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    2014 Survive the 25 from NASA 25 Hours of Thunderhill Presented by Hawk Performance

    Monday, August 24, 2015
    'Survive the 25,' originally aired on the MavTV network, highlights the triumphs and struggles of four teams vying for victory at the 2014 NASA 25 hours of Thunderhill presented by Hawk Performance. This episode is presented by Mazda.

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    2015 NASA Eastern States Championships presented by Toyo Tires Warming up with Fast Entries

    Wednesday, August 19, 2015

     




     




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    NASA Eastern States Championships presented by Toyo Tires
    Warming up with Fast Entries

    Virginia International Raceway to host

    NAPA VALLEY, Calif. (Aug. 18, 2015) -  The second annual NASA Eastern States Championships presented by Toyo Tires to run at Virginia International Raceway (VIR) Sept. 3-6 is getting competitive entries.

    East coast NASA racers are preparing for the big event at VIR in three weeks. The 3.27 mile, 17-turn circuit will challenge the 300+ drivers coming to compete.

    Mark Drennan made his mark at the NASA Western States Championships two weeks ago by winning the Spec Miata Class as well as the new BMW Spec E46 Class. Drennan is going for a Miata and BMW double by also entering the Eastern States event.

    "I originally signed up for Spec E46 race, renting a good car from one of the class founders Jason Tower," Drennan said. "I wanted to meet the other E46 drivers and, if I was fortunate enough to win the West, I want to see if I can consolidate the National Championship. After winning the Western States Champs in Spec Miata and Spec E46, I got a call about an open transport spot for a car and decided to bring one of my Spec Miata cars. The Spec Miata field in the East is deep with talent and I'm always looking to challenge myself.  I've been to VIR twice, once in 2013 in a Spec Miata and a few weeks ago for a NASA regional in the rented Spec E46. I posted two wins that weekend. I expect James Clay and Cameron Evans to be formidable in the BMW race. In Spec Miata, there's a handful of super-fast drivers, but the top two are Danny Steyn and last year's Eastern States Champ Alex Bolanos."

    Brian Faessler and his team have built an all-new Mustang for 2015. The No. 018 Ford Mustang running in the Super Unlimited Class will be one to be reckoned with at the beginning of September at VIR.

    "We actually built a completely new car this year, an all-new 2015 Mustang," Faessler said. "With this car, we've now got an IRS (independent rear suspension), better greenhouse aerodynamics and some other minor things. I've been to VIR three times, twice this year. I was able to finish fourth in the July 17th Grassroots Ultimate Track Car Challenge. This year we are gunning for the Super Unlimited and TTU Championships."

    Alex Bolanos is coming back in his No. 57 Mazda Miata and is looking to repeat his win at Road Atlanta in 2014 in Spec Miata.

    "The goal is to win and defend my title," Bolanos said. "I am doing some set-up changes, specific to VIR, for the Toyo tire as I've always run there on Hoosiers. I think that the runner up from last year Danny Steyn and 2012 Champ Yiannis Tsiounis will be strong for the championships as well as the local talent."

    Jon Felton, NASA National event manager, has his team in full planning mode for the east coast event.

    "We have great participation from our administrative team on the east coast," Felton said. "Everything is progressing toward the first weekend in September. The racers are ready and we are still getting entries. There are a lot of strong classes like Spec Miata, Spec E30 and the HPD Honda Challenge class is the biggest we have seen it since Mid-Ohio in 2012."

    Virginia International Raceway's 3.27 miles encompasses nearly every kind of turn. The fast esses that lead into the signature Oak Tree Turn are known throughout the racing community. The long laps will reward a good race car set-up and require the competitors to display their driving skills as well as race craft.

    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 Eastern States Championships.  





    About Toyo Tires

    Founded in 1945, Toyo Tires has stood for innovation, quality, performance, and excellent service around the world for over 65 years.  The company offers a complete line of premium replacement tires for nearly all makes and models, including high-performance cars, luxury vehicles, light trucks and SUVs as well as commercial trucks.


