Wednesday, December 04, 2013
Volume 2, issue 11 of NASA's Speed News Magazine is available here.
Monday, December 02, 2013
PARK CITY, UTAH - At this year’s longest endurance race, one race class, E3 is being recognized and supported to epic proportions by Hawk Performance. The company will be rewarding the winning team of the class a title sponsorship for their 2014 NASA racing season.
The sponsorship being rewarded by Hawk Performance can be a program changer for the winning team of the E3 class. The sponsorship includes a $3500 cash payday, full access to the Hawk Performance catalog including the recently released Race Calipers and Race Rotors throughout the year, in-depth technical assistance, a graphics package for their race car and a box full of goodies like clothing and gear.
In addition to the sponsorship, Hawk Performance will also be on site at the legendary race providing technical support and free food, drink, entertainment and hospitality during the entire race weekend.
“We are using the 25 Hour of Thunderhill to kick off 2014 where our company will be supporting grassroots racers across the country in a much more aggressive way. This is just the beginning, there are a lot of big things coming” stated Mike DeFord, VP of Marketing at Hawk Performance.
Hawk Performance - Race Proven, Street Legal
Monday, December 02, 2013
NAPA VALLEY, CALIFORNIA - The National Auto Sport Association (NASA) is pleased to announce that beginning February 1st of the 2014 season, the American Iron, Camaro Mustang Challenge, Honda Challenge, Factory Five Challenge, and 986 Spec classes will transition over to running on the Toyo® Proxes® RR tire during dry weather competition.
Last season, the Spec Miata, 944 Spec, and Spec E30 classes all transitioned over to using the Proxes RR with great success and now the size line-up has been expanded to support these additional classes.
Over three years ago, Toyo Tires® began working with NASA to develop a new two-groove competition D.O.T. radial tire to meet the specific demands of an excellent “spec” tire. The Proxes RR is the culmination of extensive testing on competition vehicles running in NASA classes currently using the Toyo® Proxes® RA1. The tire was developed specifically for NASA’s classes that specify the Proxes RA1 with the intention of bringing a new tire to market that would no longer require shaving while still providing the consistent lap times, predictable handling, and the long life of the Proxes RA1. This new competition tire is molded to a 4/32nd inch tread depth with additional wear inspection holes on the void areas. This race-ready design eliminates the need for tire shaving and provides ultimate traction with superior cornering force. In addition to matching the longevity and predictability of the Proxes RA1, the Proxes RR is also able to achieve faster lap times. Beginning in February of 2014, NASA will allow the new Proxes RR for dry weather competition use in the American Iron, Camaro Mustang Challenge, Honda Challenge, Factory Five Challenge, and 986 Spec classes. These classes will still be permitted to use the Proxes RA1 tire for the first two events of the 2014 season in each NASA region for dry weather competition and may use the Proxes RA1 at any time during the 2014 season for wet weather competition.??To assist competitors with the transition period, Toyo Tires is making a significant concession and allowing any Toyo Bucks issued from this point forward to be used toward the purchase of Proxes RR tires along with extending the expiration date on all Toyo Bucks until April 1, 2014. This allows competitors collecting Toyo Bucks from now until the end of the year the opportunity to spend their Toyo Bucks on the Proxes RR tires for next season. ??
“The Toyo Proxes RR is the tire for competitors who are serious about winning,” said Marc Sanzenbacher, Senior Manager of Performance Products Division, Toyo Tire U.S.A. Corp. “It has proven itself to be the best single tire on the market for fast, consistent laps, just like you’ll find with the Proxes RS1 and legendary Proxes RA1. We made the program changes effective immediately to ease the transition period for the racers looking to purchase and test the Proxes RR tire now.”
??“Our competitors who were able to move onto the Proxes RR this season really enjoyed driving on the new tire” said Jeremy Croiset, NASA’s Director of Sponsorship. “Because of the extensive testing we did all season on vehicles from each class, we expect these additional classes to enjoy the same positive experience that our Spec Miata, 944 Spec, and Spec E30 classes did during the 2013 season. I know many of our American Iron, Honda Challenge, and Factory Five competitors are eager to get a chance to run on the new tire and we are excited to see how each class enjoys the new found performance of the Proxes RR.”
??For further information on the Toyo Proxes RR, please visit www.toyotires.com/proxes
. ?For a complete list of dealers where you can purchase the Toyo Proxes RR, please visit here
Friday, November 22, 2013
TOOELE VALLEY, UTAH (November 20, 2013) — The Ford Racing School, based at Miller Motorsports Park, has released its schedule for the 2014 season.
