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    NASA Announces Al Watson as New American Iron Series Director

    Sunday, March 01, 2015
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    Napa Valley, CA – NASA is pleased to announce Al Watson as the new National Series Director for American Iron. Al has been involved as the North East Region’s American Iron and Spec Iron Series leader since 2007, and is now excited to be taking up the role on a national scale. Al will be taking over the reins from Todd Covini, the previous National Series Director immediately. “I want to thank Todd Covini for his years of service and I look forward to leading American Iron, American Iron Extreme and Spec Iron into the bright future ahead for the series” said Al Watson.

    “We are very grateful to Todd Covini for the service he has provided the American Iron Series,” said Will Faules, Divisional Director, “Todd has kindly devoted his time, effort and energy toward the American Iron Series which has seen great car counts since its inception. We at NASA are excited to bring Al on board in fulfilling this position and look forward to seeing what he can add to the development of one of NASA’s most exciting series.”

    Al has a wide-range of experience in different fields inside and outside of racing, which has equipped him with the knowledge and skills required to be a successful Series Director. These included filling roles as a NASA Race Director, owner of Mustang performance shop Street Motorsports, a teacher, and experience in designing, developing, testing, and producing precise electronic medical products. You can look forward to seeing Al at various NASA events in 2015. If you have any specific American Iron Series questions, Al can be reached at

    Toyo Tires Make Big Changes to Regional Contingency Prizes for 2015

    Monday, February 09, 2015
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    Napa Valley, CA – The National Auto Sport Association (NASA) is excited to announce an extraordinary increase to the 2015 Toyo Tires Contingency program for many of NASA’s Spec tire classes. Competitors in our American Iron, Spec Iron, and CMC classes will now be eligible for nearly $5,000 in awards per weekend while participants in the Spec E46, Spec 986 and Factory Five classes will be eligible for up to nearly $4,000 per weekend. Toyo Tires will continue to run a fantastic program for the other spec tire classes as well. These program changes take effect immediately and are available to NASA competitors now.

    “This speaks volumes to how committed Toyo Tires is to supporting their most loyal customers” said Jeremy Croiset, NASA’s Director of Business Development. ”This new program for 2015 is just simply fantastic! This change should be exceptionally well received in the NASA racing community and I can’t wait to see all the competitors enjoying their rewards this season.”

    “At Toyo Tires we are always looking for ways to better reward NASA racers for their loyalty and support” said Marc Sanzenbacher, Senior Manager, Competition Performance Products Division at Toyo Tires. “This improved contingency program for 2015 reflects that commitment, ensuring NASA racers have the most lucrative contingency programs in the industry.”

    Toyo Tires top tier prize payouts for Spec Iron, American Iron and CMC will increase to $650 for 1st, $500 for 2nd, $450 for 3rd, $250 for 4th, and $150 for 5th with $75 being available to finishers in 10th – 14th. The payouts for Spec E46, Spec 986 and Factory Five Challenge will increase to $550 for 1st, $450 for 2nd, $350 for 3rd, and $150 for 4th and 5th with $50 being available to finishers in 10th – 14th.

    For complete details on these new programs and the rest of the details on the 2015 Toyo Tires Contingency Program, please visit

    Mazda Race of NASA Champions Update

    Thursday, February 12, 2015
    Napa Valley, CA – The National Auto Sport Association (NASA) is announcing that the 2015 Mazda Race of NASA Champions, which was to be held at Sebring International Raceway during the 12 Hours of Sebring, will be rescheduled for later this year. NASA and Mazda are working side-by-side to ensure the unique event lives up to the standards we believe need to be met to provide each NASA Champion equal opportunity to compete on a level playing field.

    “Our number one priority with the MRONC is to provide the opportunity to deliver a positive experience to our competitors while also allowing us to crown our first NASA Grand Champion,” said Ryan Flaherty, NASA’s National Chairman. “In the interest of this, we collectively made the decision that rescheduling the event would provide us a better opportunity for meeting that goal. Our goal is to put together a competitive weekend event that every NASA Champion can be proud to say they were a part of and that is what we are working with Mazda to provide.”

    “This change will allow us an opportunity to provide competitors in the Mazda Race of NASA Champions a much better experience,” said John Doonan, Director of Mazda Motorsports. “Good enough doesn’t work for any Mazda we build and it doesn’t apply to any event we align ourselves with. We remain committed to working with NASA and the other essential parties to ensure this is an event of a lifetime for our customers and are excited to announce further details regarding the event moving forward.

