Check in on Your Member Benefits

As the season comes to a close, and the car spends the winter on jack stands, it’s a good time to check in to make sure you’re getting the most value out of your NASA membership. With all the new partners providing benefits to NASA members nationwide, it’s possible to recover the cost of your membership fees several times over. As an end-of-season reminder, Racers360.com offers NASA members exclusive discounts on its video analysis services from any one of several professional racing drivers. Racers360.com coaches include, Josef Newgarden, Dion von Moltke, Andrew Carbonell, Jordan and Ricky Taylor, Mazda team driver [...]

October 20th, 2020|

Mazda Announces MX-5 Cup Shootout Nominees

Mazda Motorsports has unveiled the list of drivers nominated for the 2020 MX-5 Cup Shootout, and lots of NASA drivers figure prominently on the list. The Shootout, scheduled for November 15-16 at the Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta in Braselton, Georgia, will award the winner with a $110,000 scholarship to compete in the 2021 Mazda MX-5 Cup presented by BFGoodrich Tires. The winner’s car will carry the Mazda’s Soul Red Crystal on his or her MX-5 Cup car throughout the season. Winning a club racing championship while driving a Mazda or Mazda-powered car is the primary way to be nominated for [...]

October 14th, 2020|

Grant West and Yan Dia Rule the Roost at Roebling Road

NASA Southeast Spec Miata rolled into Roebling Road for the Savannah Sizzler with a 17-car field. Keith Williamson grabbed pole position with a 1:23.832, with Yan Dia P2, Don Elvington P3, Matt Goodrich P4 and Grant West P5. At the start, it was drag race to Turn 1, where Dia braked later and slipped by Williamson for the lead, with the front of the group sorting out by Turn 2 as Dia, Williamson, Elvington, Goodrich and West at the pointy end. West picked off Goodrich in Turn 3 to start his march to the front and Jeremy Barnes grabbed P6 [...]

October 13th, 2020|

To The Very End

These are the kinds of closing laps you always hope for. With two laps to go, Blake Troester was looking to get around No. 124 Nathan Rohner when Steve Morrison passed him on the inside of Turn 5 at Utah Motorsports Park in September. That meant Troester’s new mission was to get back the position he once had. In what seems like poetic justice, Troester got a run on Morrison in Turn 1, then made the pass in the same place Morrison passed him a lap earlier and was able to hold him off to the very end. Blake Troester [...]

October 13th, 2020|

NASA Heads to Daytona International Speedway for 2021 Championships

Ask racers about their bucket list of tracks, and it’s a safe bet Daytona International Speedway is one of them. National Auto Sport Association drivers will be able to check The World Center of Racing off their lists when the 2021 NASA Championships Presented by Toyo Tires heads to the iconic venue, Sept. 16-19, 2021. “Since we began hosting NASA Championships races in 2006, this is one of our most exciting moments,” said NASA Vice President, Jeremy Croiset of the anticipation for next year’s Championships on the iconic DAYTONA Road Course. “We take great pride in the Championships venues we [...]

October 8th, 2020|

Nominees Announced For Mazda’s First Club Racing Factory Team

Mazda Motorsports, the National Auto Sport Association (NASA), and Toyo Tires are excited to announce the 18 go-karters nominated to represent Mazda’s first factory club racing team to compete in the Spec MX-5 Challenge Series in 2021 as Teen Mazda Challenge racers. To find the next generation of talent, Mazda turned to several prominent industry professionals: eKarting News, Max Papis, Buddy Rice, Chris Wheeler, Jared Thomas, and others. Go-karters became nominees for the Shootout either by winning a select championship or as an at-large bid. These 18 racers have the opportunity to submit a proposal, sharing why they should be [...]

October 6th, 2020|

NASA Members Get Big Discounts From Avis and Budget

NASA members always receive up to 25 percent off your rental when you use AWD# A672023, plus enjoy additional offers like dollars off, a complimentary upgrade, or a free weekend day. With a complimentary membership in Avis Preferred®, you’ll travel better, save time and gain access to exclusive offers. Skip the counter and paperwork at many locations and go straight to your car. Visit Avis.com or call 1-800-331-1212 to make a reservation. Budget also offers NASA members 25 percent discounts. NASA members always save up to 25 percent off Budget base rates with offer code B079529, plus get other great [...]

October 6th, 2020|

Mazda to Form Club Racing Factory Team

Mazda Motorsports and NASA are excited to announce the creation of Mazda’s first factory club racing team to run in Teen Mazda Challenge within the Spec MX-5 Challenge Series in 2021. On Tuesday, October 6, Mazda Motorsports will announce a list of kart racers who will be nominated to compete in Spec MX-5 race cars alongside the club racers who will be competing in Global Mazda MX-5 Cup race cars at the annual Global Mazda MX-5 Cup Shootout. These two competitions, running simultaneously, will help catapult racers into their respective next levels. Two go-karters will be selected from a two-day [...]

September 29th, 2020|

Timeout With: Wyatt Couch

Wyatt Couch became familiar with Spec Miata when he was racing karts in Northern California. When he wanted to enter sports car racing, he chose a Spec Miata and Teen Mazda Challenge. It turned out to be a pretty good move for Couch, who won the $20,000 Teen Mazda Challenge Scholarship race in August at Sonoma Raceway. In a weekend with three races, the finishes of which affected the starting position for the final scholarship race, Couch finished third in TMC and fourth overall in the first race. In the second race, Couch finished second in TMC and third overall. [...]

September 22nd, 2020|

How to Install a Kill Switch in a Miata Racecar

This is a story about how to install a kill switch in a Miata, but it’s also something of an ode to two guys named Dave, who factored heavily into this job. The first is Dave Wheeler, who was the owner of Advanced Autosports, a Spec Miata specialty shop in Beloit, Wisc. Wheeler unfortunately passed away in December 2018, but his shop lives on. Wheeler devised the kill switch kit I used for this story. In fact, I’ve used the same kit a few times. It’s the simplest way to add a kill switch to a Miata, which is what [...]

September 22nd, 2020|
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