     

    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, Mazda, Hawk Performance, Winding Road Racing, 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, AIM Sports, AST Suspension, BFGoodrich, Ford Racing, Maxxis Tires, Traqmate, Hawk Performance, Honda Performance Development (HPD), Hoosier Racing Tire, MAZDASPEED, Nissan, Jongbloed Racing Wheels, Bimmerworld, Frozen Rotors, Optic Armor, Neo Motorsports, Spec Clutches, Driven Racing Oil, Altronics Inc., ANZE Suspension, GT Radial Tire, Tilton, Racefab Inc., Sampson Racing Communications and Yokohama.  NASA competitors can also get discounts from Mazda, Maxxis Tires, Racing Fire Systems, Ford Performance Racing School,Fuel Safe, Vehiport, APR Performance, Avis, Cruise America, Eibach Springs, Exedy, Fastbrakes, Konig, The Mid-Ohio School, Konig, Molecule, Red Line Oil, Winding Road Racing, Torco, TPIS, Porterfield 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 Western Championships at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, July 31 - Aug. 2; the Eastern Championships at Virginia International Raceway Sept. 4-6 and the season culminating NASA 25 Hours of Thunderhill, Dec. 5-6.

     

    * 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 Business Development; Dave Ho, Business Operations Manager, Will Faules, National Event Manager.

     

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    2015 NASA Western States Championships Presented by Toyo Tires Highlights Videos

    Monday, August 24, 2015
    The biggest race of the year for the West Coast Regions is in the books, and here are the highlights from the event. You will hear from racers on their quest to become a 2015 NASA Western States Champion, and why it is critical to get the most out of yourself, and your car, for the one race that matters the most - Sunday's final. We also have thrilling class recaps for Spec Miata and Honda Challenge aficionados, where door handles were becoming thoroughly acquainted. Share these videos with your friends and get in the mood for the NASA Eastern States Championships coming up Sept 3-6!

    2015 NASA Western States Championships Highlights

    2015 NASA Western Championships Spec Miata Highlights

    2015 NASA Western Championships HPD Honda Challenge Highlights


    Winding Road Racing new Official Motorsports Equipment Supplier of NASA

    Wednesday, June 24, 2015

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    Napa Valley, CA – NASA is thrilled to announce Winding Road Racing as the new Official Motorsports Equipment Supplier of NASA. Winding Road Racing is one of the leaders in motorsports equipment retail offering a wide range of driver safety gear, performance components, set up tools, and racing lifestyle products online at www.windingroadracing.com and trackside at many NASA events.

     “We are proud to welcome Winding Road Racing into the NASA Family,” said Jeremy Croiset, NASA Director of Business Development. “Winding Road Racing has worked hard over the years to establish themselves as a dominant force in the area of Motorsports Equipment and it will be great to have them on board to offer meaningful new programs to the NASA membership that each can truly benefit from! WRR has a fantastic reputation for excellent customer service in our industry, which should serve our members well. Much of their insight into motorsports is due to the fact that they themselves are racers in our Texas, California and Great Lakes Regions. ”

     "All of us at Winding Road Racing are proud to partner with NASA, which will allow us the opportunity to further connect with the racing community," said Thomas B. Martin II, owner and President of Winding Road Racing. "Through member benefits programs, including the Winding Road Racing contingency sponsorships, we can continue honoring the achievements of amateur racers, while supplying the gear racers need to go faster. We are excited to do so both online, in our retail store, and trackside at local and national NASA events."

     “Our partnership with NASA reinforces our commitment to the amateur motorsports community”, said Maelstrom Kiewiet, Winding Road Racing’s Merchandising Director.  “We couldn’t be happier to become the Official Motorsports Equipment Supplier to NASA and look forward to a long lasting relationship.”

     Not only does Winding Road Racing offer all of the above, they also build race cars at their headquarters location in Austin, TX. Many of Winding Road Racing’s employees compete in both sprint and endurance races each year. Both car building and racing provide their staff with valuable first-hand expertise to assist customers. For more information on Winding Road Racing or to order Motorsports Equipment, please visit their website at: www.WindingRoadRacing.com or call (512) 994-0656.

     

    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.

     

    About Winding Road Racing

    Founded in 2013, Winding Road Racing's mission is to offer everything you need to go road racing. Through our trackside operations in the southwest, west and at national events, and our store and race car shop in Austin, TX, Winding Road Racing offers auto racing safety gear and tools, race car builds and services, and racing information and tips (at www.windingroad.com). For more information on Winding Road Racing and Winding Road Media, visit www.windingroadracing.com and www.windingroad.com.