    The single make race will pit 2014 NASA Champions from all classes at both Eastern and Western States Championship events against one another during a single weekend of competition utilizing identically prepared Mazda MX5’s to crown NASA’s first Grand Champion. The race will be rescheduled later this year for a yet to be determined date and location.  Additional details will be posted to the website as soon as they become available.

    NASA Announces Shawn Meze as New Spec E30 Series Director

    Wednesday, February 04, 2015
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    Napa Valley, CA – NASA is proud to announce Shawn Meze as the new Spec E30 National Director. Shawn has been the Spec E30 Series Director for the Southern California region since 2011, and will continue in that role. Shawn is replacing the Spec E30 series founder, Carter Hunt as National Director.

    Shawn has been a member of NASA since 2005, and has since become the SoCal TTE Champion, placed 2nd in PTE at the NASA Championships in 2006, and competes in the Western Endurance Racing Championship whenever possible. He has been the assistant Time Trial, Performance Touring and Super Touring director for SoCal, in addition to being race director at four different NASA Championship Events.

    Perhaps most relevant is Shawn has worked to build the foundation of the Spec E30 series in SoCal since 2010, which has seen growth every season to a regular 15+ cars. Shawn’s enthusiasm for the class can be seen when he states, “It’s a rare class where everyone is there to have fun, together. We all pit together and help each other with our cars to make sure everyone makes it to the next race.”

    In the last four years, Shawn has become a big contributor for the Spec E30 class. “I have taken it upon myself to understand and know the rules and cars as they are applied. It’s a great honor to be asked to lead such a great racing series and be named the next National Spec E30 Series Director.”

    Carter Hunt concludes, “I have worked with Shawn, have confidence in his abilities and devotion to Spec E30, and most importantly, he and I agree on the core philosophies of Spec E30 – low cost with a stable rules package.” Carter is the founder of Spec E30 and has been the National Director of the series until now. Carter will continue to race in Spec E30 in his home Mid Atlantic Region.

    “As both part of the NASA staff and a Spec E30 driver myself, it’s been an honor working with Carter. I loved my time racing in Spec E30 and owe a big part of that to the dedication Carter put in to help ensure the growth of the series.”  Will Faules, NASA Divisional Director had to say about Carter. “I look forward to working with Shawn on continuing to grow Spec E30 across the country. I’ve been lucky enough to race with Shawn,” continued Faules. “He’s a great driver, technically savvy, and one heck of a nice guy. I think the drivers are excited to be working with Shawn.”

    Shawn can be reached by email at

    NASA Announces Innovative New Affordable Prototype Series at PRI Show

    Thursday, December 11, 2014

    NP Series will run the all-new NP01

    Indianapolis, IN —The National Auto Sport Association (NASA) unveiled today during the PRI Show an exciting new prototype series that will be called the NASA Prototype series (NP). The NP series will debut in fall of 2015.  The NP series is a collaborative effort between NASA and Élan Technologies that will feature an all-new affordable prototype racing car called the NP01.  The goal of the NP series is to give rise to the most affordable prototype class ever created.

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    NASA partnered with Élan Technologies to design and construct the NP01. Élan will build each NP01to order and ship them either as an easily assembled kit or completed vehicle per the customer’s request. The NP01will be unlike anything currently available in motor racing. With an introductory complete kit price of just $59,995, the affordable new prototype will feature a closed cockpit design for increased driver protection. The NP01 weighs just 1550 Lbs. and boasts an estimated top speed of 155mph. The NP01 will be powered by a sealed 185-horsepower, 2-liter Mazda power plant mated to a 6-speed sequential transmission.

     “The NP Series will feature a brand new spec prototype chassis designed specifically around the goals that make NASA competition so attractive to competitors – easy access to local racing with the chance to compete for a season ending class championship,” said Ryan Flaherty, NASA National Chairman. “The NP Series will offer something unique in all of motorsports: the opportunity to race a prototype style vehicle designed from the ground up to be fast, fun, safe, and most importantly affordable. This new series is exclusive to NASA. Drivers will be able to compete at over 150 NASA sanctioned events nationwide. The series will visit many of the country’s greatest racing venues with the opportunity to run for a NASA Championship crown at either Virginia International Raceway or Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. The NP01 will feature an innovative rules package focused on performance, affordability, cost containment, and driving ability.”

