or contribute their own reviews. 

    Race on over to the site and experience it for yourself at www.racerconnect.com.

    NASA Championships presented by Toyo Tires Ready for Green

    Tuesday, August 26, 2014
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    SONOMA, Calif., (Aug. 26, 2014) - The National Auto Sport Association's (NASA) ninth annual NASA Championships presented by Toyo Tires Eastern States Championships is ready to take the green flag this weekend at Road Atlanta. Over 300 drivers will be vying for Championships, Aug. 29-31.
     
    The NASA Eastern States Championships are promising to be the most competitive in the organizations nine years of bringing together the nation's best amateur drivers. The Road Atlanta 2.54-mile, 12-turn circuit demands precision and strategy. Several race groups have drawn large fields. The Spec Miata Class will start over 35 cars. American Iron will have more than 20 competitors lining up this weekend. In the largest class of the event the Spec E30 race will see over 40 cars racing for the Eastern States title. Scott McKay (Bradenton, Fla.) is among the Spec E30 championship hopefuls. He is bringing his No. 65 Mad Motorsports BMW 3 Series.
     
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    "Ideally, I'd like to win either the Spec E30 BMW race, or the American Iron race that my Mustang is running," McKay said. "My Spec E30 is ready to go. I am still thrashing on my Mustang, but we will be ready with that car as well. In Spec E30 it is anyone's race, but I think it will be myself or Anthony Magagnoli, Eric Palacio, Sandro Espinosa, Robert Grace, Steve Lako or David Walsh taking the trophy. I've booked a nice suite at the Chateau Elan, and plan to bring and drink plenty of craft beer."
     
    Anders Sjoblom (Rochester Hills, Mich.) ran his qualifying races at Mid-Ohio and Road Atlanta. Sjoblom is looking to add a third Championships trophy to his mantle.
     
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    "I'm driving my red No. 65 2012 Ford Mustang Boss 302S put together and set-up by my main sponsor Rehagen Racing," Sjoblom said. "My plan for this weekend is to be the front runner at Road Atlanta. I'm hoping I can stay with the top dogs in the big American Iron field. I think my partner Robin Burnett is one to really look out for in the class as well. My other sponsors include Steeda Autosports for performance parts and Cortex Racing for suspension technology. My good friends at Meva Energy AB, Dunne-Rite Performance and Ford Racing are giving me some extra help to make the event costs more manageable." 
     
    Will Faules, NASA Championships event manager, has his team ready to make it a memorable Eastern Championships for everyone involved.
     
    "I can't believe it is here already," Faules said. "Every NASA region has been working hard to make this first of two Championships weekend a success. We are ready for our first Championships event at Road Atlanta. All systems are go. Our southeast region has put in a lot of effort to lay the ground work for three days of racing. The drivers have been working just as hard on their cars. There are a lot of guys who have done their qualifying races at Road Atlanta, so I am looking forward to some great competition on the track."
     
    "In addition to the great on track competition, drivers are racing for contingency awards as well," Faules continued. "A short list of NASA Championships contingency sponsors include: Toyo, Mazda, HPD, Royal Purple, Hawk Performance, Ford Racing, Nissan and GoPro to name a few."
     
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    Road Atlanta is a 2.54-mile, 12-turn undulating road course located in Braselton, Ga., just 50-miles north of Atlanta. Road Atlanta is known as one of the most exciting places to drive a race car. The ultra-fast circuit has only one slow corner, Turn Seven, which leads onto the long back straight. The approach to the fast downhill Turn 12 is blind challenging drivers to carry a lot of speed down the hill that leads to the front straightaway and in to Turn One. The stretch out of Turn One to Turn Five consists of a set of esses and lefts and rights that will reward a good handling car.
     
    Complete information on the NASA Championships presented by Toyo Tires can be viewed at nasachampionships.com.
     
