Feb 18/19 – Chuckwalla (No SoCal Points)
March 18/19 – Willow Springs
April 22/23 – Buttonwillow
May 20/21– Auto Club
June 24/25 – Buttonwillow
Oct 6-8 – Western States Champs @ Thunderhill (Single Race)
Oct 28/29 – Buttonwillow (*Double Points*)
Nov 18/19 – Streets of Willow Springs (HPDE/TT Only)
Q: Why is it that even after I complete my provisional competition license, I still have to run four more races to remove the rookie marks and orange plate?
A: According to the Club Codes and Regulations you are required to display and orange plate and “R” decals for the first eight races. This let’s more experienced drivers know that you are a rookie. The faster driver may take that into account when deciding where to pass the rookie driver. A rookie, by definition, will have a provisional license. Once a rookie finishes four clean races and gets the four races signed off by the race director, they still have display the rookie decals and plate for four more races, even though they have received a hard-card license.
The third annual NASA Western States Championships presented by Toyo Tires is in the books, with Championship races having been run at Buttonwillow Raceway today.
Under picture perfect California weather, 75-degrees and sunny, the 250+ NASA Championship racers started the day with the national anthem. The first group took to the track at 9:40 a.m. with Spec E30 and 944 Spec starting the Championship races.
Justin Ross, pole sitter, brought the Spec E30 field to the standing start line in his No. 80 BMW. Ross had a great launch at the drop of the green, getting nearly a car length lead going into Turn 1. Ross was followed closely in the early going by No. 55 Michael Mihld.
The third annual 2016 NASA Western States Championships presented by Toyo Tires is underway with qualifying races being run at Buttonwillow Raceway just north of Bakersfield, California.
The first group of NASA Championship cars took to the track this morning under perfect 75-degree temperatures. The 250+ competitors will run qualifying races Friday and Saturday to set the grids for Sunday’s Championship events.
In the first qualifying race of the weekend, Ed Charnock, drove his No. 6 Chevrolet Monte Carlo, to the overall ST1 Class win in convincing.
“The car handled absolutely fantastic,” Charnock said. “I have a saying, looser is faster, and it was today. This is my first year in this car.