For 2014, the Ford Racing School, the Official Driving School of the National Auto Sport Association (NASA), will offer nine two-day schools
The two-day Ford Racing School is ideal for those who want to sharpen their high-performance driving skills or take the first step towards competitive racing. Highly-focused classroom sessions are combined with behind-the-wheel exercises to give you the basics of driving quickly and safely. Training subjects include basic vehicle dynamics, proper posture, heel/toe braking technique, proper racing line identification and driving in traffic. Students will drive a track-prepped Mustang GT and receive personalized instruction from our staff of professional instructors, all of whom have extensive racing experience in such diverse racing series as the FIA World Endurance Championship, American Le Mans Series, Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series and Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge, SCCA Pro Racing Pirelli World Challenge, IMSA GT3 Cup Challenge by Yokohama, NASCAR and NHRA, as well as legendary events like the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the Baja 1000.
In conjunction with the announcement of the 2014 schedule, the Ford Racing School is also launching a new, dedicated, state-of-the-art website, www.FordRacingSchool.com. Previously housed within Miller Motorsports Park’s website, the new site utilizes “Responsive Web Design Technology,” which delivers an optimal viewing experience across a wide range of devices from smartphones and tablets to laptops and desktop computers. An elegant, minimalist style and clean typeface not only makes information easier to find and read, but allows web pages to load faster on mobile devices.
“We are very excited to announce our 2014 dates for the Ford Racing School,” said Cindi Lux, director of the Ford Racing School. “We have trained hundreds of drivers since the school began in 2007, many of whom are now professional racing drivers and all of whom are putting their new high-performance driving skills to use on public roads and racetracks around the country. Whether you own a high-performance car and want to maximize your driving skills, if you want to start a racing career or you’re an experienced racer who wants to brush up on your technique, we can help you realize your goals. Our new website makes it easy for anyone to get information or sign up for one of our programs.”
The dates for 2014 are as follows:
For further information about the Ford Racing School, call 435-27SPEED (435-277-7333) or visit the new website at www.FordRacingSchool.com
. For information about Miller Motorsports Park, call 435-277-RACE (7223) or visit the track’s website at www.MillerMotorsportsPark.com
About Miller Motorsports Park:
Miller Motorsports Park is part of Miller Sports Properties, which includes the NBA Utah Jazz; MiLB Triple-A Salt Lake Bees; Miller Performance, consisting of Miller Motorsports Park, Ford Racing School and Oneiro, an event management company; EnergySolutions Arena, which seats nearly 20,000 fans; KJZZ-14 Television; 1280 The Zone Sports Network; Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah, men’s professional cycling race; and All-Star Catering.
Friday, November 22, 2013
NASA is pleased to announce that Royal Purple, the Official Motor Oil of NASA, will provide a fantastic contingency-support program at the 2013 NASA 25 Hours of Thunderhill presented by the USAF
...coming up in on December 7-8 in Willows, CA. Royal Purple will award each currently-registered driver that competes in the top-finishing E3 team car displaying the required Royal Purple decals, a free custom Royal Purple-branded, Sparco driving suit valued at $2,000!??
To ensure your E3 team is eligible for this award, your team's vehicle must prominently display the required Royal Purple decals on each side along with the front and rear. The award will be presented to the highest-finishing E3 team properly displaying the required Royal Purple decals. Decals will be available trackside from tech during the event.??
"We offered a similar program to top finishing E3 team at the 2012 NASA 25 Hours of Thunderhill with great success", said Randy Fisher, Royal Purple Marketing Director. "The 25 Hours of Thunderhill is the longest endurance event in North America and is the perfect environment for Royal Purple products to show their true superior performance capabilities. We are proud to align ourselves with the competitors at the event by providing this opportunity for them to take advantage of and hope they enjoy the added protection Royal Purple lubricants can offer them during the event".
??"The winning E3 class team from last year was simply thrilled with their awarded suits", said Jeremy Croiset, NASA Director of Sponsorship. "They used Royal Purple XPR in their class winning Mazda Miata to ensure it was running at the end, so it was very fitting for them to be the team that took home the big prize from Royal Purple. Royal Purple has been a fantastic partner for the NASA competitors to benefit from and they have again knocked it out of the park offering this fantastic contingency program for the E3 class competitors at the 11th running of the NASA 25 Hours of Thunderhill".
