Two Spec Miata Wins and a Track Record for Broderick Bauguess at Carolina Motorsports Park

Smooth pavement and cold temps were a perfect recipe for fast lap times in Spec Miata at Carolina Motorsports Park this November. The NASA Southeast racing weekend included a competition school on Friday where we added one new racer to the Spec Miata racing family. Capers Zentmeyer earned his provisional license and successfully finished both weekend races. We had an 18-car field for Saturday’s race. From the start, Broderick Bauguess led, with Keith Williamson in P2 while Annika Carter, Don Elvington, and Yan Dia duked it out for positions three through five. They raced hard for several laps, but finally [...]

November 23rd, 2021|

High Voltage: Taking on the 25 Hours of Thunderhill in an Electric Racecar

In sprint racing, the strategy is simple: Start as far forward as you can and improve your position from there until the checkered flag waves. In endurance racing, there are a lot more factors in play, and someone on the team needs to put them all together to form a comprehensive strategy the whole team understands. Everything from pit stops and driver changes to tire changes and fueling strategies come into play — especially when the checkered flag is 25 hours away. At the 2021 25 Hours of Thunderhill Presented by Hawk Performance, one team’s refueling strategy will be far [...]

November 23rd, 2021|

2022 NASA Championships Headed to WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca

In keeping with its tradition of moving the NASA Championships to the finest racing venues in the United States, the National Auto Sport Association has announced that the 2022 NASA Championships will take place Sept. 15-18, 2022, at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey County, California. NASA was the first amateur racing organization to pioneer the idea of moving its Championships event from year to year, and it has chosen to return to the WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca, a facility that first welcomed the NASA Championships in 2015. “WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca is one of a handful of iconic road [...]

November 22nd, 2021|

Broderick Bauguess Sweeps Spec Miata at Rockingham Speedway

NASA Southeast returned to Rockingham Speedway after a 14-year absence. NASA Southeast was last at the “Rock” in 2007 and it was great to get back to one of NASCAR’s iconic tracks for SPEEDTOBERFEST. On Saturday, Broderick Bauguess won pole position with a 1:09.974, with Eric Gerchak P2, Don Elvington P3, Keith Williamson P4, Jeremy Barnes P5 and Yan Dia P6. At the green flag the group got away cleanly and stayed two-by-two through NASCAR turns 1 and 2. As they exited N2, Gerchak pulled a half car lead on Bauguess, but Bauguess had the inside line for the Turn [...]

November 16th, 2021|

Five Teen Mazda Challenge Drivers to Tackle NASA 25 Hours of Thunderhill Presented by Hawk Performance

Five up-and-coming young drivers from NASA’s Teen Mazda Challenge series are headed to Thunderhill Raceway to take on the 25 Hours of Thunderhill Presented by Hawk Performance, a grueling annual endurance race that runs from 11 a.m. Saturday until noon Sunday. The 25 Hours of Thunderhill Presented by Hawk Performance is the longest closed-course endurance race in North America, and one of the toughest endurance races in all of motorsports. Everything from weather and speed differentials among the race’s nine different classes play a role in its difficulty. The five young drivers, Clayton Ketcher, Clayton Williams, Tomas Mejia, Jared Korth [...]

November 16th, 2021|

Two Views, Three Wide

The action in a Spec Miata Championships race is notable for the amount of close racing throughout the field. This video from NASA Texas Spec Miata racer Nick Harwood pulls a clip from the livestream broadcast and shows you what the same footage looks like from inside the cockpit. Admittedly, it’s much more sedate from the driver’s field of view, but the use of these two perspectives is a first for Move of the Month and a real treat to watch.   The post Two Views, Three Wide appeared first on NASA Speed News Magazine.

November 2nd, 2021|

2022 One Lap of America Schedule Announced

Entries are already piling in for Brock Yates’ Tire Rack One Lap of America event for 2022, so if you want to be part of the fun, now is the time to enter and begin preparing. A NASA-sanctioned event, Tire Rack One Lap of America happens every spring and it has attracted competitors from all across the country, with amateurs sometimes facing off against the likes of Randy Pobst or Ross Bentley. Teams travel from track to track, then attempt to set the fast lap at each one to build a points total that will win one of the One [...]

November 2nd, 2021|

Blake Minasian and Mark Polunin Nab One Win Apiece at Buttonwillow

Headed into the penultimate round of the NASA SoCal Spec Miata season, Blake Minasian held the points lead over KC Cook when competitors arrived at Buttonwillow Raceway in October. With three wins and only one race finish off the podium, Minasian had a 100-point cushion over second place Cook, who had one win and two third-place finishes in 2021. For Saturday’s race, AJ Zarcone snared pole position with a flyer in qualifying, and held the lead for the first few laps when the field hit 944 Spec traffic. Of course, traffic has an effect, and Minasian used it to pass [...]

October 26th, 2021|

Damaged Goods

Even after watching this video several times, you’d be hard-pressed to find something the driver in this car could have done to avoid the contact after the Bus Stop at the 2021 NASA Championships Presented by Toyo Tires. NASA Southeast Spec Miata series leader Keith Williamson entered the Bus Stop in some pretty heavy traffic, and got a strong exit, picking off a couple of positions in the process. However, some argy-bargy took place once the pack was out on the banking and Williamson got collected, but managed to stay off the wall, continue and finish the race on the [...]

October 19th, 2021|

NASA and Toyota Expand “GR Experience” to Include GR86 Buyers

In a first-of-its-kind program launched in 2020 and continued in 2021, every Toyota GR Supra sold comes with a one-year NASA membership and one complimentary day in NASA’s High Performance Driving Event program. In a groundbreaking new development, NASA and Toyota have announced they are expanding the program to all buyers of the GR86, Toyota’s popular lightweight sports coupe. “The GR Experience has been extraordinarily popular with Supra buyers since the program began in 2020,” said NASA Vice President Jeremy Croiset. “Expanding the GR Experience to include GR86 buyers is a great way to help more enthusiasts get the most [...]

October 5th, 2021|
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