National Auto Sport Association Announces New National Teen Mazda Challenge Program

Giving young drivers a helping hand is what the Teen Mazda Challenge (TMC) has always been about, and the National Auto Sport Association (NASA) is excited to announce it is expanding the TMC program nationally. The new TMC will add value and help drivers up to age 20 climb the ladder to success in racing and help them develop skills they need in their careers. The program also will deliver a suite of contingency prizes to help make racing more affordable. For the 2018 season, NASA and a few select sponsors will offer the following benefits for the TMC: Mazda [...]

March 14th, 2018|

Drennan Dominates Sonoma Sizzler

With a season-high 36 entries, Spec Miata had the biggest field for the May event at Sonoma Raceway! Mark Drennan set pole with Justin Casey and Graham Downey close behind in morning qualifying. Race one saw a clean start until the two- and three-wide action caught up with the middle of the pack, sending four cars spinning over 3a. All continued, though a few went right back to the paddock with damage. As Casey and Downey battled for P2, it allowed Drennan to slowly slip away to a comfortable 4-second win! Casey won the P2 battle as Downey hung onto [...]

July 18th, 2018|

Toyo Tires and Flying Lizard Take on Pikes Peak

Toyo Tires and Flying Lizard Motorsports took on the 96th running of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb Sunday, June 24.  The No. 45 Flying Lizard / Toyo Tires McLaren 12C GT3 has been tuned-and-tested to race the 12.42-mile, 156-turn public toll road, which climbs from the start at 9,390 ft. to a power-robbing 14,115 ft. elevation.  Driver of the McLaren is Clint Vahsholtz, owner of the most class victories in the history of the PPIHC.  The tires used for the assault are Toyo Proxes Slicks. “Toyo Tires is excited to be partnered with Flying Lizard Motorsports and Clint Vahsholtz for [...]

July 6th, 2018|

NASA Championships Attracting Record Fields

Entries to the NASA Championships presented by Toyo Tires are setting new records in a number of classes, and not just Spec Miata for the Toyo Tires Classic, which now has 91 cars entered. In 944 Spec, entries have surged to 19 total cars for 2018. This year will be a showdown among three competitors, Dan Piña, Marcelo Vine and John Pentelei-Molnar, all of whom have won championships. In American Iron, it’s going to be a shootout among 24 cars entered as of press time. AI will truly be a reflection of the talent in NASA nationwide as California standouts [...]

July 6th, 2018|

Toyo Tires Classic Entries Top 90 Cars

At press time, entries for the Toyo Tires Classic had reached 90 cars. Offering the largest purse in the history of amateur road racing, the Toyo Tires Classic seeks to attract at least 125 cars to maximize the prize money available to the winning driver. Upward of $80,000 is available if the entries exceed 115 cars. Because Circuit of the Americas limits the number of cars on track to 85, Spec Miata will be split into two run groups. Each group will be eligible for cash prizes, including two hard charger awards and five $1,000 prizes awarded at random. For [...]

June 6th, 2018|

More Than 400 Competitors Registered for NASA Championships

If you are looking for lots of competition at this year’s NASA Championships presented by Toyo Tires, you are going to find it. Registration for this year’s Championships at Circuit of the Americas has topped 400 cars in Time Trial and racing. Scheduled for Sept. 13-16, this year’s event is shaping up to the be the biggest NASA Championships ever. Spec Miata has attracted 90 cars. Spec E30 is nearing 40 entries and Super Touring 4, a class in only its second year in existence has attracted 21 entries from across the country. What’s more, Super Unlimited, the fastest class [...]

June 6th, 2018|

NASA Appoints New Communication Director

Promoting from within, the National Auto Sport Association has appointed Brett Becker as its new communication director. In addition to his role as the editor of Speed News, the official publication of NASA, Becker will operate in a multifaceted role, from planning communication strategies that accompany NASA initiatives to assisting management in marketing events. He will also serve as the media contact and spearhead the company’s efforts to publicize and garner media coverage for its events, drivers and series. “It made perfect sense for us to expand Brett Becker’s role with NASA,” said NASA Vice President Jeremy Croiset. “He joined [...]

April 25th, 2018|

Pond Dominates Willow Springs Opener

Fresh off a win at Chuckwalla in February, Ryan Pond started Saturday’s race from third only to lose two spots in Turn 1. He got one back in Turn 3 when he repassed Hannah Grisham, who had started behind him. Pond and Rob Burgoon got a little too close early on in the fast Turn 8 and Pond dropped two wheels and fell back. He was back on Burgoon’s bumper at the exit of Turn 9 the next lap and around him the next time into Turn 2. After that, Pond was gone and took a convincing win. Jeremy Barnes [...]

April 4th, 2018|

McAleer Aces Spec Miata at Carolina Motorsports Park

Weather forecasts predicted a wet race weekend and Saturday’s qualifying happened on a damp track, with Marc Cefalo claiming pole position with a 1:55.439, followed by Stevan McAleer in P2, Keith Williamson P3, Yan Dia P4, John Palazzolo P5 and Brad Miller P6. Unfortunately, an intermittent light rain started falling 30 minutes before race start time. Late to grid as a result of changing teammate McAleer to wet tires, Marc Cefalo started at the back of the field. At the start, McAleer got around Williamson and started gapping the field. By the end of lap three, Cefalo had passed about [...]

April 4th, 2018|

2018 NASA Championships Presented by Toyo Tires Registration Opens April 6th 2018

The National Auto Sport Association (NASA) is pleased to announce that registration for the 2018 NASA Championships presented by Toyo Tires will open April 6, 2018 at 9 a.m. PST. The NASA Championships move this year to the world-famous Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas. The four-day event will take place September 13-16, 2018. This world-class facility, home to the United States Grand Prix, and some would say the pinnacle of motorsports in the world, also will be where we find out just who are the fastest drivers in the country! This top-level event will feature the inaugural Toyo [...]

April 2nd, 2018|

Toyo Tires Continues as the Official Tire of the National Auto Sport Association for 2018

NASA is pleased to announce that Toyo Tires® will continue as the Official Tire of The National Auto Sport Association in 2018.  This represents the 16th year that NASA and Toyo Tires have been committed to expanding the sport of amateur road racing throughout the US.  As part of that long-standing partnership program, NASA is excited to announce the official 2018 Toyo Tires Contingency Support Program. A few seasons ago, we were privileged to announce a newly revamped spec tire program that dramatically increased awards for competitors. New for 2018, Toyo Tires has done it again with their open tire [...]

March 15th, 2018|
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