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Strong Winds Didn’t Stop the NASA Nationals From Being Held at

9-23-08
Submitted By: Paula Nate
Lakeville, IN (September 23, 2008) – National Auto Sport Association Championships presented by Toyo Tires held Friday September 12 – Sunday, September 14, 2008 at the beautiful Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, Lexington, Ohio. Over four hundred of the Series’ best amateur road racers who have earned the right to compete in the NASA Championships competed for over $1,000,000 in contingency sponsorship. Ten race groups comprised of forty-one NASA classes determining National Champions in “winner-take-all” sprint race formats. Each race had a time limit of forty minutes on the beautiful, but this day windy, 2.25-mile, 13-turn permanent road course.

A little about the National Auto Sport Association (NASA), NASA was formed in 1991 to deliver high quality motorsports events to enthusiast at major racing venues. NASA has created programs that allow owners of both racecars and high-performance street-driven vehicles to enjoy the full performance capabilities of their cars in a safe and controlled environment. Competition Racing, wheel to wheel racing, of almost any type of vehicle ranging from Production Sedans, Stock Cars, and Formula Cars.

Classes and a brief description of each class, along with results:

American Iron, American Iron Extreme (AI, AIX): This is a classic battle of muscle machines. The premise is simple: choose an American-made sedan and start modifying it.

AMERICAN IRON

(Spec Toyo Series)

DRIVER

TIRES

TIME

Robin Burnett

Toyo

01:37.34

Chris DeSalvo

Toyo

01:37.69

David Algozine

Toyo

01:38.17

Tommy Schlender

Toyo

01:37.97

David Schotz

Toyo

01:38.48

AMERICAN IRON EXTREME

DRIVER

TIRES

TIME

Paul Faessler

Kumho

01:30.24

Ernesto Roco

Hoosier

01:29.73

Chris Griswold

Hoosier

01:31.19

Leo Capaldi

BFG

01:37.64

Andy Sutak

Hoosier

01:31.92

Camaro Mustang Challenge (CMC, and CMC-2): This series attempts to settle the old Ford vs. GM rivalry with inexpensive production cars. This series includes 1997-2008 V8 Mustangs and 1982-2002 Camaros and Firebirds.

CAMARO MUSTANG CHALLENGE

(Spec Toyo Series)

DRIVER

TIRES

TIME

Glenn Landrum

Toyo

01:43.61

Matt King

Toyo

01:43.86

Bob Denton

Toyo

01:43.97

Chris McComb

Toyo

01:43.59

David Schotz

Toyo

01:44.37

Factory Five Challenge (FFR): This unique series is based on the popular Factory Five Racing roadster. Drivers can purchase a kit for about $13,000.

FACTORY FIVE CHALLENGE

(Spec Toyo Series)

DRIVER

TIRES

TIME

Scott McCay

Toyo

01:40.20

Dave Standridge

Toyo

01:40.86

John George

Toyo

01:41.02

TC McNett

Toyo

01:42.72

Gary McDaniel

Toyo

01:42.59

Honda Challenge (HC): (All Spec Toyo Series) There are five classes within this series (HC1, HC2, HC3, HC4 and HC5) that cover a wide range of models and a broad spectrum of modifications. This series is well suited for Honda enthusiasts that want to modify their favorite Honda or Acura model.

HONDA CHALLENGE 1

DRIVER

TIRES

TIME

Graham Downey

Toyo

01:38.82

Jon Meris

Toyo

01:38.53

Brian Shanfield`

Toyo

01:38.25

John Oldt

Toyo

01:39.93

Andrew Lee

Toyo

01:41.75

HONDA CHALLENGE 2

Walter McKinney

Toyo

01:42.52

Richard Hunter

Toyo

01:42.27

Erik Olsen

Toyo

01:42.68

Shane Lovely

Toyo

01:43.88

HONDA CHALLENGE 3

None

HONDA CHALLENGE 4

Manny Coats

Toyo

01:43.25

Benoit Pecqueur

Toyo

01:43.73

John Howard

Toyo

01:44.43

Jermey Lucas

Toyo

01:44.40

Edik Stephanyan

Toyo

DNF

HONDA CHALLENGE 5

None

944 Spec: This class focuses on the variants of the Porsche 924 and the 944.

944 Cup: The purpose of this series is to accommodate the owners of the Porsche 944’s and 924’s originally built to participate in the series with the PCA and SCCA.