    The weekend's schedule from Road Atlanta can viewed at http://www.nasaproracing.com/nationals/East_Combined_2014.pdf
     
    Live timing from the Road Atlanta Championships can be viewed at   http://www.nasaproracing.com/liveresults/champs
     
    The NASA Championships presented by Toyo Tires Western States Championships will take the green flag at Sonoma Raceway, Nov. 7-9.
     
    For additional information, please contact NASA Championships Media Director, Kyle Chura at kyle@kcapr.com or (248) 821-0468.  More detail can be found at nasaproracing.com or nasachampionships.com.      
     
    To qualify for the NASA National Championships presented by Toyo Tires, NASA competitors must compete in and score points in four regional races around the country, five for the Western States Championships.  The 2014 National Championship presented by Toyo Tires Eastern weekend will feature over 300 competitors racing for the NASA National Champion trophy in 36 racing classes and nine Time Trial divisions around the famed Road Atlanta circuit home to Petit Le Mans.
      

    Behind the Zoom Road Atlanta Forum

    Monday, August 25, 2014
    Mazdaspeed Motorsports Development
    BEHIND THE ZOOM ROAD ATLANTA FORUM BEGINS TUES, AUG 26
     
    Tomorrow night marks the first forum component in the BEHIND THE ZOOM series 
    of installments; first up, Road Atlanta. The BEHIND THE ZOOM campaign is a series of segments where 12 Mazda factory drivers and champions break down many of the main tracks and venues you will race at. 
     
    The two drivers sharing their time and insight during this Tuesday evening forum:
    * Tom Long is a Mazda factory driver and a professional driving coach.
    * Randy Pobst is a four-time World Challenge GT champion, two-time Rolex 24 at Daytona winner and factory driver in an MX-5 for Freedom Autosport in the Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge Street Tuner class.
    From 8:30 PM to 9:00 PM EST, Tom Long and Randy Pobst will take you through a turn-by-turn discussion of Road Atlanta to assist Mazda competitors with their preparation before racing the famed Georgia track. Q&A is encouraged throughout the forum. The drivers will use mics, and be able to respond to typed questions by the Mazda racing family by either typing or speaking.
     
    The Audience: The forum is exclusive to Mazda competitors and can hold up to 100 participants. While this is intended to assist our Mazda drivers with their preparation for the NASA Eastern Championships this coming weekend, advice and tips will inevitably be transferable to all tracks; all are encouraged to participate.
     
    How to Join (we recommend that you register by 8:00 PM EST, at latest, to be able to download the GoToMeeting platform):
    * Go to the following URL: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1499595682525352194
    * Enter the Webinar ID: 154-781-379
    * Enter your First Name, Last Name, and Email, then click "Register."
    * Once you have registered, you will be prompted to download the GoToMeeting software, if you have not already done so; this process typically takes less than 15 min.
    What You'll Need to Have: A computer and an internet connection.

    Thank you for your support. We hope the BEHIND THE ZOOM resources are helpful in preparing you for Road Atlanta!
     

    Twenty-Five Hours of Thunderhill presented by Hawk Performance Opens Registration

    Tuesday, August 19, 2014
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    SONOMA, Calif. (Aug. 19, 2014) - The 2014 25 Hours of Thunderhill presented by Hawk Brakes has opened registration. The twice around the clock plus one hour event sanctioned by the National Auto Sport Association (NASA) will take place at Thunderhill Raceway in Willows, Calif., Dec 6-7.
     
    Hawk Performance has signed on as the new presenting sponsor for this year's event. Hawk Brakes is a leading supplier of severe duty and high-performance friction products for the motorsports and performance aftermarket.
     
    "We are pleased that Hawk Performance is onboard for the 12th running of the 25 Hours of Thunderhill," Jerry Kunzman, NASA executive director, said. "The portfolio of Hawk Performance products is a perfect fit for this event. Their brake pads and performance rotors get a workout during this great event."
     

    "This year we are expecting a great field of 72 cars," Kunzman continued. "Thunderhill has recently expanded their racing surface to cover five-miles. We are still in the decision stage if we will use the full five-miles come December. However, 25 around 5 does have a nice ring to it."
     
