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.
Andre Eisenbach took the ST4 and TT4 Championships at Mid-Ohio, but he had a few bumps along the way, one of which was an ABS failure as he headed into the Keyhole. The safety crews pulled him out of the kitty litter and Team Edge Motorworks got the problem figured out, and Eisenbach went on to take two championships at Mid-Ohio. The post Into the Kitty Litter appeared first on NASA Speed News Magazine.
When it starts raining and the whole field has gone out on dry tires, things can get pretty white-knuckled. In this video from Autobahn Country Club in October, ST5 racer Kyle Burkhardt got punted during the wet start, then worked his way back up to the bumper of Aaron Spiegel about 13:15 minutes in and then got around him when Spiegel had to catch a spin. Burkhardt survived a few more spins on his way to a second-place finish at Autobahn. The post Fickle Weather appeared first on NASA Speed News Magazine.
In the months leading up to the 2019 NASA Championships Presented by Toyo Tires, ST6 driver Nolan Feathers didn’t think he was going to attend. He just couldn’t afford it. That’s when his friends, specifically Rick Young, initiated a GoFundMe campaign to get Feathers the money he needed to register for the Championships. Young started it one morning at 9 a.m., and by noon enough money was collected so Feathers could race at the NASA Championships. There was even money left over, so they threw a party Saturday night at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. When the race began, Feathers was trying [...]
The front four cars in Super Touring 5 were all within sight of one another and battling back and forth all race long. It was as tight as racing gets. Eric Waddell managed to keep Thai Diep and Cagri Yilmaz behind him for the whole race. “Man that was hard work. That was hard work,” Waddell said. “They did not give me one second to rest. Never did I get a nice lead.” For most of the race, Yilmaz and Diep hounded Waddell, who won a championship in 2012 at Mid-Ohio. There was a bit of argy-bargy and Yilmaz dropped back [...]