You can reminisce all you want about the glory days of motorsports in the 1960s, but the winningest period in the history of Corvette racing began in earnest in 1999 with the C5. The Corvette C5-R debuted in the United States 1999 at the Rolex 24 at Daytona and internationally in 2001 at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, where it took the first of three consecutive class wins. In fact, from 1999 to 2004, the C5-R took 31 victories in the American Le Mans Series and the overall win at the Daytona 24 in 2001. The C5 has long been [...]
Proving that tracks can perilous places anywhere, this wild smart phone video from NASA Texas’ Jose Garcia shows a wheel and tire bouncing down the front straight after a hub failure on a Mazda RX-8, which you can see pull off and comes to a stop to drivers left as the wheel continues bouncing past the starter stand and down the front straight. Stay alert out there, people. The post Heads Up! appeared first on NASA Speed News Magazine.
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 [...]