Monday, November 18, 2013
USAF 25 Hours of Thunderhill entry list at 73
NAPA VALLEY, Calif. (Nov. 13, 2013) - The 2013 United States Air Force (USAF) National Auto Sport Association (NASA) 25 Hours of Thunderhill race is less than a month away. Seventy-three teams have entered the race to take place at Thunderhill Raceway Park in Willows, Calif., Dec. 7-8.
Team Honda Research will field two Acura ILX race cars in the E1 Class at Thunderhill next month.
This will be the eleventh year that Team Honda Research West has run the 25 Hours of Thunderhill," Matthew Staal, Honda R&D Americas, said. "The 25 represents a big challenge for our team to test vehicle performance, team work and strategy. We keep coming back year-after-year for the camaraderie and the sheer joy of racing. Drivers for our two-car team will consist exclusively of associates from five different Honda companies. Car No. 27 will be driven by Sage Marie (Honda North American Services), Lee Niffenegger (Honda Performance Development), Scott Nicols (Honda Canada Manufacturing) and Matt Staal (Honda R&D Americas, Inc.). Car No. 25 will be piloted by Calvin Liu, Lawrence Hwang and Michael Tsay (Honda R&D Americas, Inc) and Corey Taguchi (American Honda Motor Company). We are hoping that both cars can podium in the E1 class. Soichiro Honda is quoted as saying, 'Without racing, there is no Honda.' We strive to live up to Mr. Honda's racing passion in our program and see the 25 as a great opportunity to test our planning, engineering and team work skills. We strongly believe that the lessons and skills we learn at the 25 translate directly to our jobs of creating exciting, fun and durable Acura and Honda products."
Japanese Honda tuning company Spoon is bringing their No. 95 Spoon Sports CR-Z to the 25. The company known throughout south-east Asia and around the world for Honda tuning parts is ready to be a factor in the E2 Class next month.
"We have participated in the Thunderhill 25 hours since 2002," Yuki Imamura, Spoon director of research and development said. We really like the long race format. This race is very useful for our product development. We can test the endurance of our designs and prove them under real race conditions. Thunderhill also offers a great variety of competition with the various car models that all run at the same time."
TruSpeed Autosport has entered their potent ES Class 2008 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car.
"Our drivers really like competing in the endurance races," Alex Comee of TruSpeed said. "In a sprint race, you only have so much time to make things happen. In an endurance race, literally anything can happen and there is a greater chance the race can come to you. Our team really enjoys racing in these conditions. The ebb and flow of a long endurance race is something we thrive on, and it really suits our drivers and our team overall. Our drivers, so far, are Tom Haacker, Phil Fogg Jr., and Tomy Drissi. We've always enjoyed good luck when we approach the race from a conservative perspective. With that being said, we're entering the race with the intention of finishing."
With a list of 73 cars entered Jerry Kunzman, NASA Executive Director, likes the level of competition in the field.
"We are getting entries from as far away as Japan and New Zealand," Kunzman said. "The entries are very strong and there will be great racing in each of the six classes. Some strong cars are still yet to make their public debut, but rest assured, the competition will be the strongest it has been in the 11-year history of the race."
The live race web broadcast can be heard online at enduranceradio.net.
The NASA 25 Hours of Thunderhill will see a field of over 85 cars racing in six classes (ES, ESR, E0, E1, E2, E3) going twice around the clock plus an hour over the three-mile, 15-turn track located 90-minutes north of Sacramento. To view the USAF NASA 25 Hours of Thunderhill media guide go to www.nasa25hour.com/Thunderhill%20Media%20Guide_r3.pdf
For additional information, please contact NASA Media Director, Kyle Chura at firstname.lastname@example.org or (248) 821-0468. More detail on NASA and the Thunderhill 25 Hour can be found at nasaproracing.com
Wednesday, November 06, 2013
Volume 2, issue 9 of NASA's Speed News Magazine is available here.
Monday, November 04, 2013
Napa Valley, CA - The National Auto Sport Association (NASA) recently announced that NASA’s Championship race program now includes two dates with one on each coast. In a further enhancement of the program, Mazda Motorsports has now agreed to partner with NASA and is excited to present the Mazda Race of NASA Champions.
This will be a Grand Finale race held as a supporting series race in conjunction with other professional racing series and will be the definitive answer to who is the best from the grassroots racing ranks.
This new opportunity is a tailor-made ladder program specifically designed to bridge the gap from amateur racing to professional competition. Best of all, NASA drivers can achieve this status by distinguishing themselves by winning their class at one of the new Championship events.