    2015 Ford Performance Contingency Program Announced with Big Cash Rewards

    Wednesday, June 17, 2015

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    NAPA VALLEY, CA – The National Auto Sport Association (NASA) is pleased to announce the Ford Performance Contingency Program for NASA competitors in 2015. The newly announced program will provide fantastic cash awards to NASA competitors competing both regionaly or at either NASA Championships event. The program provides awards to competitors in the American Iron Series, Spec Iron, Super Touring, Performance Touring, and Super Unlimited classes.

    Spec Iron competitors are eligible for up to $1,000 in cash awards for regional top 3 finishes!  Additionally, Spec Iron along with the other classes in the American Iron Series, Performance Touring, Super Touring, and Super Unlimited classes are eligible for $2,250 in cash awards for finishing in the top 3 of their respective Regional Championship. To sweeten the pot even further, Ford Performance will offer NASA competitors at either Championship event in these same classes the chance to collect $4,250 in additional cash awards!

    “This new contingency program being offered by Ford Performance is extremely lucrative” said Jeremy Croiset, NASA's Director of Business Development. “This program shows that Ford means business and is really putting their best foot forward to support the NASA membership. I’m sure our Ford competitors will be most appreciative of the support from Ford Performance.”

    The contingency program is available beginning immediately to all NASA competitors in these respective classes at each NASA regional and Championship event. For complete information on the contingency program, please visit http://www.nasaproracing.com/contingencies.

    Survive the 25, the 2014 edition to air every Tues. in June on MavTV

    Friday, May 29, 2015
    Napa Valley, CA - NASA’s 25 Hours of Thunderhill presented by Hawk Performance.  It’s long.  It’s challenging.  It’s unpredictable.  It’s prestigious, even for the pros.  It’s on TV.

    Thumb 2014nasa 25logoNASA’s 25 Hours of Thunderhill presented by Hawk Performance has become a staple of endurance racing, drawing top competitors and teams from all around the world. The changing weather, deep field of competitors and taxing track layout make the event especially exciting for teams, drivers and fans. 

    Survive the 25 is a documentary that chronicles the struggles and triumphs of four teams as they battle through the 2014 NASA 25 Hours of Thunderhill presented by Hawk Performance. The show will originally air on MavTV June 2nd at 2pm and 5pm ET.  The teams featured in the show include Davidson Racing, Crowd Strike-One Motorsports, SP Racing, and JFC Racing.

    Should you miss the original airing, MavVT will re-air the show every Tuesday in June at 2pm and 5pm ET.  NASA will also host the show on 

    For more information on the 25 Hours of Thunderhill presented by Hawk Performance, please visit www.nasa25.com.



    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.

    Powers Wins Mazda Race of NASA Champions Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca

    Sunday, May 03, 2015
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    Matt Powers, center, winner; right Corey Rueth second; left, Jeremy Croiset third.

    Powers Wins Mazda Race of NASA Champions Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca

     

    Rueth and Croiset round out the Grand Champion podium

     

    MONTEREY, Calif. (May 3, 2015) - Matt Powers (San Rafael, Calif.) won today's running of the inaugural Mazda Race of NASA Champions at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. Powers was crowned NASA Grand Champion. He was followed to the checkered flag by Corey Rueth (Manchaca, Texas) and Jeremy Croiset (Tehachapi, Calif.).

     

    The 20 NASA Champions were a part of a three class grid consisting of 48 Mazda MX-5 race cars representing the Mazda MX-5 Cup, Skip Barber Mazda MX-5 Series and the NASA Champions. Pole sitter Corey Rueth brought the 20 NASA Champions to the start flag for the 45-minute timed race.

     

    Rueth was the early leader as Matthew Powers, Jeremy Croiset, David Ziegler (Baltimore, Ohio) and Ben Anderson (Minneapolis, Minn.) followed in a five car Mazda MX-5 train. On lap five Powers passed Rueth for the overall NASA Champions lead. Powers continued to lead through the one-third distance of the race. The top three NASA drivers were running near identical 1:45 lap times. On lap 11 Chi Ho (Orlando, Fla.) spun in Turn 10 and hit the wall bringing out the races first and only caution period. On the restart on lap 16, Croiset was able to take over second position from Rueth. On lap 19, Croiset, running in a 10 car pack, was able to take the overall NASA Champions lead going into Turn One at the 37-minute mark. Croiset, Powers and Rueth were running nose-to-tail for the final 10-minutes of the event. On lap 22 Croiset got caught in traffic coming down from the Corkscrews and got relegated to third place as Rueth and Powers took advantage of Croiset's delay. On the final lap Powers managed to get by Rueth to take the NASA Grand Champion crown.