    The load in date for competitors will be Dec. 3, with Dec. 4 and Dec. 5 reserved for track arranged test days. The green flag will fly at 11 a.m. on Sat. Dec. 6 on the field that will consist of over 70 cars in six classes (E0, E1, E2, E3, ES, ESR).
     
    For additional information, please contact  NASA Media Director, Kyle Chura at kyle@kcapr.com or (248) 821-0468.  More detail on NASA and the Thunderhill 25 Hour can be found at nasaproracing.com  or  nasa25hour.com.

    About Hawk Performance
    Hawk Performance is a leading supplier of severe duty and high-performance friction products manufactured in ISO-certified facilities for the motorsports and performance automotive aftermarket. Hawk Performance products are engineered to allow users to control, command and conquer the terrain for which their vehicles are designed.
    Decades of experience in developing friction materials for aerospace, industrial, military, automotive and motorsports applications give Hawk Performance an advantage over the competition. In the past decade Hawk Performance friction products have won more motorsports championships than any other friction manufacturer. More information available at hawkperformance.com.
     

    NASA Championships presented by Toyo Tires Attracting Top Drivers

    Thursday, August 14, 2014
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    SONOMA, Calif., (Aug. 13, 2014)-The National Auto Sport Association's (NASA) ninth annual NASA Championships presented by Toyo Tires Eastern States Championships is gearing up for their weekend at Road Atlanta, Aug. 29-31.
     
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    The NASA Eastern States Championships are three weeks away. The 2.54-mile, 12-turn undulating Road Atlanta circuit has NASA drivers excited for a high-level of competition with competitors they see on regular weekends and familiar faces from across the country. Over 300 entries have been received so far with additional filings still coming into the office. Drivers that have been a factor in past Championships as well as returning winners crowd the driver lineup for the Eastern States Championship at Road Atlanta. 
     
    Kevin Helms is bringing his No. 05 Honda Civic Honda Challenge 1 car with help from sponsors Hondaworks, Carbotech, RLZ Engineering & Tuning and Hasport Motor Mounts, HPD and Ferrea Racing Components. Helms has been runner-up in the Championships and will be looking for the top step at the end of the month.
     
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    "I've raced at Road Atlanta in 2010 in the ARRC Championship as well as World Challenge in that same year," Helms said. "I qualified for the Championships at Virginia International Raceway and Summit Point in the Mid-Atlantic Region. The Honda Challenge 1 Class is always competitive and everyone steps up their preparation and competitiveness for the Championships. Anyone in the field can win it.  I hope to use my Road Atlanta knowledge to give me that slight edge come the end of the month."
     
    Yiannis Tsiounis is the 2012 National Champion in Spec Miata (SM), which took place at Mid-Ohio. He will drive his No. 69 Mazda Miata with sponsorship from YUSHINO (a game of Scrabble with numbers). Tsiounis ran his qualifying races at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park in Connecticut.
     
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    "I have raced in two Majors races at Road Atlanta in March of 2013 and 2014," Tsiounis said. "Unfortunately I have not been very lucky there yet. My best finish has been fourth in the STL class, three times, two in 2013 and one in 2014 and I have had several mishaps, including a non-trivial accident in 2014, where I was hit by no less than four cars after someone spun me at the start of the race, in front of 40+ angry bees. There are at least 10 drivers in the SM Class who are extremely good and it can be anyone's race. I have participated in seven NASA races in Spec Miata. My goals for the Eastern Championship is to have fun, keep myself and the car in one piece and perform to the capabilities of the car and WIN!"
     
    Ben Lesnak from Brooklyn, New York drove to TTB and TTA time trial national championships in 2011 and 2012. Lesnak is looking forward to the competition at Road Atlanta.
     
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    "I qualified for the Eastern Championships at New Jersey Motorsports Park and at Road Atlanta," Lesnak said. "I am driving my Corvette C5 with help from AJ Hartman Racing and Mantic Clutch. I am looking forward to racing again at Road Atlanta as I enjoyed driving the track from my qualification races, I also watched the first two Petit Le Mans races there a few years ago. My goals for the Championships are simple, have fun, bring the car back in one piece and win!  The field is full of good cars and drivers so it won't be easy."
     
