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Napa Valley, CA - (February 5, 2016) NASA competitor and Regional Director Dave Balingit, has been appointed as the National Series Leader for NASA's Prototype series. Balingit will concentrate on growing the series from the twenty-three cars currently purchased to several hundred, and will assist Jeremy Croiset, NASA director of Business Development with management of the NASA Prototype series.
"My first task to ensure a smooth and growing program is to keep gathering feedback from competitors.” Balingit said. “I’ve always had good relationships with fellow racers and I look forward to being the main line of communication between the teams and the NASA National Leadership."
The NASA Prototype is a new classification to NASA, expanding their history of affordable local racing into purpose built prototype style race cars. The NASA Prototype class is built around the new Élan NP01 designed from the ground up to be quick and great looking - but more importantly, safe, reliable and inexpensive to race. Beginning in 2016, the NASA Prototype Series will visit many of the country’s greatest racing venues with an innovative rules package focused on affordability, equal competition, and driving ability.
As with the other NASA Series Leaders, Balingit will be an active racer in the class. Balingit and his wife Revkah purchased a new Élan NP01 last September after test driving the Élan NP01 demonstration car. They took delivery of the kit in mid January and opted to go the route of building the car from the ground up to gain a deep understanding of the vehicle. They are nearly complete with the build and plan to race it at NASA Texas in mid March.
Balingit has been involved in road racing his entire life and joined NASA in 1994. He has raced and also has been an HPDE instructor and a Race Director for the blossoming organization. After moving from California to Colorado, Balingit and his wife launched the Rocky Mountain Region in 2005 and have grown the program from 40 cars on its first competition weekend to several hundred at current events. Balingit also served as the Event Director for the NASA National Championships in 2009 and 2010 when the event was held at Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele, Utah. Many in the Texas area may also recognize Balingit as the interim Regional Director for Texas from 2011 to 2014.
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 the NASA Prototype Élan NP01
The Élan NP01 is unlike anything currently available in motor racing. With a complete kit price of just $72,500, the affordable new racecar features a closed cockpit design for increased driver protection. The Élan NP01 has an estimated dry weight of just 1,450 lbs. and boasts an estimated top track speed of 155 mph. The Élan NP01 is powered by a sealed 185-horsepower, two-liter Mazda power plant mated to a six-speed Sadev sequential gearbox. More information about NASA's new NASA Prototype Series and the Élan NP01 is available at www.NasaPrototype.com and ElanMotorsports.com.
7:40 PM (16 hours ago)
Napa Valley, CA – (November 13, 2015) NASA and Elan Motorsports unveiled the first production version of the new class of purpose built race cars, the NASA Prototype (NP) series at the 2015 SEMA show. The Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) in Las Vegas (Nevada, USA) is regarded worldwide as the leading trade show for customization and sports tuning. The products presented at SEMA to trade experts influence the entire scene and set trends.
The 2015 SEMA show which ran November 3rd to 6th proved to be the perfect venue for the NASA Prototypes debut. NASA had the opportunity to work with our good friends at Toyo Tires & HAWK Performance this year, to introduce industry insiders and show attendees to the new purpose built race cars. The HAWK Performance booth was buzzing with activity as show attendees’ walked around examining this new class of cars built by Elan Technologies. NASA representatives’ on hand to support their partners eagerly spoke to dozens of folks interested in what the NP01 had to offer.
Attendees’ were very impressed by the design and the cost effectiveness for running a vehicle that can be entered into several classes; Time Trials, Sprint, & Endurance Road Races. A point of key interest was the fact that 18 NP01’s have already been sold to date and they are already set to start racing in 2016 with the NASA NP Championship Series.
“80 people jumped in the driver’s seat, proving that even big drivers could fit. The largest was 6’5” at 325Lbs and with the pedals out at its furthest adjustment point, he fit. We even saw a former F1, CART, IRL, GrandAM, NASCAR driver stop by and comment how much he loved the car. He giggled when he was told the price and said he wanted to be involved with the project in some way.” said John Mueller NASA Strategic Marketing & Project Manager. Everyone was very impressed with the final product and asked when the next track test day would be.
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 any of the over 150 NASA sanctioned events nationwide. However, the main series will feature just 18 race weekends split into 3 areas across the country making it much easier for competitors to contend for a championship. The series will visit many of the country's greatest racing venues. The NP series will feature an innovative rules package focused on performance, affordability, cost containment, and showcasing driver ability. Lots of excitement in the crowd to get on track and race these new machines in the NASA 2016 season.