     

    The win gives Powers an invite to the Mazda Club Racer Shootout in November. In addition to being the 2014 NASA NorCal, Western States Champion in his GTS4

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    Class BMW M3 he can also boast about being the first ever NASA Grand Champion.

     

    "Great race," Powers exclaimed. "It was really simple for the first 30-minutes and then that yellow came out. It became a whole different race on the restart. I am just happy to have the car in one piece and at the front. It was a fantastic race. I really appreciate everyone from Mazda and NASA who put this great event together. There are some great drivers here. It was an awesome battle. I knew there was something going on with Jeremy and Corey. They were really battling. Jeremy tried to make a hero move and I was able to capitalize and take the win."

     

    Rueth is the Eastern States Champion in his Spec Iron Mustang and finished second in the No. 27 Mazda MX-5.

     

    "That was absolutely the best race of my life," Rueth said. "I've never had more fun in a car. I was having so much fun at the end of that race that I didn't care if I won. OK that is a lie. I had the best time. I want to thank Mazda, NASA, SCCA and Skip Barber Racing for a great event. The hospitality has been wonderful and it really showed me how a professional event is run. I am absolutely inspired. I am going to buy a Mazda when I get home. I was leading the race and Matt made a fantastic pass. He was racing like a true gentleman. So I fell in behind him and drafted a while. He got caught up in traffic in Turn 10, he went inside, I went outside trying to pull the hero move and I went into the dirt. I put the accelerator on the floor and prayed and drove it back on the track after Turn 10. I have to pass about 100 cars to get to back to Matt. I am happy to be on the podium today. Proud to be racing with these drivers and the NASA organization."

     

    Third place finisher Jeremy Croiset is the 2014 NASA Western States Honda Challenge 2 Champion and is also the NASA Director of Sponsorship.

     

    "It was really clean racing," Croiset said. "Some of the best and hardest racing I have done. I got a decent start and I let things play out running in the top three. After the full course caution it was mayhem, every man for himself. I had my radio slip out of the dash and it was at my feet. I ended up throwing it in the back and focusing on the race. The end of the race was fantastic. I tried to stay as clean as possible, there was great action between the top five cars. My hats off to the NASA racers, everyone did a great job all weekend."

     

    Putting his sponsor hat on Croiset was happy with the cooperation of everyone and as well as the driving prowess on the track. "The action was more intense than anything I have ever done in my life. The racing was closer than I could have imagined. I can't say enough about Mazda, NASA, SCCA and BFGoodrich for putting this event together. This really showed that the cream of the crop in NASA rose to the top. I think we had one of the best races of the weekend, which is a testament to the NASA ladder program. I want to thank John Doonan from Mazda for his vision and support."

     

    For more information contact Kyle Chura, NASA Media, kyle@kcapr.com(248) 821-0468.

     

    Mazda Race of NASA Champions Results:

    1. Matt Powers, San Rafael, Calif., 1:45.149 - Fast race lap time.
    2. Corey Rueth, Manchaca, Texas, 1:45.587
    3. Jeremy Croiset, Tehachapi, Calif., 1:45.782
    4. David Ziegler, Baltimore, Ohio, 1:45.814
    5. Tristan Littlehale, Saratoga, Calif., 1:1:47.465
    6. Michael McAleenan, Tacoma, Wash., 1:47.172
    7. Dan Williams, Scottsbluff, Neb., 1:47.768
    8. Edgar Cabrera, Queens, Ny., 1:47.022
    9. Dave Schotz, Chandler, Ariz., 1:47.104
    10. Paul Arnold, Franklin, Tenn., 1:46.784
    11. Tommy Lo, Sunnydale, Calif., 1:47.009
    12. Sandro Espinosa, Atlanta, Ga., 1:46.722
    13. Eric Powell, Orlando, Fla., 1:48.363
    14. Ricky Johnson, Queen Creek, Ariz., 1:48.096
    15. Jay Pellegrini, Covington, La., 1:48.915
    16. Ronald Nielsen, Gainesville, Ga., 1:51.429
    17. Chi Ho, Orlando, Fla., NASA Florida, 1:46.093
    18. Ben Anderson, Minneapolis, Minn., 1:45.545 
    19. Larry Fraser, Novato,Calif., 1:47.131
    20. Craig Ames, Laguna Nigel, Calif., DNS