    “The power-to-weight-ratio will make quick work of any straightaway before approaching the corner where drivers will appreciate the downforce produced by the front splitter, rear diffuser and adjustable rear wing,” said Mark Sanderson of Élan Technologies. The NP01 will run on spec Toyo Proxes RR competition tires to further equal the field and accentuate driver ability as well as help to keep costs in check.”

    The NP01 is specifically designed around the idea that it must be fast, safe, reliable and easy to maintain. Élan Technologies utilized a component design approach for the bodywork that consists of fenders, engine cover and front hood sections as individual pieces. If one of the pieces is damaged, for example a small fender, it is easier and more cost effective to replace it than an entire front nose piece. Much of the hardware on the car has been standardized to simplify maintenance as well. This translates into cost savings that all competitors will really appreciate.

     Director of Motorsports, Mazda North American Operations John Doonan weighed in: “NASA has outdone itself again. Through innovation and a clear vision to provide the grassroots community with competitive, safe, and affordable racing, NASA’s Prototype series will be a place for many to test their mettle. We are humbled by and proud of NASA’s decision to power these race cars with Mazda engines as reliability and performance are at the core of our technology.”

    “Toyo Tires and NASA have enjoyed a long and successful partnership, and we are excited to work closely with the talented team at Élan Technologies on this new endeavor,” said Marc Sanzenbacher, senior manager, Competition Performance Products Division, Toyo Tire U.S.A. Corp.  “The Toyo Proxes RR has proven to be in a league of its own when it comes to balancing the ultimate in performance with consistent lap times and a long life.  These are all factors that make it the natural choice for affordable road racing such as this new spec series.”

    “I’m very excited about this new NP Series” said Jeremy Croiset, NASA Director of Business Development.  “It is truly unique and innovative in the world of motorsports. Most racing drivers only dream of piloting a professionally built prototype and this new series will provide everyone that opportunity at a truly affordable price point. I would even go as far as to say that this vehicle will likely be the cheapest to purchase and operate factory prepared purpose built race car on the planet. I can’t wait to see what the NASA membership thinks of this new offering. Working with Élan Technologies on this project has been a privilege. They have established themselves in the motorsports community as one of the premier chassis manufacturers. The level of professionalism and experience they bring really solidifies this program ensuring competitors will be provided a very high quality race car they can compete in for years to come.”

    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. For more information, log onto and connect with the community at Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.


    About Elan

    Élan Technologies is a Georgia based technology company providing design, engineering, fabrication, and manufacturing services to the automotive, motorsports, aviation, aerospace and defense industries through its three divisions: Élan Precision Products, Élan Composites, and Élan Power Products. The company is part of a technology group that includes Élan Technologies, DeltaWing Technologies Inc., and Panoz LLC. For more information please visit

    Tune in tomorrow for big news from NASA at our PRI booth.

    Wednesday, December 10, 2014
    Indianapolis, IN - The National Auto Sport Association (NASA) will be announcing some very big news from the PRI Show tomorrow, Dec. 11, 2014 at 3pm EST. The press conference will be live-streamed via Racer Connect from the NASA booth (#3309) at the PRI Show and be available for viewing here.

    If you are at the PRI Show this week, please stop by the NASA booth (#3309) tomorrow at 3pm EST to see the exciting news announced or tune into the live stream above to watch the news.
    #prishow #pri2014 #nasaproracing

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    Kyle Loustaunau Wins 2014 Mazda Club Racer Shootout

    Thursday, December 04, 2014

    Vacaville California Racer Awarded $100,000 Scholarship Package to Compete In the 2015 Battery Tender Mazda MX-5 Cup Presented by BFGoodrich Tires

    December 4, 2014 (IRVINE, Calif.) This past Tuesday was a wet and wild day at Buttonwillow Raceway Park with eight championship-level club racers chasing a $100,000 scholarship package, the largest prize in all of grassroots motorsports, at the annual Mazda Club Racer Shootout.

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    Despite a year of record drought in California, most of the day was run in pouring rain.  How wet was it?  None of the drivers ever had the chance to lap the course on the BFGoodrich g-Force R1-S slicks.  All sessions were conducted on BFG rain tires.