    Will Faules, NASA Championships event manager, likes the way the fields for the Eastern Championship are taking shape.
     
    "The fields for the upcoming Eastern Championships are getting bigger by the week," Faules said. "In Spec Miata we are at 40 cars with entries still coming into the office. The always competitive American Iron class is nearing 25 cars. We are also expecting over 20 Porsche 944 competitors.  These great grids are going to make for some exciting racing around Road Atlanta at months end."
     
    Road Atlanta is a 2.54-mile, 12-turn undulating road course located in Braselton, Ga., just 50-miles north of Atlanta. Road Atlanta is known as one of the most exciting places to drive a race car. The ultra-fast circuit has only one slow corner, Turn Seven, which leads onto the long back straight. The approach to the fast downhill Turn 12 is blind challenging drivers to carry a lot of speed down the hill that leads to the front straightaway and in to Turn One. The stretch out of Turn One to Turn Five consists of a set of esses and lefts and rights that will reward a good handling car.
     
    Complete information on the NASA Championships presented by Toyo Tires can be viewed at nasachampionships.com.
     
    The NASA Championships presented by Toyo Tires Western States Championships will take the green flag at Sonoma Raceway, Nov. 7-9.
     
    For additional information, please contact NASA Championships Media Director, Kyle Chura at kyle@kcapr.com or (248) 821-0468.  More detail can be found at nasaproracing.com or nasachampionships.com.      
     
    To qualify for the NASA National Championships presented by Toyo Tires, NASA competitors must compete in and score points in four regional races around the country, five for the Western States Championships.  The 2014 National Championship presented by Toyo Tires Eastern weekend will feature over 300 competitors racing for the NASA National Champion trophy in 36 racing classes and nine Time Trial divisions around the famed Road Atlanta circuit home to Petit Le Mans.

    About NASA
    The National Auto Sport Association (NASA) was formed in 1991 with the premise of delivering high-quality motorsports events to enthusiasts at major racing venues throughout the nation. NASA has created programs that allow owners of both racecars and high-performance street-driven vehicles to enjoy the full performance capabilities of their cars in a controlled professionally managed environment. NASA offers many different programs that will allow you to enjoy motorsports on a number of different levels, including our High Performance Driving Events (HPDE), Rally Sport, Time Trial, NASA-X and Competition Racing programs.
     
    NASA Membership
    NASA members are entitled to enter and participate in any NASA event across the country, and membership includes an array of benefits, including vendor discounts and a subscription to the organizations online newsletter the NASA Speed News. Members will also receive a colorful membership hard card that will identify them as part of the organization and a welcome packet that includes more information on the many benefits and programs available to NASA members. While participating at events, all NASA members are covered by an extensive insurance policy, which includes General Liability, Accidental Death and Dismemberment, and Excess Medical coverage. Best of all, membership is only $45. Refer to www.nasaproracing.com for member information.
     
    NASA Thanks Our Partners
    NASA would like to thank its National sponsors for their continued support:  Toyo Tires, Royal Purple, Hawk Performance, OG Racing, Ford Racing School, and GoPro.  We also want to thank MAZDASPEED, Honda Performance Development (HPD), Nissan, and Ford Motor Company for supporting our members.  We greatly appreciate those companies that offer our racers contingency support, including Toyo Tires, AST Suspension, BFGoodrich, Ford Racing, Goodyear, Hawk Performance, Honda Performance Development (HPD), Hoosier Racing Tire, MAZDASPEED, Nissan, Sampson Racing Communications and Yokohama.  NASA competitors can also get discounts from Fuel Safe, Vehiport, APR Performance, the Ford Racing School, Avis, Cruise America, Eibach Springs, Exedy, Fastbrakes, Konig, The Mid-Ohio School, Hobie Polarized, Konig, Molecule, Motel 6, OG Racing, Torco, TPIS, Porterfield, Jongbloed Wheels, Yavay, and Monster Clutch.  
     
