Teen Mazda Challenge Season Points Races Wrap Up Across the Country

The 2019 racing season has come to a close across the nation, and the Teen Mazda Challenge enjoys its first season after a national rollout. Northern California, the region in which the TMC began had the biggest field of TMC drivers in the country. Ten drivers vied for the championship in 2019.
In NASA NorCal, driver Roy Fulmer IV staged a dominant performance, beating every TMC competitor in every race he entered. Fulmer bested second place Wyatt Couch and third place David Tooker. Fulmer also was the Spec Miata regional champion in NorCal.
In the second largest TMC region, the NASA SoCal, Teen Mazda driver Hannah Grisham also took the Teen Mazda Challenge and the SoCal regional championship. Grisham won six of 12 races and maintained a healthy lead over second place Chase Gilhart and third place Eric Slivkoff.
Hannah Grisham took the TMC and the Spec Miata championship in the NASA SoCal


Rescued From the Flood

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 he could tell him was that the lights worked. He couldn’t tell if it ran because the car didn’t come with a key, but he could tell that the flood waters appear to have submerged the car no deeper than the middle of the wheel hubs, which was high enough that


HPDE Driver: Never Lift

I’m strapped in tightly, grasping the wheel harder than I know I should, flying through the Dog Leg at Buttonwillow Raceway on a scorching Sunday afternoon. I can see the tail end of the car in front of me disappearing quickly toward the horizon, and I absolutely do not want to let them escape. While my logical brain is calculating that if they can go that fast, then I can go that fast, my overactive sense of self-preservation is waging an internal campaign. I find a moment to mentally repeat the mantra, “Never lift.”
I first saw this expression on the dashboard of a racecar, in all caps, affixed front and center, printed in black on white label-maker tape. At the time, I didn’t recognize the significance of a seemingly trivial, and somewhat comical prompt.
Race starts in competition school were aggressive, with everyone vying for their piece of track in what


Pioneering Effort

Dan Rose’s Z3 M Coupe was one of the first in the country to be fitted with a GM LS powerplant, and it’s one of a few in Time Trial competition.
The General Motors LS V8 architecture has been finding its way into cars from and on every continent. It tucks neatly into so many engine compartments, makes such ample power and is so abundant that there are prefabbed kits that will cross-fit an LS engine into nearly anything.

However, when NASA SoCal Time Trial driver Dan Rose was attempting to fit an LS2 6.0-liter into his Z3 M Coupe, to his knowledge, there was only one other car in the country that had the swap, and all of it was done the hard way, by trial and error, hand-selecting parts and troubleshooting problems as they developed.

Now, Rose had gone through two S52 engines in his current car before he resorted to


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