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    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, Mazda, Hawk Performance, OG Racing, Ford Performance 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, AIM Sports, AST Suspension, BFGoodrich, Ford Racing, Maxxis Tires, Traqmate, Hawk Performance, Honda Performance Development (HPD), Hoosier Racing Tire, MAZDASPEED, Nissan, Jongbloed Racing Wheels, Bimmerworld, Frozen Rotors, Optic Armor, Neo Motorsports, Spec Clutches, Driven Racing Oil, Altronics Inc., ANZE Suspension, GT Radial Tire, Tilton, Racefab Inc., Sampson Racing Communications and Yokohama.  NASA competitors can also get discounts from Mazda, Maxxis Tires, Racing Fire Systems, Ford Performance Racing School, Fuel Safe, Vehiport, APR Performance, Avis, Cruise America, Eibach Springs, Exedy, Fastbrakes, Konig, The Mid-Ohio School, Konig, Molecule, OG Racing, Torco, TPIS, Porterfield 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 Mazda Race of NASA Champions May 3 at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca; NASA Western Championships at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, July 31 - Aug. 2; the Eastern Championships at Virginia International Raceway Sept. 4-6 and the season culminating NASA 25 Hours of Thunderhill, Dec. 5-6.

     

    * 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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    Facebook:     National Auto Sport Association

    Twitter:          nasaproracing

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    Corey Rueth on Pole for Mazda Race of NASA Champions Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca

    Sunday, May 03, 2015
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    Corey Rueth on Pole for Mazda Race of NASA Champions Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca

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    MONTEREY, Calif. (May 1, 2015) - Corey Rueth (Manchaca, Texas) will start the National Auto Sport Association (NASA) first ever Mazda Race of NASA Champions at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca from the pole position for Sunday morning's 45-minute race.

     

    The 20 NASA Champions took to the track in their equally prepared Mazda MX-5 Cup race cars for the 15-minute qualifying session this afternoon under sunny skies. The field of champions began to swap the pole position early. Larry Fraser (Novato, Calif.), Matthew Powers (San Rafael, Calif.) and Eric Powell (Orlando, Fla.) all throwing down early fast laps. As the session progressed Rueth put in a time of 1:45.619 on his third flying lap that, at the time, bested the field by over one second. The fans had to wait until late in the session when David Ziegler (Baltimore, Ohio) put in a time of 1:45.665 on his eighth lap to start next to Rueth on the all champions grid. Third place was a battle between Jeremy Croiset (Tehachapi, Calif.), Fraser and Powers. The coveted third place starting position was eventually won by Powers with a lap of 1:45.820.

     

    Corey Rueth is the NASA Texas, Eastern States Champion in his Spec Iron Mustang. He will startSunday's race as the pole sitter in the No. 27 Mazda MX-5.

     

    "So far it has been an amazing weekend," Rueth said. "NASA put it all together with the help of SCCA, Mazda, BFGoodrich and Battery Tender. The whole event has been run very smoothly. We have reviewed each other's video and data. We are working together as NASA brethren to get faster. I am proud to be a part of it. I typically drive a Spec Iron Mustang. The Mazda goes so nice I feel like I am in a warm bath. I managed to run a 1:45.619 and I just kept the car under me. The MX-5 seems to reward with you a 95% effort as opposed to trying to force it into the corners. For the race I plan to manage my tires and I am not going to make a move until I know I have an opportunity to go for the win."

     

    Starting alongside Rueth will be David Ziegler. Ziegler will take the start in the No. 30 Mazda MX-5 and is the NASA Great Lakes, Eastern States Champion, driving a ST3 spec Chevrolet Corvette Z06.

     

    "This whole experience has been pretty amazing," Ziegler said. "NASA, SCCA and Mazda have put together a great weekend. I usually drive a Corvette C5 so the Mazda MX-5 is a little different to drive. There is a little bit of a learning curve, but the car is balanced well and it is a real joy to race. I went out with the intention of going as fast I could. I kept the car on the track and put in a pretty good time. In the race I plan to be smooth and consistent and stay out of trouble."

