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    Twenty-Five Hours of Thunderhill presented by Hawk Performance Opens Registration

    Tuesday, August 19, 2014
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    SONOMA, Calif. (Aug. 19, 2014) - The 2014 25 Hours of Thunderhill presented by Hawk Brakes has opened registration. The twice around the clock plus one hour event sanctioned by the National Auto Sport Association (NASA) will take place at Thunderhill Raceway in Willows, Calif., Dec 6-7.
     
    Hawk Performance has signed on as the new presenting sponsor for this year's event. Hawk Brakes is a leading supplier of severe duty and high-performance friction products for the motorsports and performance aftermarket.
     
    "We are pleased that Hawk Performance is onboard for the 12th running of the 25 Hours of Thunderhill," Jerry Kunzman, NASA executive director, said. "The portfolio of Hawk Performance products is a perfect fit for this event. Their brake pads and performance rotors get a workout during this great event."
     

    "This year we are expecting a great field of 72 cars," Kunzman continued. "Thunderhill has recently expanded their racing surface to cover five-miles. We are still in the decision stage if we will use the full five-miles come December. However, 25 around 5 does have a nice ring to it."
     
    The load in date for competitors will be Dec. 3, with Dec. 4 and Dec. 5 reserved for track arranged test days. The green flag will fly at 11 a.m. on Sat. Dec. 6 on the field that will consist of over 70 cars in six classes (E0, E1, E2, E3, ES, ESR).
     
    For additional information, please contact  NASA Media Director, Kyle Chura at kyle@kcapr.com or (248) 821-0468.  More detail on NASA and the Thunderhill 25 Hour can be found at nasaproracing.com  or  nasa25hour.com.

    About Hawk Performance
    Hawk Performance is a leading supplier of severe duty and high-performance friction products manufactured in ISO-certified facilities for the motorsports and performance automotive aftermarket. Hawk Performance products are engineered to allow users to control, command and conquer the terrain for which their vehicles are designed.
    Decades of experience in developing friction materials for aerospace, industrial, military, automotive and motorsports applications give Hawk Performance an advantage over the competition. In the past decade Hawk Performance friction products have won more motorsports championships than any other friction manufacturer. More information available at hawkperformance.com.
     

    NASA Championships presented by Toyo Tires Attracting Top Drivers

    Thursday, August 14, 2014
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    SONOMA, Calif., (Aug. 13, 2014)-The National Auto Sport Association's (NASA) ninth annual NASA Championships presented by Toyo Tires Eastern States Championships is gearing up for their weekend at Road Atlanta, Aug. 29-31.
     
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    The NASA Eastern States Championships are three weeks away. The 2.54-mile, 12-turn undulating Road Atlanta circuit has NASA drivers excited for a high-level of competition with competitors they see on regular weekends and familiar faces from across the country. Over 300 entries have been received so far with additional filings still coming into the office. Drivers that have been a factor in past Championships as well as returning winners crowd the driver lineup for the Eastern States Championship at Road Atlanta. 
     
    Kevin Helms is bringing his No. 05 Honda Civic Honda Challenge 1 car with help from sponsors Hondaworks, Carbotech, RLZ Engineering & Tuning and Hasport Motor Mounts, HPD and Ferrea Racing Components. Helms has been runner-up in the Championships and will be looking for the top step at the end of the month.
     
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    "I've raced at Road Atlanta in 2010 in the ARRC Championship as well as World Challenge in that same year," Helms said. "I qualified for the Championships at Virginia International Raceway and Summit Point in the Mid-Atlantic Region. The Honda Challenge 1 Class is always competitive and everyone steps up their preparation and competitiveness for the Championships. Anyone in the field can win it.  I hope to use my Road Atlanta knowledge to give me that slight edge come the end of the month."
     
    Yiannis Tsiounis is the 2012 National Champion in Spec Miata (SM), which took place at Mid-Ohio. He will drive his No. 69 Mazda Miata with sponsorship from YUSHINO (a game of Scrabble with numbers). Tsiounis ran his qualifying races at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park in Connecticut.
     
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    "I have raced in two Majors races at Road Atlanta in March of 2013 and 2014," Tsiounis said. "Unfortunately I have not been very lucky there yet. My best finish has been fourth in the STL class, three times, two in 2013 and one in 2014 and I have had several mishaps, including a non-trivial accident in 2014, where I was hit by no less than four cars after someone spun me at the start of the race, in front of 40+ angry bees. There are at least 10 drivers in the SM Class who are extremely good and it can be anyone's race. I have participated in seven NASA races in Spec Miata. My goals for the Eastern Championship is to have fun, keep myself and the car in one piece and perform to the capabilities of the car and WIN!"
     