    At the end of the day, after the pavement had dried, Kyle Loustaunau, from Vacaville, California was judged to be the best of the best among Mazda-powered club racers in 2014.  Loustaunau had won the 2014 NASA Western States Spec Miata Championship, earning his eligibility for the shootout.  He will now have a scholarship budget to compete in the 2015 Battery Tender Mazda MX-5 Cup Presented by BFGoodrich Tires. 




    Kyle Loustaunau – “Over the past three days I've had the most amazing experience of my life. This is both an honor and a privilege to represent Mazda and I can't wait to get started. It has taken help from a lot of amazing people to get here and I can't thank everyone enough.”


    John Doonan – Director, Mazda Motorsports – “Mazda Motorsports is the leader in grassroots roadracing.  This leadership has given us opportunities to do things that no one else has done.  Our Club Racer Shootout has become a signature event for us and represents an amazing opportunity to help racers move from the club level to the professional ranks with a solid support program around them.  We expect Kyle to have a great season in the 2015 Battery Tender MX-5 Cup and hopefully many more years with Mazda.”


    Charles Espenlaub – Head Judge - “Every year the Mazda Club Racer Shootout just gets better and better.  Having been involved since the beginning, I am continually amazed at the talent level that the Mazda champions bring. As the landscape of racing changes so does the competition on and off the track.  This year we had another twist, with heavy rains the conditions were extremely difficult. This added to the challenge and as always made for a difficult decision as to who would win the coveted prize. Everyone did an outstanding job and put in efforts worthy of the champions they are.  As in the very competitive Battery Tender Mazda MX-5 Cup the winner can be decided by a few tenths of a second.  Kyle Loustaunau was able to top the field by showing well in multiple categories all of which should provide success for his climb up the ladder.” 


    Peter Calhoun – Motorsports Manger BFGoodrich Tires - "The Mazda MX-5 Cup Shootout annually showcases the brightest talent from the North American club racing championships. Giving each of the drivers the opportunity to win the richest prize in club racing by demonstrating their driving, business, and social engagement skills.  Each year BFGoodrich is honored to participate in the Shootout alongside our friends from Mazda in a show of support for grassroots racing, which is a core ingredient to both our motorsport programs. Congratulations to Kyle Loustaunau on winning this year's Shootout.”



    The eight shootout finalists were:

    Sam Adams           Hubertus, Wisconsin            Skip Barber Racing School (Summer Series)

    Ben Anderson         Minneapolis, Minnesota       NASA Eastern States Championships (PTE)

    Steven Diem          Kailua, Hawaii                      iRacing MX-5 Cup (Season 3)

    Joey Jordan           Santa Barbara, California    NASA Spec Miata Teen Challenge (West)

    Kyle Loustaunau     Vacaville, California             NASA Western States Championships (Spec Miata)

    Evan Maillard         Nesles La Vallée                  iRacing MX-5 Cup (Season 2)

    Zachary Munro       Granby, Colorado                NASA Spec Miata Teen Challenge (Rocky Mountain)

    Eric Powell             Orlando, Florida                   NASA Western States Championships (PTD)


    The criteria: Given that each of the finalists had proven themselves on the track by winning a championship, the criteria to move up needed to be more encompassing.   To succeed on the professional level requires a balance of both on-track and off-track skills including the following:

    ·      Driving ability – Fast laps

    ·      Driving ability – Consistent laps

    ·      Technical feedback – Understanding of vehicle dynamics and suspension

    ·      Technical feedback – Ability to evaluate vehicle handling

    ·      Technical feedback – Ability to analyze data

    ·      Technical feedback – Ability to improve vehicle handling

    ·      The business of motorsports – Business proposal

    ·      The business of motorsports – Business presentation

    ·      The business of motorsports – PR skills


    The driving sessions were conducted at Buttonwillow Raceway Park using a pair of Mazda MX-5 Cup cars prepared by ProParts USA.