    NASA at a Glance

    • NASA was founded in 1991 on the premise of providing motorsport competition programs that allow owners of both racecars and high-performance street-driven vehicles to enjoy the full-performance capabilities of their cars in a safe and controlled environment.
       
    • NASA has over 14,000 members in 16 regions.
       
    • Key events include the NASA Championships at Road Atlanta Aug. 29-31 and the Western Championships at Sonoma Raceway Nov. 7-9 and the season culminating NASA 25 Hours of Thunderhill, December 6-7.
       
    • The NASA National Championships will run 36 race classes and nine Time-Trial classes during the event.
       
    • NASA runs over 150 events each year encompassing over 250 races, including the association's Rally Sport and Time-Trial program.
       
    • Manufacturer partners include MAZDASPEED, Honda Performance Development (HPD), Nissan and Ford Racing.

    • NASA Management: Jerry Kunzman, Executive Director; Ryan Flaherty, National Chairman; Jeremy Croiset, Director of Sponsorship; Dave Ho, Business Operations Manager, Will Faules, National Event Manager.
     
    Follow NASA
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    NASA Championships presented by Toyo Tires Headed for Road Atlanta

    Thursday, August 07, 2014
    NASA Championships presented by Toyo Tires
    SONOMA, Calif., (July 30, 2014) - The National Auto Sport Association's (NASA) ninth annual NASA Championships presented by Toyo Tires is preparing for the first of two nationwide events. The first of the twin bill will be the Eastern States Championships to run at Road Atlanta, Aug. 29-31. Going from a single national championship event to a double, the NASA Western States Championships will take the green flag at Sonoma Raceway, Nov. 7-9.
     
    road_atlanta.jpgEntries for the NASA Eastern States Championships are flowing into registration. The 2.54-mile, 12-turn undulating Road Atlanta circuit is drawing top competitors from the east, as well as from across the country. So far nearly 300 entries have been received with the larger classes being Spec Miata (SM), Honda Challenge (HC), Spec E30 and American Iron (AI).
     
    Brian Fassler is returning to the NASA Championships in his new American Iron Extreme (AIX) Class Ford Mustang. Fassler will be a driver to to watch in what will be one of the weekend's fastest events.
     
    "I've only been to Road Atlanta three times," Fassler said. "Once in 2010, in my first year of racing, and twice this year. I enjoy the track and I can't wait to see how the Championships go in a month. My goal for the weekend is to represent my sponsors as well as I can. I wouldn't be able to go to the Championships without them. Secondly, I'm going to try my hardest to win my first Championship next month. I see Chris Griswold being my main competition. He and I battled it out last year at Miller Motorsports Park and I know we've both stepped our games up since last year. It's going to be a hard race with some strategy put into it. 
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    This will be my fourth attempt at the NASA Championships with some success. I started on pole in 2012 at Mid-Ohio in STR2 and led the first half of the race. I started on pole in AIX last year at Miller (first time there) and reset the track record by over a second. I've finished fourth in AI in 2012 and third in STR1 last year at Miller.  I'm driving my 2014 Ford Mustang with help from Paul's Automotive Engineering, Precision Turbo, Hoosier, Technitron Rotary Table Interfaces, Wiseco Pistons, Ford Racing, JRi Shocks, Cometic Gasket and Hawk Performance."
     
    Florida's Alex Bolanos has been in contention in Spec Miata (SM) the last two years and is looking for the overall win at Road Atlanta next month.
     
