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NASA Announces the Creation of the Toyo Tires Classic Offering the Largest Payout in the History of Amateur Road Racing

Author: NASA-GL/Friday, December 08, 2017/Categories: National News

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Indianapolis, IN – Dec 8, 2017 – The National Auto Sport Association (NASA) is excited to announce that the inaugural Toyo Tires Classic will take place during the 2018 NASA Championships presented by Toyo Tires to be held during the Circuit of the Americans, Sept 13-16, 2018.  This newly created event will include Spec Miata competition during the championships and will provide competitors with the largest purse ever in modern amateur competition history.

This unique race will award the overall winner at the event with a cash payout of up to $80,000!  More than $131,000 in cash awards will be made available to Spec Miata racers taking part in the competition with two different random cash awards totaling $5000.  A hard charger award will land a $10,000 pay day for a lucky driver, while many more unique incentives will be announced!  Qualifying requirements to enter the Toyo Tires Classic will be very straight forward and follow our typical NASA Championship qualification format.

“This will be the richest purse in Spec Miata competition”, said Marc Sanzenbacher, Toyo Tires, Senior Manager of Motorsports. “Our goal was to put together a program that would bring Spec Miata competitors together in a way that has never been accomplished before.  Our hope is that this new program will provide Spec Miata competitors with an annual pilgrimage that combines the camaraderie and festivities that NASA events are known for -- combined with a financial benefit that has never been seen in the community.  We look forward to the tremendous competition we expect to see at this event.”

“We’re really excited to announce this new program with our long-time partner Toyo Tires”, said Jeremy Croiset, NASA Director of Business Development.  “This new program demonstrates a level of commitment to the amateur racing community that is nearly unprecedented.  We fully expect this to be the largest Spec Miata competition in history at one of the best tracks in the country and we’re just getting started.  Folks can expect much more info on this program in the coming weeks as we announce further details.”

Additional event format details will be posted to www.nasaproracing.com following New Years Day. 

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