    The judges: Each year Mazda invites a panel of outside judges to make the selection.   The judges brought a wealth of both on-track, and off-track expertise.  More than a dozen professionals were involved in either the preliminary business proposal review, on-track activities, or both.  The panel consisted of:  

    ·                  Peter Calhoun - BFGoodrich

    ·                  Charles Espenlaub – Safecraft Racing

    ·                  Pete Evanow - Cal State Fullerton

    ·                  John Fabijanic - Cal Poly San Luis Obispo

    ·                  Tim Frost - Frost Motorsports, LLC

    ·                  Julie Garner - Project Yellow Light

    ·                  Kenton Koch – 2014 Mazda MX-5 Cup Champion

    ·                  Karl Koenigstein - BFGoodrich

    ·                  Ken Payne – BFGoodrich

    ·                  Justin Piscitell – Past Shootout Winner

    ·                  Evin Prelec - Battery Tender

    ·                  Jeremy Shaw – Team USA Scholarship

    ·                  Scott Shelton - ABC Television/Past Shootout Winner

    ·                  Lyn St.  James - Women's Sports Foundation

    ·                  Barry Toepke - Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca


    The tally:  After a day-and-a half of both driving, and classroom activities, the judges added the objective and subjective scores -- discussing the merits of each driver.  The judges deliberated carefully before declaring Kyle Loustaunau the champion.


    The prize package:  The prize package, valued at $100,000, breaks out as follows: 

    ·                  A budget for the running of his car for the season

    ·                  A parts support budget

    ·                  A Mazda Motorsports driving suit and helmet

    ·                  Professional media training (Courtesy of Mazda)

    ·                  Twelve sets of BFGoodrich tires, one set per race (Courtesy of  BFGoodrich Tires)

    ·                  Twelve entry fee waivers (Courtesy of SCCA Pro Racing)


    About Mazda, Mazda Motorsports, and MAZDASPEED

    Mazda is a leading player in all aspects of sports car racing with an emphasis on endurance road racing.  Mazda is the number-one brand for road-racers across North America among both club racers and professionals.  Thousands of Mazda-powered grassroots racers compete in various classes with the SCCA and NASA highlighted by Spec Miata, the world’s largest spec class with over 2,500 cars built.  Via the Mazda SportsCar Racing Academy, Mazda supports racers at all levels of the sport from club racing up to the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship where it races with production SKYACTIV Technology.


    Mazda remains the only Asian car company to score an overall win at the 24 Hours of Le Mans (1991).  Mazda has had a naming rights agreement at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca since 2000.


    Mazda Motorsports is managed by Mazda North American Operations (MNAO).  MNAO is headquartered in Irvine, Calif., and oversees the sales, marketing, parts and customer service support of Mazda vehicles in the United States and Mexico through nearly 700 dealers.  Operations in Mexico are managed by Mazda Motor de Mexico in Mexico City.


    Consumer information can be found at, with press information at  Racers and fans can follow the action on Facebook (Mazda Motorsports), Twitter (@mazdaracing), Instagram (MazdaMotorsport) 

    NASA Racers Make Up Majority of Mazda Club Racer Shootout Finalists

    Thursday, November 20, 2014

    Napa Valley, CA - NASA is proud to announce that NASA racers have secured the majority of finalist positions in the 2014 Mazda Club Racer Shootout. Specifically, NASA competitors will be representing 5 of the 6 positions coming from real-life racing, and potentially taking the step up the racing ladder into the professional ranks. 

    Thumb anderson"NASA has a stellar track record of producing top level racers that have excelled in the professional ranks" said Jeremy Croiset, NASA's Director of Business Development. "Last year's eventual Shootout winner Joey Bickers was a NASA racer and we're very proud to see NASA racers securing a majority of the finalists position in this year's Shootout competition. This goes a long way toward validating the fact that NASA competitors are as serious as they come and that there isn't a better place to try accomplishing one's dream of moving into the world of professional motorsports. We look forward to seeing the outcome at the Shootout and wish all the finalists good luck."


    Thumb joey jordanThe Mazda Club Racer Shootout is the single largest prize in club racing.  Since 2007 Mazda has annually promoted one talented club racer to the professional ranks.  The $75,000 prize will help fund one driver on his quest to the 2015 Battery Tender Mazda MX-5 Cup Presented by BFGoodrich Tires.  A record 22 racers were semi-finalists, having met the eligibility criteria for 2014: each won a recognized championship over a minimum number of competitors.  Now, after each made a formal written business proposal, evaluated and ranked by industry professionals, the field has been narrowed to eight.   