     

    Matt Powers is the NASA NorCal, Western States Champion in his GTS4 Class BMW M3. He will take the green in the No. 40 Mazda MX-5.

     

    "My usual ride is a BMW M3," Powers said. "The Mazda MX-5 is quite a bit different. The power to weight ratio is almost double between the M3 and the MX-5. It is a great experience to drive the Mazda. So far the weekend is great. NASA and Mazda have put together a very cool weekend and I am glad to be a part of it. For the race, I think there are going to be some cautions. I want to move up a little bit and be close to the lead at the 35 to 40 minute mark. I am not sure it is going to be about tire management, but I know it is going to be a battle the whole race."

     

    The 45-minute Mazda Race of NASA Champions will take the green flag Sunday, May 3 at 10 a.m. PT.

     

    For more information contact Kyle Chura, NASA Media, kyle@kcapr.com(248) 821-0468.

     

    Mazda Race of NASA Champions Grid: 

    1. Corey Rueth, Manchaca, Texas 1:45.619
    2. David Ziegler, Baltimore, Ohio, 1:45.665 
    3. Matt Powers, San Rafael, Calif., 1:45.820
    4. Larry Fraser, Novato,Calif., 1:45.910
    5. Jeremy Croiset, Tehachapi, Calif., 1:45.981
    6. Ben Anderson, Minneapolis, Minn., 1:46.001 
    7. Eric Powell, Orlando, Fla., 1:46.372 
    8. Sandro Espinosa, Atlanta, Ga., 1:46.472  
    9. Michael McAleenan, Tacoma, Wash., 1:46.526
    10. Chi Ho, Orlando, Fla., NASA Florida, 1:46.836    
    11. Dave Schotz, Chandler, Ariz., 1:46.836
    12. Tommy Lo, Sunnydale, Calif., 1:46.849 
    13. Dan Williams, Scottsbluff, Neb., 1:46.874
    14. Tristan Littlehale, Saratoga, Calif., 1:1:47.094
    15. Edgar Cabrera, Queens, Ny., 1:47.778
    16. Ricky Johnson, Queen Creek, Ariz., 1:48.629 
    17. Paul Arnold, Franklin, Tenn., 1:48.634 
    18. Craig Ames, Laguna Nigel, Calif., 1:49.061
    19. Jay Pellegrini, Covington, La., 1:51.429
    20. Ronald Nielsen, Gainesville, Ga., 1:52.339 

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    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, Mazda, Hawk Performance, OG Racing, Ford Performance 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, AIM Sports, AST Suspension, BFGoodrich, Ford Racing, Maxxis Tires, Traqmate, Hawk Performance, Honda Performance Development (HPD), Hoosier Racing Tire, MAZDASPEED, Nissan, Jongbloed Racing Wheels, Bimmerworld, Frozen Rotors, Optic Armor, Neo Motorsports, Spec Clutches, Driven Racing Oil, Altronics Inc., ANZE Suspension, GT Radial Tire, Tilton, Racefab Inc., Sampson Racing Communications and Yokohama.  NASA competitors can also get discounts from Mazda, Maxxis Tires, Racing Fire Systems, Ford Performance Racing School, Fuel Safe, Vehiport, APR Performance, Avis, Cruise America, Eibach Springs, Exedy, Fastbrakes, Konig, The Mid-Ohio School, Konig, Molecule, OG Racing, Torco, TPIS, Porterfield 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 Mazda Race of NASA Champions May 3 at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca; NASA Western Championships at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, July 31 - Aug. 2; the Eastern Championships at Virginia International Raceway Sept. 4-6 and the season culminating NASA 25 Hours of Thunderhill, Dec. 5-6.

     

    * 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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    Michael Gershanok Announced as the New GTS National Series Leader

    Tuesday, April 28, 2015

    NAPA VALLEY, CA – The National Auto Sport Association (NASA) is pleased to announce Michael Gershanok as the new GTS National Series Leader. Michael has been with NASA since the inception of the North East Region in 2000 as its German Touring Series Leader.


