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    NASA Championships Awarded Grassroots Motorsports Editors' Choice Award for 2015

    Friday, April 03, 2015

    Thumb champsNapa Valley, CA – The National Auto Sport Association (NASA) has been awarded a Grassroots Motosports Magazine Editors’ Choice Award for 2015. NASA’s decision to offer two Championships events in 2014 instead of one was deemed one of the top 20 things which made the motorsports scene a better place in 2014.

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    Grassroots Motorsport Magazine agreed that splitting the NASA Championships Presented by Toyo Tires into the Western and Eastern States Championships significantly lessened the tow, time, energy, and ultimately the expense needed to compete at the highest level of amateur road racing in the US. This has provided many more competitors the opportunity to taste national-level competition for the first time, while matching the grid sizes of NASA Championship events of the past.

    “It was very rewarding to see Grassroots Motorsports Magazine select our NASA Championships events as an Editors’ Choice for 2015 after successfully deliver on our promise last year,” reflects Jeremy Croiset, NASA’s Director of Business Development. “That promise; to make national-caliber competition available to a wider array of NASA members, all whilst reducing the cost of the overall experience. We’re looking forward to seeing the Championships grow this year at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca and Virginia International Raceway now that people have seen that this recipe works. This also provided us the perfect opportunity to match up the best of the best from our Champions in our Mazda Race of NASA Champions which is scheduled for later this month during the Continental Tires Monterey Grand Prix Powered by Mazda at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.”

    MAXXIS to Offer New HPDE Discount

    Wednesday, March 25, 2015
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    Napa Valley, CA - NASA is pleased to announce a generous new HPDE entry discount program available to all participants. Beginning immediately, anyone that purchases a set of MAXXIS RC-1 tires will be eligible to receive a $50 discount coupon. This coupon will be good toward any HPDE entry in any NASA region. Thanks to Maxxis and their generous support of the community, any HPDE participant can now save $50 on their event weekend along with their purchase of a new set of RC-1 tires. For complete details regarding the offer, please visit 
    http://www.maxxisrc1.com/content/track-day-rebate.

    Scott Good to Step Down as GTS National Series Leader

    Friday, March 20, 2015
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    Napa Valley, CA. – The National Auto Sport Association (NASA) is announcing that Scott Good will be stepping down as GTS National Series Leader. Good, the 2008 and 2010 GTS2 National Champion, took over the role of GTS National Series Leader in 2012 and has served the series well, seeing it through tremendous growth and most recently, new rules that will level the playing field within each class of the series.


    Scott will now focus his efforts on building what he explains as a tracked-based executive leadership development program that builds on the concepts developed in his latest book, ‘DRIVING LEADERS: Lessons in high-performance leadership drawn from endurance racing.’


    With Scott’s retirement comes an opportunity for NASA to implement a new process created for recruiting National Series Leaders. Interested persons can now submit their resume for the position after review of the National Series Leader Outline. In the past, drivers have been hand picked for these roles. While that has worked well, NASA’s steady growth and current size requires that we explore a new process that will open this opportunity up to more people than ever before.


    If you are interested in applying for the GTS National Series Leader position or being considered for any other series in the future, you can learn more about the requirements of this position and how to apply by following this link: https://www.nasaproracing.com/rules/NSLR.pdf


    Contact:

    Bryan Cohn

    Technical Director of Competition

    NASA Pro Racing

    bcohn@drivenasa.com

    (417) 540 - 2595


    Mazda Race of NASA Champions to be Held at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca

    Tuesday, March 17, 2015

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    Napa Valley, CA – The National Auto Sport Association (NASA) and Mazda Motorsport are pleased to announce that the 2015 Mazda Race of NASA Champions is scheduled to take place the weekend of May 1st at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca during the IMSA TUDOR United SportsCar Championship weekend. Registration is now open for any competition license holding 2014 NASA Champion. This event will provide each 2014 NASA Champion the opportunity to pit themselves against each other in identically prepared Mazda MX-5s in a winner take all format that will decide the inaugural NASA Grand Champion.

    “We’re thrilled we’ve been successful in working with our great partner Mazda to bring this brand new event and opportunity to the NASA community,” said Ryan Flaherty, NASA National Chairman. “It took a tremendous amount of work involving a number of other partners to put this amazing opportunity together for our Champions to compete against one another in a single event competition weekend to find out who really is the best of the best! This program speaks volumes to the importance Mazda places in motorsports as they are truly devoted to finding the best driver in NASA to include in their annual Mazda Club Racer Shootout later this year. Both of our companies share a common vision for offering new opportunities in motorsports and this program could help identify the next great driver in our sport. We can’t wait to see the action in May at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca."