    The 2014 Mazda Club Racer shootout finalists are:

    Racer                    Club/Series                                                                  Hometown/Residence
    Sam Adams          Skip Barber Racing School (Summer Series)                  Hubertus, Wisconsin
    Ben Anderson        NASA Eastern States Championships (PTE)                   Minneapolis, Minnesota        
    Steven Diem          iRacing MX-5 Cup (Season 3)                                        Kailua, Hawaii                      
    Joey Jordan          NASA Spec Miata Teen Challenge (West)                       Santa Barbara, California      
    Kyle Loustaunau    NASA Western States Championships (Spec Miata)        Vacaville, California
    Evan Maillard         iRacing MX-5 Cup (Season 2)                                        Nesles La Vallée, France      
    Zachary Munro       NASA Spec Miata Teen Challenge (Rocky Mountain)       Granby, Colorado    
    Eric Powell            NASA Western States Championships (PTD)                  Orlando, Florida                   

    John Doonan, Director of Motorsports, Mazda North American Operations noted, “Each year this shootout evolves. Thumb sm wsc kyle For 2014 we have our first simulator-racing champions, from the iRacing MX-5 Cup, and our first racers from outside of North America.  The criteria for the shootout is to identify the aspiring professional racer who has the best range of skills required to succeed, including speed, consistency, racecraft, technical feedback, and off-track business and PR skills.  History has shown that a driver will be limited in success if they are lacking in any of these areas.  Past shootout winners have performed well both on and off the track, using this prize as a springboard for their career.”

    Thumb zach munroThe final shootout will be at California’s Buttonwillow Raceway Park on December 1 and 2. The first day will test the finalists’ communication skills, marketing plans, and other essential attributes and skill sets required to continue to climb the racing ladder. The second day will consist of significant track time, data analysis, and a few surprises to help the judges gage the finalists’ skills behind the wheel. It is a winner-take-all event with only one racer moving up the Mazda ladder in 2015. 

    “The diversity of backgrounds and racing experience across the competitors is truly Thumb powellremarkable. The proposals reflect that diversity and highlight how social media and modern technologies are embraced by Mazda Motorsports participants at all ages and around the world. Each year the quality of competition on and off track continues to improve.  The finals at Buttonwillow should be fantastic," stated Peter Calhoun - Motorsports Marketing Manager, BFGoodrich Tires.

    Additional information about the Mazda Club Racer shootout and Mazda support can be found at

    Photos from top-bottom: Ben Anderson, Joey Jordan, Kyle Loustaunau, Zachary Munro, Eric Powell.

    Photos 1 & 5, Finishline Productions

    Photo 3, Head-On Photos 

    NASA Championships presented by Toyo Tires headed to Virginia International Raceway and Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in 2015

    Tuesday, October 21, 2014
    NASA Championships presented by Toyo Tires headed to Virginia International Raceway and Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in 2015

    NAPA VALLEY, Calif. (Oct. 8, 2014) - The National Auto Sport Association (NASA) announced today the locations for its second annual, twin 2015 NASA Championship presented by Toyo tires events.

    The 2015 NASA Eastern States Championships will move to the iconic Virginia International Raceway (VIR). The NASA Western States Championship will move to historic Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. Thumb vir logo 2014 color
    In 2014, NASA decided to enhance what had been traditionally a single National Championship event into the country splitting Eastern and Western States Championship events. This move was designed to make the events much more accessible to a wider range of NASA competitors providing each coast with an event much closer to home. 

    “The move to a dual-Championship event format was well received in 2014”, Ryan Flaherty, NASA National Chairman, said. “We expect a very positive response from our members upon learning that the Championship events will move to Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca and Virginia International Raceway. These are two world class tracks revered in the motorsports community, each offering a fantastic set of challenges our competitors must overcome to be crowned NASA Champions. We look forward to visiting each of these amazing facilities in 2015.”

    This move provided competitors the opportunity to compete at and experience a Championship level event all set over a shorter three day format again designed to decrease the expense and time requirement a Championship level event can present competitors. This change has been well received, as nearly 600 entries will have competed for Championship titles at the conclusion of the 2014 season. Unprecedented in club racing, NASA also worked with its partners to offer over $2 million dollars-worth of contingency prizes available through a vast network of generous contingency sponsors.