Beginning in 2014, NASA Champions from both the Eastern and Western States Championships will earn an invitation to attend the Mazda Race of NASA Champions. The Mazda Race of NASA Champions will use identically prepared Mazda MX-5 race cars and be a featured series on a professional race weekend. The winner of the race will be crowned the NASA Grand Champion.
The newly crowned NASA Grand Champion will then be automatically invited to attend the annual Mazda club racer shootout where they are eligible to win more than $75,000 in prizes and the opportunity to compete in the professional MX-5 Cup the following year. This is the pinnacle opportunity for club racers to prove themselves and turn pro.
"Mazda is an amazing partner and a company that identifies racing as an important part of their brand. NASA and Mazda are both very focused on creating new opportunities in motorsports and this program could help identify and develop the next great driver in our sport," said Ryan Flaherty, NASA National Chairman. "Never before has a system been put into place to provide a NASA competitor with such an amazing opportunity to advance their racing career and jump right into a pro racing environment with such little investment outside of their normal racing activities. We look forward to seeing a current or future NASA competitor use this new opportunity to catapult themselves into the world of professional racing."
John Doonan, Director, Mazda Motorsports, Mazda North American Operations, noted that; “NASA offers top-flight competition across a wide variety of classes and brands. Mazda is excited about this new program where their champions will have a chance to race head-to-head in Mazda MX-5s to crown a single champion. We look forward to working out the details with NASA in the weeks ahead.”
Champions from every NASA class, are eligible to compete in this unique new program designed to give competitors the chance to advance their driving careers without a single change to their regular racing plans. The program will begin in 2014 and the Mazda Race of NASA Champions will take place after both Western and Eastern States Championships have concluded.
Monday, November 04, 2013
Napa Valley, CA - The National Auto Sport Association (NASA) is pleased to announce an exciting new change to the 2014 NASA Championships presented by Toyo Tires. Beginning in 2014, NASA will transition what has traditionally been...
a single championship event format to that of a dual championship event
format hosting its NASA Eastern States Championship at Road Atlanta on
August 29 - 31, 2014 and the NASA Western States Championship at Sonoma
Raceway on November 7 - 9, 2014.
This move will lessen the time
required for competitors to attend the NASA Championships as long tows
to reach an event on the other side of the country will no longer be
necessary. Additionally, NASA will revamp the weekend schedule to
provide competitors with a condensed Friday through Sunday format in
place of the previous Thursday to Sunday schedule. This change will make
the event much easier for a larger number of competitors to attend as
it will greatly lessen the time commitment required to compete at the
"This new format is designed to provide more NASA
competitors the opportunity to participate in a Championship level
event", said Ryan Flaherty, NASA National Chairman. "We received a great
deal of input from our members and considered numerous options
available to us and concluded that a dual Championship format would best
serve our competitors. A significant number of our members are not
able to take a week off work and travel thousands of miles to attend, so
it is clear that we needed to do something that provides them with the
opportunity to compete in a NASA Championship event each year much
closer to their home base. We look forward to hosting the big fields we
expect to see at our events on both coasts in 2014."
The new dual
Championship format will work much like the current traditional event
with the exception that there will now be an event on the West coast and
on the East coast in the same year instead of alternating between both
coasts. Moreover, NASA will move the Championship event to different
tracks on a yearly basis, which will add to the excitement and give
drivers a chance to try out new tracks each year. Competitors can expect
many of the same fantastic benefits available to them in previous years
at the new format events next season. From the famous trackside
gatherings and wonderfully lucrative contingency programs to the
extremely competitive racing, both events will live up to the NASA
Look for additional announcements regarding the 2014 NASA Championships events in the coming weeks.
Wednesday, October 30, 2013
Winding Road, Migliori's, Advanced Auto Fab and the Dutchman are ready for 25
NAPA VALLEY, Calif. (Oct. 29, 2013) - The 2013 United States Air Force (USAF) National Auto Sport Association (NASA) 25 Hours of Thunderhill race continues to see the entry list filled with outstanding competitors in all classes. The December 7-8 event at Thunderhill Raceway Park in Willows, Calif. will be one for the record books.
Team Winding Road is bringing their Mustang Boss 302 in E0, Richard and Yvonne Migliori are bringing their Factory Five GTM ES car and Advanced Auto Fabrication is brining two E2 Class BMWs to Thunderhill in December.
Team Winding Road's Luxury/Don't Crash Racing/Team Winding Road/Boss 302 E0 Class Mustang is tested and prepped for the 25 Hours of Thunderhill. With the theme "everyone loves an underdog" the team will be documenting their 25-hour adventure in a documentary called "The Big Engine That Could." Coining themselves as a group of regular guys participating in The 25 Hours of Thunderhill, an endurance race that they have never before tried, drivers Tom Martin, Tom Martin III, Brian Zander and Tom Brown are ready for the adventure.