    Ben Lesnak from Brooklyn, New York drove to TTB and TTA time trial national championships in 2011 and 2012. Lesnak is looking forward to the competition at Road Atlanta.
     
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    "I qualified for the Eastern Championships at New Jersey Motorsports Park and at Road Atlanta," Lesnak said. "I am driving my Corvette C5 with help from AJ Hartman Racing and Mantic Clutch. I am looking forward to racing again at Road Atlanta as I enjoyed driving the track from my qualification races, I also watched the first two Petit Le Mans races there a few years ago. My goals for the Championships are simple, have fun, bring the car back in one piece and win!  The field is full of good cars and drivers so it won't be easy."
     
    Will Faules, NASA Championships event manager, likes the way the fields for the Eastern Championship are taking shape.
     
    "The fields for the upcoming Eastern Championships are getting bigger by the week," Faules said. "In Spec Miata we are at 40 cars with entries still coming into the office. The always competitive American Iron class is nearing 25 cars. We are also expecting over 20 Porsche 944 competitors.  These great grids are going to make for some exciting racing around Road Atlanta at months end."
     
    Road Atlanta is a 2.54-mile, 12-turn undulating road course located in Braselton, Ga., just 50-miles north of Atlanta. Road Atlanta is known as one of the most exciting places to drive a race car. The ultra-fast circuit has only one slow corner, Turn Seven, which leads onto the long back straight. The approach to the fast downhill Turn 12 is blind challenging drivers to carry a lot of speed down the hill that leads to the front straightaway and in to Turn One. The stretch out of Turn One to Turn Five consists of a set of esses and lefts and rights that will reward a good handling car.
     
    Complete information on the NASA Championships presented by Toyo Tires can be viewed at nasachampionships.com.
     
    The NASA Championships presented by Toyo Tires Western States Championships will take the green flag at Sonoma Raceway, Nov. 7-9.
     
    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 Western States Championships.  The 2014 National Championship presented by Toyo Tires Eastern weekend will feature over 300 competitors racing for the NASA National Champion trophy in 36 racing classes and nine Time Trial divisions around the famed Road Atlanta circuit home to Petit Le Mans.

    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, Royal Purple, Hawk Performance, OG Racing, Ford Racing School, and GoPro.  We also want to thank MAZDASPEED, Honda Performance Development (HPD), Nissan, and Ford Motor Company for supporting our members.  We greatly appreciate those companies that offer our racers contingency support, including Toyo Tires, AST Suspension, BFGoodrich, Ford Racing, Goodyear, Hawk Performance, Honda Performance Development (HPD), Hoosier Racing Tire, MAZDASPEED, Nissan, Sampson Racing Communications and Yokohama.  NASA competitors can also get discounts from Fuel Safe, Vehiport, APR Performance, the Ford Racing School, Avis, Cruise America, Eibach Springs, Exedy, Fastbrakes, Konig, The Mid-Ohio School, Hobie Polarized, Konig, Molecule, Motel 6, OG Racing, Torco, TPIS, Porterfield, Jongbloed Wheels, Yavay, and Monster Clutch.  
     
    NASA at a Glance

    • NASA was founded in 1991 on the premise of providing motorsport competition programs that allow owners of both racecars and high-performance street-driven vehicles to enjoy the full-performance capabilities of their cars in a safe and controlled environment.
       
    • NASA has over 14,000 members in 16 regions.
       
    • Key events include the NASA Championships at Road Atlanta Aug. 29-31 and the Western Championships at Sonoma Raceway Nov. 7-9 and the season culminating NASA 25 Hours of Thunderhill, December 6-7.
       
    • The NASA National Championships will run 36 race classes and nine Time-Trial classes during the event.
       
    • NASA runs over 150 events each year encompassing over 250 races, including the association's Rally Sport and Time-Trial program.
       
    • Manufacturer partners include MAZDASPEED, Honda Performance Development (HPD), Nissan and Ford Racing.

    • NASA Management: Jerry Kunzman, Executive Director; Ryan Flaherty, National Chairman; Jeremy Croiset, Director of Sponsorship; Dave Ho, Business Operations Manager, Will Faules, National Event Manager.
     