    “This is an unprecedented opportunity for all of us involved. I expect we will see one of the great races unfold before our eyes at one of the most prolific race tracks in the world. The opportunity to grow the talent in the Mazda Club Racer Shootout, building on the Mazda Sports Car Racing Academy, is of great interest. To have this event during the weekend when our prototype team, the Mazda Continental Tire Street Tuner teams, and the Battery Tender Mazda MX-5 Cup Presented by BFGoodrich Tires competes, along with showcasing the 2016 MX-5 Cup development car, will make for one exciting weekend. The opportunity to make a name for oneself has never been better,” said John Doonan, director of Mazda Motorsports.

       

    To register for the Mazda Race of NASA Champions or to see full details regarding the event including entry fees, event format, and event rules, please visit https://www.nasaproracing.com/events/2053

    Bryan Cohn Announced as the New Technical Director of Competition

    Wednesday, March 11, 2015
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    Napa Valley, CA – The National Auto Sport Association is pleased to announce Bryan Cohn as its new Technical Director of Competition. Bryan has been involved in virtually every position required within motorsports since 1983 and the wealth of knowledge and experience he brings to the table will be crucial as he takes on his new role within NASA. Mr. Cohn will help guide the development of class rules, manage series leaders, and ensure the rule revision process happens as quickly as possible. 

    “We are thrilled to have Bryan return to such a pivotal position within NASA after helping to spearhead the challenge of implementing the first NASA Championship event back in early 2006”, said Jeremy Croiset, NASA’s Director of Business Development. “Bryan should prove a valuable addition to the NASA team as our program continues to grow and expand.”

    "I am really excited to rejoin the NASA team,” said Cohn. “When I made the move back in 2006, little did I know it was going to be a life changing opportunity. I look forward to serving NASA drivers again and enjoying motorsports with all the membership."


    Bryan began racing in 1986 and has competed in over 50 different types of cars in 38 different classes including everything from entry-level single seaters, production cars, sports racers, formula cars, and he now currently races a Mazda Miata in the NASA Performance Touring E class. He has also run a successful automotive prep shop specializing in single seater and sports car preparation. His experience in the world of automobile racing is exemplary which will provide him with the tools required to get the job done. Look for Bryan at various NASA events in 2015.

    NASA Announces Spec E46 as a New National Class

    Friday, March 06, 2015
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    Napa Valley, CA – NASA is excited to announce the arrival of Spec E46 as a NASA sanctioned class for 2015. Competitors will now be eligible to compete in the Spec E46 class in all regions.

    We’re pleased to announce Jason Tower as the National Series Director and Evan Levine as the Assistant National Series Director.

    Spec E46 is designed with BMW enthusiasts in mind, looking for a newer platform with which to start, focusing on affordability and still maximizing the fun per dollar spent factor. With over 50 SE46 cars already built or underway, NASA expects a great turnout in SE46 fields in 2015 and beyond.    

    SE46 National Director Jason Tower states, “We are thrilled to see Spec E46 taking off as quickly as it is and are looking forward to many years of competitive spec racing. We've worked with racers, shops, and vendors to develop a ruleset utilizing components that yield a fun, fast, durable, and economical racing platform. Tightly regulated engines and a sealed spec ECU tune keep horsepower variance to a minimum, while high quality suspension parts and driveline components ensure that all of that power is put to good use.  With donor cars available starting under $2500 it opens the door to close, exciting racing for beginning and experienced drivers alike" continues Tower.

    Jason Tower began racing with NASA Spec E30 in 2010 in the highly competitive Mid Atlantic and Southeast regions.  He is an accomplished and seasoned racer with a passion for the Spec E46 class. He lives with his wonderfully supportive wife and two dogs in Raleigh, NC where he works as a Linux systems administrator.  

    With the Assistant National Series Director Evan Levine also having contributed to the conception of the series, SE46 should have all the ingredients needed to flourish. With the passionate and motivated leaders we have in Jason and Evan, the series is perfectly positioned to realize its full potential.

    NASA Divisional Director Will Faules believes there is a lot to be gained from introducing this new series to all NASA regions, and will in short time become a solid addition to our NASA competition program. “As a former SpecE30 racer myself, I’m glad to see the next step in spec racing with the E30 chassis becoming harder and harder to find as cheap as they once were,” Faules said. “Having an affordable, fast, fun, reliable car is what this series is all about and I’m confident it will prove to be a great class for years to come.”  

    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 alwatson@drivenasa.com


    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 https://www.nasaproracing.com/contingencies.

    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 www.nasaproracing.com 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 shawn@drivenasa.com

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