944 CUP

DRIVER

TIRES

TIME

Ernie Jakubowski

Hoosier

01:43.62

Bill Comat

Hoosier

01:43.78

Team Hardent

Hoosier

01:43.81

Evan Braum

Hoosier

01:44.04

Joe Hrymack

Hoosier

01:43.93

944 SUPER CUP

Joe Crowell Jr

Hoosier

01:42.47

Brad Waite

Hoosier

01:42.49

Norm Mandell

Hoosier

01:44.29

Greg Lewis

Hoosier

01:44.30

Steve Luputka

Hoosier

DQ

944 SPEC

(Spec Toyo Series)

Eric Kuhns

Toyo

01:46.90

John Brandenberger

Toyo

01:48.82

Ray Freundt

Toyo

01:48.20

Ernie Jakubowski

Toyo

01:46.87

Super Unlimited (SU): Super Unlimited is the class available for cars that do not fit in any other NASA class and are heavily prepared for serious speed.

SUPER UNLIMITED

DRIVER

TIRES

TIME

Richard Koehler

Hoosier

01:28.51

Thomas Soriano

Pirelli

01:28.51

Norm Goldrich

Dunlop

01:30.39

Elliott Fisher

Hoosier

01:33.31

Tom Statnick

Hoosier

01:33.37

Spec Miata (SM): Eligible models are 1990-1999. The 1.8Lcars run a restrictor plate and have to weigh more in order to level the playing field.

SPEC MIATA

(Spec Toyo Series)

DRIVER

TIRES

TIME

Todd Lamb

Toyo

01:43.20

Sammy Valafar

Toyo

01:42.95

Mark Drennan

Toyo

01:43.02

Mark Bennett

Toyo

01:43.52

Shawn Slattery

Toyo

01:43.88

Legends: These are 5/8-scale fiberglass full-fendered versions of the famed NASCAR modifieds that were run in the 40’s and 50’s. All cars are produced by 600 Racing and are identical in almost every way.

LEGENDS

None

German Touring Series (GTS): GTS pits German sedans from BMW, Porsche, Mercedes, Audi and Volkswagen against each other in a “gentleman racer” format.

GERMAN TOURING 1

DRIVER

TIRE

TIME

Bill Comat

Hoosier

01:44.04

Christian Cook

Hoosier

01:43.56

Mike Malais

Hoosier

01:43.76

Robert Pecori

Hankook

01:44.94

Jean-Pierre Verbunt

Hoosier

01:44.11

GERMAN TOURING 2

Scott Good

Hoosier

01:40.50

Carl Picelle

Hoosier

01:40.24

Jim Child

Hoosier

01:41.17

Ted Worrell

Hankook

01:41.19

Mike Ward

Hoosier

01:41.73

GERMAN TOURING 3

Scott Berkowitz

Hoosier

01:35.89

Randy Mueller

Hoosier

01:35.59

Eric Wong

Hoosier

01:37.08

Jay Matus

Hoosier

01:36.97

Sean Tillinghast

01:35.89

GERMAN TOURING 4

Ryan Osiecki

Pirelli

01:33.43

Derek Schwarz

Hoosier

01:36.66

Jamie Frauenberg

Hoosier

01:36.29

Doug Wilson

Hoosier

01:38.36

Marco Pires

Hoosier

01:41.33

GERMAN TOURING 5

Andy Watts

Hoosier

01:33.34

Michael Mills

Michelin

01:34.68

Bill Michaluk

Dunlop

01:34.57

Barry Battle

Hoosier

DNF

Spec-E30: This is a racing series devoted to non-M BMW E30 models. The goal for the Spec E30 is to create high levels of competition between similarly prepared E30’s.

SPEC BMW E30

(Spec Toyo Series)

DRIVER

TIRE

TIME

Mike Skeen

Toyo

01:45.04

Simon Hunter

Toyo

01:45.34

Carter Hunter

Toyo

01:45.35

Jon Allen

Toyo

01:45.48

Mike Davidson

Toyo

01:46.04

Spec Focus (SF): NASA’s Spec Focus class is based on the popular Ford Focus. SF is geared towards budget-minded enthusiasts looking for an affordable and fun class with rules that guarantee close competition on a reasonable budget with cars built in this century.

SPEC FOCUS

(Spec Toyo Series)

DRIVER

TIRES

TIME

Craig Capaldi

Toyo

01:48.17

Scott Lear

Toyo

01:49.37

Chris Kisner

Toyo

01:49.71

Mark Ryan Lapp

Toyo

DNF

Lowell Marx

Toyo

DQ

Performance Touring (PT): Performance Touring is a unique series that classifies over 600 makes and models of cars into one of eight classes. Once the base class is identified, participants then add points for each specific modification made to the vehicle.