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    NASA Championships presented by Toyo Tires Headed for Road Atlanta

    Thursday, August 07, 2014
    NASA Championships presented by Toyo Tires
    SONOMA, Calif., (July 30, 2014) - The National Auto Sport Association's (NASA) ninth annual NASA Championships presented by Toyo Tires is preparing for the first of two nationwide events. The first of the twin bill will be the Eastern States Championships to run at Road Atlanta, Aug. 29-31. Going from a single national championship event to a double, the NASA Western States Championships will take the green flag at Sonoma Raceway, Nov. 7-9.
     
    road_atlanta.jpgEntries for the NASA Eastern States Championships are flowing into registration. The 2.54-mile, 12-turn undulating Road Atlanta circuit is drawing top competitors from the east, as well as from across the country. So far nearly 300 entries have been received with the larger classes being Spec Miata (SM), Honda Challenge (HC), Spec E30 and American Iron (AI).
     
    Brian Fassler is returning to the NASA Championships in his new American Iron Extreme (AIX) Class Ford Mustang. Fassler will be a driver to to watch in what will be one of the weekend's fastest events.
     
    "I've only been to Road Atlanta three times," Fassler said. "Once in 2010, in my first year of racing, and twice this year. I enjoy the track and I can't wait to see how the Championships go in a month. My goal for the weekend is to represent my sponsors as well as I can. I wouldn't be able to go to the Championships without them. Secondly, I'm going to try my hardest to win my first Championship next month. I see Chris Griswold being my main competition. He and I battled it out last year at Miller Motorsports Park and I know we've both stepped our games up since last year. It's going to be a hard race with some strategy put into it. 
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    This will be my fourth attempt at the NASA Championships with some success. I started on pole in 2012 at Mid-Ohio in STR2 and led the first half of the race. I started on pole in AIX last year at Miller (first time there) and reset the track record by over a second. I've finished fourth in AI in 2012 and third in STR1 last year at Miller.  I'm driving my 2014 Ford Mustang with help from Paul's Automotive Engineering, Precision Turbo, Hoosier, Technitron Rotary Table Interfaces, Wiseco Pistons, Ford Racing, JRi Shocks, Cometic Gasket and Hawk Performance."
     
    Florida's Alex Bolanos has been in contention in Spec Miata (SM) the last two years and is looking for the overall win at Road Atlanta next month.
     
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     "I qualified for the Championships at Sebring by getting the pole, setting fast lap and winning in all four races," Bolanos said. "I am driving my No. 57 Spec Miata sponsored by Momo, Autotechnik, and Apex Alignment. I've raced at Road Atlanta twice a year for the past few seasons. I have over seven podiums and a win in this year's SCCA Major there.  My goal is to win. I was in the hunt in 2011 at Mid-Ohio and had a hub failure and finished a close second in 2012 to Yannis (Tsiounis). I see Yannis and Steyn (Danny) being strong next month and I am sure there will be locals in the hunt as they were at Mid-Ohio.  I was second in TTE in 2008 at the Championships. In 2011 I won one of the qualifying races and had a failure during the race in SM and in 2012 I finished second in SM."
     
    Will Faules, NASA Championships event manager, is happy with the level of enthusiasm for the new format with a month to go before racing begins.
     
    "We have a strong contingent of drivers from the east as we expected," Faules said. "We also have groups coming to Road Atlanta from as far as Colorado, California and Arizona. The list of competitors is drawing other racers in from across the country. Road Atlanta is a great facility with a lot of paddock room. The track is second-to-none and we are looking forward to some great racing all weekend come August."
     
    Road Atlanta is a 2.54-mile, 12-turn undulating road course located in Braselton, Ga., just 50-miles north of Atlanta. Road Atlanta is known as one of the most exciting places to drive a race car. The ultra-fast circuit has only one slow corner, Turn Seven, which leads onto the long back straight. The approach to the fast downhill Turn 12 is blind challenging drivers to carry a lot of speed down the hill that leads to the front straightaway and in to Turn One. The stretch out of Turn One to Turn Five consists of set of esses and lefts and rights that will reward a good handling car.
     
    Complete information on the NASA Championships presented by Toyo Tires can be viewed at nasachampionships.com.
     
    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 Western States Championships.  The 2014 National Championship presented by Toyo Tires Eastern weekend will feature over 300 competitors racing for the NASA National Champion trophy in 36 racing classes and nine Time Trial divisions around the famed Road Atlanta circuit home to Petit Le Mans.

    August's Issue of Speed News Magazine is Here!

    Wednesday, August 06, 2014
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    Volume 3, issue 8 of NASA's Speed News Magazine is available here

    July's issue of Speed News Magazine now available!

    Friday, July 18, 2014
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    Volume 3, issue 4 of NASA's Speed News Magazine is available here

    Spec E46 Series Announced

    Thursday, July 17, 2014
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    Napa Valley, CA - The National Auto Sport Association (NASA) is pleased to introduce the new Spec E46 series. This class will host BMW 3-series platforms from 2001-2006 and cater to those who want close Spec racing utilizing a modern German platform. Designed to sit between the popular Spec E30 series and the highly developed cars of the German Touring Series, it will take advantage of the plentiful source of E46 street cars currently available in the $3k-$6k range.