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    Michael’s philosophy from the beginning for the GTS series has been to preserve its core principles of being open, simple and fair. Over that last several years, he has successfully steered the GTS Series in the North East Region Growing the fields to a consistent 25 – 30 cars at each event. Michael has also been a NASA instructor since 2002, and a five-time North East Regional Champion in GTS.

     

    Thumb ea1a9636Away from NASA events, Michael is a double-degreed dentist (MD/DDS) and runs two full time practices, one in New York City and the other in a northern suburb, just to keep life interesting and busy. In his private life he is blessed sharing his life with his wife Lila and 9 year old daughter Marta.

     

    NASA’s new Technical Director of Competition, Bryan Cohn stated, ‘Michael has proven to be a very qualified and experienced candidate, who possess a passion for the series. We are very much looking forward to having Michael contribute to the GTS Series on a national scale, and have no doubt the series is in good hands.’

    Mazda Race of NASA Champions has Full Grid

    Monday, April 27, 2015

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    Mazda Race of NASA Champions has Full Grid

    Grand Champion to be crowned May 3 at Mazda Raceway


    Napa Valley, CA — The National Auto Sport Association (NASA) together with Mazda will line-up 20 championship-winning drivers from the 2014 season to race in the inaugural Mazda Race of NASA Champions. This historic event will take place during the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship Continental Tire Monterey Grand Prix powered by Mazda  at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca weekend, May 1-3.

                The 20 NASA Champion drivers represent 13 states, from nearly all NASA regions across the country. Each racer will compete in identically prepared Skip Barber MAZDASPEED Pro Challenge Mazda MX-5s to vie for the title of NASA Grand Champion.

                The Grand Champion will be eligible to compete in the Mazda Club Racer Shootout for a $100,000 scholarship to be used to fund a full season of racing in the SCCA Pro Racing Battery Tender Mazda MX-5 Cup presented by BFGoodrich Tires racing series.

    “This program speaks volumes to the importance Mazda places on grassroots motorsports as they are truly devoted to finding the best driver in NASA to represent the association in the annual Mazda Club Racer Shootout later this year,” said Ryan Flaherty, NASA National Chairman. “Both of our companies share a common vision for offering new opportunities to grass roots racers and this program could help identify the next great driver in our sport. We can’t wait to see the action in two weeks at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca."

     

    “Over the past few years NASA competitors have been extremely impressive at our annual Club Racing Shootout,” said John Doonan, director of motorsports, Mazda North American Operations.  “We expect the NASA champions to have a great battle in the identical MX-5 cars.”

     

    Mazda Race of NASA Champions entry:

    — Craig Ames, NASA SoCal, Western States Champion, ST1

    — Ben Anderson, NASA Central, Eastern States Champion, PTE

    — Paul Arnold, NASA Southeast, Eastern States Champion, FFR Challenge

    — Edgar Cabrera, NASA Northeast, Regional Champion, Eastern States Champion, GTS3

    — Jeremy Croiset, NASA SoCal, Western States Champion, Honda Challenge 2

    — Sandro Espinosa, NASA Southeast, Regional Champion, Eastern States Champion, Spec E30

    — Larry Fraser, NASA NorCal, Western States Champion, Spec E30

    — Chi Ho, NASA Florida, Regional Champion, TTB, Eastern States Champion, TTC

    — Tristan Littlehale, NASA NorCal, Western States Champion, GTS2

    — Michael McAleenan, NASA NorCal, Western States Champion, ST3

    — Ricky Johnson, NASA Arizona, Regional Champion, Western States Champion, PTB

    — Tommy Lo, NASA NorCal, Western States Champion, TTE

    — Ronald Nielsen, NASA Southeast, Regional Champion, Eastern States Champion, PTF

    — Jay Pellegrini, NASA NOLA, Regional Champion, Eastern States Champion, Spec Z

    — Eric Powell, NASA Florida, Regional Champion, Western States Champion, PTD, TTD

    — Matt Powers, NASA NorCal, Western States Champion, GTS4

    — Cory Rueth, NASA Texas, Regional Champion, Eastern States Champion, Spec Iron

     — Dave Schotz, NASA Arizona, Regional Champion, Eastern States Champion, PTB, Western States Champion, TTC

    — Dan Williams, NASA Rocky Mountain, Eastern States Champion, 944 Spec

    — David Ziegler, NASA Great Lakes, Eastern States Champion, ST3

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