Five NASA Finalists Selected for 2015 Mazda Road to 24 Shootout
Napa Valley, CA – (November 4, 2015) – National Auto Sport Association (NASA) drivers continue to dominate the field of racers of finalist selected for this year’s 2015 Mazda Road to 24 Shootout. Five racers from NASA will be competing for the $100,000 scholarship package that supports a drive in the 2016 Battery Tender Mazda Global MX-5 Cup car.
John Doonan, director of Mazda Motorsports, noted: ‘The nine finalists in this shootout are all highly competitive. The fact that the judges identified nine outstanding racers, from the 23 eligible, shows the tremendous depth of talent we are working with today. Mazda is so proud to offer this prize to our grassroots racers and customers; there is simply nothing like it in the world.”
NASA drivers dominated the competition securing 5 of the 9 coveted finalist positions in the 2015 Mazda Road to 24 Shootout. NASA will be represented in the competition by:
Racer Hometown Club/Series
Joshua Allan La Verne, California NASA PTD Western States Champion
Bruno Carneiro Riverton, Utah NASA Utah Region
Mark Drennan San Jose, California NASA Spec Miata Champion (East & West)
Mason Filippi Alamo, California NASA Nor-Cal West Coast Teen Mazda Challenge Champion
Eric Powell Orlando, Florida NASA Florida Region
Joshua Allan began his career in motorsports securing a position as an engineer for Ferrari’s F1 team. He got his first taste of racing jumping into the Italian Formula Ford Championship eventually moving into a vehicle development role for Maserati. His immediate goal is to win the shootout and jump start his career in pro racing to attract sponsors and move up the Mazda ladder in the road to 24 Shootout.
“The NASA racer development ladder is fundamental to building the skills of track fanatics and aspiring racers", said Joshua Allen. "Even with my experience, I chose to start in HPDE 1 and move up through each level because I knew that I would learn new concepts from experienced instructors and develop the knowledge and skills to share the track with etiquette while continuing to develop my driving skills. I subsequently became an instructor myself, which further informed and aided my development. After running Time Trials for a season I moved into racing in Performance Touring. Thanks to NASA's driver development system, I found myself racing with highly competitive and highly respectful drivers with strong awareness to race door-door while not giving an inch more ground than needed. That's the best kind of racing there is."
At just 16 years old, Bruno Carneiro is the youngest finalist in the field. He's from Riverton, Utah where he started racing karts at the age of 4. After gaining 11 years of experience amassing multiple wins and championships, he decided to make the move up to racing cars. His choice; Formula Mazda. “The natural choice was to start racing with the NASA Utah Region at my home track Miller Motorsports Park," said Bruno Carneiro. "What impressed me the most is how welcomed I was by NASA Utah. I was fortunate enough to win the championship on my rookie year and that opened a whole lot of new opportunities for me."
Mark Drennan, a native of Northern California got his
start in racing cars with NASA in 2007 at Thunderhill Raceway.
His current focus before next week's event is all about
preparation and promotion.
“Every step in my progression - from driving a computer simulator, to karts, and now to cars - allowed me to be immediately competitive at the next level and has been crucial to my development as a championship caliber driver,” said Mark Drennan. "I'm speaking with former shootout participants, series champions, driver coaches, and race engineers to gain their insights and advice. I'm also getting the word out to promote the Mazda Road to 24 program and my participation as a finalist."
Mason Filippi began automobile racing with NASA in 2014. The most important thing to him this year was good consistent finishes. Mason had 4 wins and several podiums. Being only one week out from the Mazda Road to 24 Shootout, his current focus is studying the track, refining interview skills and promoting himself as well as Mazda through press releases. “NASA has a great field with talented and dedicated drivers. Mazda including the Teen Mazda Challenge champions in the Mazda Road to 24 shootout gave me the opportunity to compete for this amazing prize,” said Mason Filippi.
Eric Powell began his racing career like many others honing his skills in karting before moving into stock car racing for several years. Later deciding there were more opportunities in Road Racing, he moved into NASA. “Currently I am 100% focused on winning the shootout and building my brand. NASA has been a great place to race for the past few years. Classes such as Performance Touring really allow someone with creativity and ingenuity like myself to shine,” said Eric Powell.
The shootout will take place at Carolina Motorsports Park in Kershaw, SC, on November 8-10. The criteria for the shootout is to identify the aspiring professional racer who has the best range of skills required to succeed. These skills include speed, consistency, race craft, technical feedback and off-track business, marketing and PR skills.
Additional information about the Mazda Road to 24 shootout, and 2016 MX-5 Cup race car, can be found at www.mazdamotorsports.com Mazda Motorsports will be providing live social updates from the Carolina Motorsports Park event on Twitter at @mazdaracing and with hashtag #MRT24.