    NASA competitors will make their way toward Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca for the 10th annual running of the event for the Western States Championships that will begin July 31 - August 2, 2015. Thumb laguna seca

    “We are proud to extend our relationship with NASA and to be chosen to host their 2015 Western States Championship event”, Gill Campbell, CEO/general manager of Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, said. “Our challenging 2.238-mile natural terrain road course coupled with our inviting locale is sure to draw a large field of competitors and family members eager to race and enjoy everything the Monterey Peninsula has to offer.”

    The NASA Western States Championships at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca also presented a special synergistic opportunity considering Mazda is the track’s title sponsor and the Official car of NASA.

    “We can't imagine a better pairing of tracks for the 2015 NASA Championship,” John Doonan, Director of Motorsports at Mazda North American Operations, said. “Mazda has thousands of racers competing with NASA, and it will be great to host all of the competitors at our home track. Simply based on its characteristics, we have often said that VIR is the East Coast counterpart to Mazda Raceway, and we expect both tracks will be popular choices.”

    The Eastern part of the Championship event will begin at Virginia International Raceway September, 4-6, 2015.

    “VIR is ready to open its gates to the 2015 NASA Eastern Championships”, Mike Rose, Virginia International Raceway Director of Marketing, said. “We hold several NASA events every year and competitors come to Danville, VA from all over the country to compete for the Championship crown. We're honored to host this fantastic event.”

    Continuing to grow in popularity, 2015 will see NASA crown Champions for the 10th consecutive year. It will take both consistency and tenacity to persevere at either event where competitors will be required to complete two qualifying races to attain their stating position for the main event. NASA expects to crown Champions in 35 classes at each event over three days of intense competition.

    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 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.
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    Toyo Tires® Returns to the 25-Hours of Thunderhill™ To Support NASA Road Racers Using Proxes® Competition Tires

    Saturday, October 18, 2014

    CYPRESS, CA - Toyo Tires® returns to the 25-Hours of Thunderhill™ on December 6th-7th to once again offer VIP treatment for racers competing exclusively on the Toyo® Proxes® line of tires.  The 25-Hours of Thunderhill is held annually by the National Auto Sport Association (NASA) at the Thunderhill Raceway Park in Northern California.  Considered the longest endurance road race in North America, amateur road race teams travel from around the continent to compete for the honor of capturing the overall win in this prestigious event.

    The Official Tire of NASA, Toyo Tires proudly supports the 2014 series of races with an Enduro Contingency program.  During the 25-Hours of Thunderhill race, the brand will once again ‘roll out the red carpet’ for loyal Toyo Tires racers.  Registered participants will receive free mounting and balancing services from Thunderhill AIM Tire on all preorders and via trackside service at Thunderhill Raceway Park from December 5th-7th. 

    All qualified participants and their qualifying support team members will have access to free meals at the Toyo Tires hospitality area on Friday, Saturday and Sunday during the race event.

    “This is the third consecutive year that Toyo Tires is lending its support to the competitors of the 25-Hours of Thunderhill,” said Marc Sanzenbacher, senior manager, Competition Performance Products Division, Toyo Tire U.S.A. Corp.  “We have had overwhelming support from the racers, and we are glad to be able to help relieve the stress of preparation for the dedicated NASA racers who compete on Toyo Proxes tires.  And for such a long race, there is no better tire to deliver the endurance and performance that is synonymous with the Proxes name.”

    Registration for this special program is limited.  All purchases must be made by November 24th, through Thunderhill AIM Tire at (530) 934 5588 ext. 118 or, or AIM Tire at (707) 938-9193 or

    The program applies to racers using the Toyo Proxes® RS1™ full-slick and Proxes® RR DOT competition tire in dry conditions; while the Proxes® R888™, Proxes® RA1™ and Proxes® R1R™ are approved for wet use.

    For full details on how to become a preferred VIP Toyo Tires racer, and to access the registration form for this promotion, log on to

    About Toyo Tires®

    Established in 1966, Toyo Tire U.S.A. Corp. represents the innovation, quality, performance, and excellent service that Toyo Tires has delivered worldwide for nearly 70 years.

    The company offers a complete selection of premium replacement tires for nearly every make and model including light trucks, SUVs, high performance cars and luxury vehicles as well as commercial trucks.  Consumer product lines include the popular Open Country® tires for light trucks and SUVs; Proxes® ultra-high performance tires; Versado® tires for luxury passenger cars; and the value line of Extensa® passenger car tires. Many of the tires are built in the United States at their state-of-the-art factory in Bartow County, Georgia.

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