    With a minimum weight of just 2850lbs with driver and a spec ECU tune providing competitors with plenty of legal power, the cars will deliver exceptional performance on a reasonable budget. Focus will be on moderate chassis tunability using a spec MCS single adjustable shock allowing the opportunity to highlight driver ability while still providing for some adjustability to suit different driving styles. The series will also utilize the venerable Toyo Proxes RR tire providing fast and consistent laps times in a long lasting tire which will minimize operating costs.

    The series will enjoy a condensed 2014 schedule with the first exhibition race taking place during the NASA Eastern States Championship event at Road Atlanta, Aug. 29-31. The two remaining races of the season will take place at the Virginia International Raceway before returning to the Road Atlanta facility for the final 2014 event. On the west coast, Spec E46 cars will compete at the NASA Western Championships and the 25 hours of Thunderhill.  A complete schedule for 2015 will be released later this year.
     
    The series will boast an impressive list of contingency sponsors allowing racers to subsidize their competition costs. Toyo will provide their lucrative contingency program for each event while Motion Control Suspension, Bimmerworld, Apex Wheels, and Ground Control will offer additional awards to series competitors. Complete information on all contingency programs will be posted as they become available.

    For more information on the series, please visit 
    http://spece46.com/


    Update from Hawk Performance

    Thursday, July 03, 2014
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    Effective immediately - New for the 2014 racing season Hawk Performance Contingency Certificates for the National Auto Sport Association (NASA) are to be redeemed on the Hawk Performance website.   In order to better serve the racing industry, we have allowed our contingency support to be fulfilled directly at www.hawkperformance.com. Each Racer now can use their contingency coupon code and order their products direct.  
    For racers in the Spec 3 class redeeming Hawk Performance Contingency Certificates can order the Hawk Performance Spec 3 equivalent part numbers from the www.hawkperformance.com website. Those part numbers are as follows;

    Front pads       HB136G.690 
    Rear pads        HB227W.630

    The pads specified above are now legal in the NASA Spec 3 class.

    Will Faules Appointed NASA Texas Regional Director

    Thursday, July 03, 2014
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    Napa Valley, CA - The National Auto Sport Association (NASA) and NASA Texas are pleased to announce that Will Faules, NASA’s Assistant Divisional Director, will assume the responsibilities of Regional Director of the NASA Texas Region. Faules will be taking over the region from Dave and Revkah Balingit who have effectively managed the Texas Region for the last 4 years during a period of growth and prosperity. Dave will still have an active role in the region working side by side with Will to ensure a smooth transition and Faules gets up to speed. This new change will allow Dave and Revkah the opportunity to focus on their home region of Rocky Mountain as they continue growing the fantastic events NASA members have come to expect in the Rocky Mountain Region. 

    This move for Faules will all be in addition to his current duties as National Event Manager and Assistant Divisional Director for NASA. “This is a dream come true for me” said Faules. “ Dave and Revkah have done wonders for NASA and I’m excited to step up into this additional role. NASA has some of the finest customers, staff, and tracks that I am fortunate to get to work with. The addition of Texas hospitality makes this experience even better. I look forward to working with all the great people of NASA Texas, continuing on the huge growth we’ve seen over the last year, and most of all putting on the best amateur events in Texas.”

    Faules has been involved with NASA since the mid-90’s. He was the first ever licensed NASA teen driver at the age of 13 after several years racing go-karts. He’s raced in many NASA classes and highlights include the 2003 25 Hours of Thunderhill Class Winner, 2005 NorCal SM Season Championship Winner, 2005 Western Endurance Racing Championship E-2 Winner, and 2006 NASA Championships PT-E Winner.

    June's Issue of NASA's Speed News Magazine available

    Wednesday, June 04, 2014
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    Volume 3, issue 4 of NASA's Speed News Magazine is available here

    'Survive the 25' now on NASA YouTube Channel

    Tuesday, May 13, 2014
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    Napa Valley, CA - ‘Survive the 25,’ the documentary that originally aired on NBC Sports, is now on our YouTube page, NASA SpeedNews. The show highlights four teams on their journeys through the 2013 iteration of the famed United States Air Force NASA 25 Hours of Thunderhill.

    Witness the triumphs and struggles of each team as they battle through the longer endurance race in North America. No other road race in North America tests man and machine quite like this modern classic.

    Watch the program in HD to enjoy the excellent cinematography that will capture your imagination, and leave you with an impression of what trying to race flat out for 25 hours really entails.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NTuFF0zeX5g

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