PERFORMANCE TOURING A

DRIVER

TIRES

TIME

John Schmitt

Hoosier

01:36.74

Eric Wong

Hoosier

01:36.52

Sam Halkias

Goodyear

01:36.84

Chris Herrick

Hoosier

01:38.98

Drew Ewing

Hoosier

01:39.14

PERFORMANCE TOURING B

David Schotz

Kumho

01:38.58

Kumar Viswalingam

Hoosier

01:39.82

James Holloway

Hoosier

01:41.25

Adam McMahan

Toyo

01:41.70

Dave Muramoto

Toyo

01:45.63

PERFORMANCE TOURING C

Dan Gardner

Hoosier

01:41.18

Greg Greenbaum

Hoosier

01:40.93

Dennis Holloway

Hoosier

01:41.02

Jim Daniels

Hoosier

DNF

PERFORMANCE TOURING D

Scott Shelton

Hoosier

01:43.10

Robert Davis

Hoosier

01:44.13

Brian Shanfeld

Hankook

01:44.24

Matt Carson

Hoosier

01:42.90

Matt Miller

Hoosier

01:45.09

PERFORMANCE TOURING E

Steve Eich

Hoosier

01:43.71

Mike Rose

Hankook

01:42.70

Eric Waddell

Hoosier

01:43.95

Pakistan Express

Hoosier

01:45.16

Kevin Fandozzi

Hoosier

01:45.64

PERFORMANCE TOURING F

Jim Bishop

Kumho

01:51.72

Greg Stasiowski

Toyo

01:54.00

Dennis Holgate

Toyo

02:03.30

Dave Bongiovanni

Toyo

DNF

Bill Marquardt

Toyo

DQ

 

Time Trials: NASA TT uses a car classification system that is easy to understand and gives advanced HPDE drivers a taste of competition by allowing them to compete for top lap times in open passing run sessions against similarly prepared cars.

TIME TRAIL A

DRIVER

TIRES

TIME

Ryan Cates

Hankook

01:33.70

Jesse White

Hoosier

01:34.23

Ed Nazarian

Hoosier

01:36.26

William Kohut

Hoosier

01:39.26

TIME TRIAL B

Jim Platis

Hankook

01:37.87

Denis Malevanyi

Hoosier

01:38.27

Cliff Blanchard

Toyo

01:40.34

TIME TRIAL C

Rene Badia

Toyo

01:40.43

Greg Greeenbaum

Hoosier

01:44.24

Doug Evans

Hoosier

01:42.30

Dan Gardner

Nitto

01:42.55

Dave Proudfoot

Toyo

01:42.69

TIME TRIAL D

Luke Belverd

Hoosier

01:41.83

Patrick Smith

Hoosier

01:42.22

Bill Brees

Nitto

01:43.86

Tom Hatum

Kumho

01:47.94

Mitchell Hart

Toyo

01:51.61

TIME TRIAL E

Michael Blanchard

Toyo

01:42.41

Jon Davis

Hankook

01:43.74

Alex Bolanos

Hoosier

01:43.96

Eric Wirgin

Toyo

01:44.72

Robert Keller

Toyo

01:45.08

TIME TRIAL F

None

TIME TRIAL R

Bart Carter

Dunlop

01:27.61

Norm Goldrich

Dunlop

01:28.71

Tag Evanson

01:36.53

TIME TRIAL S

Dan Popp

Hoosier

01:31.21

Jared McGillicuddy

Hoosier

01:31.95

Geffery Sawtelle

Hoosier

01:33.10

William Taylor

Hoosier

01:34.17

James Elterman

Nitto

01:35.05

Clifton Ching

Hoosier

01:35.08

TIME TRIAL U

Danny Popp

Hoosier

01:27.47

Aaron Pfadt

Hoosier

01:28.25

Tom Glenn

Dunlop

01:29.33

Tim Dorsch

BFG

01:39.23

Super Touring (ST): Super Touring is an extension of the Performance Touring series, catering to more powerful and exotic cars. ST uses power-to-weight formulas along with additional factors to class cars in one of two classes, ST1 or ST2. ST encourages nearly unlimited builds within the power-to-weight confines to provide tuners and racers to showcase for their talent and imagination.

SUPER TOURING 1

DRIVER

TIRES

TIME

Aaron Pfadt

Hoosier

01:30.02

Danny Popp

Hoosier

01:29.59

Bob Mayer

Hoosier

01:32.23

Tom Glenn

Hoosier

01:32.26

Michael Pinholster

Hoosier

01:35.82

SUPER TOURING 2

Dave Pintaric

Hoosier

01:34.30

James Forbes

Hoosier

01:33.82

Paul Kaiser

Hoosier

01:37.52

Ken Smith

Hoosier

01:33.60

Walead Hessami

Hoosier

01:36.59

The weekend racing got underway with practice on Thursday, and then right into qualifying races on Friday and Saturday.

Final racing results puts Hoosier Racing Tire on top with Fifty-one podiums, sixteen being first place, nineteen second places and sixteen being third place. As many podiums as all other race tire companies combined, including the fact Toyo having ten Spec classes, Hoosier will take these weekend ventures as a good undertaking.

For more information on NASA racing series please visit their web site at www.nasaproracing.com

      

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