With a truncated season taking place in the region due to COVID-19, NASA Northeast drew a record 13 eager competitors for ST2 for its most recent race at New Jersey Motorsports Park’s Thunderbolt course Sept. 26-27. Momentum has been growing in the class due to the simple rules set and camaraderie among racers in the field. The race saw four rookies mixing it up on track with nine seasoned regulars. After extensive upgrades to his No. 24 Mustang in the last several weeks, AJ Hartman asserted himself as the man to beat during Friday practice, turning fastest lap of the class [...]
It’s difficult enough to set a track record during a race, but even more difficult to do it on the last lap when everything in the car is at peak temperature, including the driver. That didn’t stop Luke McGrew, who wended his way through traffic and got the ST5 lap record just as checkers flew. McGrew got a third-place finish and the lap record, and a win in race three later that same day. Nicely done. Luke McGrew’s 2007 Mazda MX-5 in ST5 trim set the track record at Mid-Ohio in August.The post Last Lap, Lap Record appeared first on NASA [...]
This race didn’t end as planned for NASA Great Lakes ST6 driver Michael Weber, but the first several laps certainly were exciting and a testament to the challenges of the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course and the competition in ST6 in the Great Lakes Region. Weber started from fifth, and mixed it up for several laps when trouble, well, struck in Turn 13. Weber got stuck in the gravel, but he was able to compete in races two and three that weekend, finishing one step shy of the podium on Sunday. Great Lakes NASA ST6 racer Michael Weber.The post ST6 Competition at [...]
Here’s a great lap from NASA Northeast driver Edgar Morales at Pocono Raceway, which has far better asphalt than any other road in Pennsylvania — it’s probably not maintained by PennDOT. It looks like a real hoot to drive. Morales has since added a full cage to his car and moved up into racing his Subaru BRZ in ST5. Well done! Edgar Morales ST5 Subaru BRZ.The post Live from Pocono Raceway! appeared first on NASA Speed News Magazine.
At the 2017 Western States Championships at Thunderhill Raceway, Dave Schotz had been having car trouble throughout the weekend. In fact, it was so bad, he missed the qualifying races on Friday and Saturday. After replacing a lot of parts, he discovered that the EPROM wasn’t fully inserted to the circuit board of the car’s ECU. Once he fixed that, the car ran great, but he still had to start at the rear of the field for the Championships race. What happened next is pretty clear evidence why Schotz has 15 NASA national championships to his name. Enjoy watching his charge [...]
In this clip, NASA Northeast Super Touring racer Mark Petronis makes a great pass heading into Turn 1 on the Thunderbolt course at New Jersey Motorsports Park. He slices between No. 92 John Gatzenmeyer and No. 38 Doug Winston, both of who show great awareness as Petronis was coming through. Petronis carries on to make another great pass later in the clip into Turn 7, diving to the inside and still making it stick. Nice work, for sure. Mark Petronis ST2 265 The post Sneaking Through appeared first on NASA Speed News Magazine.
NASA SoCal driver Francis Hu was racing his NP01 in ST2 in February at Chuckwalla Raceway, where he started from sixth overall. He got a pretty good start, but just after the first turn, he didn’t see another car on his inside and he ended up off track waiting for the rest of the field to go by so he could safely re-enter. From there, it was a matter of picking off cars and sticking moves on his way to a third-place finish. Well done. The post Punt, Pass and Stick appeared first on NASA Speed News Magazine.
It’s a show of faith to buy a used car sight unseen. It’s a much greater leap to buy a car damaged by a flood in Texas from a salvage operation in Ohio, and have it shipped it across the country without ever having inspected it for yourself. But that’s how NASA SoCal member Viktor Czapla came to own the Audi R8 he’s now racing in Super Touring 3. He saw a listing online on an R8 forum and sent a message to the guy asking about its condition, the extent of the damage, that kind of thing. The only thing [...]
Call it the art of clinching in the rain. NASA Northeast’s 2019 season drew to a close with an exciting weekend at New Jersey Motorsports Park’s Thunderbolt circuit. Saturday’s clear conditions and crisp temperatures led to some great racing and fresh track records. Sunday’s weather took a turn, and racers battled out for every point in blinding rain, dodging puddles large enough to swallow a Miata. In ST2, Mark Petronis arrived hungry to close the gap in points between him, A.J. Hartman, and Doug Winston. The regional championship podium order was to be decided by the final event’s points. Unfortunately for [...]
Matthew Wasilewski was leading the ST4 race at the NASA Championships Presented by Toyo Tires at Mid-Ohio, but an axle failure took him out at the exit of the Carousel. The failure darn near took out Andre Eisenbach, too, but he steered around Wasilewski, made a number of quick course corrections and carried on to take the ST4 Championship. The post Multiple Corrections appeared first on NASA Speed News Magazine.