In her first season of competition, NASA Florida racer Lena Chin drives something of a rare car in NASA racing: a 1993 Honda Prelude. When NASA Florida visited Sebring International Raceway in April, Chin took the start and had the ST5 lead for a while, but she was fighting understeer due to excess toe-in and she ended up finishing second behind Jason Searcy in the No. 585 Miata. We’ll be watching to see more this rookie driver and her unicorn Honda Prelude. The post On Board in ST5 at Sebring appeared first on NASA Speed News Magazine.
NASA Texas ST6 racer Jose Garcia Jr. was not far behind a Spec E46 at Hallett Motorsports Park when the BMW suffered a puncture in the right rear tire, which caused a spin in Turn 5. The driver put two feet in hard and the E46 came to rest in the middle of the track, giving Garcia Jr. just enough time plant the front end, then dart around the outside. Don’t you just love happy endings? The post Near Miss at Hallett appeared first on NASA Speed News Magazine.
NASA Great Lakes ST4 racer Matthias Schaub was having a fine time in the Thunder race group at Pittsburgh International Race Complex in July, when a slight error and out-of-class traffic tripped him up a bit. On the white-flag lap, he didn’t get a good drive up the hill out of Turn 8, but his competitor Ron Williams did and put about a five- or six car gap- between them. Driving the blue Subaru, Williams capitalized on his position and diced through four out-of-class cars ahead and looked poised to carry the position all the way to the checkers. However, that’s [...]
On a hot and sticky May day at Daytona International Speedway, Paul Davison started from fourth in his 2017 Camaro 1LE racecar. Davison battled three Corvettes, moving from P4 to P2 and back most of the race. Then, with three laps to go, Davison made the pass for the lead in the Chicane when the yellow Corvette went in a bit too deep. With the lead, Davison charged ahead, hitting top speeds in excess of 170 mph, but when his car began sputtering on the high banks, he realized he was running low on fuel. In the end, Davison was able [...]
Super Touring has different classes, but it’s no secret that Super Touring drivers always have the unofficial “overall” win in the back of their minds. So when Ralph Warren took the white flag at Willow Springs International Raceway, he continued to try to get around an ST2 Corvette, even though he was in ST1. We can’t give away the ending, because we ask you in the middle of the video what you would do. Since we can’t give away the ending, we’d like to point out a couple of interesting tidbits. If you look closely through the center net, you can [...]
After a long hiatus, NASA Arizona returned to Inde Motorsports Ranch, a private membership track nestled outside Willcox, Ariz., with a 2.75-mile, 21-turn road course. The track offers nearly a mile of cumulative straightaways as well as 200 feet of natural elevation changes combining uphill and downhill corners and straights, blind apexes, hairpins, sweepers, negative and positive-camber turns. It’s a challenging circuit that offers several configurations, which change the racing dynamics and opportunities. NASA Arizona ran configuration No. 5, the main track configuration featuring all but one turn on Saturday, and configuration No. 4 on Sunday, the “fast” configuration, creating a [...]
In a non-pandemic world, Eric Moore would be finishing up his freshman year at Oregon State, studying mechanical engineering. Because of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, the teenager took a gap year so he wouldn’t endure another year of remote learning. Instead of focusing on a lost year , the younger Moore saw it as an opportunity to spend more time racing with his father and learning the art of a racecar setup thanks to a job at EDGE Motorworks. “It’s really a unique thing that we can bond over and I’ve really enjoyed the time I’ve gotten to spend with him,” [...]
It’s always amazing to see how fast cars can go through Turn 10 at Watkins Glen. In his first event racing at Watkins Glen, Edgar Morales was able to set a new ST5 track record on Sunday at 2:09.624 in his No. 696 Subaru BRZ, a feat helped by the amount of speed he carried through Turn 10. He might have gotten a slight tow from the S2000 just ahead, but Morales rattled off a really clean lap and notched a new ST5 track record. Well done. The post Back to Watkins for a Track Record appeared first on NASA Speed [...]
NASA SoCal Super Touring 2 racer Ralph Warren was a long way from home when he took the ST2 win at Watkins Glen in April. Waiting for a full-course caution to clear late in the race, Warren used his spotters and his crew — and a well prepped E90 M3 — to his advantage to get an idea of what kind of traffic lay ahead of him, and put that to work on his last-lap dash with NASA Northeast ST2 standout Mark Petronis in his C5 Corvette. Traffic played a role, as did the draft, but Warren created his own opportunity [...]
NASA SoCal Regional Director and Deputy Director Tessa Kyriakopoulos have announced the appointment of longtime Super Touring driver Jean-Luc De Fanti as the new series leader for ST classes in the Southern California Region. A film producer by day, De Fanti started with NASA in HPDE2 in 2009 in his Alpina B7 BMW. De Fanti advanced to TT in 2013, earned his comp license in 2015, and began campaigning his E36 M3 in 2018. His Team Hemisphere Racing fields a Strom Motorsport-prepared and supported BMW E36 M3 in ST4 and E1 in the Western Endurance Racing Challenge series. In 2020, Team [...]