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     "I qualified for the Championships at Sebring by getting the pole, setting fast lap and winning in all four races," Bolanos said. "I am driving my No. 57 Spec Miata sponsored by Momo, Autotechnik, and Apex Alignment. I've raced at Road Atlanta twice a year for the past few seasons. I have over seven podiums and a win in this year's SCCA Major there.  My goal is to win. I was in the hunt in 2011 at Mid-Ohio and had a hub failure and finished a close second in 2012 to Yannis (Tsiounis). I see Yannis and Steyn (Danny) being strong next month and I am sure there will be locals in the hunt as they were at Mid-Ohio.  I was second in TTE in 2008 at the Championships. In 2011 I won one of the qualifying races and had a failure during the race in SM and in 2012 I finished second in SM."
     
    Will Faules, NASA Championships event manager, is happy with the level of enthusiasm for the new format with a month to go before racing begins.
     
    "We have a strong contingent of drivers from the east as we expected," Faules said. "We also have groups coming to Road Atlanta from as far as Colorado, California and Arizona. The list of competitors is drawing other racers in from across the country. Road Atlanta is a great facility with a lot of paddock room. The track is second-to-none and we are looking forward to some great racing all weekend come August."
     
    Road Atlanta is a 2.54-mile, 12-turn undulating road course located in Braselton, Ga., just 50-miles north of Atlanta. Road Atlanta is known as one of the most exciting places to drive a race car. The ultra-fast circuit has only one slow corner, Turn Seven, which leads onto the long back straight. The approach to the fast downhill Turn 12 is blind challenging drivers to carry a lot of speed down the hill that leads to the front straightaway and in to Turn One. The stretch out of Turn One to Turn Five consists of set of esses and lefts and rights that will reward a good handling car.
     
    Complete information on the NASA Championships presented by Toyo Tires can be viewed at nasachampionships.com.
     
    For additional information, please contact NASA Championships Media Director, Kyle Chura at kyle@kcapr.com or (248) 821-0468.  More detail can be found at nasaproracing.com or nasachampionships.com.      
     
    To qualify for the NASA National Championships presented by Toyo Tires, NASA competitors must compete in and score points in four regional races around the country, five for the Western States Championships.  The 2014 National Championship presented by Toyo Tires Eastern weekend will feature over 300 competitors racing for the NASA National Champion trophy in 36 racing classes and nine Time Trial divisions around the famed Road Atlanta circuit home to Petit Le Mans.

    August's Issue of Speed News Magazine is Here!

    Wednesday, August 06, 2014
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    Friday, July 18, 2014
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    Volume 3, issue 4 of NASA's Speed News Magazine is available here

    Spec E46 Series Announced

    Thursday, July 17, 2014
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    Napa Valley, CA - The National Auto Sport Association (NASA) is pleased to introduce the new Spec E46 series. This class will host BMW 3-series platforms from 2001-2006 and cater to those who want close Spec racing utilizing a modern German platform. Designed to sit between the popular Spec E30 series and the highly developed cars of the German Touring Series, it will take advantage of the plentiful source of E46 street cars currently available in the $3k-$6k range.

    With a minimum weight of just 2850lbs with driver and a spec ECU tune providing competitors with plenty of legal power, the cars will deliver exceptional performance on a reasonable budget. Focus will be on moderate chassis tunability using a spec MCS single adjustable shock allowing the opportunity to highlight driver ability while still providing for some adjustability to suit different driving styles. The series will also utilize the venerable Toyo Proxes RR tire providing fast and consistent laps times in a long lasting tire which will minimize operating costs.

    The series will enjoy a condensed 2014 schedule with the first exhibition race taking place during the NASA Eastern States Championship event at Road Atlanta, Aug. 29-31. The two remaining races of the season will take place at the Virginia International Raceway before returning to the Road Atlanta facility for the final 2014 event. On the west coast, Spec E46 cars will compete at the NASA Western Championships and the 25 hours of Thunderhill.  A complete schedule for 2015 will be released later this year.
     
    The series will boast an impressive list of contingency sponsors allowing racers to subsidize their competition costs. Toyo will provide their lucrative contingency program for each event while Motion Control Suspension, Bimmerworld, Apex Wheels, and Ground Control will offer additional awards to series competitors. Complete information on all contingency programs will be posted as they become available.

    For more information on the series, please visit 
    http://spece46.com/


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