"We had done the Targa Newfoundland in 2012, and were discussing doing another epic type event in 2013," Tom Martin said. "My son, who is one of our drivers, immediately suggested doing the 25 Hours. Our goal is to finish, with solid runs for each driver. That said, undoubtedly we would like to stand on the podium in the E0 Class. The preparation has been ongoing. It is a long list, from buying the car in the first place, a Ford Racing Boss 302S, #14 of 50 built for Pirelli World Challenge in 2013, to modifying the car with different wheels, tires, rear suspension, front springs, diff cooler, front and rear brakes, LED headlights, cool box, radios, etc. We've also done a moderate amount of testing at Buttonwillow, Thunderhill and Sonoma. The latter includes sorting the car, but also organizing our crew to do the pit work. Finally, we are working against a long list of needed spares and tools."
Richard and Yvonne Migliori are bringing their ES Class Factory Five GTM and two sports car champions to Thunderhill. The Factory Five GTM is a street-type kit car. The Migliori's GTM is the only one in the world developed for competition road racing.
"We have been campaigning this car for seven years now, winning the WERC endurance series championship in 2009 and repeating in 2013," Richard Migliori said. "We also won the NASA SU championship in 2013. This is a center-seat design, racing in the Super Unlimited and ES unlimited classes. When venturing onto other series, we run in the open classes. This will be our seventh appearance in the 25 hour race. We have finished four of six races posting a second in class, 11th overall, and later a fourth in class and fourth overall. We actually have an 82% finish rating. We generally qualify in the top 12 positions. In 2013, we are prepared to stay out of trouble, run our own race, and be there at the finish! For the 2013 25 hours of Thunderhill, we are running an exceptional group of drivers. Davy Jones, last American to win Le Mans in '96, NASCAR, GTP, Super Vee, Formula 1 and a three time Daytona 24 winner. Considered the most decorated American road racer. Steve Zadig, with over 15 championships in SCCA, NASA, 24 hour Daytona participant and former Penske test driver. Paul Edwards, Winner of Grand Prix of Monaco in a vintage Formula 1 and GM Factory Driver who won the Grand-AM Rolex Series GT Championship in 2008. Paul is reunited in this race with Davy as teammates in the Daytona 24 in 2012. Mike Holland is with us and brings several SCCA and NASA championships, winning four straight endurance races this year clinching the WERC championship in the GTM."
In the ultra-competitive E3 Class three drivers from the Netherlands will be coming over to run the 25 hours with an American team and will field the No. 36 Dutch American Racing Team (DART) Mazda Miata. The all Dutch line-up will consist of Mick Hoogwerf, David Koh and Bart Wubben.
"We are bringing our Dutch American Racing Team (DART) to run the 25 Hours of Thunderhill," Hoogwerf said. "We compete with the Mazda MX5 in the Netherlands and we have heard about the 25 Hours of Thunderhill. Our driver line-up is very familiar with the Mazda and we are looking forward to the great competition over the weekend at Thunderhill. We are joining forces with the American based team Spare Parts Racing who will provide the Miata and crew for the event. The biggest difference for us will be the use of a 1.8-liter engine and it has a hardtop. We are looking forward to having a competitive weekend come December."
Hank Moore and his Advanced Auto Fabrication team is bringing two BMW 325s to Thunderhill. Moore's cars have proven themselves in the Northwest and is ready to take on the E2 Class.
"We are taking two of the fastest pro cars in the northwest to win the E2 Class," Moore said. "We are still working on our driving list, but James Colborn, Michael Conatore, Rick Delamare and Joe White are in so far. We also may have some big names, but we are waiting on commitments. Our goal is to win E2."
"I really like the way the entry list is filling out with top drivers in great equipment," Jerry Kunzman, NASA Executive Director, said. "Every year the bar gets a little higher. I think we are going to see one of the most competitive USAF NASA 25 Hours of Thunderhill in the races 10-year history. There are still some great teams that have yet to announce their plans for December - stay tuned."
The live race web broadcast can be heard online at enduranceradio.net.
The NASA 25 Hours of Thunderhill will see a field of over 85 cars racing in six classes (ES, ESR, E0, E1, E2, E3) going twice around the clock plus an hour over the three-mile, 15-turn track located 90-minutes north of Sacramento.